LANDSCAPES AT F/5.6?

There is always more than one way to skin a cat, or in landscape terms, achieve perfect depth-of-field. Here LensPimp are talking tilt and shift lenses, sweet spots and planes of focus. If you set off on a trip to shoot beautiful landscapes, normally your kit bag would include your prime 24mm, your 18-55mm kit zoom or, if you have splashed a bit of cash, a fast 24-70mm f/2.8 zoom perhaps. Also, being a sensible bunch, you set up your camera on a tripod, frame your masterpiece and dial in f/22 right? Wrong. What if we told you that you can shoot landscapes with perfect front to back sharpness at f/5.6 or f/8? Or, what if you are shooting a field full of meadow flowers, gently swaying barley or poppies and the resulting slow shutter speed from the f/22 aperture blurs all of the movement? For creative effect this is lovely, but what if you want sharp flowers? For 51 we could send you a Nikon tilt-shift (PC-E) lens for three days to allow you to open new creative possibilities -and have sharp flower pictures! Or for 61 the Canon 24mm TS-E. You can play with planes of focus and sweet spots until the cows come home, and they ideal for stylised portraits too.

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