Get ready for control with the new PC Nikkor 19mm f/4E ED tilt-shift lens...
Love tilt & shift? Got £3,300 burning a hole in your pocket? Nikon has the lens for you. The PC Nikkor 19mm f/4E ED tilt-shift lens is the latest addition to its impressive FX lens line-up and is aimed squarely at serious architecture, fine art and landscape photographers. It’s not cheap, but you just know image quality is going to knock your socks off…
Nikon takes compositional flexibility to a new level with the first FX-format perspective control (PC) lens to employ two PC rotation mechanisms. Ideal for architectural, fine art, and landscape photography, the PC Nikkor 19mm f/4E ED is made for photographers who have a keen sense of space.
Thanks to its picture angle and unique tilt, shift, and double-layer rotation capabilities, this manual focus lens enables photographers to shoot from the perfect starting point. Both tilt and shift can be engaged individually, and in combination, essentially replicating the movements of a large-format view camera. Photographers can exercise extensive control over the lens’ focal plane, and easily shift to create images unaffected by convergence. Or tilt to create landscapes that are sharp from the foreground to the background, without the need to close the aperture as you would with standard lenses. The 19 mm angle of view is ideal for large structures and spaces, and the unique optical construction ensures the distortion common in wide-angle lenses is minimised, even at the edges of the frame.
Simon Iddon, Head of Product Management, Nikon UK, says: “This FX-format lens is a long-awaited addition to Nikon’s line-up of Nikkor lenses with perspective control. Having been developed in response to the demands of professionals who work with PC lenses, it offers a powerful combination of picture angle and uncompromised edge to edge image quality".
Summary of key features
19mm ultra-wide angle of view
The 19mm angle of view means photographers can capture the true proportions of a scene, or take in more of the structure and less of the foreground.
High precision: legendary Nikkor quality
Two aspherical lens elements greatly reduce coma and other types of aberration. Three extra-low-dispersion glass elements minimise axial chromatic aberration. Nikon’s Nano Crystal Coat virtually eliminates ghosting and flare throughout the frame, even in backlit situations.
Double-layer PC rotation: shoot from the perfect starting point
Both tilt and shift can be engaged individually, or in combination. Tilt can be rotated independently up to 90° in either direction, and the whole lens can also be rotated up to 90°.
Smooth operator: superb build, exceptional ergonomics
The sturdy shift mechanism allows for smooth operation. The lens is compact and weighs approximately 885g. And it boasts Nikon’s fluorine coating, which actively repels water, dust and dirt without compromising image quality.