Several times over the last few months I’ve seen TV shows, movies and even advertisements that have been shot, at least in part with a tilt-shift lens. I presume this has something to do with the Canon 5D mark II revolution that brought a photographer’s wide range of high quality optics into the cinematographer’s playground.
So what is a tilt-shift lens? A lens that is able to rotate the optics of the lens relative to the film / sensor plane (tilt) or move the optics up or down relative to the film / sensor plane (shift). These “movements” are usually done to control the plane of focus (tilt) or correct converging lines (shift). Landscape photographers might tilt a lens to increase the depth of field in the image ensuring front to back focus. Tilting the lens in the opposite direction creates an unusually narrow field of focus. This gives the effect of miniaturization. It was used to shrink London for the recent BBC drama Sherlock, and New York in the opening sequence for Gulliver’s Travels. Today I saw it used to transform a rally car into a toy.
Anyone else spotting the tilt-shift phenomenon appearing on their screens.