Tilt Adapter for Hasselblad lens on NEX 5 NEX 3

Tilt Adapter for Hasselblad lens on NEX 5 NEX 3

Tilt Adapter Hasselblad Lens Sony NEX 3 NEX 5 camera

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This Tilt adapter is designed by Hartblei to use with all Hasselblad lenses( Sorry no H mount) lenses on your Pentax, Zenit or any others cameras Sony NEX mount .

Using this new design, the adapter interfaces between the camera and lens, maintaining all F stop and focusing functions, and allowing control of perspective and depth of field using tilt movements similar to a view camera.

Creative applications include increasing depth of field or decreasing depth of field, as seen in many fashion and product advertisements, where unusual focus effects are desired. Ideal for architectural photography for controlling perspective and depth of field. A perfect solution for product table top photography including digital.

Minimum and maximum focus distances will vary with focal length and degree of movement used.

  • TILT-
  • from 0 to up to 8 degree
  • Direction: any with 360 rotation
  • Will focus to infinity!
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    A few years ago – I borrowed a neighbor’s Canon tilt-shift lens for a family portrait session – and – as you might imagine – it was very cool.  Since then – I’ve been looking for a reasonably priced tilt system.

    There were essentially two options that I found:  used EOS tilt-lenses (still very cool – and still very expensive) – and tilt adapters.

    tilt test - March 2011-3Of the adapters – there appeared to be two options: (1) hard to find – with few reviews or (2) DIY (plunger lenses and the like).

    Now – I think the DYU route is pretty cool – but I was hesitant to commit to that path for daily use (though I’m persuaded it is the most economical path to tilt photography).

    The P6 lenses seem to be reasonably priced – but can be tough to come by if you’re in North America.  I was considering one on eBay when I became intrigued by the Hasselblads – and found some used atKeN The one I settled on was a 80mm f/2.8 Carl Zeiss Planar C rated “Bargain” for under $350 (maybe ‘cuz it didn’t come with caps or a hood). The glass is essentially in new condition – and mechanically it’s clean and smooth.  This particular one is an older copy – and it’s chrome.

    tilt test - March 2011-4And how rare are the Hasselblad-to-EOS adapters?  Well – the web seems to be pretty light on examples and write ups – except for a few images that have been posted to Flickr.  And – I guess as it’s Hasselblad – and not Pentacon 6 – the adapter is roughly twice the cost.

    – and it does what it’s supposed to do.  It tilts from 0 to 8 degrees – and rotates 360 degrees (with about 12 stops within that rotation). 

    tilt test - March 2011-5The Hasselblad-to-adapter connection is pretty good – and the adapter-to-EOS connection is better.  Of course – don’t expect any lens information or auto settings to work.  Simply shooting your camera in either aperture priority or manual will likely work best.

    It is possible to stop the lens down mechanically – but for these images – I kept the lens wide open (f/2.8).

    As for the focal length – 80mm is a bit longer than I’d prefer – but it was the least expensive option.  As I understand – the 80mm lenses for medium format cameras are much like the 50mm’s for SLR’s – good quality, abundant, and lower cost than other fixed lenses in its class.

    As for the trio of tree photos?  They’re from one of my favorite spots to test lenses – Finley tilt test - March 2011-7Wildlife Refuge.  Now none of these photos are magazine covers – but my primary purpose was to test the tilt and the glass.

    So – why isn’t everyone running to pick these systems up? Well – a few reasons – I think.

    First – there’s no “shift” with this system.  Serious architectural – and some landscape folks will want to be able to control the perspective with “shift”.

    Second – well – the parts can be hard to find.  For example – the Pentacon 6 lenses seem to be mostly hanging out in Europe and there doesn’t appear to be a lot of copies available in North America.  As for the adapters – they seem to be floating around in dusty corners of the web (though – as mentioned above – a few have recently popped up in the Amazon marketplace – and some are available on eBay).

    tilt test - March 2011-9Third – not everyone is interested in tilt photography.  It’s sort of a niche.

    And fourth – it’s a pretty mechanical setup, has manual focus, and (in this case) manual aperture setting.

    So – Hasselblad?  Pentacon 6? Which system to go with?  Probably doesn’t matter a whole lot.  If you can get your hands on Pentacon glass – you’ll likely pay less – and still be quite happy with the results.  But – I just liked the idea of shooting with some of that vintage Zeiss glass.


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