Olympus and Panasonic get new tilt lens for toy town photographic fun

TTartisan 50mm F1.4 Tilt Lens for Micro Four Thirds
(Image credit: Pergear)

The innovative TTartisan 50mm F1.4 Tilt lens is now available in Micro Four Thirds mounts - to work on Olympus, Panasonic G-series mirrorless models – and on certain Blackmagic cameras. The manual-focus lens was originally launched last year in Sony E and L-mounts – but is also now available for Fujifilm X, Canon RF, and Nikon Z-mount APS-C models.

Unlike with a standard tilt-shift lens, the TTartisan 50mm only gives you tilt control - allowing to increase or decrease depth of field across an image plane by tilting the lens. This control is particularly popular among photographers for creating the so-called toy-town effect – in which the sharpness across a wide scene is reduced to just one area to give the impression that you are actually photographing a miniature model (see example below).

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Chris George

Chris George has worked on Digital Camera World since its launch in 2017. He has been writing about photography, mobile phones, video making and technology for over 30 years – and has edited numerous magazines including PhotoPlus, N-Photo, Digital Camera, Video Camera, and Professional Photography. 

His first serious camera was the iconic Olympus OM10, with which he won the title of Young Photographer of the Year - long before the advent of autofocus and memory cards. Today he uses a Nikon D800, a Fujifilm X-T1, a Sony A7, and his iPhone 15 Pro Max.

He has written about technology for countless publications and websites including The Sunday Times Magazine, The Daily Telegraph, Dorling Kindersley, What Cellphone, T3 and Techradar.