Last week I ordered a Canon TS-E 90mm f/2.8 lens from KEH.com and it arrived via FedEx today. I decided to go ahead and jump right into the world of tilt-shift photography and spent the entire day finding ways to practice using it.
File the results under “Work in Progress.”
It’s a completely different experience shooting with a tilt-shift lens, but before I get ahead of myself let me explain what a “ts” lens is. Normal lenses provide sharpness perpendicular to the camera’s sensor or film, ts lenses tilt up/down/left/right just a little (mine is about 8 degrees) but it causes the focus to intersect only at certain points on the sensor instead of across the entirety. The result is a thin-line of focus that produces some interesting effects. It also means that you can take plains that are tilted so they’d be out of of focus except in one place and make them sharp from end to end.
I’m gonna keep plugging at it though, I’d like to be able to proficient in using the lens before I shoot my next wedding next month. Check back to see the results of my next attempts with it.