Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Hartblei Tilt Adapter

This is the Hartblei tilt adapter that I picked up on eBay.

The following description is from the seller:

This Tilt adapter is designed by Hartblei to use with all Pentacon Six, Kiev 60, Kiev 88mm lenses on your Nikon DSLR or SLR camera.  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.
  • Tilt: 0 to 8 degrees
  • Direction: 360 rotation
  • Will focus to infinity
The seller is

To be clear, this adapter is tilt only and does not provide shift functionality.  The adapter is a little spendy in my opinion, but still is an economical way to experiment with tilt photography when paired with a relatively inexpensive medium format lens, like the Arsat 80mm f/2.8.

Build quality seems solid and simple.  Just mount the lens and turn the upper ring to tighten the lens to the adapter, then mount the adapter (with the lens) to the camera (in my case, the D90).  The lower ring controls the degree of tilt, rotate anywhere from 0 to 8.  The two metal tabs on the sides are there for you to grab to rotate the adapter (hence, the lens) in either direction, in increments of 30 degress (rotation feature).

I was inspired by a certain Flickr member:
so please visit his photostream for more info and photos.  He has an extensive collection of cameras and lenses, and some very informative information :)

Tilted 8 degrees

Zero tilt



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