Summary: Must have lens for any serious architecture shooter. It's simply amazing how wide you can shift side to side or up and down for seamless panoramas. There's some vignetting and softness at the extreme edges but there's plenty you can capture without going to the edge. The fact you can focus down to 2" is an added benefit. Optics are top notch, as you'd expect for a $2k lens.
Excerpt: I come from 35+ years of view camera studio and environmental background and 40+ from 35mm and medium format. Including teaching in workshops, Higher Ed, commercial and fine arts.I am using this on a Nikon D800E.While this is a step back from the total control I have using my view cameras it is the next best thing. Focus stacking can be used with it if you can't get all that you need from the tilt/swing, but stacking is such a pain.
Excerpt: Best used for Architecture, some usefulness for Landscape if you need to Scheimpflug. If you don't know this word you don't need this lens. Best way to correct perspective while putting camera a right level to record scene. Next best thing to a view camera. Good: Great optics, sharp, contrasty and easy to understand. Outstanding build and overall excellent piece of glass on a D800. There is remarkably little distortion for a 24mm lens.
Excerpt: I already owned the 45mm PC-E Nikkor, and loved it so much that I finally decided to pony up the additional cash for this wide angle tilt/shift companion lens. Very glad that I did. I don't miss the film days, but the tilt/shift control of my old 8x10 view camera allowed me to take pictures that you simply couldn't take otherwise. These high quality lenses bring much of that capability to the full Frame DSLR world, and they are worth every penny.
Summary: Love this lens. Great clarity. I noted the advice about hitting the camera with it. I have so far not had a problem with that, but have had it slip when turned horizontally on my bracket. I'm careful not to tighten the screws too tight, don't want to strip them, but as a result, I have to watch it when turning the camera horizontally on the bracket. The clarity of the photos is so much better than my old lens, no comparison, and it's nice to be able to vary the f stops.
Summary: If you have a good copy of the 24 PC-E it sings on the D800. My copy is good. I wish Nikon would update their PC-E glass to the new Canon standards (the incredible 17 and new 24). This lens really does well with the D4 or D3x. Don't stop down below F/8 on a D800, otherwise you will get diffraction.
Excerpt: Perspective control, extreme depth of field, excellent optics - describe this product best. To be able to rotate the lens was unsuspected positive, after reading previous, now obsolete reviews. Glad that Nikon responded to this important demand.