Canon TS-E 24mm f/3.5L Tilt Shift

Last updated (20 July’10):
– Review by SLRLensreview

The Canon TS-E 24mm f/3.5L Tilt Shift features 24mm at focal length with maximum aperture of f/3.5. The lens construction has 11 elements in 9 groups and has diagonal angle of view at 84 degrees. Focus adjustment: Manual focus, Overall linear extension system, Closest focusing distance at 0.3m/1 ft and has a filter size of 72mm. The Canon TS-E 24mm f/3.5L Tilt Shift lens weighs 570g and it measures 3.1 inches in diameter and 3.4 inches long.

Canon TS-E 24mm f/3.5L Tilt Shift
Overall Rating: ★★★★☆ | Latest Price Info

Expert Reviews

Canon TS-E 24mm f/3.5L Tilt Shift Reviews

SLRLensreview reviews the Canon TS-E 24mm f/3.5L Tilt Shift and writes;
“The lens continued to under-deliver on a full-frame camera as well. Center performance remained pretty solid throughout the tested aperture range.. Border performance reaches good levels only around f/5.6 – anything wider and you will end up with softer edges.”
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The-digital-picture reviews the Canon TS-E 24mm f/3.5L Tilt Shift and writes;
“The Canon TS-E 24mm f/3.5 L Tilt-Shift Lens is not stellar in terms of sharpness. I found it to be the least sharp of the three Canon TS-E lenses. It is slightly soft wide open but very sharp by f/5.6 – corner sharpness is good even on a full frame body.”
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Photozone reviews the Canon TS-E 24mm f/3.5L Tilt Shift and writes;
“The Canon TS-E 24mm f/3.5 L is something of a mixed bag. The lens is surely able to provide a decent performance in all important characteristics but that’s without delivering anything stellar … which is something you may expect from a lens in this price class. “
Rating: ★★★★☆ reviews the Canon TS-E 24mm f/3.5L Tilt Shift and writes;
“I use a split circle screen, and line up horizonals on the autofocus squares. And curse Canon while doing it. Beattie/Intenscreen make almost the screen you’d want – both a grid and split – but not for EOS. (Ideally you’d want two splits so you could focus near/far compositions with tilt, like Fuji makes for the GX-680’s. Ideally you’d just want a GX-680.)”
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User Opinions

Canon TS-E 24mm f/3.5L Tilt Shift User Reviews

Excellent Lens, more manual skills needed | Rating: ★★★★★
“The build quality of this lens is rock solid. The optics are very nice. I got a Hoya UV filter, and there is not much light loss, although I think there is some peripheral CA. Straight through photos (no tilt/shift) are very sharp out to the edge, but this is a manual focus lens. For my work, I set it to infinity and that is no problem. For closer subjects, this could be challenging for someone with old eyes.” – by MGMcd

Very cool specialty lens | Rating: ★★★★★
“It’s a great specialty lens if you frequently shoot what it is best at, and those type of shots are worth the money you spend on the lens. There are two separate purposes for this lens: Shifting the field or shifting the plane of focus. The shifting the field applies to architectural and landscape photography. Tilting plane of focus is among other things an interesting and unique portrait style. “ – by Jan Klier

Great for what it is | Rating: ★★★★★
“The lens is very sharp without T/S. The original owner told me it’s sharper than the 24mmL. I don’t have the 24mmL so I can’t comment on that. But this lens certainly is really sharp all around. T/S increases CA around the border quite a bit. “ – by Luving it

Great for Anasazi ruins and ghost towns | Rating: ★★★★☆
“Use it with or without a tripod – but a gridded architectural focusing screen is a must. Focus assist helps if you have less-than-stellar eyesight. Stop down to f/9 or more for best sharpness, and watch your depth of field. “ – by Mark W. Bohrer

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Canon TS-E 24mm f/3.5L Tilt Shift User Manual

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Features & Specifications

Canon TS-E 24mm f/3.5L Tilt Shift Specifications

With a Canon TS-E lens, you can control the angle of the plane of focus and the picture’s perspective. The effects of large-format camera movements can be obtained with TS-E lenses for EOS cameras. Although manual focusing is required, automatic aperture control enables autoexposure and autoexposure bracketing. The tilt and shift axes intersect at a 90° angle. They can be made parallel at an authorized Canon Service Facility (modified at owner’s expense).

The widest tilt-shift lens in the Canon system, and a marvelous problem solver for architecture, scenics, and many other applications calling for a wide-angle perspective. With floating optics, it’s sharp from infinity down to 1 ft. (0.3m), and it uses a ground and polished Aspherical front element to assure excellent quality. Like all the TS-E lenses, it has a fully automatic diaphragm, so there’s never a risk of forgetting to stop the lens down.

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