Arax MC 35mm F2.8 Tilt Shift A-mount lens review by Maggy

reviewer#6853 date: Feb-2-2010
sharpness: 4
color: 4
build: 5
distortion: 4
flare control: 4
overall: 4.2
tested on:
  • film camera:Film camera
  • APS-C: 6MP6 MP; 10MP10 MP; 12MP12 MP; 14MP14 MP; 16MP16 MP; 20MP20 MP; 24MP24 MP
  • full frame: 12MP12 MP; 24MP24 MP; 36MP36 MP; 42MP42 MP; 61MP61 MP
ownership:I have experience with this lens
compared to:
price paid:
comment:This is not the only tilt/shift option for KM/Sony.
Hartblei has several very high quality, very high priced lenses. There are several very cheap shift and a bit more expensive tilt/shift adapters that take 35mm or 6x6 lenses.
And Minolta once created the Rokkor Shift CA 35mm f/2,8 lens that can be fitted on our digital bodies with an adapter, but it's extremely rare and prices are probably absurd if you find one.

The cheapest and worst option is Lensbaby.

Shift is a very useful option for architecture, and it's relatively simple to build, so I don't understand why Minolta created just one and Sony none. I've seen DIY converted Tamron Adaptall adapters that do a great job.

Tilt can be very helpful in very rare situations but very hard to handle correctly. It's very easy to get everything OUT OF focus, very hard to get the theoretical zero to infinity focus. So my advice, go for shift without tilt.

rating summary

lens image
  • total reviews: 6
  • sharpness: 4.17
  • color: 3.83
  • build: 3.83
  • distortion: 4.17
  • flare control: 4.17
  • overall: 4.03 - Home of the alpha system photographer
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