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Nikon PC Nikkor 19mm f/4E ED

Ultra-wide-angle tilt-shift prime lens for Nikon DSLR cameras

Item # 05420065

This specialty manual-focus-only lens offers extraordinary control of perspective and focus.

This specialty manual-focus-only lens offers extraordinary control of perspective and focus.

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About the Nikon PC Nikkor 19mm f/4E ED

A highly specialized lens for your Nikon DSLR

I think of a tilt-shift lens as that star-shaped screwdriver you might have in your toolbox. It's not something you use every day, but when you do need it, it's extraordinarily useful. Nikon's PC Nikkor 19mm f/4E ED tilt-shift lens falls squarely into this category.

A highly specialized lens for your Nikon DSLR

I think of a tilt-shift lens as that star-shaped screwdriver you might have in your toolbox. It's not something you use every day, but when you do need it, it's extraordinarily useful. Nikon's PC Nikkor 19mm f/4E ED tilt-shift lens falls squarely into this category.

Nikon PC Nikkor 19mm f/4E ED tilt-shift lens

You can tilt and shift this lens in the same axis, or direction — a feature not natively found on previous Nikon tilt-shift models.

Hands-on controls for a myriad of composition options 

This manual-focus-only lens is superb for wide-angle photography where you want precise control over perspective and focus, like architecture or cityscape photography.

Shift the lens up, down, left, or right to control your perspective. Or use the tilt function to dramatically change your plane of focus. 

You can even tilt and shift this lens in the same axis, or direction — a feature not natively found on previous tilt-shift models.

Is this lens right for you?

Tilt-shift lenses are wonderful for composing shots that you can't get with "regular" wide-angle lenses. They're especially useful for photographing the interior of rooms, the outside of large buildings, or for creating sweeping panoramas. You can also create dramatic portraits with unique out-of-focus effects. 

Keep in mind that this is very much a "hands-on" lens. The tilting and shifting are done manually through the exterior control knobs. And since it doesn't offer autofocus, each shot's focus must be fine-tuned by hand. 

I recommend using a tripod with this lens for the best results. 


Product highlights:

  • manual-focus 19mm tilt-shift lens for Nikon DSLR cameras
  • specialty ultra-wide field of view for perspective control and depth-of-field manipulation
  • ideal for cityscape, landscape, architectural, and specialized portrait photography
  • shift the lens to control keystone effect and to fix perspective issues
    • shift control: ± 12mm
  • tilt to create scenes with selective defocus (miniature effect), or for sharp focus throughout the scene
    • tilt control: ± 7.5°
    • tilt mechanism rotates 90° left with a stop at 45°
  • direction of tilt operation can be made parallel or perpendicular to shift
  • lens can be tilted and shifted independently, and then rotated up to 90° left and right with stops every 30°
  • Electromagnetic Diaphragm Mechanism for accurate aperture blade control when using auto exposure during continuous shooting
  • protective fluorine coating protects against water, dirt, and smudges
  • anti-reflective Nano Crystal Coat reduces ghosting and flare
  • Super Integrated Coating on lens elements provides excellent color richness and contrast
  • maximum aperture: f/4
  • minimum aperture: f/32
  • minimum focal distance: .9'
  • constructed of 17 elements in 13 groups
    • 3 extra-low dispersion lens element for outstanding sharpness and contrast
    • 2 aspherical lens elements provide clear, accurate focus from one edge of the image to the other
  • lens is 3-1/2" in diameter, and is 4-13/16" long
  • weight: 31.3 ounces
  • includes front and rear caps
  • includes CL1120 lens case
  • warranty: 1 year
  • Our 60-day money-back guarantee
  • MFR # 20065

What's in the box:

  • PC NIKKOR 19mm f/4E ED lens
  • Slip-on front lens cap (installed)
  • LF-4 Rear lens cap (installed)
  • CL1120 Lens case
  • User's Manual
  • Warranty sheet

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More details on the Nikon PC Nikkor 19mm f/4E ED

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Features & specs

Mount Type Nikon F-mount
Sensor Size Full frame
Image Stabilization No
Lens Type Ultra-wide-angle tilt/shift
Focal Length 19mm
Maximum Aperture f/4
Weight 31.3 ounces
Parts Warranty 1 Year
Labor Warranty 1 Year

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Overview: The Nikon PC NIKKOR 19mm f/4E ED tilt-shift lens is an ultra-wide-angle lens with perspective control. It has tilt and shift mechanisms that enable photographers to create certain effects with selective defocus and sharp focus, and to correct image distortion that occurs when shooting at sharp angles with conventional lenses. The lens can be tilted up to +/-7.5° and shifted up to +/-12mm, and is ideal for landscapes, cityscapes, interiors, architecture, horizontal or vertical panoramas, and filmmaking. It comes with a slip-on front lens cap, and a standard screw-on rear lens cap.

Lens Mount: The PC NIKKOR 19mm lens has a standard Nikon F bayonet mount, and is compatible with FX and DX format cameras.

Focusing: The tilt-shift lens can only be used in a manual focusing mode. Auto-focus shooting is not supported. Focus can be adjusted using the focus ring. The focus distance indicator shows the focus distance when the tilt scale is centered. You should check focus in Live View whenever possible, and refocus after adjusting the tilt or shift.

Exposure: Auto exposure will produce optimal results when the lens is neither tilted or shifted. Any tilt or shift that is applied will change the exposure. It is recommended that you use the same exposure values as a guide to set them manually when using the tilt and/or shift functions.

Depth of Field: You can preview depth of field when using the camera's depth of field preview feature. The focus distance indicator and depth-of-field indicator are only a rough approximation, and are intended to be used as a guide only.

Tilt Function: Normally, the focusing and imaging planes are parallel. Tilting inclines the lens relative to the image plane, putting it at an angle to the image plane. Tilting allows you to keep all of the subject in focus, even when there is insufficient depth of field. Tilted in the opposite direction, the lens lets you focus only on a specific part of the subject.

Shift Function: The shift function moves the optical axis of the lens in parallel off the center of the imaging plane. Photographing a building with a normal lens can sometime result in an image of the building leaning backwards. This is due to the camera not being parallel to the building. Using the shift function and placing the camera parallel to the building, the building to appear natural in the image. Also, if you are shooting a reflective subject, such as a mirror on a wall, your reflection can appear in the image. By moving the camera and shifting the lens, you can keep the camera out of the shot, without having to change the shot composition.

Rotation: The lens also has a rotation function that enables you to change the direction of tilt or shift by rotating the tilt-shift mechanism. This is called Perspective Control Rotation, or PC Rotation. The mechanism can be rotated up to 90° in either direction, with stops at 30° and 60°.

Nikon Technologies: The PC NIKKOR 19mm f/4E ED lens is manufactured using the following Nikon technologies:

  • Aspherical Lens (AS): A lens with a curved, non-spherical surface, used to reduce aberrations and enable a more compact lens size. Aspherical lenses correct distortions by continuously changing the refractive index from the center of the lens.
  • ED Glass (ED): This lens contains Extra-low Dispersion optical glass developed by Nikon for optimum correction of chromatic aberrations.
  • Electromagnetic Diaphragm Mechanism (E): The lens has an electromagnetic diaphragm mechanism in the lens barrel to provide accurate aperture blade control during auto-exposure during continuous shooting. Conventional lenses (D/G types) have mechanical linkage levers to control the diaphragm blades.
  • Fluorine Coating (FLC): The front lens element has a fluorine coating that repels dust, water droplets, grease, fingerprints, and dirt, which makes cleaning the lens much easier.
  • Nano Crystal Coat (N): The lens has Nikon's anti-reflective Nano Crystal Coating that eliminates internal reflections across a wide range of wavelengths. It effectively reduces flare and ghosting caused by light entering the lens diagonally.
  • Super Integrated Coating (SIC): The lens features a multi-layered coating of the optical elements.


  • Lens Type: Type E PC lens with built-in CPU and F mount
  • Focal Length: 19mm
  • Maximum Aperture: f/4
  • Minimum Aperture: f/32
  • Diaphragm: 9-blade rounded
  • Lens Construction: 17 elements in 13 groups (including 3 ED elements, 2 aspherical elements, and elements with Nano-Crystal or fluorine coatings)
  • Angle of View:
    • Nikon FX format: 97°
    • Nikon DX format: 73°
  • Minimum Focusing Distance: 0.9' (10.8")
  • Tilt Amount: +/-7.5°
  • Shift Amount: +/-12mm
  • Rotation Mechanism: Rotates 90° left and right; stops at every 30°
  • Tilt Mechanism: Rotates 90° left with a stop at 45°
  • Dimensions: Diameter 3.5", Length 4.8"
  • Weight: 31.3 ounces

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