Most of us are familiar with the tilt & shift look, with many Photoshop tutorials and smartphone camera filters dedicated to replicating the effect...
However, you’ll never be able to truly recreate the effect better than with a dedicated lens. Nikon’s 24mm moves across both vertical and horizontal axes, allowing you to correct for perspective distortions.
Although designed with architecture in mind, you can also create what’s commonly know as the ‘toy town’ effect, creating a single line of focus while blurring the rest of the scene. This results in your scene looking like a miniature model, faking an impossibly small depth-of-field.
While Nikon’s 24mm certainly isn’t a cheap lens (Samyang offers an alternative for around £680), being aimed at architectural specialists, it does offer something unique on this list, with a superior set of optics for superb image quality and extremely precise manual focusing.
Excellent for architecture
Unique ‘toy town’ effect
Easy to use
Focal length: 24mm