December 4, 2022


Capturing Magic Moments

AstrHori releases images and specs of the upcoming 105mm f/2.8 tilt-shift macro lens

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105mm (and 100mm) f/2.8 macro lenses are fairly common. They’ve historically been the macro lens of choice for many Nikon and Canon shooters, and there are Sony and L-mount equivalents too, as well as a whole host of third-party options. One thing I’ve never seen before, though, is a macro of this focal length that’s also capable of tilt-shift. Well, it looks like Astr\hori is about to release one!

The company has released images and basic specs for the lens, although there’s no word on an official announcement date or price yet. It will be available in Sony E, Canon RF, Leica L and Fuji GFX mounts, so it’s specifically designed for mirrorless cameras. Of course it doesn’t have that much range in displacement for GFX due to the larger sensor. I’m a little surprised there isn’t a Nikon Z version.

There’s not a lot of information out there about the new lens yet, but there’s enough to pique our interest. What we don’t know is how much travel there is in displacement or how many degrees of lean we’ll get. However, here is what there is.

Focusing range: 0.115m~∞Aperture range: F/2.8~22Total optical length (TTL): 110mm-197mmOptics: 13 elements in 10 groupsOptical back focus (BFL): 45mm-81mm Copy ratio: 2x MacroMotion: 360 degrees -Rotate/Pan/Tilt : Sony E, Canon RF, Fuji GFX, Sigma L mount.

It’s obviously a manual focus lens as it’s coming for Canon RF and isn’t shut down by Canon. Tilt-shift lenses tend to be manual focus anyway, as trying to combine an autofocus system with physical lens movement is complex. So I’m surprised we don’t see Nikon Z on the list of mount options.

Adding tilt-shift capabilities to a macro lens is an intriguing idea. This means you have far more opportunities to work around the extremely shallow depth of field limitations inherent in such short focus distances—even with a small aperture. This doesn’t give you a deeper depth of field, but it does allow you to shift the plane of focus, allowing you to focus more of what you want in a single shot.


It probably won’t be the end of focus stacking, but it could prove to be a valid substitute for it under certain conditions. It would definitely be fun to experiment with!

There’s no word yet on a price for the new lens and we don’t yet know when it will actually be available, but it’s definitely an intriguing looking lens. If Sigma ever pulls together and gives us a full frame Foveon camera, paired with this lens it could be a killer combo for highly detailed macro!

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