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Lensbaby Tilt Transformer Turns Nikon Lenses into Tilt Shifts for EVIL

Lensbaby unveiled a new accessory at Photokina called the Tilt Transformer, which allows you to use Nikon mount lenses on EVIL camera bodies as an instant tilt-shift lens with twice the tilt of normal TS lenses. It’s currently available for Micro Four Thirds bodies, but will be available for Sony NEX cameras as well starting on October 28, 2010. The Tilt Transformer comes with the Lensbaby Composer in a $350 package, or separately for $250.

Here’s an example of what you can do with this pairing:

Lensbaby Tilt Transformer


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  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Georgian-Constantin/100000799387137 Georgian Constantin

    Too bad something similar can’t be aplied to dslrs, to use normal lenses with adapters instead of medium format ones

  • Fastactingrelief

    The image circle on most DSLR lenses wouldn’t be big enough to covert the sensor. There would be tons of vignetting and really bad edge quality.

  • Fastactingrelief

    …I don’t see any shift functionality in this adapter.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Georgian-Constantin/100000799387137 Georgian Constantin

    Yes, I know that, I realized that when I tried to construct a makeshift tilt lens for myself. After long searches, I got a medium format lens that made everything possible.
    Just saying, it could be a nice thing to be able to do on dslrs what this thing does on evil

  • http://twitter.com/chungdha Chung Dha Lam

    I donno but shouldnt it work with crop DLSR with normal lenses, on crop frames like for Canon 7d,60d and 550d? But for full frames than need a medium format.

  • http://friskypics.com Faisal

    WANT!

  • http://twitter.com/GrrAargh .

    Nope, not a ’tilt-shift’ adapter. A TILT adapter, there is no shift.

  • http://twitter.com/GrrAargh .

    Nope, not a ’tilt-shift’ adapter. A TILT adapter, there is no shift.

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  • Lolicht

    there’s already a tilt adapter for canon dslr’s, russian made, you’ll find it on ebay …
    cost around 100e but you have only macro with most lenses …

  • http://blog.curiousimagery.com Daniel

    This is a great product, but you need to read the fine print on this one… it is ONLY compatible with Nikon mount lenses, yet the device itself is NOT compatible with Nikon cameras. Go figure right? I emailed Lensbaby to confirm this and here is their reply:

    “Thanks for your email. At this time the Tilt Transformer is only compatible with micro four thirds systems, Sony NEX cameras and Nikon lenses. We have no definitive plans at the moment for other mounts but we do value our customers suggestions and hope to use them in future product development.”

  • http://blog.curiousimagery.com Daniel

    This is a great product, but you need to read the fine print on this one… it is ONLY compatible with Nikon mount lenses, yet the device itself is NOT compatible with Nikon cameras. Go figure right? I emailed Lensbaby to confirm this and here is their reply:

    “Thanks for your email. At this time the Tilt Transformer is only compatible with micro four thirds systems, Sony NEX cameras and Nikon lenses. We have no definitive plans at the moment for other mounts but we do value our customers suggestions and hope to use them in future product development.”

  • http://www.pbase.com/picnic Picnic

    I just received mine. Once you see it you will understand why it needs mirrorless cameras. I am also going to try a Nikon to FD adapter to try the FDs I use with m4/3rds. I’m also shopping for manual F mount Nikon– probably 35/2. I shoot with a TS on my 5D but shooting manual focus with live view and magnification is a joy.

  • http://www.marisawilliams.com Risamay

    Grrr … Good to know. I was going to contact them and ask the same question. Though maybe I should contact them anyway to help create some demand for this as a future product/development!

  • http://pareandfocus.com Kat Landreth

    Yeah, they keep saying Tilt Shift, but it’s really just tilt, I think.

  • tiziano

    They are working only with nikon lens because they have that small lever on the back of the lens that control aperture settings, if you look well you can see a small protuberance on the inside of the tilt adapter that probably work with this lever.

    If i’m right, you’ll be able to control the aperture only if you use a lens with aperture control on the lens, like the Af Nikkor 50mm in the photo. With other modern nikon lens, the lens will be just wide open at the maximum aperture.

    That is good if you’re looking for “miniature effect”, but really bad if you’re planning to get the maximum dept of field with the tilt effect.
    Can someone that tried the tilt adapter comfirm me that?

  • Ken Elliott

    Nikon already did, and I own one. The PB4 bellows has tilt and shift. Add a 105mm Bellows Nikkor, and you have a tilt/shift lens that will focus to infinity-to-macro.

    In fact, the exact thing you are asking for (adaptor for dSLR) does exist, but for use with medium format lenses. The problem is the added thickness of the adapter prevents a normal lens from being able to focus to infinity. But medium format camera are much thicker, so that gives the room needed to fit the adapter + camera, and still allow for infinity focus.

    Nikon lenses are often chosen for this because Nikons have a large flange-to-sensor distance. When used with a (for example) Sony NEX, you have a large gap with plenty of room for an adapter.