Canon TS-E 90mm f/2.8 Tilt Shift

Last updated (21 July’10):
- Review by Northlight-images

The Canon TS-E 90mm f/2.8 Tilt Shift features 90mm at focal length with maximum aperture of F/2.8. The lens construction has 6 elements in 5 groups and has diagonal angle of view at 27 degrees. Focus adjustment: Manual focus, Overall linear extension system, Closest focusing distance at 0.5m/1.6 ft and has a filter size of 58mm. The Canon TS-E 90mm f/2.8 Tilt Shift lens weighs 19.9 ounces and it measures 2.9 inches in diameter and 3 inches long.

Canon TS-E 90mm f/2.8 Tilt Shift
Overall Rating: ★★★★½ | Latest Price Info

Expert Reviews

Canon TS-E 90mm f/2.8 Tilt Shift Reviews reviews the Canon TS-E 90mm f/2.8 Tilt Shift and writes;
“I’ll just say that at f/8 to f/18 the images were sharper than any of my normal lenses (L zooms) and seemed to have better contrast as well. At f/32 and some tilt, this full frame shows an impressive depth of field.”
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Photozone reviews the Canon TS-E 90mm f/2.8 Tilt Shift and writes;
“The Canon TS-E 90mm f/2.8 is an interesting lens for those seeking the maximum of perspective and depth-of-field control – at a price of around ~1250 US$/€. Technically the lens is about as good as it gets including excellent resolution, absent CAs and zero distortions. The build quality is exceptionally high.”
Rating: ★★★★½

The-digital-picture reviews the Canon TS-E 90mm f/2.8 Tilt Shift and writes;
“The Canon TS-E 90mm f/2.8 Tilt-Shift Lens is a very sharp lens with excellent contrast/saturation. The TS-E 90 is very sharp wide open – among the sharpest of Canon’s lenses. Corner sharpness is very good even wide open.”
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User Opinions

Canon TS-E 90mm f/2.8 Tilt Shift User Reviews

Fantastic capabilities | Rating: ★★★★★
“The lens is a fantastic straight-on prime lens for portraits. I find entirely new possibilities for landscape shooting. And hand-held shots are no problem at all, even with maximum tilt. Though it is strictly a manual focus lens (the AF does not work on this one) the image in the view finder is so bright I have no problem manually focusing.” – by ShutterFlash

Wish it had zoom. | Rating: ★★★★★
“Ease of focusing depends on the camera and one’s visual acuity; not so easy for me and a Canon 20D with standard focusing screen. However, images obtained with correct focus can be highly rewarding. Extender, extension tubes and ring flash are worthwhile accessories.” – by blekenbleu

A sharp, well saturated lens | Rating: ★★★★★
“What surprised me more than the versatility of the manually focusing lens is the color saturation–far greater than some L primes and as good as Leitz lenses. That says a great deal about the quality of the glass.” – by Charles L. Griffin Jr

Great creative tool | Rating: ★★★★★
“You can tilt/shift the lens to make a tiny slice of DOF which really makes your subject stand out. This is not tiny like an 85 1.2, but tiny more like a Lensbaby (but better). I use it to make the bride’s eyes really pop out while giving a super-soft dreamy look to her dress and the background.” – by Eric Slay

Amazing lens with lots of creative possibilities | Rating: ★★★★★
“While this one does not sport the “L” designation, it is as sharp as my “L” lenses. Color and contrast is very good, and it produces a wonderful bokeh as well. I use it with a full frame Canon 5D mk II. this is a very versatile lens that can be used in many creative ways. If you are looking for a tilt/shift and don’t need wide angle, this lens has exceptional optical quality, sturdy build, and costs much less than the newer models recently introduced. “ – by AV Rob

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Canon TS-E 90mm f/2.8 Tilt Shift User Manual

- Download Canon TS-E 90mm f/2.8 Tilt Shift User Manual (PDF – 410kb)

Features & Specifications

Canon TS-E 90mm f/2.8 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).

Telephoto perspective, f/2.8 speed, and full tilt and shift movements in a compact, professional package. Impressively sharp, its ability to alter the plane of focus can provide a “look” that previously required a view camera to achieve. Pros have found it a great option for portraits, products and even fashion work. At its closest focus distance (1.6 ft/0.5m), it gives magnifications of about 1/3 life-size.

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