Reviews and Problems with Canon TS-E 24mm f/3.5L II
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Nice and useful lens. Only for pros or advanced amateurs
3 January 2012
Summary: The main reason to bought this product was the capability for perspective correction when shooting architecture, I do a lot of this kind of photography. This feature is nice and works very well. Saves me a lot of time in photoshop. Barrel distortion is fine too. At first the controls are a little tricky but after a while you get it. I don't like the magenta cast when shift is beyond 8 mm. Is important to mention that is a time consuming lens.
Conclusion: Due to its focal length, the tilt capability does not come into play unless the subject includes something very close. Nonetheless, when one has such a subject tilting is indispensable. For architecture, or any tall subject, being to use rise (i.e., shift up) is almost as good as a view camera. It is always best to get verticals vertical in camera to avoid stretching discernible subject elements such as circles out of shape as post processing may do.
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
Summary: Added this lens to my collection and it has produced some really good architectural photos. I have been using mostly the slide feature to take the tilt out of building photographs. The only complaint I would have is knobs are not easy to reach in some orientations.