light, good quality, great tilt-shift lens for beginners
9 June 2013
Summary: tilt shift lenses are know that can fix the distortion while shooting. This one is an old one but not bad image quality at f/4 and gets better after f/5.6. It's much cheaper than new lenses, very good for budget constrained person to experience wide angle TS lens
Excellent for those who know what it is and how to use it.
26 February 2013
Summary: Please note that the items here have not been specified whether they are the version I or II of the lens. The newer version offers more axes and degrees of movement. Image quality is better. The filter thread in the version II is 82 mm, that is how you can tell which version you are looking at. My experience of the version II is very good. The image quality is absolutely superb, The control of the DOF needs some reading.
Summary: Canon really earned their money with this lens! It is difficult and expensive to manufacture, and has a large aspherical lens as the front element for performance approaching apochromats. Version II of this lens has just been released, but it sells for twice the price. Of course, the TS-24mm has long been standard for architectural photograpers, but don't forget about the tilts! Tilts make possible a range of compositons many artists would overlook.
This quality, yet heavy lens allows you to really change your perspective!
17 September 2012
Summary: In architectural photography- this lens compensates for the appearance that upright lines, such as the sides of buildings, windows, etc- are leaning away from you as they climb above eye-level. This effect can also be used in a side-to-side fashion to allow the final image to have the perspective as if taken straight on, even when the image was taken while standing off-center. Another trick with this lens is to create a "slice of focus.
Summary: This lens is great for capturing architecture and all inclusive scenes but not good to use as an all around lens. Auto focus does not work with this lens. This is a great lens as a third but I don't suggest buying it as your first or second lens.