Rating: 9 out of 10

Believe it or not, this is not the oddest looking lens in my collection (a distinction currently held by the Lensbaby 3G). Like a fisheye or macro, this highly underrated gem is a specialty lens. However, unlike those lenses, owner satisfaction requires patience, knowledge and skill.

The tilt and shift functions make this lens ideally suited to landscape and architectural photography, where the shifting mechanism keeps parallel lines from converging and the tilting mechanism provides extensive control over depth-of-field.

Best used at f/8 on a tripod (though I’m fond of handholding it), this manually-focused mechanical wonder delivers vibrant, geometrically accurate photos that far exceed the quality obtained by software-based perspective solutions.
Sample Images:

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