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Schneider PC TS Makro-Symmar 90mm f/4.5 Lens (For Nikon)

You Pay: $3,180.00
Product Highlights
  • Perspective Control, Tilt & Shift Lens
  • 12mm Shift Range
  • 8 Degree Tilt Range
  • High Resolution Schneider Optics
  • For Nikon Cameras

The Schneider PC TS Makro-Symmar 90mm f/4.5 Lens (For Nikon) gives you the same types of controls used by large format cameras to control perspective, but for your Nikon camera. There's both a parallel shift to reduce or eliminate converging lines or perspective distortion ("keystone correction") and a swinging or tilting of the lens according to Scheimpflug's rule to better utilize depth of field (DOF) without an increase in diffraction from stopping down the aperture further and reducing sharpness.

Parallel shift and lens swing or tilt can be carried out independently of one another in any desired direction (vertically, horizontally or obliquely) thanks to separate rotary mounts. This 90mm f/4.5 Super Angulon lens combines exceptional reproduction quality with a large 90mm image circle and excellent adjustability. The exceptionally large image circles allow for full tilt and shift movements at any position in the lens rotation with no possibility of vignetting.

Perspective Control, Tilt & Shift lens for Nikon cameras
12 mm shift range, 8 degree tilt range with an image circle diameter of 79.2 mm (at infinity)
Performance
Focal Length 90mm
Aperture Maximum: f/4.5
Minimum: f/32
Camera Mount Type Nikon F
Format Compatibility 35mm Film / Full-Frame Digital Sensor
Tilt/Shift Shifts ± 12mm
Tilt ± 8°
Minimum Focus Distance 22.44" (57.00 cm)
Maximum Reproduction Ratio 1:4
Elements/Groups 6/4
Features
Image Stabilization No
Autofocus No
Tripod Collar Yes Fixed - rotating
Environmental
Physical
Dimensions (DxL) Approx. 4.25 x 5.46" (108 x 138.8 mm)
Weight 2.44 lb (1110 g)
Schneider PC TS Makro-Symmar 90mm f/4.5 Lens (For Nikon)
  • Front and Rear Lens Caps
  • Carrying Pouch
  • Instruction Manual
  • Limited 1-Year Warranty
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    SchneiderPC TS Makro-Symmar 90mm f/4.5 Lens (For Nikon)
     
    5.0

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        5.0

        Optical & Mechanical Excellence

        By David

        from Cape Town, South Africa

        About Me Semi-pro Photographer

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Consistent Output
        • Durable
        • Easily Interchangeable
        • Strong Construction

        Cons

        • Slow Focus

        Best Uses

        • Landscape/Scenery
        • Product Photography

        Comments about Schneider PC TS Makro-Symmar 90mm f/4.5 Lens (For Nikon):

        If your photography style is 1000s of images captured on high speed burst with autofocus, this lens is NOT for you.

        However if you craft your images, take time and are happy to walk away with a couple of perfect frames this is a fantastic lens.
        You have to think! 100% manual and multiple moving settings. Be prepared to engage your brain.

        It's optically spot on.
        The tilt-shift controls are solid, precise & free of 'creep'.
        I strongly suspect I'll be adding the 50mm and new 28mm PC-TS Super-Angulons in due course.

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        5.0

        The best in its class.

        By YarRus

        from Tel aviv

        About Me Semi-pro Photographer

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Best Optics

        Cons

        • Six Blade Diaphragm

        Best Uses

        • Indoors/Low Light
        • Landscape/Scenery
        • Macro Photography

        Comments about Schneider PC TS Makro-Symmar 90mm f/4.5 Lens (For Nikon):

        I use it for product and portraits. The colors seems better then Zeiss i have (100, 50 macro) lens fells not so heavy like people say and usable for hand shooting too.

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        5.0

        A seriously under rated lens.

        By Andrew

        from Columbus, OH

        About Me Semi-pro Photographer

        Pros

        • Consistent Output
        • Excellent color
        • Sharp
        • Strong Construction

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Architecture
          • Landscape/Scenery
          • Macro Photography

          Comments about Schneider PC TS Makro-Symmar 90mm f/4.5 Lens (For Nikon):

          I'm really surprised that I'm the first person to write a review of this lens. It's really spectacular.

          Being able to use the Scheimpflug Rule on a DSLR is really a lot of fun. I do a lot of close-up "product" type photography and being able to manipulate the plane of sharp focus is a great tool. Sure, you could do that in Photoshop, but what would be involved? If you're shooting close-up, you'd need to do image stacking to get everything in focus and then do lens blur. I shoot a Nikon D800E and focus stacking 10 or 20 separate images (@120 MB each) is VERY painful.

          Everyone focuses (pun intended) on the PC TS aspect of this lens, missing out on some other outstanding features:

          • This lens is sharp. Very sharp. I own Zeiss 100mm and 50mm (ZF.2) Makro lenses and this lens is on par with these @ f5.6 or f8 (if you go past f8 the image quality deteriorates much more quickly).

          • The color is, IMHO, better than my Zeiss glass. This is saying quite a lot since 100mm marko has nearly flawless color rendition.

          • Consistent. You get edge to edge sharpness and no vingetting no matter how extreme the perspective correction.

          • It's worth noting that this lens is surprisingly light. Not much heavier than my Zeiss lenses.

          The bottom line is that even without perspective control this is a really great lens.

          Now for the negatives.

          People are always complaining about how the Zeiss Makro lenses aren't "true" macro lenses. Technically they're not, but the minimum focus is less than 4", which suits me just fine. If you're a macro zealot you're going to be really, really disappointed when you discover the minimum focus distance on this lens in something like 2 feet. I wish it were better, but at 90mm this lens works for me.

          No CPU integration. This means manually stopping down the apature. There's a kind of short-cut that makes this a bit easier, but you still have to remember to do that.

          For the lack of CPU integration, I was going to give this 4 out of 5 stars. But this is a German lens that's made in Germany. The price may seem high, but if you compare it to Leica glass, it's actually not bad, especially when considering the outstanding optics and perspective control.

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