Century Swing & Shift

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Utilizes bellows, swings, tilts, rises, falls & shifts to provide view camera controls to film cameras. Filmmakers can distort the shape of a subject, remove unwanted object from the frame, or shoot straight into a mirror without catching the camera's reflection. It's an extremely robust system that gives the cinematographer greater control and flexibility.

Here’s What It Lets You Do
Like large format view cameras, the Swing/Shift system employs bellows, swings, tilts, rises, falls & shifts for a variety of effects. You can distort the shape of a subject, remove unwanted objects from the frame, or shoot straight into a mirror without catching the camera’s reflection.

Access to shifts and swings also provides nearly total control over the focus plane, for extremely deep—or shallow—depth of field. Distant objects and extremely close ones can both be sharp in the same frame. Or you can limit focus to a particular object, isolating it even from objects the same distance from the lens.

Extreme Depth of Field Without Stopping Down
A two-shot of a driver and front seat passenger as seen from the driver’s window doesn’t require f/16 if you effectively increase the depth of field by tilting the lens instead.

Focus and Shape Control
Tilting or swinging the lens can alter both apparent depth of field and an object's shape. Shifting the lens lets you reposition objects within the frame without changing the relationship (angle) between the object and the film plane. The combination of these two movements gives you control over perspective distortion of objects. For example, shift the lens up (rise) to capture the full height of a skyscraper, keeping the film plane parallel to the building for a distortion-free perspective. Conversely, you can emphasize the height of the structure by tilting the lens up, dramatically exaggerating perspective.

Extremely Close Focus
The Swing/Shift System uses bellows with a built-in rack and pinion mechanism, which extend for close focusing. Depending on the lens’ focal length and the object distance desired, extension tubes may be required.

Focal Length: 14mm
T-Stop: T3
Minimum Focus: 0in
Front Diameter: 85mm
Weight: 1.8lbs
Focal Length: 24mm
T-Stop: T4
Minimum Focus: 0in
Front Diameter: 85mm
Weight: 1.6lbs
Focal Length: 35mm
T-Stop: T2.8
Minimum Focus: 6in
Front Diameter: 85mm
Weight: 1.35lbs
Focal Length: 55mm
T-Stop: T2.8
Minimum Focus: 12in
Front Diameter: 85mm
Weight: 1.5lbs
Focal Length: 75mm
T-Stop: T2.8
Minimum Focus: 16in
Front Diameter: 85mm
Weight: 1.35lbs
Focal Length: 135mm
T-Stop: T2.8
Minimum Focus: 5ft
Front Diameter: 85mm
Weight: 2.25lbs
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