Nikon PC-E Nikkor 24mm f/3.5D ED Review

December 29, 2010 | Zoltan Arva-Toth | |

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Part of Nikon's resurgence during the past year was the announcement in January '08 of three new Perspective Control lenses, a 24mm f/3.5, 45mm and 85mm. The 24mm was the first of the three to ship, (and arguable the most useful for the landscape photographer), and is the subject of this report. I write "report" because this isn't in any way a formal lens test. Rather, it is a look at what a tilt / shift lens is and does, and what it can do for photographers using today's DSLRs.
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Until 2008, Nikon lagged behind other manufacturers in its output of Tilt-shift lenses. Now that has changed, with their introduction of 24mm, 45mm and 85mm PC-E lenses. All Nikon PC-E lenses cover the 35mm film or FX frame; on a DX-sensor body the 24mm ƒ/3.5 PC-E will give an equivalent coverage of 36mm.
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The Nikon 24mm PC-E is a very specialized $1,850 wide-angle tilt-shift lens ideally for the Nikon D3. "PC" stands for perspective control and "E" stands for electronic diaphragm. Actually, Perspective Control is a misnomer, since the only way to change perspective is to move the camera somewhere else. Nikon is trying to say that you can shift this lens to keep parallel lines from converging, not really change perspective. Nikon should call it tilt-shift, but Canon does that.
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