The tilt function can be used to provide sharp rendition of architectural features that would otherwise be impossible to capture, even with stopping down to f/32.
There is a flip side however: by favoring one area, other areas are blurred.
The Schneider 90/4.5 used swing (e.g., tilt left/right) to bring the row of columns into sharp focus even wide open at f/4.5.
The wedge of sharpness resulting from swing as used here leaves the areas away from the columns blurred, as can be seen at left and right, and especially at right. This effect is less noticeable with distance, and with stopping down.
Article continues for subscribers...
If you’re already a subscriber, CLICK HERE TO LOG IN
diglloyd Advanced Photography includes hundreds of pages of exclusive coverage and high resolution, Retina-grade example pictures detailing Canon and Nikon DSLR bodies and their lenses, with in-depth analysis of sharpness and contrast, color, bokeh, vignetting, distortion, MTF, and flare. Also included is a wealth of in-context technique and workflow insight. Since 2006, diglloyd Advanced Photography is the authoritative review and on-line reference for discerning Canon and Nikon shooters. Subscriptions cost $ per year.