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12-03-2011, 02:03 PM   #1
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Shift / Tilt lenses for Pentax

For the Pentax APS-c bodies there are pretty slim pickings from which to choose.
  • Pentax K 28/3.5 shift
  • Pentax 67 75/4.5 shift with an adapter
Then there are various third party solutions:... and there are probably a couple of others.

I had run across this a while back, and I came across it again. Its an interesting proposition along the lines of rolling your own. Essentially, select a 6x7 or 645 lens of what ever variety and Zork (of Germany) for ~$500 will build you a conversion mount, that will tilt and shift.The downside, especially for something reasonably wide is finding a lens (even if it were built) in MF. The new Pentax 645 25mm lens is $5,000, and in the 25 to 30mm I really don't know which vendor supported this width. On the plus side, any of the lenses for that mount would be useable. I am thinking that the key is to find a line of film based 645 lens orphans of good quality that has some wide lenses that are available fairly inexpensively.

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12-03-2011, 02:46 PM   #2
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I use PentaconSix lenses for tilt, various focal 45/50/80/80/120/150/300.

Shift is the K28/3.5, but also nikkor non-ai 28/3.5 shift that fits without modification on pentax body. A lock pin made to secure the lens.
With mount modification/change mount: Olympus 35/2.8 shift.

Both shift and tilt: Arax 35/2.8

Tilt can be used with long focal, while shift is better with wide.

I will get the nikkor 24 shift/tilt if the price is ok, then change mount.
As far the tilt/shift option is limited but not absent. Of course, I would like to dream about 17mm TS, may be as a gift?

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