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NikonPC-E NIKKOR 24mm f/3.5D ED Tilt-Shift Lens
 
4.7

(based on 69 reviews)

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98%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Strong construction (40)
  • Consistent output (39)
  • Durable (39)
  • Rugged (24)
  • Easily interchangeable (18)

Cons

  • Heavy (10)
  • Lens creep (3)

Best Uses

  • Landscape/scenery (43)
  • Architecture (17)
  • Macro photography (12)
  • Special effects (9)
  • Landscape photography (8)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Pro photographer (20), Semi-pro photographer (17), Photo enthusiast (13), Professional (10)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (39)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Indispensable for interiors/landscapes

My only criticism of this great lens is that Nikon did not take a leaf from Canon's new 17 TS-E, which allows the tilt axis to be rotated independently of the shift axis (as...Read complete review

My only criticism of this great lens is that Nikon did not take a leaf from Canon's new 17 TS-E, which allows the tilt axis to be rotated independently of the shift axis (as shipped, these are fixed at 90 degrees from on another, and their orientation may not be changed, officially, except by Nikon Service Centre).

The capacity to change this alignment is so fundamental to using tilt and shift simultaneously that I considered buying a Canon FF body just to be able to use the new 17 TS-E lens.

Even if one takes this route and has the axis orientation changed, the owner must decide, and stick to the choice. The reason the Canon solution is SO much better is that one needs to change this orientation job-by-job. I have decided that, for this focal length, the best arrangement is to have the tilt and shift axes aligned and this I have done.

This 24 PC-E is a brilliant lens, and is so good i now need the 45 and the 85. To be able to control the plane of focus is simply liberating: no need to risk diffraction to get needed depth of field; just a simple tilt and it's done.

Same with shift: correcting perspective in-camera is simple, and this is where Nikon's Live View is simply the best solution around: sub pixel magnification (if necessary) allows pin-sharp focus checks, anywhere in frame (I use 2 D700s).

Potential buyers need to be aware that the shift knob can touch the flash housing if the lens is rotated to the full extent; this clears on the D3 (no flash). The solution is simple, though; just rotate the other way; makes no difference to the operation.

Users need to be aware of not over-tightening the lock knobs for tilt and shift; fortunately the knobs are small—I do not know if I could used this lens in really cold locations for this reason.

The lens is extremely sharp, even wide open, and corner to corner. The manual focus helicoid is pro standard, and feels beautiful to use.

An excellent lens, but I will be an early buyer of any future version that works the way the new Canons do.

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Amazing, until it fell apart

Stunning lens helped me produce some amazing images. But always had an odd rattle and was difficult to set the shift. The shift pressure screw fell out, along with the bracket that holds...Read complete review

Stunning lens helped me produce some amazing images. But always had an odd rattle and was difficult to set the shift. The shift pressure screw fell out, along with the bracket that holds it together inside the lens. Useless now.

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5.0

Sharp, great contrast and color.

By Jwill

from US

Verified Buyer

Comments about Nikon PC-E NIKKOR 24mm f/3.5D ED Tilt-Shift Lens:

No surprises here. Super sharp. The shift lock could be better, but I imagine it's an engineering challenge in such a small space. As it is, I'm afraid of overtightening the tiny knob, and this leaves me hoping the lens doesn't creep down during a vertical shift. And please, Nikon, consider a redesign with independent tilt and shift sections. But I bought this lens aware of the limitation, and it performs perfectly.

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5.0

Must carry it in your bag

By photobymeyer

from Indy, IN

About Me Semi-pro Photographer

Verified Reviewer

Pros

  • Durable
  • Rugged
  • Strong Construction

Cons

  • Heavy

Best Uses

  • Landscape/Scenery

Comments about Nikon PC-E NIKKOR 24mm f/3.5D ED Tilt-Shift Lens:

I purchased the 24mm to shoot Real Estate interiors and would only use it for those jobs. One day I started carrying it around in my "walk-about" backpack when cruising downtown Indy and found that the other 10 lbs of prime lenses in my bag were pure dead weight. Shooting w this and experimenting w the functions causes you to think differently than w the 14-24 or a really sharp prime. I find using it makes me better at composing and the sharpness can't be beat. I find ƒ/8 to be the sweet spot but not by a mile.

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(9 of 9 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Special Lens - Great Performer

By Robert V

from Tucson AZ

About Me Semi-pro Photographer

Verified Reviewer

Pros

  • Consistent Output
  • Durable
  • Rugged
  • Strong Construction

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Landscape/Scenery

    Comments about Nikon PC-E NIKKOR 24mm f/3.5D ED Tilt-Shift Lens:

    Landscape and architectural shooter. Love the versatility and performance of this lens. Have modified mine through Nikon service to allow T/S in the same axis. Rugged, dependable. Using it requires some skill to get optimally sharp images - live view etc. Great for making three shot panoramas and turning my D800 into a 54 MP camera.

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    5.0

    Great Lens

    By Stevenh111

    from Iowa & Arizona

    About Me Pro Photographer

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Durable
    • Strong Construction

    Cons

    • Pricey
    • Tilt - Shift Relationship

    Best Uses

    • Architectural Photo
    • Landscape/Scenery
    • Macro Photography
    • Table Top Product Photo

    Comments about Nikon PC-E NIKKOR 24mm f/3.5D ED Tilt-Shift Lens:

    I come from 35+ years of view camera studio and environmental background and 40+ from 35mm and medium format. Including teaching in workshops, Higher Ed, commercial and fine arts.I am using this on a Nikon D800E.While this is a step back from the total control I have using my view cameras it is the next best thing. Focus stacking can be used with it if you can't get all that you need from the tilt/swing, but stacking is such a pain. The lense is as sharp as one could wish. I do not think that I will have the shift/rise axis converted to "landscape compatible" mode as has been suggested by others. I find that I prefer the 90* opposed shift for composing landscape.I DO wish that Nikon had made the shift/rise and tilt/swing on two separate rotating rings as some other manuf have done. If they did that this would be an absolute winner in all aspects. As it is, though, I still feel this is the best choice on the market for less than $

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    (13 of 21 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Top gear

    By feetwetphotos

    from Washington, DC

    About Me Pro Photographer

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    Pros

    • Durable

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Architecture

      Comments about Nikon PC-E NIKKOR 24mm f/3.5D ED Tilt-Shift Lens:

      Best used for Architecture, some usefulness for Landscape if you need to Scheimpflug. If you don't know this word you don't need this lens.
      Best way to correct perspective while putting camera a right level to record scene. Next best thing to a view camera.

      Good: Great optics, sharp, contrasty and easy to understand. Outstanding build and overall excellent piece of glass on a D800. There is remarkably little distortion for a 24mm lens. Electronic stop down function is clever and helpful. The movements are surprisingly extensive. I rarely have need of tilt function.

      Not perfect: Slight barrel distortion easily corrected in your raw editor. Knobs are small but if larger would interfere with camera body and certain movements. I classify this as a concession to reality. There is some vignetting at maximum shift at wide apertures but I've rarely needed that much shift on assignment.

      Stuff you'll want to know: This has manual focus and manual aperture setting. On this lens you set the aperture but focus and compose wide open, the camera (most of them, check compatibility chart) stoops down at shutter release. On the older version of the PC lens (the one without tilt) it was easy to forget to twist the aperture ring after composing and focusing.
      Few current DSLRs have view finders designed for manual focus. They are small and dim compared to film SLRs of yore. You'll need plenty of light for accurate focus. However, at 24mm inherent depth of field of the optic is great so you won't find it impossible to get acceptable focus if you stop down a couple of stops.

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      5.0

      Sharp and Versatile

      By Marsala's Dad

      from Easton, PA

      About Me Semi-pro Photographer

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      Pros

      • Rugged
      • Strong Construction
      • TACK SHARP

      Cons

        Best Uses

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

        Comments about Nikon PC-E NIKKOR 24mm f/3.5D ED Tilt-Shift Lens:

        I already owned the 45mm PC-E Nikkor, and loved it so much that I finally decided to pony up the additional cash for this wide angle tilt/shift companion lens. Very glad that I did. I don't miss the film days, but the tilt/shift control of my old 8x10 view camera allowed me to take pictures that you simply couldn't take otherwise. These high quality lenses bring much of that capability to the full Frame DSLR world, and they are worth every penny.

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        (7 of 9 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        It's a must have

        By Hardi

        from San Diego, CA

        About Me Semi-pro Photographer

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        Pros

        • Consistent Output

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Architectureadvertizing
          • Landscape/Scenery

          Comments about Nikon PC-E NIKKOR 24mm f/3.5D ED Tilt-Shift Lens:

          Perspective control, extreme depth of field, excellent optics - describe this product best.
          To be able to rotate the lens was unsuspected positive, after reading previous, now obsolete reviews. Glad that Nikon responded to this important demand.

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          (6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Sharp on D800

          By mzbarsk

          from Vienna, VA

          About Me Semi-pro Photographer

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          Pros

          • Durable
          • Rugged
          • Strong Construction

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Architecture
            • Landscape/Scenery

            Comments about Nikon PC-E NIKKOR 24mm f/3.5D ED Tilt-Shift Lens:

            A very sharp PC lens when used on a D800. One of the knobs clips the body a little but doesn't really affect the usability of the lens much. Overall, very pleased with its performance.

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            (5 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Perfect for Architecture/Landscape

            By PhillyPhotog

            from Philadelphia, PA

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            Pros

            • Consistent Output
            • Durable
            • Easily Interchangeable
            • Nice Bokeh

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Landscape/Scenery

              Comments about Nikon PC-E NIKKOR 24mm f/3.5D ED Tilt-Shift Lens:

              Great for architectural/landscape photography. Enables beautifully seamless panoramas. Sharp with a nice contrast. Pricey but worth it.

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              (12 of 14 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              Not a Lens for Everybody

              By BSchirm

              from Palos Verdes Peninsula, CA

              About Me Semi-pro Photographer

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              Pros

              • Durable
              • Strong Construction

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Landscape/Scenery
                • Macro Photography

                Comments about Nikon PC-E NIKKOR 24mm f/3.5D ED Tilt-Shift Lens:

                This is a very well made lens, which can produce outstanding quality images. However, it is also a lens which has a significant learning curve. There are technical aspects about a PC lens which one must know and understand to get the best results out of this type of lens. For landscape purposes, the ideal set up for the lens would be for the tilt and shift functions to be parallel to one another, instead of a right angle. Nikon will modify the lens to this configuration if you choose (at a cost). However, the Canon equivalent lens allows you to switch back and forth on the fly, which seems like a better design in that respect.

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                5.0

                Great lens

                By Stfisher

                from Houston, Texas

                About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Consistent Output
                • Durable
                • Easily Interchangeable
                • Rugged

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Indoors/Low Light
                  • Landscape/Scenery

                  Comments about Nikon PC-E NIKKOR 24mm f/3.5D ED Tilt-Shift Lens:

                  Very very sharp..........

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                  (9 of 9 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  5.0

                  has changed my photography

                  By gastwa

                  from rockville, md

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                  Pros

                  • Consistent Output
                  • Durable
                  • Easily Interchangeable
                  • Rugged
                  • Strong Construction

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

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

                    Comments about Nikon PC-E NIKKOR 24mm f/3.5D ED Tilt-Shift Lens:

                    This lens really allows you to compose creatively where other lenses do not. Shooting landscapes with this lens using only 1-2 degrees of tilt allows for larger apertures and lower diffraction than normal lenses. Do not overdo the tilt unless you are going for the diorama effect. Use the left-right shift for seamless panoramas. Use rise shift for architecture. Once you learn how to use this lens, you will not want to take it off.

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                    (6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    5.0

                    A must have for Landscape/Architecture

                    By Ron

                    from Dallas

                    About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Consistent Output
                    • Easily Interchangeable
                    • Rugged
                    • Strong Construction

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Architecture
                      • Indoors/Low Light
                      • Landscape/Scenery

                      Comments about Nikon PC-E NIKKOR 24mm f/3.5D ED Tilt-Shift Lens:

                      This lens is very sharp all the way to the edges at any stop. It was my first tilt/shift for SLR work but very easy to figure out and work. I read all the cons on the lens before buying and have yet to confirm one on my own. This lens will definitely be in my bag at all times. Only thing I do not like, as shipped, the angles are set the wrong way for landscape and tabletop photography. You can't get tilt at the same time as rise/fall — you only get swing. You can send the lens to Nikon and they will make the correction, for a fee.

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                      (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                       
                      5.0

                      dream lens

                      By Eugenius

                      from Fort Lauderdale

                      About Me Photo Enthusiast

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Consistent Output
                      • Durable
                      • Easily Interchangeable
                      • Strong Construction
                      • Very Sharp

                      Cons

                      • Heavy
                      • Lens Creep
                      • NONE

                      Best Uses

                      • Landscape/Scenery
                      • Windows and gates

                      Comments about Nikon PC-E NIKKOR 24mm f/3.5D ED Tilt-Shift Lens:

                      I like photographs of windows, gates and similar. This lens is just perfect for that purpose.

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                      (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

                       
                      5.0

                      Love the lens

                      By Mike

                      from Golden, CO

                      About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Consistent Output
                      • Durable
                      • Easily Interchangeable
                      • Nice Bokeh
                      • Rugged
                      • Strong Construction

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Landscape/Scenery
                        • Macro Photography

                        Comments about Nikon PC-E NIKKOR 24mm f/3.5D ED Tilt-Shift Lens:

                        Sharp, tilts, shifts. Makes 3x1 panos easy. What's not to like.

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                        (8 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

                         
                        5.0

                        For contemplative work, a must have.

                        By Mike

                        from New Jersey

                        About Me Semi-pro Photographer

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                        Pros

                        • Consistent Output
                        • Durable
                        • Outstanding Optics
                        • Strong Construction

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Architectural photography
                          • Landscape/Scenery

                          Comments about Nikon PC-E NIKKOR 24mm f/3.5D ED Tilt-Shift Lens:

                          Being accustomed to shooting 4x5 I consider this lens an absolute must have for landscape and architectural photography. It's incredibly sharp and contrasty across a wide aperture range, the manual focus and aperture rings are large, comfortable and precise and overall build quality excellent. Unlike many reviewers I have no issue with the control knobs and button locations on this unit. A surprisingly welcome feature is the electronic aperture control which offers the benefits of not only convenience but also speed allowing the lens to double a useful walk around manual focus wide angle (when zeroed); something I really never considered practical for my old Nikkor 28PC with its manual preset aperture. Only problem is now I really want to add both the 45 and 85mm PC-Es.

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                          5.0

                          A landscape photography must

                          By Numael

                          from Destin, Fl

                          About Me Photo Enthusiast

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                          Pros

                          • Consistent Output
                          • Durable
                          • Rugged
                          • Strong Construction

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                            • Architecture
                            • Landscape/Scenery

                            Comments about Nikon PC-E NIKKOR 24mm f/3.5D ED Tilt-Shift Lens:

                            The possibilities with this piece of glass are endless. For increasing your DoF, stitching panoramas or architecture projects this lens brings a lot of options.

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                            (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                             
                            5.0

                            Great Lens all I speted and more

                            By Ricardo Rodriguez Alba

                            from Tuscaloosa, Al

                            About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

                            • Durable
                            • Rugged
                            • Sharp at all focal length
                            • Strong Construction
                            • Well built quality

                            Cons

                            • Expensive but unmatched

                            Best Uses

                            • Architectural photography
                            • Interior Architecture
                            • Landscape/Scenery
                            • Night Photography
                            • Product Photography

                            Comments about Nikon PC-E NIKKOR 24mm f/3.5D ED Tilt-Shift Lens:

                            I'll use this lens for architectural photography and interiors and landscapes, extremly sharp and well built...
                            A littel expensive but all good thins are..!

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                            (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

                             
                            5.0

                            Must have for Architecture!!

                            By Nate

                            from Denver, CO

                            About Me Pro Photographer

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

                            • Consistent Output
                            • Durable
                            • Easily Interchangeable

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                              • architectural

                              Comments about Nikon PC-E NIKKOR 24mm f/3.5D ED Tilt-Shift Lens:

                              Love this lens s far. Great quality, great glass, great shift travel!

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                              (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

                               
                              5.0

                              Great lens!

                              By C-

                              from San Antonio, TX

                              About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                              Verified Buyer

                              Pros

                              • Consistent Output
                              • Nice Bokeh
                              • Strong Construction

                              Cons

                              • Heavy

                              Best Uses

                              • Architectural photos
                              • Landscape/Scenery

                              Comments about Nikon PC-E NIKKOR 24mm f/3.5D ED Tilt-Shift Lens:

                              I used this lens for Architectural photos with my D700. The images are crisp, the bokeh is creamy. It might be heavier than I expected. But, it is solidly built. I love this lens.

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