Video Chat with a B&H Expert & Get Photography Advice Live!

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

BH #NI4528NED • MFR #2174
Nikon PC-E Micro-NIKKOR 45mm f/2.8D ED Tilt-Shift Lens
Key Features
  • F-Mount Lens/FX Format
  • Aperture Range: f/2.8 to f/32
  • One Extra-Low Dispersion Element
  • Nano Crystal & Super Integrated Coatings
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 Stock
$2,046.95
$171/mo. suggested payments for 12 Mos.
with the credit card.§ 
or Save the Tax with the credit card. 
Protect your Gear
Add a protection plan from $155.99
Trade in your gear for cash: Learn more
Ask Our Experts
800.606.6969

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

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

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

Focal Length45mm
Maximum Aperturef/2.8
Minimum Aperturef/32
Lens MountNikon F
Lens Format CoverageFull-Frame
Angle of View51°
Tilt-Shift+/- 8.5° Tilt
+/- 11.5 mm Shift
Minimum Focus Distance9.84" / 25 cm
Maximum Magnification0.5x
Macro Reproduction Ratio1:2
Optical Design9 Elements in 8 Groups
Diaphragm Blades9, Rounded
Focus TypeManual Focus
Image StabilizationNo
Filter Size77 mm (Front)
Dimensions (ø x L)3.25 x 4.41" / 82.5 x 112 mm
Weight1.63 lb / 740 g
Packaging Info
Package Weight2.65 lb
Box Dimensions (LxWxH)9 x 6 x 5.5"

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

Fantastic Lens

By Mark
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2022-06-08

I have an older 85 mm PC and this one seems so much sharper. I do wish it had an f45 like the 85mm but that is a small issue that it doesn't take from the 5 stars. I'm utterly blown away how much I can manipulate the POF using the tilt (which is my biggest use so far) and the shift is awesome for architecture images.

Not for me.

By Tim
Rated 2 out of 5
Date: 2016-12-15

I bought this lens to use with a Sony A7r with a Metabones adapter. In this configuration the lens doesn't focus at infinity. A misguided purchase on my part. I sent it back. At any rate, I was underwhelmed by the lens in general. The build came up short for an expensive lens. The little shift knobs are rinky dink, they operate with differing amounts of tension depending on the direction of shift. But the tilt worked smoothly and accurately. I didn't think the lens was particularly sharp. I'm used to medium and large format lenses, so take my negative opinion with a grain of salt.

Very good optical performance with a MAJOR flaw

By Moose
Rated 2 out of 5
Date: 2015-11-23

I have used this lens primarily for copy/archiving artwork. The tilt and shift function on the lens, along with its 'normal' focal length make this absolutely ideal for this type of work. I will not go on and on about the well documented aspects of this lens' sharpness build quality etc. What other people have said is true in my experience. What disappointed me hugely with this lens is IMHO a design oversight. if you're reading this Nikon, please fix this! When the lens is pointed downward, as I often do in repro, the front of the lens actually sag, and creep slowly with focus. This is because the lens is not Internal focus by design, and the front of the lens is too heavy. This is not dissimilar to zoom creep on cheap high zoom ratio lenses, except it does it with focus. This makes it impossible to use on a tripod unless you want to employ some duct tape! Worthy of noting also is that the PC-E 24mm and the 85mm lenses do NOT suffer from the same problem, this is unique to the 45mm. This is absolutely unacceptable when the price of this lens is taken into account. I have also tested out the Canon's comparable TS-E 45mm, while these is not creeping, the optical quality is nowhere near the Nikkor due to the age of the Canon, so I'm forced to use other focal length at this stage. Canon users should also note that this is technically an E type Nikkor, meaning if you have a nikon lens to Canon body adaptor, there is no Aperture pin on the mount to stop down as of 24 Nov 2015! Overall if you don't shoot downward, this is a great lens, otherwise, better off consider the 24 or the 85!

Exceptional Lens

By Michael
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2015-04-09

This is a truly exceptional lens in terms of sharpness, contrast, and color fidelity both in the center and at the corners. On a D800e, it is tack sharp at the single pixel level. If Nikon goes to a 50MP FF sensor, I believe this lens will handle the increased resolution of the smaller pixel. The lens is solidly built and focus is silky smooth. I give it a solid 5 stars. I have attached two 100% crops of a low contrast subject taken under soft lighting (cirrus cloud overcast). This choice reduces the perceived sharpness resulting from shadows caused by strong directional light. The images show the center of a D800e jpg with the tilt set to about the middle of its range. The aperture was stopped to F/10, which is into the realm where resolution is limited by diffraction rather than the D800e pixel pitch. In the fist crop, no sharpening has been applied. The second shows the same image with mild sharpening. I use primarily tilt movements. From the factory, tilt and shift directions are set to perpendicular. A *very* minor annoyance for me is the extremely rare occasion when I wish I had parallel tilt and shift available on the lens itself. But if I need parallel tilt and shift, I simply apply the shift effect in software after acquiring the image with enough border around the subject to allow for the distortion correction. In practical use, the fixed perpendicular tilt and shift axes are of no consequence for my work.

Far less than expected

By Willie
Rated 1 out of 5
Date: 2014-10-03

If you are a present or former View Camera photographer, you will not be even close to what you are accustomed to. Most importantly, you can not swing and tilt in the same photo. Secondly, you can not do tilt and rise/fall in the same photo. Nikon's owner's manual does say that you can send the lens to them, at additional cost, and they will re-configure this lens so that rise/fall and tilt can be done in the same photo. This lens is designed for the 35mm photographer who has always wished to dabble in the View Camera world. He will have no idea what he is missing.

Perspective Control Lense

By Walter H.
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2014-09-15

I finally purchased this lense after delaying for several years. I made the purchase because I wanted to control vertical perspective on building/architecture photographs. Needless to say it did that. In addition I have been using it for photographing mechanical/machines gizmos such as the drive wheels on steam locomotives. I am very pleased with the lense; and, it is rapidly becoming a go to lense.

Ultra sharp and does perspective control

By Russell
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2021-09-23

Tested on a Nikon D850 using the Spyder Lenscal tool in outdoor light and using Adobe Lightroom adjustment for exposure compensation of the 45.7mp NEF files in post. The lens is pixel-peep clear at all f-stops from f2.8 to f22. There is no noticeable edge blur at the focus point at 100% view. There is noticeable focus shift between the camera's viewfinder and the image which must be adjusted one time with the built-in D850 lens calibration tool. Once calibrated, the lens is tack sharp at the focus point from f2.8 to f22 and does not shift during stop-down. The D850 will remember the lens adjustment. At f2.8 there is some chromatic aberration in the out of focus areas that goes away at f4 and smaller. This lens was purchased for perspective control using the built in swing and tilt movements. The movement controls were easy to use while checking the results through the camera's viewfinder. I have previous experience with a 4x5 Linhof film camera which made this lens' swing and tilt controls familiar. This lens is great for close up work with a 1:2 reproduction ratio. I have never had commercial work that required that amount of close-up but it's nice to know that the lens is capable of producing a 1 object as an 0.5 image on a 45.7mp sensor.

Great!

By Paul
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2020-10-12

This lens is great for architectural details with perspective correction.

See any errors on this page? Let us know

YOUR RECENTLY VIEWED ITEMS

question

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: Howard
Yes, however with these lenses focusing and exposure need to be set manually.
Answered by: James B.
Date published: 2019-09-25

question

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

question

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

I shoot products commercially and want to add T/S ...

I shoot products commercially and want to add T/S capability to my offerings. My items are typically hardware parts such as cabinet pulls. Common sizes are 1-1/2” to 4”long. . Shots are usually straight on and slightly above the product. Front side to back side of items is usually 1” - 2.5” (needed DOF). Is this a capable product given this information?
Asked by: Charles
There is no fathomable calculator for P-S lenses that we have come across. However, in our experience, we feel that the lens will give you the wide depth of field (even at an open stop) you desire. Using such a lens requires delving into its milieu because that is the only way will you find out what it can do. We suggest that you research more about P-S lenses and then rent a lens for a test run to see if it works for you. I encourage to push through any discouragement for T-S lenses are a tool where the experienced user unlocks it's capability.
Answered by: Dennis A
Date published: 2021-04-27

question

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

question

Hi, Is the barrel distortion seen in shots taken when the lens is shifted easily correctible? Thanks.
Asked by: Robert S.
I wish I could answer your question. I purchased the lens for a project that never came about, so I have never used the lens.
Answered by: Steven B.
Date published: 2018-08-27

question

Hi, Has anyone found a way to use the 45m PC-E on an A7RII? What adapter? Thanks.
Asked by: Robert S.
Yes, the Nikon D810 is great adapter.
Answered by: terryw
Date published: 2018-08-27
  • y_2022, m_10, d_3, h_21CST
  • bvseo_bulk, prod_bvqa, vn_bulk_3.0.34
  • cp_1, bvpage1
  • co_hasquestionsanswers, tq_7
  • loc_en_US, sid_570498, prod, sort_[SortEntry(order=HAS_STAFF_ANSWERS, direction=DESCENDING)]
  • clientName_bhphotovideo
036