See my reviews of tilt/shift lenses in DAP.
The price of $3396 is not for the faint-hearted, but Nikon’s new PC-E Nikkor Nikon 19mm f/4E ED PC-E looks to check all the boxes on performance.
- Ultra-wide-angle perspective control lens with tilt/shift capabilities
- First NIKKOR PC-E lens that can be tilted parallel or perpendicular to shift
- Tilt and shift independently and then rotate up to 90° with new PC Rotation capability
- Designed for landscapes, cityscapes, architecture, interiors and fine art photography and filmmaking
- Non-stick Fluorine Coat resists dirt, water spots, fingerprints and smudges.
I’ll be testing the new 19/4 just as soon as it ships. The 19/4 intrigues because that focal length falls in favorite range (18-21mm) and it is a tilt/shift lens for added versatility, parallax-free stitching, etc.
The “like all NIKKOR lenses” followup to the performance claims below are troubling, because that lumps the 19/4E in together with the other mediocre PC-E lenses. But I’ll cut the Nikon marketing folks some slack, since the 19/4E looks likely to be the finest wide angle Nikon has produced and because Nikon hasn’t had much to say for a while.
Transformative image quality
Optimized for high-resolution cameras: as an ultra-wide-angle lens and a perspective control lens, the PC NIKKOR 19mm f/4E ED has to work double duty combating distortion and glare. And does it ever. Three Extra Low Dispersion (ED) glass elements and two Aspheric glass (AS) elements virtually eliminate chromatic aberration and coma, even at the widest aperture setting. Nano Crystal Coat (N) increases backlight tolerance for clear images with minimal ghosting and flare. Like all NIKKOR lenses, image quality comes first with the PC NIKKOR 19mm f/4E ED.
Prized angle of view
Ideal for architecture, interiors, landscapes and panoramas: a 19mm angle of view on FX cameras is very similar to the angle of view prized by many large- and medium-format photographers. This sweeping, ultra-wide perspective is ideal for landscapes, cityscapes, interiors, architecture, horizontal or vertical panoramas and filmmaking, and it gives you a broad, versatile brush with which to paint your images.
Maximum perspective control
New PC rotation capability: for the first time, a NIKKOR lens can be tilted and shifted independently and then rotated up to 90°. Tilt to control the plane of focus—creatively or precisely, the choice is yours. Shift to control perspective or create panoramas. Shift operation no longer requires locking and unlocking—smoothly and seamlessly make adjustments. What thrilling new views will you discover?
Superior imaging at your fingertips
The new PC NIKKOR 19mm f/4E ED joins other PC NIKKOR lenses in the Gold Ring Series, which include only PC NIKKOR lenses with Nano Crystal Coat and pro-grade build quality. These other lenses include the PC-E Micro NIKKOR 45mm f/2.8D ED, PC-E Micro NIKKOR 85mm f/2.8D, PC-E NIKKOR 24mm F3.5D ED.