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Jim2

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In considering an arca swiss rm3d(i) vs alpa vs perhaps a full technical camera (e.g. mline2), I'm wondering whether the 5 tilt on rm3d(i) will be sufficient for landscape photography. I have never played with tilt so I have no idea and would appreciate any help from those who are used to shooting landscape.

In what kind of scenario would more than 5 tilt be required? I have looked at the scheimpflug diagram and I would imagine that the distance between the camera and the nearest object will not affect how much tilt is required, but rather the relative angle of plane of sensor/film vs the 'ground' (assuming a flat ground here), so in this case, more tilt would only be required when photographing a valley from up above i.e. the 'ground' angle is pointing downward rather than flat.... am I thinking along the right line here? If that's the case, getting back to the original question, would 5 be enough (for a 'flat i.e. horizontal ground) or would more be required... and what about the terrain that goes downward?
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Re: What's the maximum tilt normally required for landscape photography?
« Reply #1 on: October 19, 2010, 12:34:14 PM »

by 'flat' above, I meant horizontal :)
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Re: What's the maximum tilt normally required for landscape photography?
« Reply #2 on: October 19, 2010, 12:47:28 PM »

Jim

I have a fair bit of experience shooting landscape on most formats from 4x5 down to 35mm

When I was using a Hasselblad ArcBody, which also provided some limited movements I found i was never really needing any tilt
beyond 4-5 degrees to achieve sharp focus from a few feet to 'infinity' using the 45mm and 75mm lenses
Of course, there will be extreme situations where more will be required but i think you will be just fine with your camera choice.
FWIW, using the 24 and 45 tilt shifts on my canon bodies I'm generally finding that 2-3 degrees tilt achieve similar results for most situations where
I want extreme depth-sometimes more but not too often.

Mark
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