Washington Union Station—a PC view.

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Exposed on Kodachrome using a Nikon F3T with 35mm PC (perspective control) lens.

In the 1990s, I often worked with a Nikkor 35mm PC (perspective control) wide angle lens.

This allowed for a degree of correction using a shifting front element to minimize the effects of convergence of vertical lines on the film plane.

In this November 1992 view of Washington Union Station, I made good use of perspective control to keep front of the building from the appearance of falling away from the viewer. (A common complaint with wide angle architectural views).

While a very useful tool, I eventually sold the lens because I felt that it wasn’t sufficiently sharp in the corners, also it was comparatively slow (just f3.5 at its widest aperture.).

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2 comments on “Washington Union Station—a PC view.

  1. The short answer; since I sold the lens, I haven’t worried as much about perspective distortion. Occasionally, when required, I’ve employed a 4×5 view camera. This is a pain to set up though, and not conducive to many railway photographs.

  2. Tom Warger on said:

    That is such a great photo, and an effective illustration of PC. Since selling that lens, what do you do to try to get the same result? Digital editing?

    (It’s kind of ironic that architects, going back to ancient times, worked so hard on getting the visual effects from perspectives and proportions, and then we lose some of that through modern technology when we take pictures.)

    Tom Warger

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