Another Lens!?!

by Pino Pino December. 27, 2020 310 views

I got a new lens. A completely 'Photo Ninja Geek Want Cool Lens' lens.

My sweetie got the one lens that I've always said I would love to play with BUT it was for exactly that - playing...

It can do some COOL things in portraits and landscapes but is not an 'Oh My Gosh, I Cannot Do Photography Without That Lens' lens...

It's a Tilt-Shift Lens...

Most common uses - make reality look miniaturized and landscapes... but it can also do some TOTALLY cool portrait things...

But it is NOT TYPICALLY anyone's every day go to lens...

But...

It...

Is...

So...

COOL!

You can MOVE your focal plane... literally! You can move it - ANYWHERE!

How...

Cool...

is...

THAT!?!

It's STILL covid - and FREEZING outside... so my first venture into the land of Tilt-Shift was inside...

Using miniatures so making them look miniature was kind of moot...

So I went for Tilt - rotate the focal plane...

Normally, depth-of-field is front to back - flat plane...

With 'Tilt' you can rotate it to left/right or up/down...

So I did... I chose left/right...

And THIS is the shot I got... Blown up to FULL so you can see the 'tilted' focal plane... for the "HOW", continue to read on below the photo...

This is HOW I got it...

Setup:
Dinosaur on to of waterfall while knights lineup catapult shot...
Catapult close - Dinosaur far...
Goal:
Emphasize both with focus (to highlight the trajectory the boulder will take to 'slay' the beast) while leaving everything and everyone else (left and right of the focal plane) out of focus...

"Tilt" lens to left to point focal plane off to the right... Like so...

I threw a black 'v-flat' up to block out unwanted light... 'Waterfall' elevated by antique Pepsi crates - basically 'photography apple crates' but cooler!

I threw a black 'v-flat' up to block out unwanted light... 'Waterfall' elevated by antique Pepsi crates - basically 'photography apple crates' but cooler!

Totally cool surface art is one of four INFINIDUNGEON SCROLLS my son got for Christmas - if you do ANY tabletop games like D&D then check these out... we are VERY happy with the ones we got! https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/atlasmundi/infinidungeon-scrolls-for-tabletop-roleplaying-games

Totally cool surface art is one of four INFINIDUNGEON SCROLLS my son got for Christmas - if you do ANY tabletop games like D&D then check these out... we are VERY happy with the ones we got! https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/atlasmundi/infinidungeon-scrolls-for-tabletop-roleplaying-games

Pentax K1Mii wearing Rokinon 24mm f3.5 Tilt-Shift | Two Godox ad200pro units wearing MagMod gels | One Matthews c-stand for light on dinosaur... and I actually ended up 'flagging' the light on the c-stand to prevent a glare is was creating on the map near the catapult...

Pentax K1Mii wearing Rokinon 24mm f3.5 Tilt-Shift | Two Godox ad200pro units wearing MagMod gels | One Matthews c-stand for light on dinosaur... and I actually ended up 'flagging' the light on the c-stand to prevent a glare is was creating on the map near the catapult...

Red line shows where focal plane runs - diagonally through the image...

Red line shows where focal plane runs - diagonally through the image...

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Now my little 'What the Fahrvergnügen!?!' moment:

I have never understood the concept of millions lenses...

I just checked the Canon EF lineup and found FOURTEEN 70-200, 70-300, and 75-300 lenses...
And that was just one chart I found on a quick google search...
And that was ONLY the ones made by Canon... so does NOT include 3rd party like Sigma or Tamron...
REALLY!?!

Okay, I get Photography G.A.S. -

Gear Acquisition Syndrome - AKA: 'New! Shiny! Must Have!'

And I admit to coming under its spell... on occasion... several occasions...

I have more than one DSLR body and more than one 35mm Film camera body and more than one Medium Format body... and, in my defense, I use them all for different purposes - sometimes just because I want to use THAT specific camera...

But they each produce VERY different results for very different reasons.

For instance:
I tend to carry my little crop-sensor KP wearing my 100mm or nifty-fifty on casual days out...
I tend to take my film cameras out when weather is nice and I want a slightly slower day of getting lost in the art of photography...
I haul out my K1Mii wearing the 150-450mm lens when I have a very good reason to do so as carrying that bazooka around for street photography would be insane...

But lenses...

If I have a 2.8 then I can shoot at 2.8, 4, 5.6, 8, 11, 16, and 22... I don't need a 2.8 lens and a 4.0 lens and a 5.6 lens all in the same effective focal range... and it HAS to be cheaper to get one 1.4 lens than to get four lenses of the same or similar focal length...

Now... ALL OF THAT HAVING BEEN SAID... see entire blog above where I got a totally cool but not logical purchase lens for Christmas.

Yep.

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Chuck Staruch 3 weeks, 6 days ago

Very very cool and thanks for taking the time to explain the process!

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Pino Pino Replied to Chuck Staruch 3 weeks, 6 days ago

smile glad you enjoyed it...  always fun to play with new toyz!

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Rachele Schneekloth 4 weeks ago

Great story, thank you! Love your enthusiasm, it makes me smile.

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Pino Pino Replied to Rachele Schneekloth 4 weeks ago

😁 Thank YOU!

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Paul Moreau 4 weeks ago

Lovely stuff. I have invested in tilt-shift (or PC-E in Nikon parlance) this year too. Remarkable lenses indeed, so many creative possibilities I'm only just scraping the surface with...

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Pino Pino Replied to Paul Moreau 4 weeks ago

Thanks, Paul! It is fun and I am in the same boat that I am just playing and barely scratching the surface of the possibilities - just learning the lens and getting a feel for it... As I do more research into all the creative ways to use this lens I am stunned at all the ways folks have found to take advantage of its capabilities that really photographers use to take for granted with the original cameras - this capability was effectively a standard feature in the original bellows style cameras and we just sort of let it disappear into the ether as lenses because rigid and fixed.

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Berckmans Peter 4 weeks ago

I got the feeling your happy with your gift . Gas syndrome I have a bit with vintage stuff  . Love the final result

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Pino Pino Replied to Berckmans Peter 4 weeks ago

Yes, yes! smile Thanks!

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Leon Linder 4 weeks ago

Like the rhetoric as much as the photos. smile

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Pino Pino Replied to Leon Linder 4 weeks ago

Thanks, Leon! smile

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