By • Jul 13th, 2010 • Category: Digital stuffs

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My dream of getting a tilt-shift adapter to use on my Olympus E-P1/E-PL1 went crashing out of the window when I found out that a Japanese company/shop was coming out with one that costs about US$400. That’s a lot of money for an adapter and I gave up all hopes … until recently … somehow my itchy fingers typed ‘w … w … w … e … b … a … y … c … o … m’. Out of the blue, I was suddenly reminded of the tilt-shift adapter and did a search and found this one from China … a tilt adapter. Well I guess I don’t need the full tilt-shift feature and the tilt should work good enough for me … and it was goodbye to some money (about US$100) and some waiting for the postman to arrive. They shipped it darn fast and I received it in about 2 days (thru Fedex)!

If you are interested to grab one … just take a slow walk down e(vil)Bay and search for ‘Kipon tilt’ and you should be able to find it.

The adapter accepts Nikon mount lenses and since I have two of those (lenses) … I tried using both of them. Unfortunately the Carl Zeiss 50mm f1.4 lens is too darn heavy and doesn’t seem very suitable for use with the adapter … but the lucky thing is that I have the Nikon 45mm f2.8 ‘pancake’ lens which goes very well with the setup.

I had to travel up to Malaysia during the weekends to celebrate my dad’s birthday … so I brought the E-PL1 along to test out the tilt adapter. Here are some very random test shots I took …

Since many like using tilt-shift lenses to shoot those ‘toy model’ looking photos … I managed 2 snapshots on that morning before I left for Malaysia. I know these ain’t looking any good but ermm … at least the adapter works. ๐Ÿ˜›

Even my bro’s little girl ended up being my ‘model’ for me to test the setup. Oh … I also ended up having to use this setup to shoot some snapshots during my dad’s birthday cake cutting session. I forgot to bring my AF lens along and had to struggle (real hard) to focus manually! I’ll post a few photos later on.

I started to love the tilt adapter after about 30 minutes of use. It is like using the Lensbaby but of course … lack the ‘magical’ bending feel of the Lensbaby.

I always find manual focusing with the LCD pretty hard (and thus have been using AF lenses on M4/3 so far) and now with this new combo (spelled ‘FUN’) … I’m worried I might have to save up for the pretty expensive Olympus electronic viewfinder. Arghhh! Damn!

I somehow quite like this one (above) and had it cropped into a pano format. Hmm.

Not sure if a wider lens will give better results but since I don’t have anything wider than a 45mm … I’ll just stick to it until someone has a cheap old manual focus wide lens for sale.

Below are the complete set of test shots. I managed to finish only 1 roll on the Spinner 360 and maybe … try send it to the lab tomorrow. It has been a crazy busy weekend with a little bit of tilting and spinning thrown in. 1:35am now and it is time to go to bed.

23 Comments »

  1. very nice set.

    I’m sure the MF does give you some practice, but sure was hell hard for fuzzyeyeballs eh?? ๐Ÿ˜›

  2. wow….I love the shot of the potted plant.

  3. welcome back! how was malaysia? this kipon tilt doesnt come with m43 to m43, because i have adapters for all m43… lol

  4. @Mijonju : Thanks. Well the trip there was as tiring as ever … as expected. Hahaha. The adapter only accepts Nikon lenses and one more takes Leica R ones. I’m sure you have some Nikon lenses around. Right? eBay welcomes you with open arms. ๐Ÿ˜›

  5. @nelly : Thanks. Yeah … old and tired fuzzyeyeballs are gonna drop and roll soon.

    @Jer : Thanks!

  6. I think im just gonna climb up the free diving platform and relax my face towards the water and dive into the Evil bay.

  7. @Mijonju : Why are we not surprised at all? LOL! ๐Ÿ˜› ๐Ÿ˜› Happy diving!

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  9. Hi Andrew, Nice tilt effect images. May I know have you try Lensbaby Tilt Transformer? How well Kipon fair against the Lensbaby interms of maximum degree of tilt?

    I’m still considering between these two and I’m glad I found your blog. I heard my friend who tried the Kipon says the kipon tilt degree is very much lesser than the actual tilt shift lens.

    Hope to get your reply. Thanks.

  10. @Choon Wee : I’ve yet to receive my copy of the Tilt Transformer and thus unable to give you an exact answer. However I guess the Tilt Transformer might work better than the Kipon one since they claim that ‘Lensbabyโ€™s Tilt Transformer allows photographers to mount any Nikonยฎ mount lens to the Tilt Transformerโ€™s swivel ball and fluidly tilt up to twice as far as standard tilt-shift lenses.’. I’ll definitely do a simple review of the Tilt Transformer when it arrives … hopefully this month. ๐Ÿ˜€

  11. Thanks for your reply. I just order a Kipon tilt for my NEX.
    Hope you can get your hand on the Tilt Transformer & do a simple review against Kipon tilt adapter soon.

  12. @Choon Wee : Congrats on the new purchase. Meanwhile I’ll wait patiently for Lensbaby to send me the Tilt Adapter but not sure when. I was hoping it will arrive before my vacation next week but it looks like it will not make it on time. ๐Ÿ™

  13. Thanks for posting this, just what I was looking for. Your test shots are beautiful, too – as soon as I saw the B&W shot of the plants on the ground, I was S-O-L-D! ๐Ÿ™‚

  14. @Kim : My pleasure. ๐Ÿ™‚ Hope you enjoy the ‘toy’ too.

  15. Hi Ndroo,

    Can I ask if you think this is useful for product shots like in large format ?

    Thanks in advance.

    Casey

  16. @casey : Sorry I have not touched large format photography before but I don’t think this adapter is available for LF cameras. I might be wrong though.

  17. Hi ndroo,

    What i mean is is this good enuff for product shoots on my dslr to emulate large format product shoots ?

    Thanks in advance.

    Casey

  18. @casey : Oh … so that’s what you meant. This adapter is for the M4/3 mount. Not sure about DSLRs. I’ve tried using some other tilt adapter (ages ago) with some medium format lens. Results were pretty satisfying (for my fuzzy standard). ๐Ÿ˜€ However … I think nothing beats a real tilt-shift lens.

  19. thanks for the feedback.
    i think they do have similar for 43 mounts.

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