Excerpt: I really wanted an L-series tilt shift lens somewhere in the 35mm to 70mm range. Unfortunately, such a lens does not exist. This was the only one that fit the bill. I intend to use this mostly for creative wedding portraits and details, and the 24mm tilt-shift L-series that Canon offers is just too wide for my needs.The 45mm is good, but not great. There is a clear difference in image quality from L glass.
Pros: Consistent Output, Nice Bokeh, Strong Construction
Excerpt: Tack sharp, and you can tilt/shift the lens...what more can you ask for in a prime lense. I've shot large format for decades, and have sore missed the ability to correct perspective with my Canon 5D Mark II DSLR. Yes, this can be dome in Photoshop, or with various plug-ins, but at a loss of quality, and total pixels for h4 finished image. I love the abiliy to do it all in camera, and hope to expand my TS lenses to include the 24mm.
Summary: It is a nice, sharp lens but know this: there's a steep learning curve. Not something you can pick up and shoot with and get any consistently good results. It's manual focus. I tried manually focusing it through the viewfinder of a full-frame camera, using the stock focusing screen, and NONE of the shots came out in focus. Don't get this if your camera doesn't allow you to change to a better focusing screen unless you're going to use Liveview on the LCD.
Excerpt: I have only used this lens a short time so far but it brings back some of the control I had with my LF view camera. It appears very sharp and the controls are easy to use. The ability to rotate both the tilt and shift throughout a 90 degree range gives relatively precise control. The manual focus with Live View 10x works very well. I only use the camera with a tripod, mirror up, silent mode, with a remote switch, so image stabilization has not been an issue so far.
Pros: Durable, Easily Interchangeable, Strong Construction
Excerpt: After much deliberation, I bought the Canon TS-E 45mm lens for a couple of reasons. The first reason is that I wanted to get back to 'normal' perspective, since most of my images have been ultra-wide-angle to telephoto; also, I wanted to be able to change aspect ratios as well as create images that would provide provide great depth of field and, when printed in a large format, excellent sharpness.
Pros: Beautiful Color, Durable, Rugged, Sharp detail, Strong Construction
Excerpt: I use this mostly for creating panoramas. The normal focal length is perfect for that. You end up with a panorama equivalent to about a 110-degree wide angle with a lot of detail since the file is huge. Focus is well-damped and easy to achieve if you keep the shutter button partially depressed. The tilt feature improves macros by allowing greater depth of field. Build quality is really "L" but Canon chooses not to label it that way.
Pros: Durable, High resolution, Strong Construction, Well-built Smooth Focus
Excerpt: This is my new favorite lens. I've been wanting to use this lens for quite some time now after seeing what others are doing with it - it can make a very "dreamy" effect when used in portraiture. I'm a wedding photographer and I already own most, if not all, of the canon lenses that are typically used for wedding photography(all the standard zooms and a bunch of L series prime lenses).
Pros: Makes Anything Look Cool, Strong Construction
Excerpt: This lens is impeccably made and allows you to experiment with photography in a way few other lenses can. Between the depth of field options, tilt, and shift, there is so much you can do with this lens. It takes work learning how the different settings work (separately + together) but it's definitely worth your time. Also, it's manual focus, so practice before you use it on a big job. Definitely worth the money and so much fun to use! Works with a variety of cameras.
Pros: Consistent Output, Creative Outlet, Strong Construction, Well Made