Ok so I need some help from people who have used these lenses:
Nikon 24mm PC-E, 45mm PC-E, 14-24mm, 16-35vr, or the older PC Nikkors
So I'm gaining some work for 3 business categories:
Home/corporate landscaping & Interior Decorating (mainly room views)- End use: Mostly web end use but also 16x20 high res prints and mailers.
Commercial shots of Power Line structures in the middle of now ware and in some cities- End use: Very High resolution for print catalogues and tradeshow displays up to 7ft tall by 4ft wide.
Using D800 body
1) Converging lines
2) Major distortion on edges
4) As little software post as possible. (outside of the usual.)
Not concerned about:
1) Sharpness or resolution (all of these lenses easily meet the requirements.)
2) Huge size- The company for the power line job has a graphic designer and all the huge dollar programs to blow up images to huge sizes. he will do that and does not want me too at all. I just need to deliver the optimum output of my camera. Their current images at those sizes were taken with a D90 and an old 35mm Olympus IS50.
-Avoid merging photos. Interior client can pick those out like a kid choosing between broccoli and cake. The power line job will be outdoors and I'm concerned about skies/light with that.
-Converging lines (narrowing at the top) - I hate the look of most software corrected stuff. And 2 of the clients pointed to past work done for them and the distaste for software corrected as well. I need to avoid this as much as possible.
I have to get a wide angle and was just going to get the 16-35vr as that (before the power lines and interiors) is perfect for what I need. But now what I'm looking at, the 14-24mm is now a consideration, but the PC-e 24mm or the 45mm may be a better choice for the work. So do I get: 14-24 and use software and crop the edges and push that envelope, OR 16-35vr and 1 PC-E? If the latter, which PC-e 24mm or 45?(mostly interior and the structures.)
I have no real experience with the Tilt Shift lenses but I know they will correct what I need them too and I can use them for other things as well. Any info from users on how they used them (even if it doesn't relate to the same type of topics) is more than welcome.
The work is enough that I could justify getting a (probably used) PC-E lens along with the 16-35vr - but it will hurt. (Like eating Ramen Noodles for lunch everyday for a year hurt - and here I thought I left college years ago.) I can not swing the 14-24 & a PC-E. That crosses my budget lines too much.
I will be excited to see what anyone's experience can provide.
Thanks - TTJ