The one lens type missing from μ4/3 manufacturers' offerings ...
Maybe it's time that Olympus or Panasonic or a third party manufacturer offered a μ4/3 tilt and shift lens? For example, a 12mm T&S would be so very useful for architectural photographers. Some might suggest that perspective correction software can be a good substitute but it can never achieve the results of a proper T&S lens.
Well, that's exactly the lens I'd kill for... That and only that. Or a 14mm.
I would not use it for architecture but for landscape photography where it allows you to get everything in focus while keeping a larger lens aperture for faster shutter speeds (to prevent any motion blur, unless that's what you are looking for, like with water) and to prevent loss of resolution because of diffraction at small apertures, something specially important with small sensors.
But if they didn't release a lens like this for Four Thirds I don't see why they are going to do it for Micro Four Thirds now, specially when the system is still targeted to amateurs at best and there are so many lenses that people expect to come first... So it's not going to happen in a lot of years.
You can get tilt/shift (or at least tilt) adapters for M43 and use a regular 35mm WA lens on the adapter to get the large image circle--but it would be really nice to have a short focal length lens + tilt/shift. There's an 18mm FL Olympus OM wideangle which would be equivalent to 36mm, but (a) 36mm is still too long--equivalent 24mm would be nice-- and (b) the 18mm Olympus is pretty expensive, used.
So a native T/S 24mm equivalent lens for M43 would,indeed, be a desirable accessory.
MC Tilt-shift 35mm f2.8 $US539
MC 35 mm Tilt & Shift Lens
Description:The Multicoated 35 mm Tilt/Shift compact lens has high quality precision CANON type T&S mechanism. 11mm shift, 8 tilt and with 360o rotating plate capabilities enable the correction of perspective distortion necessary in interior and exterior architectural, landscape and product photography. The effects of large-format camera movements can be obtained with TS Arsat lenses for 35mm cameras. This lens's excellent multicoated optics allow you make sharp, contrasty, colour perfect images. It has manual aperture control. The lens can be shifted 11mm from its normal position. The direction of the shift can be changed 360° and locks at 12 angles.
Available with different mount adapters. Use the lens on listed cameras without any additional adapters.
MC 35 mm Tilt & Shift Lens Specifications:
Lens elements: 11 Multicoated , Aperture, focal length, mm: 35
Visual angle, degree: 67, Drawing stroke, mm -1:
Focusing scale: 0.3m to infinity Aperture scale: f2.8 to f22
Shift, mm: 11 Tilt: plus/minus 8°
Lens rotation: 360° Thread for filters: Ø62mmx0.75 Weight, kg: 0,9 kg