As a macro photographer from South Africa, I am always on the look for macro lenses that offer more than just the normal, with the additional tilt and shift function that is provided with this lens it allows a bit more when compared to your normal fixed macro lens.
From my use case, I use the Fuji X version mounted on my XT5 with its very demanding high resolution sensor, I mainly hunt insect that run away supper fast after my flash pops making it essential for me that I manage to grab proper focus before I start shooting, at the time of review I have put around 16 717 photos on the lens itself, it has become a lens that does not get taken off my camera.
Handling, the lens itself is built like a tank, full metal construction, with a easy to turn focus ring and a aperture ring that has nice positive clicks as you move it around, the tilt and shift and rotate locks work well together with a nice feel to them when turning them, the tilt action wheel sometimes gets a tiny bit lose for myself as I move the camera around in my camera bag a good amount.
Manual focusing o the lens has been rather easy, even fun when combining the tilt action, allowing me to tilt the lens for optimal focus on my subjects without needing to try stack a bunch of photo together to get similar result, best of all due to the tilt function I have been able to capture proper correct focus with a single shot, making it supper easy to work with insects that only allow for one photo max before they fly away.
Image quality has been amazing, the lens resolves all the details from my Fujifilm XT5 without a problem, I shoot at F8 most of the time and the amount of micro contrast and sharpness I am able to achieve has been a blessing allowing me to crop my photos a bit and still retain all that lovely detail. I would say the quality is on par with other lenses on the market, at max magnification as well at infinity focus we retain detail level at both, with close up quality being much better.
Tilt and shift function on the lens offers some interesting shooting options particularly when using the lens for portraits or product photography, in both cases the tilting function allows us some interesting as well some handy perspective correcting, helping to keep thing looking upright or getting extreme out of focus areas for portrait work, I used it at a 90 degree rotation, full tilt F2.8 and was happy with the outcome for my portraits.
Macro the tilt function becomes handy for getting the most out of a single shot as possible, it allowed me with a bee as example below to grab the head in focus as well at the same time grab the wing in focus even though the wing was slanted backwards, something that you normally can only do by stacking multiple photos I managed to pull off with a single photo, saving me heaps of time.
I can definitely recommend this for product as ell macro photography, at this price point there is nothing else on the market that can beat it, being able to have access to the type of quality I get from my photos and on a budget as well, hell this might be the lens I gift to friends the most over the holiday season, I will be suing this lens for the foreseeable future.
Tilt-Shift 100mm F2.8 2X Macro
This is easily my favorite lens. There is a learning curve, but one you get adjusted to it, it's a dream. Solidly built. Wonderful images. Has not left my Z7II since it arrived.
Every thing is fine
here is review video https://youtu.be/0-3S5dnYvHc