Discussion in 'Lifestyle' started by Nickos, Sep 15, 2004.
If you were to stand on the street, look up and take a picture of a taller building, the result would look a little weird - the completely verticle lines of the building edges will converge towards the top - as if the building is leaning away from you. A shift lens allows you to point the camera straight forward, yet the picture includes the top of the building. The edges of the building will stay completely verticle though.
Another use is when photographing a highly reflective object (like a car) and you don't want your reflection to be in the picture. With a normal lens, you would have to stand off to the side and the resulting picture would look like you are taking the picture from an angle. With a shift lens, you can take the picture from the angle (and avoid having your reflection show) but it looks like you took the picture straight on.
so it kinda bounces things off a mirror at an angle or something?
it allows to to change the plane of focus, like on a large format camera, but only to a small degree.
ever look at food photography? notice how the plane of focus is usually at an angle, not straight horizontal or vertical
It also does allow you to correct for some keystoning effect like frinky mentioned