PC-E Nikkor 24mm f/3.5D ED; A Pro Perspective Control Lens Page 2
Of course the lens is manual focus, but non-D3 or D300 users will have to
wrestle with manual exposure settings as well, which has you setting shutter
speed with the lens wide-open then creating an equivalent exposure with the
desired aperture by actually changing the aperture on the lens, a wrist motion
unfamiliar to many new shooters. D3 and D300 owners get to work in all Exposure
modes. Tilt and shift is self-evident, with a loosening, composing, and lock-down
procedure that quickly becomes easy. Those doing functional photography will
find it invaluable; those doing more fanciful and personal work will be amazed
Point Of View
While I did a number of perspective control operations, making buildings photographed close stand up straight, my main attraction and work was done playing around with odd effects you can achieve with this lens. At about $2000, and no lightweight companion, I wouldn't suggest it for the casual user. But for travel stock, interior, still life, architectural, and even fine art and fashion pros I'd have to say that this lens is pretty much an obligatory part of the kit. Yes, if you have the time and disposition you can do perspective control work in Photoshop, but I'll be darned if you can create the depth of field effects this amazing optical instrument affords.
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