Tilt-shift is one of those tools that when used properly looks fantastic. While it tends to be used to make large objects appear to be miniature, there are a few more creative uses like manipulating deep focus without the use of a split-focus diopter.
German manufacturer Schneider-Kreuznach just announced a series of new full-frame cine prime tilt lenses, and they’re nothing short of magical. The Xenon FF-Prime Cine-Tilt adds dynamic tilting while shooting with smooth and precise motion. This allows you to pull the focus planes while shooting. To give you an idea what this looks like in action check out the demo video the company released here and below:
Watching those shots just blows my mind. These lenses create such a special look, and introduces a whole host of ideas for long takes. The great thing about these lenses are that they are basically just regular Schneider Xenon full frame primes with the added tilt function. You can adjust the tilt with a simple, standard gear ring so it is very similar to pulling focus.
The lens can be tilted ±4° while maintaining the field of view. This corresponds to an 80° focal plane, but varies according to what you’ve selected as focal length, and the aperture setting. It also uses a common 0.8 module gear, which means it can be used with standard follow-focus system workflows. You could also set the tilt to 0°, and the Cine-Tilt will work just like regular prime. Here’s a short video to give you an idea of how simple it is to use the lens.
Schneider-Kreuznach will be launching the Xenon FF-Prime Cine-Tilt this spring for the Sony E-mount but there’s no word on whether they’ll be offering them in different mount options later. The lens will be available in five different focal lengths, from 25mm to 100mm, with a fast T2.1. Here’s the list of lenses:
- 25mm T2.1
- 35mm T2.1
- 50mm T2.1
- 75mm T2.1
- 100mm T2.1
When launched you’ll be able to purchase the lenses separately or as a kit. No pricing is available yet, but I suspect they will definitely cost more than the standard FF primes that retail for $3,360 or more a pop. To learn more about the lenses, visit schneiderkreuznach.com.