Reviews and Problems with Canon TS-E 24mm f/3.5L II
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Value for money 6
Overall quality 10
I'll stick with Perspective Correction Software
16 November 2010
Conclusion: Physically and optically this lens is about as good as it gets. However, unless the camera and lens are mounted on a tripod, the lens is basically useless. I tried using this lens to photograph audio equipment to sell on ebay but I am forced to get too close. For architecture, I use a monopod so manipulating the lens controls and focus is a pain.
Pros: very sharp
Cons: useless out in the field, photo editing sw almost as good, extremely expensive
Conclusion: The lens does two things that are practically unrelated, and both of which are borderline useless in the extreme wideangle. Firstly, the shift mechanism allows perspective correction. This was a critical part of photography in the days of large format, and I used this lens to get the same benefit on film when I started out with Canon. However, if you are working digitally, it is far easier and cheaper to correct perspective while editing.
Pros: fantastic build quality
Cons: leave perspective correction to editing software, wideangles have too much dof to need tilt, resolution becomes quite poor when shifted