I’m very excited to have received my new Nikon tilt shift 19mm over the weekend. Canon photographers have waxed lyrical about the 17mm TS for many years now so I’m looking forward to seeing how the slightly less wide Nikon version stacks up against it.

Here’s a review with some good examples: camerastuffreview.com/nikon-lens-review/review-nikon-19mm-tilt-shift

And here’s another one here (it also includes some fancy charts I don’t really understand but perhaps you will!): ephotozine.com/article/nikon-pc-nikkor-19mm-f-4-e-ed-tilt-shift-lens-review-30494

Here’s one more link with great examples: nikonrumors.com/2016/11/03/some-sample-photos-from-the-new-nikon-pc-19mm-f4e-ed-lens.aspx/

Shooting architecture and interiors, the shift function to correct perspective distortion is the primary use. Also, wide-angle zooms (my go-to is a 16-35 F4) have a less-than-ideal edge sharpness. With the tilt-shift, it’s tack sharp everywhere.

I also want to create distortion free, stitch-easy images that extend the form factor to show more in tight spaces where one image can’t do the job.

If your subject is far away, you’re good to go; just shift far left and right, and stitch. But for interiors with far and near details, I’ll need some more gear to avoid parallax issues: a ball head and a nodal rail to slide the camera to compensate for the lens shift. The process is explained here: reallyrightstuff.com/Multiple-Row-Pano

Anything to avoid those gargantuan nodal ninja things…