Tilty lens :)

Tilty lens :)

One of my Christmas presents from Jackie yesterday was a tilt lens adapter for my Sony A7iii. What this does is allow me to mount a lens and tilt it up to 8° in any direction (or combination thereof)…

Now why would I want to do that, you ask? Well, it’s a little complicated but by tilting the lens in relation to the plane of the image sensor in the camera you can greatly effect the depth-of-field in different ways. Normally the depth-of-field is parallel to the image sensor, but by tilting the lens you can make it tilt away or towards the lens, which can have the effect of making more things in focus, both close to and far away from the lens, by making the “depth-of-filed line” tilt along the items you are photographing; or making the area in focus extremely narrow, in a slice , by making the “d-o-f line” cut through at the item you want to highlight. This website is a little technical but describes it better, and a section of the first video (from about 1’15” to 2’00”) on this page also helps make it clearer. Here are a couple of examples I took just fooling around with it…

Canon make lovely tilt-shift lenses, but they are thousands of dollars, and while LensBaby makes a simple tilt lens that is much cheaper but it limits you to one focal length. The combination of the simple adapter Jackie got me and my amazing Sony A7iii allows me to use any of my Canon glass or any of my lovely Russian and Japanese prime lenses and get this effect at any focal length. And with some of the awesome bokeh from the prime lenses the effect is super sweet 🙂

I took it out with my favorite Helios 44-2 mounted on my dog walk today, and though this is a technique that is going to take a little practice I’m very pleased with the initial results- and none of this is done in Photoshop or anything- these shots are right out of the camera with just a minor tweak here and there for exposure or contrast, the out-of-focus effects are all due to the adapter…

I think this is going to get a lot of use 🙂


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