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Canon Tilt/Shift Lenses

Canon offers four tilt/shift lenses (as of mid 2014). The standouts in the line are the TS-E 17mm f/4L and the TS-E 24mm f/3.5L II, which offer excellent and unique mechanical design along with highly corrected image quality. See discussion of which TS-E lens to choose.

Build quality of the TS-E lenses is excellent. In your author’s view, the Canon TS-E lenses are better-built than the Nikon PC-E lenses; the Nikon designs exhibit sag and gapping, allowing entry of dust and debris into the lens due to sloppy mechanical design for the shift mechanism. The Canon designs feel tighter in movements and tolerances.Morever, Nikon does not offer the tremendously useful on-the-fly swapping of the tilt and shift orientations.

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Diglloyd DAP is DSLR-oriented, but also contains workflow and other topics. Much of the focus is on Canon and Nikon but also Pentax and Pentax medium format.

Special emphasis is placed on lens evaluation, focusing on Canon and Nikon and Sigma lenses, but with a few others like Rokinon/Samyang.

  • Make better images by learning how to get the best results right away.
  • Save money by choosing the right lens for your needs the first time, particularly some of the new Sigma Art lenses vs Nikon and Canon.
  • Workflow discusses image organization, raw conversion and post processing. Many examples show processing parameters for direct insight into how the image was converted.
  • Jaw-dropping image quality found nowhere else utilizing Retina-grade images up to full camera resolution, plus large crops [past 2 years or so].
  • Real world examples with insights found nowhere else. Make sharper images just by understanding lens behavior you won’t read about elsewhere.
  • Aperture series from wide open through stopped down, showing the full range of lens performance and bokeh.
  • Optical quality analysis of field curvature, focus shift, sharpness, flare, distortion, and performance in the field.

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Canon TS-E 17mm f/4L
Canon TS-E 24mm f/3.5L II
Canon TS-E 45mm f/2.8
Canon TS-E 90mm f/2.8

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