Architectural photography isn't the cheapest genre of photography, mainly due to the fact that tilt-shift lenses are a little expensive. Sure there are cheaper options, however, they generally perform worse and may not be worth it. A company called Venus Optics might just have the solution with their Magic Shift Converter.
At only $300 dollars, this adapter allows you convert essentially any lens into a shift lens making it very useful for architectural photography. The adapter allows you to use your EF mount lenses on Sony E-mount cameras, taking advantage of the shorter flange distance. With the ability to shift up to 10mm, this adapter could be a fantastic option for many aspiring architectural photographers who may not have the budget for expensive tilt-shift lenses. The adapter doesn't have any electronic contacts so lenses with manual aperture rings will work best, however, there are ways to make other lenses work too.
In my latest video I test the adapter on the 12mm f/2.8 Zero-D lens from Laowa and I must say the results are very impressive. The adapter does crop your lens by approximately 1.4x and you lose one stop of light, making it equivalent to a 17mm f/4. For this reason, I find it very appropriate to compare it to the Canon TS-E 17mm f/4L.
What is incredible is the lack of chromatic aberrations in the Laowa combination and how good the actual performance is. Even right to the edge the Laowa lens and adapter are noticeably sharper than the Canon 17mm.
The Laowa lens does have a slight color cast and leans more into the warmer tones and the Canon is more accurate. This can, of course, be corrected very easily by adjusting the white balance. Laowa is making some very interesting and incredible lenses, and I'm genuinely impressed by the quality and performance of their products.