A PC lens allows the photographer to tilt and shift the lens in order to obtain a variety of effects, ranging from changing perspectives, correcting distortion to getting the entire scene in focus. As such these kind of lenses are highly recommended for product photography, and especially in the case of the PC NIKKOR 19mm f/4E ED tilt-shift lens, architecture and interior photography as well. In addition, this lens helps to draw out the full resolving potential of the D850. (Photos and report by: Jon Chiang)
D850/ PC NIKKOR 19mm f/4E ED/ FL: 19mm/ Manual exposure (f/11, 1/60 sec)/ ISO 64/ WB: Manual
Architecture photography is a technically demanding genre that requires proper equipment. In this aspect, the PC NIKKOR 19mm f/4E ED delivers stellar performance with incredible sharpness throughout the frame, in conjunction with very low distortion and vignetting. I shot this image at the maximum shift of +12mm. Corners at extreme shifts are well-resolved with plenty of detail, and the low distortion helped to keep all the buildings straight, providing a true-to-life rendition of the actual scene.
D850/ PC NIKKOR 19mm f/4E ED/ FL: 19mm/ Manual exposure (f/4, 1/2 sec)/ ISO 64/ WB: Manual
When shooting the interior of buildings, having a sharp wide-angle lens which can perform in low light is of utmost importance, and the PC NIKKOR 19mm f/4E ED truly delivers in that aspect. For this image, I shifted the lens upwards and used tilt to maximize the depth-of-field. By tilting the lens, the plane of focus could be adjusted such that the scene becomes sharp throughout even though this shot was taken at the widest aperture of f/4.
The PC NIKKOR 19mm f/4E ED is a specialty lens which can allow you to freely control the perspective of your composition through the tilt and shift functions, and has the widest angle of view among the NIKKOR PC lens line-up. It is capable of resolving incredible details throughout the frame with negligible distortion and offers architecture photographers an ultra-wide angle-of-view suitable for both tight spaces and expansive cityscapes, providing an unmatched level of performance when paired with the high-resolution Nikon D850. Three Extra-Low Dispersion (ED) glass elements help to keep chromatic aberrations to a minimum, and two aspherical lens elements help to reduce coma and other aberrations even when shot at the widest aperture.
The new Perspective Control Rotation mechanism allows me to independently rotate both tilt and shift axes – a much needed feature that lets me tweak the setting that I need independantly of the other. For interior shots, I can maximise the depth of field by tilting the plane of focus towards the subject, achieving sharp focus throughout the image. For other subjects such as tall buildings, I can adjust the shift of the lens to allow me to capture an entire building without having to point my lens upwards like you would on a conventional wide-angle lens. This lets me achieve shots of buildings with straight, parallel lines instead of having converging lines.
With its strong optical performance, the lens naturally pairs well with the high-definition Nikon D850.This impressive combination is further supplemented by the placement of the Nikon D850’s viewfinder, allowing unobstructed full shifting and rotational capabilities of the lens without the need to reposition the lens. No doubt this is a hefty pair, but the lens balances well with the weighty Nikon D850, which gives it a solid and reassuring feel especially for architecture photography.
Aspherical lens elements
ED lens elements
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Jon is an award-winning, Singapore-based landscape and architectural photographer who has been documenting his pet genres for the past ten years. He was the overall winner for the 2016 Singapore Young Photographer Award. His works have been published on various print and online platforms, both locally and abroad. He also writes reviews on photography products on local photography community forums.