I was about to order this lens but then I began having second thoughts. I should tell why I want this lens in the first place. Mainly for product photography, food, tabletop still life, that kind of deal. The shift movements are always welcome but mostly I need the tilt function of getting the right things in focus. I am not interested in the miniature effect B.S. or any other gimmicks of that sort. Just to make sure we're all talking about the same glass, here's the link to it: http://imaging.nikon.com/lineup/lens/specoalpurpose/pc_pce/pce_85mmf_28/ My concerns are such: 1. Physical compatibility with my D800. By 'physical' I mean the flash protrusion. I just couldn't find any definitive info on that. Does the D800 body limit the movements in any way and if yes, how bad is it? 2. Optical compatibility. 36MP is no joke. I am yet to see or even hear about one Nikkor lens that does justice to their (actually Sony's) 36MP sensor. I've noticed that the design of this lens does not incorporate any special elements, just their standard glass, so it made me doubt its resolving power. I sometimes create super-resolution images with my D800 and a few prime lenses, so I know what a truly sharp, 36MP image should look like. Moreover, I've been producing stitched panoramas of 100-300MP+ since about 2005. It is VERY hard to wow me by image detail in general. I think I know what to expect from the 85mm PC-E in terms of sharpness, so I've lowered my expectations but even then, I have a feeling I'll be disappointed. The lack of proper image samples strengthens my suspicion. There's the MTF which looks fairly decent but then, it was produced by Nikon. Can anyone post a link to a few image samples taken with this lens, preferably captured with the Nikon D800/E. Obviously I need to take a look at full-res photos and those should be able to demonstrate the full optical resolution capability of this lens, not the fake miniature effect that it can produce. Looking at photos taken at f/2.8 and f/4 would be nice too. Again, I need to see the sharpness, across the image plane, not some sort of artistic implementation at wide-open. There's another matter that I'm curious about. I'm aware that there is quite a bit of vignetting involved when the 'shift' is employed but how does that affect image sharpness? Does the vignetting also bring on softness? 3. Ghosting... Nikon states: "Nano Crystal Coat virtually eliminates internal lens element reflections..." What about the REAR element? We all know the drill: the image bounces off the sensor, then off the rear element, then it ends up back on the sensor, forming a 'ghost' image. Another scenario is: from the sensor, through the rear and any consecutive elements, reflected off the diaphragm back to the sensor, ending up as diffused, stray light, that creates unwanted 'density' all over the image plane, swallowing up shadow detail and lowering the contrast. It all comes down to how well the rear element is coated to handle this kind of issue. Perhaps the best way to test the performance in this area would be to photograph a close-up of a regular safety match on black background. And by 'black background' I mean that it really should be way back and not produce any sort of signal under the following shooting conditions. The match should be held by a clamp and should run the entire lengths of the frame. The light source (strobe or continuous) should be placed very close to the subject and the spill on the background minimized. The exposure should be set to expose the match so it would occupy the upper end of the dynamic range, without clipping. Focus manually and take a picture. Remove the match and take another picture; same exposure and focus. Now, the images should be compared. For best comparison, the two should be overlayed in Photoshop. If the lens produces ANY ghosting, it will show up in this test... Now, has anyone been in a similar scenario with this lens? How was the ghosting? Good rear element coating that knows how to handle sensor-to-glass-to-sensor reflections is a major time-saver in post-processing. I need this. 4. Electronic compatibility. Obviously, I'll be working in LV, manual mode. Does the metering just work? Mostly I'll be using my strobes anyway but available light will also be used. What about the aperture? "Lens aperture can be preset by using aperture ring and aperture stop-down button"... I never got that. I understand that this is because the older bodies cannot control the electronic diaphragm. There is a lot of confusing information on this. I have the D800 body, so: Can the command dial control the aperture just like with any other D/G type lens? Does the DOF preview just work? 5. Durability. The 85 PC-E has been out there for a while. It appears to be built to last but is it really? I've read somewhere that the movement gears are made of nylon. Has anyone ever had issues with them? What about drifting? I'll be making long exposure with this lens too, that is if I decide to buy it. 6. Tube extensions and teleconverters. I must say I'm fairly impressed by the 1:2 reproduction ratio as I do (at least used to do) a lot of macro work. I have a set of 4 tubes and I was wondering if I could use them at all with the 85mm PC-E. All of the extension tubes relay the electronics to the camera body. I've had zero issues in that department with D and G type lenses... the AF (not that I need it) and the metering just work. Obviously, the image circle will suffer to some extent with the 85mm PC-E, however, I'm curious - can any 1:1 macro work be done with this lens? What about the tilt? In theory it should not be affected but has anyone actually done it? What about teleconverters? Kinda interesting. Another major concern is the lack of a proper alternative. 85mm tilt lens for product photography for the D800? - Nikkor 85mm PC-E. Period. I'm aware of the 90mm Schneider but I am put off by its complete lack of electronic interface. For that kind of money I would at least like to get my metering. The Novoflex adapter is not even a lens. But if anyone does have a better solution, I would love to hear it. So, anyone - feel free to chime in. Any and all input is welcome and appreciated. I'd love to hear about your experience with the lens. You can address anything that I've touched on, even if it's not specific to the equipment in question.