Reviews and Problems with Canon TS-E 24mm f/3.5L II
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Serottaboy, B&H Photo
11 February 2013
Excerpt: I was extremely excited to be able to afford this lens for landscape work. I like manual focus, distortion control, and larger depth of field. It did take some study to learn the shift tilt but wasn't that difficult at all. Compared to my 24-70mm 2.8 L version 1, there is less throw in the focus ring. In focus area was extremely small movement and was for some reason much harder to find focus than my 24-70.. Was a bit problematic for me even with live view at 10x.
Excerpt: Sharp lens and tilt and shift mechanisms can be used to increase creativity. Unfortunately mine was not as sharp on left side as the rest of the frame. I have sent it 3 times to Canon to be adjusted and still it never got right.
Excerpt: Heard lots lots of good things about this lens, from photozone.de, the-digital-picture, fredmiranda…Jumped on the double rebate deal, but I was so disappointed when the first copy arrived; landscape pictures are blur, low in contrast and center is not as sharp as my 17-40L at F4. Thanks to B&H return/exchange policy, second copy is little better, at lease center sharpness matches my 17-40 at F4, but contrast and color is almost same as the 17-40, I am expecting this lens...
Pros: Consistent Output, Easily Interchangeable, Rugged, Strong Construction
Excerpt: I've been renting this lens for a while with great results and finally made the decision to buy one. When I got it I was taken aback immediately by the abnormal level of fringing all over the images and quickly sent the lens back for an exchange. The new lens performs better generally but the performance is still marred by purple and green fringing along all contrasty lines, and not just around the edges but also in the middle of the shot.
Excerpt: I bought this lens for two specific purposes: photographing architectural interiors, and shooting video with the characteristic T/S effect. I used it on the 5DII (note past-tense). I've owned two copies (the first copy had obvious issues). It's an outstanding example of Canon glass, no question; the quality is right there with Nikon's offerings. On the other hand, against a Zeiss or a Schneider it's rather less impressive.
Pros: Fabulous Color, Massively Improved, Strong Construction
Excerpt: For all the hype and price of this lens it just was not nearly as sharp as I expected. I have used some of the best optics availabe in the Large Format arena and expected more from this lens. My tests revealed great color rendition but sadly not the sharpness even straight on that it should have delivered. Yes I could have had a bad copy but I have moved on to Zeiss Lenses and could not be more impressed.
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
Excerpt: Optically, this is the best corrected lens--of any focal length--I've ever used. Chromatic aberration is practically non-existent, geometric distortion is unmeasurable, and flare resistance is excellent, even with a filter on the lens. Optically it gets five stars. I doubt you'll find a better 24mm anywhere. Mechanically the lens is a bit disappointing. Actually, it's a lot disappointing, and I've knocked two stars off my rating because of it.
Excerpt: The optics on this lens are superb. Sharp and surprisingly little distortion (although both suffer a little at the corners when tilted). Much sharper than any other 24mm I have used and substantially better than the 16-35mm L and 24-105mm L lenses at 24mm. However, beware that the screws on the tilt-shift knobs are prone to working loose and falling off. This is a serious annoyance, and Canon will not replace these screws and knobs for free.
Summary: Quite a few reviewers talk about a steep learning curve. I think they are correct: I have just started the climb and there is one aspect of the lens that really bothers me. Exposure. As you can see from Canon's T&S manuals (you find these on Canon's website, when you look for these lenses), Automatic Exposure does not work when you tilt or shift the lens.