Reviews and Problems with Canon TS-E 24mm f/3.5L II
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31 January 2010
Excerpt: It costs a fortune (US$ 1100) and weighs a half-kilo. It's not sharp, being an SLR ultra-wide-angle in addition to spreading its meagre resolution across a medium-format image circle. However, you already know the TS-E lenses tilt and shift , so you're probably not wondering why anyone would buy one. Physically its a solid chunk of iron with a narrow passage for light and glass down the middle. I'd stand on it on a dare, no problem.
Conclusion: The Canon TS-E 24mm F3.5 L II is a lens which, given its price, has high expectations to meet. The good news is that, in almost all respects, it succeeds - the build quality is exemplary (certainly on a par with the EOS-1 series bodies it's likely to be paired with), and the new, more flexible system of movements works very well indeed.
Pros: Excellent central sharpness even at F3.5, Minimal chromatic aberration, Almost no visible distortion, Extensive and highly flexible perspective control movements, Exceptional build quality
Cons: Soft corners when shifted (need to stop down to F11 - F16 to achieve best sharpness), Expensive
Excerpt: <Buyer's Remorse Protection> of the not-much-older Canon EF 24mm f/1.4 L II USM Lens can rest assured that their 24mm lens is a match physically and comes very close optically at equal apertures. The EF 24 L II has a much wider aperture available - and it has AF (autofocus).
Excerpt: With both tilt and shift movements, as a wider version of the earlier TS 35mm f/2.8 SSC FD, the original Canon TS-E 24mm f/3.5 caused quite a stir when introduced in the early 90’s. But the design was made for 35mm SLRs and with successively higher resolution DSLRs being launched the model was in need of an update. Canon’s revamping has been substantial.