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#1 Brandon Whiteside

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Posted 08 January 2011 - 02:22 PM

Hey everyone,

I have been booked to shoot a music video this week that requires a few tilt shift shots with the 5D. Having never worked with them, I just wanted to see if you guys had any pointers for me.
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#2 Chris Millar

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Posted 08 January 2011 - 04:24 PM

Are you specifically tilting for effect or shifting for effect ?

Are you racking either of them mid shot ?

Got any frames or footage of the look you're after ?


Which lens or PC mount are you using ?
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#3 Chris Keth

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Posted 08 January 2011 - 11:16 PM

Read up on the scheimpflug principal. It describes the optics involved when the planes of the film and of focus aren't parallel.
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#4 Olex Kalynychenko

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Posted 09 January 2011 - 10:34 AM

Hey everyone,

I have been booked to shoot a music video this week that requires a few tilt shift shots with the 5D. Having never worked with them, I just wanted to see if you guys had any pointers for me.


Hartblei tilt-shift lenses.
http://www.hartblei.kiev.ua/
Made in Ukraine.

Or,
You can use of Tilt adapter, like
http://cgi.ebay.com/...=item1e5ae5d657
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#5 Ed Conley

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Posted 09 January 2011 - 11:11 AM

Canon has 4 TSE lenses and they are easily available for rent here in Los Angeles

17,24,45 & 90mm


Just rent them and test with them before the Shoot.
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#6 Chris Millar

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Posted 09 January 2011 - 03:34 PM

You can use of Tilt adapter, like
http://cgi.ebay.com/...=item1e5ae5d657


Where is the axis of tilt rotation on that adaptor ?

Can it be adjusted fore and aft ?
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#7 Oliver Christoph Kochs

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Posted 09 January 2011 - 04:58 PM

The Canon 17TS-E is fantastic. It's so wide angle it knocks your socks off. Focus pulling / tilt racking seems to be impossible as none of the lenses are designed for use with video / motion.
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#8 Chris Millar

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Posted 09 January 2011 - 06:02 PM

Ron Fricke got up to some PC racking in one of those Godfrey Reggio films - might have been stop motion or moco timelapse so the racking would have been easier to do in the timeframes involved (although tiresome)
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#9 Olex Kalynychenko

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Posted 10 January 2011 - 04:40 AM

Where is the axis of tilt rotation on that adaptor ?

Can it be adjusted fore and aft ?

I don't have personal experience to use of this type of adapter,
but, i use of Hartblei Super Rotator lens and other version of Hartblei Tilt-shift lenses.

You can see ring with marks and digitals.
You will need turn of this ring and set need digital near main mark.
The digital 0- 0 degree of tilt, digital 8 - 8 degree of tilt.
And, the all adapter can be turn on 360 degree and you can set of any direction of tilt.

You can check
http://www.fredmiran...um/topic/734423
http://www.luminous-...artblei45.shtml
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#10 Stuart Brereton

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Posted 10 January 2011 - 05:43 AM

Longer lenses have the most obvious effect. Try to use a shallow stop as well. TS lenses are generally not designed to be adjusted 'in shot', so if you try this you may find it hard to do smoothly. They are also a focus puller's nightmare. Then again, you're shooting a music video, so anything goes.
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