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Perspective Control Lense - Zuiko SHIFT 24mm f/3.5 - Part THREE

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conti .... Unlike large format cameras where they offers more freedom in the camera movement in permitting direct or indirect parallel shift and a system of center swings and tilt for both front and rear standard for finer control of sharpness in depth; 35mm's bellow units which carries similar physical form are more restrictive in features as they only provide straight forward variable extension of lense to film plane distances and often they are use in macro/close-up works - but they do not provide SHIFT/TILT functions. To 'simulate' such functionality found in a typical large format view format camera system, 35mm camera manufacturers has thought of a way to use a lense-based system to replicate such shift and tilt control to adjust the axis.

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As addressed earlier, Nikon was the first to successfully deploy such a unique lense type back in 1962, however, the "PC-Nikkor" as Nikon called theirs only offers a direct SHIFT control but it does not offer the TILT control. Frankly, Canon's FD TS (Tilt & Shift) 35mm f/2.8 SSC introduced back in 1973 was the first lense type that truly incorporated both of these sophisticated functions into a single lense. Olympus's approach was more like the Nikon, the first attempt, ZUIKO SHIFT 35mm f2.8 was also confined to a simple and conservative SHIFT function. Over the years, the Zuiko 35mm SHIFT has remained as the sole such lense type in the ZUIKO lense family for OM photographers

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: Image was scanned from a 1986's publication of OM system catalogue.
However, when the next generation of the professional camera bodies of OM-3 and OM-4 were debuted in 1983/4, things changed for the better. Olympus launched a serious attempt to revise the ZUIKO lense family by adding a number of exciting new optic into the OM system. Among the few, one glaring new inclusion was a ZUIKO SHIFT 24mm f/3.5. It was the first Perspective Control lense type that broke the 24mm ultrawideangle barrier in 35mm SLR photography.

While most 35mm lenses have an image circle just large enough to cover the 35mm film format - about 43mm. A 24mm ultrawide has a normal picture angle of 84°, the Zuiko 24mm f/3.5 SHIFT has an astonishing image circle measuring more (Maximum 100° ) which permits the lense to cover the entire image area even at maximum tilt or shift positions (the maximum displacement which affect angle of view is equivalent to a comparing 18mm ultrawide).

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In most cases, the lense could be portraying as a solution optic but it is also capable of taking the images that may challenge your creativity with its unique optical characteristic. However, the only drawback of this lense type is actually the metering, the mechanism used in the operation does not enable direct meter coupled to the camera's metering system (when the SHIFT function is activated) and thus, it requires stopped down exposure measurement for a more accurate exposure results.(More info on the Zuiko 35mm SHIFT lens section).

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Credit: Image was scanned from a 1986's publication of OM system catalogue.
Introduced in 1984, you can actually refer this lense as a variant of the ZUIKO 24mm ultra-wideangle as when rests at normal position, this lense can also be used as a conventional 24mm ultrawide. Except in exposure measurement and its maximum aperture, other basic features remain similar to other ZUIKO 24mm. It carries a maximum lense speed of f/3.5 and Internal focusing system focuses down to 0.35m at its closest distance. The optical design is quite complex, consists of a 12 elements in 10 group design. The large piece of front lens element is a rare earth Extra-low dispersion glass (Olympus mentioned it as "special low-diffusion glass") which aims to minimize chromatic aberration to ensure excellent peripheral resolution. Due to its protruding and the extra large front element, the lense was designed with a built-in protective scallop hood to protect the front ED glass lense element. A internal revolving filter turret supplies filters where a Neutral Density, Y48, O56, R60 are provided.

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This remarkable optical innovation comes with a heaflty price tag. It carries a retail price between USD1780.00-1600.00, making it the most pricey Zuiko lense at the wideangle range, which includes the Fisheyes group. With the addition of this spectacular wide vision perspective lense into the Zuiko lense family, Olympus has the most extensive options of lense types and performance among all manufacturers offer at the specific 24mm focal length and this Zuiko original effort was instantly made as a reference lense where others are judged. As information for this lense is scarce and hard to find, I would like to ask if anyone of you who might has a copy of user's manual so I can beef up the fragile content currently posted here at this section.

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This Zuiko SHIFT lense was provided with an Internal Focusing system with the lens oveall length unchanged during focusing and with its built-in filter system, thus providing a high maneuverability. | Some operational Notes | Note: Olympus warns when shifting the lense with OM-30 (OM-F), the focus aid cannot be used.

Here is a link recommended by the Co-Maintainer of the OM Message Board, Mr. Simon Evan. Pictures show the varying perpectives change in relation to use of a Zuiko 16mm f/3.5 full-frame Fisheye, Zuiko 18mm f/3.5 ultrawide and a Zuiko 24mm f/3.5 SHIFT. | CLICK to view images | with a new browser window. Photography by: Bob Gries <URL of his website>

Canon, for an instance is more adventurous and as early as 1973, they have alredy developed a PC FD lense with both TILT and SHIFT function while currently they are still leading in this technological battle field with a total of three EF lenses (TSE-24mm f/3.5L, TS-E 45mm f/2.8 and a TS-E 90mm f/2.8) to support the electronic EOS line of AF-SLRs.

Third Party alternative: Schneider PC-Super-Angulon 28mm f/2.8. The lense carries mount for Canon, Contax Yashica, Minolta, Minolta AF, Nikon, Olympus and Rollei.

Focal length: 24mm
Aperture ratio: 1:3.5
Construction: 10 groups, 12 elements (mulitcoated)
Angles of view
: Standard 84°; maximum shift 100° (10mm)
Image Circle: 57¤
Distance scale: (m) 0.35m (13.8") to infinity (
Focusing: Rotating cams (Internal Focus)
Diaphragm Operation: Preset
Hood: BW-58
Aperture range: f/3.5 ~ f/22
Filter size
: Built-in (Neutral, Y48, O56, R60)
Minimum Photographic Range: 36cm x 24cm (14.2" x 9.4")

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Length: 75mm (3.0")
Maximum Diameter: 84mm (3.3")
Weight: 510g
(18 oz)
Recommended Focusing Screens: 1:1**, 1:2**, 1:3**, 1:4*, 1:10*, 1:13**, 1:14** * Compatible. Focusing and exposure accuracy remains. ** Compatible, Focusing and exposure accuracy remains intact but microprism, corners of the screen and split image may darken. Note: No references given with compatibility with older OM1 or OM2 series cameras but you can refer more at the G-Zuiko AUTO-W 35mm f2.8 SHIFT for more info.

Credit: Image at left was scanned from an original source in 1986's OM system publication. Image has been retouched.

| J. Zuiko AUTO-W 24mm f/2.0 | H Zuiko AUTO-W 24mm f/2.8 | ZUIKO SHIFT 24mm f/3.5 (PC) | ZUIKO 35mm f/2.8 PC

| previous | NEXT | 3/3 Relative: The ZUIKO has another PC (Perspective Control) equivalent with a moderate picture angle, the Zuiko SHIFT 35mm f/2.8..

A Brief overview on Zuiko Optics
Zuiko Fisheye Lenses
8mm f/2.8 Circular Fisheye | 16mm f/3.5 Full Frame Fisheye
Zuiko Ultra-Wideangle Lenses
18mm f/3.5 | 21mm f/2.0 | 21mm f/3.5 | 24mm f/2.0 | 24mm f/2.8
Zuiko Wideangle Lenses
28mm f/2.0 | 28mm f/2.8 | 28mm f/3.5 | 35mm f/2 | 35mm f/2.8 |
Zuiko Standard Lenses
40mm f/2.0 | 55mm f/1.2 | 50mm f/1.2 | 50mm f/1.4 | 50mm f/1.8 | Zuiko 50mm f/2.0 PF
Zuiko Medium-Telephoto Lenses
85mm f/2.0 | 100mm f/2.0 | 100mm f/2.8 | 135mm f/2.8 | 135mm f/3.5
Zuiko Telephoto Lenses
180mm f/2.0 EDIF | 180mm f/2.8 | 200mm f/4.0 | 200mm f/5.0 Auto-T (brief)
Zuiko Super-Telephoto Lenses
250mm f/2.0 EDIF | 300mm f/4.5 | 350mm f/2.8 EDIF | 400mm f/6.3 | 500mm | 600mm f/6.5 |1000mm f/11.0
Special application Zuiko optics:
24mm f/3.5 Shift | 35mm f/2.8 Shift | 500mm f/8 Reflex | AF Zoom 35-70mm f/4.0 | Zuiko 50mm f/2.0 PF

Tele-Converters: 1.4X-A / 2X-A

Zuiko Macro/Close focus lenses: Zuiko AUTO MACRO 20mm f/3.5 | Zuiko AUTO MACRO 20mm f/2.0 | Zuiko AUTO MACRO 38mm f/3.5 | Zuiko AUTO MACRO 38mm f/2.8 | Zuiko AUTO MACRO 50mm f/3.5 | Zuiko AUTO MACRO 50mm f/2.0 | Zuiko AUTO MACRO 1:1 80mm f/4.0 | Zuiko AUTO MACRO 90mm f/2.0 | Zuiko AUTO MACRO 135mm f/4.5

Zuiko AUTO-Zoom Lenses - Main Index page
| S-Zuiko AUTO Zoom 28-48mm f/4.0 | Zuiko AUTO Zoom 35-70mm f/3.6 | S-Zuiko AUTO Zoom 35-70mm f/4.0 | Zuiko AF AUTO Zoom 35-70mm f/4.0 | S-Zuiko AUTO Zoom 35-70mm f/3.5 ~ f/4.5 | S-Zuiko AUTO Zoom 35-70mm f/3.5 ~ f/4.8 | Zuiko AUTO Zoom 35-80mm f/2.8 ED | Zuiko AUTO Zoom 35-105mm f/3.5 ~ f/4.5 | Zuiko AUTO zoom 50-250mm f/5.0 | Zuiko AUTO zoom 65-200mm f/4.0 | S-Zuiko AUTO zoom 70-210mm f/4.5 ~ f/5.6 | Zuiko AUTO Zoom 75-150mm f/4.0 | Zuiko AUTO Zoom 85-200mm f/4.0 | Zuiko AUTO Zoom 85-250mm f/5.0 | S-Zuiko AUTO Zoom 100-200mm f/5.0 |

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