Summary: I waited a long time before I plunked down the 2k for this lens. I shoot a lot of architectural images and this lens has been on my wish list for quite a while. I have not been disappointed by the wonderful images that it has delivered. I don't mind it being all manual either - it makes me think about what I'm about to do. However, the little tiny thumb-screws used to unlock and tilt/shift the lens are way too small. I'm a big guy with big hands.
Summary: This is a great daily workhorse for architectural assignments, and a must have lens. Terrific optics & lots of shift latitude. On a D3X with heavy tripod and pre-released mirror mode the results are stunning. That said, I prefer the old 28 & 35mm pc design, as the mechanical features of this unit slow me down. The shift lock often slips and clunks the adjustment fully to the negative end, which I'd never use anyway.
Summary: I use this lens for architectural photography. You still have to be able to get back from the structure a sufficient amount to obtain true 90 degree angles; however, with the combination of this lens, and Photoshop distortion, I can take better images than before. Recommend for anyone needing a 'technical' lens. It has limited usages and is pricey. But if you need it, it is definitely worth the price, especially when combined with a D700 or D3.
Pros: Consistent Output, Durable, Strong Construction
Summary: I use it on many occasion, portrait, close-ups, architecture, panorama etc. the tilt range is not that great which is little disappointing but still useful. 'N' coating is definitely give you flare control, crispier, good color. knobs on the lens are tiny, it has to be i guess, and for people with big fingers would have difficulties handling them.
Summary: well, this type of lenses is not for anyone, and not for anywhere... its a very professional lens for a limited use (it is designed for that use).. you can take it and shoot "whatever you like", but then! why spending all that money when you can shoot "whatever you like" with a cheaper lens? no, this lens is not for everyday use, it is mainly for interior design, and architecture...
Summary: Tilt and shift function along with f stop range down to 32 allows incredible depth of field. When coupled to my D3 all metering systems work just fine, giving me results similar to a view camera. Manual focus does not bother, if fact forces more attention to end results.
Summary: This is not ment to be an AF lens. This is a lens you should use with a tripod on stationary objects that need perspecive corrected. This is the first modern PC lens by nikon. Nikon has had other in the past that have also brought great results. This is made with exceptionally high quality. This perticularly wide angle is much better for the use of correcting perspective of tall buildings.
Summary: This lens is a gem! If you're used to 'auto everything' this isn't for you. You have to get to know the intricacies of this lens to be able to exploit its full potential. It vignettes at its maximum shift settings, a couple of the knobs are little on the small side, but the positive paybacks are there if you're willing to experiment and get to know what this superb optic can achieve.
Pros: Build quality, Sharp Focus, Strong Construction