Showcase Nikon PC-E 24mm f/3.5 D ED

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I could not find a thread for this lens, so here we are with my latest acquisition.

My dealer had a SH copy in perfect condition at a good price. So the Samyang 24PC got traded in for this heavyweight gem. I got more than I paid for the Samyang in PE, so that was a good start. From my first experiments with the Nikkor, I feel I am on another planet with this lens compared to the Samyang, regarding optical and construction quality. The sharpness and contrast seems top notch with this lens.

I always put my new gear though its paces in "real life" shooting situations, to find flaws and handling problems. The first lesson is that to focus accurately, I need to use magnified "live view" on my D810 and the beast seems to be most happy with a tripod supporting it. The next experiment will be to try hand holding with the Z7 using "blinkies" to focus and with the virtual level in the viewfinder.

Hera are my first shots taken with this lens at the castle in Montegibbio, near Modena.

A fantastic lens for Architecture, if you have lots of time to work slowly with care, whilst framing and making adjustments.

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Getting to Know this lens a little better and also the live view features on my D810

Wow, the sharpness of this lens in incredible even when shifted.

If you are serious about Architectural photography this is almost a must as I like getting the framing 99% right in the viewfinder. It is also quite fun to fiddle about with, getting the composition right.

Some castles near my home in Reggio Emilia. I am a bit limited for subject matter right now.

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1 Castello di Torricella

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3 Scandiano
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4 San Valentino
 

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Wow! These are very, very nice! You made a very wise decision to upgrade and looks like you got a good deal on a great lens. I look forward to more images from you using this lens!
 

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Some more experiments and getting to know the Nikon 24mm Tilt Shift.

Shifting diagonally can result in some interesting results reducing the perspective effects in two directions. Not great pictures, but I was interested in playing with geometry.

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1 Just vertical shift

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2 Diagonal shift, from same viewpoint.

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3 Just vertical shift
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4 Diagonal shift.
 

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Great results, Nigel!
I wasn't aware a diagonal shift was possible.
These look to give the best result.

All the articles I have read, talk about vertical shift to get rid of the keystone effect.

Once the camera is square on to the building, you can shift in any direction. It was useful in this case as shifting the camera would have hidden part of the subject behind the building in the foreground.
 

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Some more experiments and getting to know the Nikon 24mm Tilt Shift.

Shifting diagonally can result in some interesting results reducing the perspective effects in two directions. Not great pictures, but I was interested in playing with geometry.

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Nigel, just a little question:
Do you know what this "wheel shaped stone" near the top of the roof means?

Thank you in advance
Klaus
 

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Nigel, just a little question:
Do you know what this "wheel shaped stone" near the top of the roof means?

Thank you in advance
Klaus
Yes, I have read that it is a sun symbol.

A lot of pagan symbols can be found on these old buildings.
 

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Got a lot of use out of my copy of this PC-E lens before upgrading to the newer 19mm F4 Nikkor.
Here's a photo of a 3D painting on the side of a building in Circleville, Ohio. Took advantage of the sky colors and clouds matching those in the painting.
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Another couple from Circleville. A side shot to show what the building looks like. Used shift and tilt in the second shot to get it all in focus and straight. Shot with my D700.
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I enjoyed this set of pictures, the fact you got a sky to match the murals make them seem almost real life people ad buildings.
 

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Some Interiors with the 24TS . We are at Bozzolo near Mantua

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