How to Use a Tilt Shift Lens

Tilt. Shift. Focus.

The Canon 90mm f/2.8 Tilt-Shift lens is one way of enhancing this wide aperture panoramic stitching technique. Tilt controls the plane of focus. Shift controls perspective distortion. The wider the aperture the more the effect is exaggerated, however, closing the aperture down shows a greater area of in focus, causing the effect to become diminished.

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So where exactly is the sweet spot in terms of aperture, that allows us to see the effect without losing depth of field? We’ve found that being at around f/4 gives us the perfect balance of effect to DOF.