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Watch photo shoot:

Advantages of using tilt-shift camera adapter

Advantages of using tilt-shift camera adapter

I continue to use my tilt-shift adapter for DSLR, and now I explore the limits of the system. Below is the watch, at a very narrow angle, shoot by using Rodenstock Rodagon APO 80mm F4 lens at aperture setto F16.

The lighting schema is simple: two narrow soft boxes on top, each highlighted top and the bottom part of the watch. There should not be direct reflection form a watch’s glass, as it immediately become dull and low contrast.

Front lest was tilted to about 25-30 degrees, the maximum I can get without lens projection circle going out from a sensor.

Advantages of using tilt-shift camera adapter

Lighting schema watch photography: using tilt-shift adapter fro DSLR

The focus plane was tilted accordingly (see the schema), produced image was exceptionally sharp across a whole watch’s dial. Something which you can’t never get without tilt-shift adapter or  focus bracketing.

There are few trade-offs from such setup:

Little increase of chromatic aberration and diffraction, increasing with the tilt angle.
Manual operations focusing  (aperture is manual as well)  only available, done by moving the lens plate on and off from a camera. Which require precise gearing on the large format camera. (Cambo Master PC I use, is really good, very precise movements).
Weight: The whole thing weights a lot, heavy weight head and tripod is a must.

Overall the system works very well for me, despite I never used Large Format cameras before.




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