Nikon PC-E Micro-NIKKOR 45mm f/2.8D ED Tilt-Shift Lens

Nikon PC-E Micro-NIKKOR 45mm f/2.8D ED Tilt-Shift Lens

Nikon PC-E Micro-NIKKOR 45mm f/2.8D ED Tilt-Shift Lens

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Product Highlights

  • F-Mount Lens/FX Format
  • Aperture Range: f/2.8 to f/32
  • One Extra-Low Dispersion Element
  • Nano Crystal & Super Integrated Coatings
  • Maximum Tilt: +/- 8.5°
  • Maximum Shift: +/- 11.5mm
  • PC Rotation Capability: +/-90°
  • Close Range Correction System
  • Rounded 9-Blade Diaphragm
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Nikon PC-E Micro NIKKOR 45mm f/2.8D ED Overview

  • 1Description

Complementing the normal field of view with tilt and shift movements, the PC-E Micro-NIKKOR 45mm f/2.8D ED from Nikon is a unique lens allowing you to more effectively control focus and perspective. Up to +/- 8.5° of tilt is possible, for focus control; +/- 11.5mm of shift, to adjust perspective and composition; and +/- 90° of rotation is also possible for adjusting the axis of these movements. Further benefitted by the movements, this lens is also a micro optic and provides a 1:2 maximum magnification ratio along with a 9.3" minimum focusing distance for working with close-up subjects.

In addition to the mechanical assets, this lens also features a sophisticated optical design that includes one extra-low dispersion element to control color fringing and chromatic aberrations for improved clarity. Close Range Correction also helps to ensure consistent image quality throughout the focusing range. Additionally, both Nano Crystal and Super Integrated Coatings have been applied to reduce flare and ghosting for improved contrast in strong lighting conditions.

Perspective control, tilt-shift lens affords +/- 11.5mm of shift and +/- 8.5° of tilt, and both types of movements can be applied independently of one another. Additionally, 90° rotation is possible left and right, with stops at 30° intervals.
One extra-low dispersion element helps to reduce color fringing and chromatic aberrations for improved clarity and color accuracy.
Nano Crystal and Super Integrated Coatings have been applied to lens elements to minimize surface and internal reflections for a marked reduction in lens flare and ghosting.
Close Range Correction system helps to maintain consistent image quality throughout the entire focusing range, from the minimum focusing distance of 9.8" to infinity. Additionally, the maximum magnification of 1:2 is ideal for photographing close-up subjects.
UPC: 018208021741
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Nikon PC-E Micro-NIKKOR 45mm f/2.8D ED Tilt-Shift Lens
  • 77mm Snap-On Lens Cap
  • LF-1 Rear Lens Cap
  • HB-43 Bayonet Lens Hood for PC-E 45mm f/2.8D Lens
  • CL-1120 Soft Lens Case
  • Limited 1-Year Warranty
  • Limited 4-Year USA Warranty Extension with Online Registration
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    Nikon PC-E Micro NIKKOR 45mm f/2.8D ED Specs

    Focal Length 45mm
    Maximum Aperture f/2.8
    Minimum Aperture f/32
    Lens Mount Nikon F
    Format Compatibility Full-Frame
    Angle of View 51
    Tilt-Shift +/- 8.5° Tilt
    +/- 11.5 mm Shift
    Maximum Magnification 0.5x
    Macro Reproduction Ratio 1:2
    Minimum Focus Distance 9.84" / 25 cm
    Optical Design 9 Elements in 8 Groups
    Diaphragm Blades 9, Rounded
    Focus Type Manual Focus
    Image Stabilization None
    Filter Size 77 mm (Front)
    Dimensions ( x L) 3.2 x 4.409" / 82.5 x 112 mm
    Weight 1.6 lb / 740 g
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    Package Weight 2.65 lb
    Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 9.0 x 6.0 x 5.5"

    Nikon PC-E Micro NIKKOR 45mm f/2.8D ED Reviews

    PC-E Micro-NIKKOR 45mm f/2.8D ED Tilt-Shift Lens is rated 4.6 out of 5 by 38.
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Outstanding effects and sharpness As a landscape/nature photographer I am attracted more by the depth of field expansion (vertical tilt) than the corection of coverging lines (vertical shift). without any correction this lens has an outstanding sharpness rivalling with the very best lenses from Zeiss or Leica. I am discovering the possibilities of these multiple combinations and I feel that it will take me a few weeks/months to master them all. I am using many MF lenses already so the Manual focus operation is not a throw back for me. I feel already that I will achieve exceptional photos using these new possibilities (panoramas, change plane of focus horizontally and vertically etc...). The ultimate toy/tool for the creative photographer.
    Date published: 2012-10-30
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from FInest lens Nikon ever built! I recently received mines from Nikon over the weekend and I cannot be any happier with this product. It is a very expertly creative lens. I do NOT recommend this for everybody since it is strictly a manual focus lens and have a lot of limits while shooting (not ideal for no-control situations) but perfect performer when mounted on the tripod. It requires a lot of great patience and practice to get familiar with this product - the controls are very similar to large format view camera with expectedly ultimate image quality. Nothing will beat any other PC-E lenses in image quality.
    Date published: 2008-08-19
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great lens! I am not an architectural photographer, but I do have to deal with trying to keep lines parallel. I photograph books in my art and perspective control is needed. I also look to achieve a very shallow dof. After losing my darkroom in a building fire, I made the switch from using a view camera to DSLRs. This lens has helped that transition more than any single component. While i wish that the tilt/shift could have a greater range, I'm very excited to be able to get whatever amount I can. There's a lot of variation in the design of this lens to give a great amount of control.
    Date published: 2010-05-23
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from A must have for creatives This is a must have lens for interesting DOF. It's been on the rise as a trend lens in portraiture, and I'm glad I purchased it. It's very crisp, even though it's manual. It doesn't take long to get used to the manual function and is almost refreshing that it isn't autofocus. The learning curve is a little steep when using the tilt/shift features and you will need to experiment with it before using it on clients. You will not be disappointed with this lens!
    Date published: 2009-12-17
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from So amazing! I waited a long time to purchase this lens and it was worth the wait! I takes a bit of getting used to but it produces results every time. You can easily focus (or not) on the subject. It moves left to right, up and down and also moves 90 degrees so the angles are endless. It is a bit heavy and needs two hands but if you take the extra time out to frame the shot, it's great. It's also all manual but I find that if i take a test photo with the lens zero'd and then move the lens, the aperture/shutter settings remain the same. Maybe a little tweaking but with digital camera's it's not that big of deal to get it right in the lens.
    Date published: 2011-09-28
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Not your everday macro lens ! I use this for architectural scenes and some macro shots. This is a GREAT lens. It is extremely sharp and will allow you to get shots not possible with a regular lens. I am very happy with the lens (even at the price!). The manual focus is not an issue, even when not using a tripod. It is possible to take photos of windows and doors where it looks like the camera is dead center in front of the glass, but there is no reflection. Full building shots can be taken without the converging lines that a regular wide-angle gives you. The macro capabilities are enhanced with the lens's tilt option which can help you control the depth-of-field. Yes, there IS a learning period associated with this lens. But, it is worth the time and effort for the shots you will be getting. And, I guess I would also have to say, it's worth the money. It's very well made and everything works smooth and precise. My ONLY complaint would be that the lens hood is somewhat of a PAIN to get attached - I can live with that.
    Date published: 2009-12-22
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Sharp, easy to use It is easy to use if you have experience with a view camera. There is a slight exposure shift when the lens is heavily tilted, but I would not consider this a problem when shooting digital. And yes, it will mount on the D800, unlike some reviews on the web suggest. The shift is more than generous but expect some chromatic aberrations at the far end. The tilt is even too generous for landscape photography. Here lies my only criticism: The swing mechanism should have a lower gear to allow more precise movement. Of course it would be nicer if the lens had the tilt and shift on independent planes, but in landscape photography I use the shift merely for stitching (arriving at my beloved 4x5 aspect ratio). The lens is very sharp and outperforms all my other Nikon lenses at this focal length. Focuses down to a 1:2 ratio, which I would not call macro/micro, but is very good for tight head portraits and product shots.
    Date published: 2013-12-29
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great sharp lens I use this one with my 24 PC-E and 85 PC-E for landscape and architectural work. They all rock! I cut my teeth on a view camera so the tilts and shifts do not confuse me. For those who state these lenses are hard to use probably should study the view camera movements basics, one can find them on line just do the google thing! Key point is to use manual exposure. They are used on a Nikon D3 and Nikon D700. Yes it works on the D700.
    Date published: 2010-05-31
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    Does this 45mm PC-E lens work/fit properly on a D750? I've seen conflicting reports: some say yes, some say no. Does anyone here know for sure?
    Asked by: Lester
    Yes, however with these lenses focusing and exposure need to be set manually.
    Answered by: James B.
    Date published: 2018-08-28


    What is the sweet spot of this lens? Is it at least equally as sharp as other Nikon lenses?
    Asked by: Anonymous
    Without using the tilt and shift, the sweet spot will be around f/11. It is equally as sharp as other Nikon lenses.
    Answered by: Heather S.
    Date published: 2018-08-27


    Has anyone had a Nikon PC-E lens converted to allow you to swing and tilt in the same photo or tilt and rise/fall in the same photo? If so, what was the cost and are your happy with the results?
    Asked by: Darcy
    I just called Nikon customer service on this issue of converting the lens so as to do rise/fall and tilt in the same photo, and the associated cost. Nikon told me the conversion cost is variable ranging between $346.00 and $699.00. They explained that the variance is based on whether they have to replace lens elements during the process. They added that newer lenses are more likely to hit the $346.00.
    Answered by: Willie
    Date published: 2019-04-19


    Hi, Is the barrel distortion seen in shots taken when the lens is shifted easily correctible? Thanks.
    Asked by: Robert S.
    I have never had this problem. I use lens for landscapes.
    Answered by: Robert H M.
    Date published: 2018-08-27


    Hi, Has anyone found a way to use the 45m PC-E on an A7RII? What adapter? Thanks.
    Asked by: Robert S.
    I do not have any information regarding this question.
    Answered by: Steven B.
    Date published: 2018-08-27


    Can this lens do rise & fall and tilt in the same photo? The nearest I can see is that it can't.
    Asked by: Anonymous
    Yes, the lens can tilt and shift in the same photo. There are limits and you will get vignetteing if you go to far.
    Answered by: Robert K.
    Date published: 2019-04-19
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