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Example: Using a Tilt Lens for a Landscape Scene

This example with the Nikon D2x and the Nikon PC-E Micro-Nikkor 45mm f/2.8D ED.

A landscape scene is shown here to illustrate the power of tilt for increasing sharpness with a near/far landscape scene. View camera photographers have long enjoyed tilt for this reason.

For a general discussion, see Depth of Field: Bypassing the Limits Using a Tilt Lens as well as Focusing for Optimal Tilt Placement.

The tilt effect is so powerful that at f/2.8, a lens tilted appropriately can be sharper from foreground to infinity than at f/16 without the tilt! That is the case here, or nearly so, because of the strong near/far perspective. But f/2.8 is not peak optically, so the use of f/5.6 or f/8 extends the depth of field as well as offering improved total optical performance (independent of tilt or no tilt).

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Variants With Tilt, Without Tilt available in full article

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