Tilt-shift: Tree silhouette panorama

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The shift-panorama shown above has been taken in Yosemite National Park, close to Olmsted Point. Five photographs were taken with an old, manual 90 mm lens (in total 15 mm shift in both directions) and combined to form this tree silhouette panorama. I have stopped publishing photographs from my tree silhouette series earlier this year because it is a theme I am rather pursuing during winter time, but the summer photograph above fits the theme very well.

Unless I have something important to say about tilt-shift photography, I will stop publishing blog posts under the tilt-shift label. My tilt-shift adapter is a tool that I regularly and often use to photograph subjects and topics that I care about. I much rather show my photographs in this context than have them reduced to technicalities. If you have a question about the Mirex tilt-shift adapter for micro-four thirds cameras, please have a look at the previous blog posts, or contact me if you have any unanswered questions.

2013/10/18 by Unknown
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Comments (4)

  1. Hi Florian! Greetings from Spain
    I found your interesting blog searching for titl shift for micro 4/3.
    I currently own a Canon gear, we produce interior photographs mostly. We are thinking into moving to the micro 4/3, we find it very convenient.
    But I'm not sure if it can work for us...until I found your posts about the Mirex adapter.

    Do you know if it could be used with Tokina 11-16 (canon) to a panasonic gh3 (or maybe gh4)? It's an aps-lens, so I'm not really sure.



  2. Dear Xermán,
    thank you very much for your visit and comment!
    I have no personal experience with this lens, but in principle I think that tilting should be no problem. However, you would probably be somewhat limited for shifting. The main problem, as far as I can tell, would be the electronic aperture of your Canon lens - the Mirex adapter is a manual adapter with no electronic contacts. As far as I understand you would have to control/close the aperture on a canon body and then move the lens to the tilt-shift adapter. This is probably not a very convenient solution. Instead of a Canon EF lens you could use any other lens that allows manual control of the aperture (for example Nikon lenses via a Nikon-Canon adapter).

    I hope that this helps a little bit - otherwise just ask again.

    All the best,

  3. Hi Florian.

    Thanks for your kind answer, this is somehow a niche area of photography and getting information is really valuable, I appreciate it.

    The f-stop will not be such a big problem, since for interior/architecture photography I generally shoot at f/11, I guess with micro 4/3 I could use f5.6 and get aprox. the same dof area. I will have to let the lens "stucked" at that value, it's something easy to do on cameras with dof preview button.

    I understand the shift will be limited because it is an aps-c lens and the image circle is not so big, but if I use a full frame lens the margin will be bigger... is that correct?

    Best wishes,


  4. Dear Xermán,
    thank you again for your comment.
    You are absolutely right - the distance you can shift the lens will be bigger with a full frame lens than with an APS-C lens. However, you can definitely also shift an APS-C lens to some degree (as far as I understand, some APS-C lenses have even wider image circles that expected). In general, tilting will be much less of a problem.
    The GH3 and GH4 should work, although I do not have either of these cameras. I know that the OM-D EM-5 is a problem - apparently the body of the camera is in the way (above the lens mount). If you were in Zurich you could have tried my adapter, but I am afraid that you are a little bit far away ....

    Best wishes,

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