Sensor Shift In Action: Increasing Field of View

Using Pentax's shake reduction to get better wide-angle shots

By PF Staff in Tutorial Videos on May 3, 2013

Last week, we posted a video showing you a unique Pentax feature: the ability to use the Shake Reduction system in order to convert any lens into a shift lens on your Pentax DSLR.  The video was well-received, but you asked us to follow it up with a real-life example of it in action.  That's exactly what we have for you today!

Suppose you have a 12-24mm and at its widest setting, this is what you get:

Tokyo Tower w/ Pentax 12-24mm

By shifting the sensor using the Composition Adjustment feature, it is possible to create a photo of the entire tower.  Just follow these easy steps:

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Here's the final product:

Tokyo Tower w/ Composition Adjustment

Click on the image to enlarge and compare with the original.

Thanks to the Composition Adjustment / shift feature, the photo isn't subject to the distortion that would be introduced by changing the orientation of the lens.  Composition Adjustment works just like a shift lens would, and while a dedicated lens would allow you to make larger adjustments, the sensor-shift feature can still come in handy in practice! 

For photographing the Tokyo Tower, the Composition Adjustment feature came in particularly handy, as the camera was already positioned on the opposite end of the street.  With any other camera, either a shift lens or a wider lens would be needed to obtain this photo without added distortion.

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