[I'm taking a break until Wednesday- today and the next two days will be posts I prepared late last week.]
There are a number of difficulties I encountered during this second sojourn with the Tilt/Shift lens. The first involves the difficulty of lugging the heavier tripod around (it is necessary, b/c the camera with the TS lens weighs a few pounds.) I found that I was basically walking around with the tripod extended- which made balancing the camera in my other hand sort of difficult. Sometimes I'd even leave the camera on the end of the tripod as I carried it, which has got to be the world's worst idea- perhaps a quick break tripod would make it easier to get the camera off the top. Anyway, apart from transport issues, I also had difficulty lining up the camera with the building. Working at night, it can sometimes be hard to know if you are exactly parallel to the front of the building, and if you aren't, it sort of negates the purpose of having the TS lens in the first place. Finally, I had a little bit of trouble with the lens itself- remember to check that the tilt and shift controls were still locked in the right position, remembering to check the manual focus, etc. Definitely a challenge, but all in all a rewarding one.