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Arax 35mm F2.8 Tilt/Shift

Sharpness 
 8.0
Aberrations 
 7.0
Bokeh 
 7.0
Handling 
 8.0
Value 
 10.0
Reviews Views Date of last review
2 9,609 Wed July 17, 2013
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100% of reviewers $714.50 9.00
Arax 35mm F2.8 Tilt/Shift

Arax 35mm F2.8 Tilt/Shift
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Arax 35mm F2.8 Tilt/Shift
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Arax 35mm F2.8 Tilt/Shift
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Description:

This multicoated ARAX 35 mm Tilt/Shift compact lens has a CANON type T&S mechanism. 11mm shifting, 8 mm tilting and 360o rotating capabilities enable you to correct perspective distortions, as is often required in interior and exterior architectural, landscape and product photography.

The lens has a manual aperture control. The direction of the shift can be rotated by 360o and locks at 12 angular positions.

This lens covers the 24x36mm full-frame image format. The lens comes with a front protective cap and a soft case.

Arax offers to change the lens mount free of charge up to one year from purchase. Mounts are available for Pentax K, M42 screw mount, , Canon, Nikon, and others.


Arax 35mm F2.8 Tilt/Shift
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Image Format
Full-frame / 35mm film
Lens Mount
Pentax K
Aperture Ring
Yes (no A setting)
Diaphragm
Manual
Optics
11 elements, 8 groups
Mount Variant
K
Check camera compatibility
Max. Aperture
F2.8
Min. Aperture
F22
Focusing
Manual
Min. Focus
30 cm
Max. Magnification
Filter Size
62 mm
Internal Focus
No
Field of View (Diag. / Horiz.)

APS-C: 47 ° / 40 °
Full frame: 67 ° / 57 °
Hood
None
Case
Included
Lens Cap
Included
Coating
Multi-coated
Weather Sealing
No
Other Features
Tilt / Shift
Diam x Length
82x82 mm (3.2x3.2 in.)
Weight
Production Years
(in production)
Reviews
User reviews
Mount Type: Pentax K
Price History:



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Registered: January, 2013
Location: Sydney, NSW
Posts: 287
Lens Review Date: July 17, 2013 I can recommend this lens: Yes | Price: $700.00 | Rating: 8 

 
Pros: Tilt shift in native K-mount
Cons: Aperture ring takes getting used to

Tilt and shift axis' are fixed 90 degrees to each other. Although you can rotate the mount you cannot tilt and shift in the same plane.

The aperture ring for this lens has a preset stop (like some of the older screw mount lenses) where you can slide it backwards set a stop and then when in the forward position it will freely rotate between wide open (for focussing) and then close down to your preset stop for shooting.

Not the prettiest lens out there, but rock solid and a good performer.
   
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Registered: April, 2013
Posts: 2
Lens Review Date: April 29, 2013 I can recommend this lens: Yes | Price: $729.00 | Rating: 10 

 
Pros: Solid build, decent image quality, easy to tilt and shift
Cons: Loose aperture ring
Sharpness: 8    Aberrations: 7    Bokeh: 7    Handling: 8    Value: 10   

There used to be a time where perspective correction with tilt and shift was an essential part of taking a picture, but that was back when cameras were usually on tripods, had a bellows, and a curtain to drape over your head while you framed the shot.

Tilting can allow you to take a photograph with the aperture wide open of a landscape and have all of the ground in focus, because you can tilt the focal plane to be in line with the landscape. You can also tilt away from the landscape so that the focal plane intersects a narrow stretch of the land and get the "miniature" look.

Shifting lets you do sometimes essential perspective correction on buildings, but it also lets you get around obstacles that might be in your shot.

The whole lens itself rotates with nice clicks, making it easy to switch between landscape and portrait, or easily reverse the direction of the tilt/shift. The tilting and shifting knobs are solid as well.

The only real complaint about the lens I have is the loose feeling aperture ring, which also is free turning with no clicks on the normal f-stops. It's held by a spring, which allows you to set a maximum f-stop. This is essential when focusing, because then you can open wide to focus, and then quickly go back down to the aperture you wanted.

But the results are fantastic. And as I said there aren't many other options for Tilt/Shift lenses for Pentax K Mount. (Hartblei had one but it's not directly available anymore.) For the price, this lens is an excellent value.
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