Excerpt: Landscape and portraiture are my main uses. having plenty of manual focus lenses manually focusing was not a problem it simply takes a little longer. The focus confirm is very helpful.<br /><br />I own both this lens and the zeiss 135 APO sonnar and I must say both lenses are very nice and this 90mm for being a very old model is pretty on par, even if it not apochromatic. Its resolution is superb.
Conclusion: I actually borrowed this lens from Canon a year ago for testing and just happened to have a small assignment shooting a large antique tractor truck for a calendar while I had the lens. I was absolutely blown away by the image quality then and knew that I would have to own this lens at some point. And while I'm still shooting architecture most of the time, I don't anticipate using it much for that except for the possible detail shot of wrought iron, woodwork, etc.
Pros: Superior build quality, Super-sharp images, easy to use, useful for macro photography, light weight & relatively small
Excerpt: I actually borrowed this lens from Canon a year ago for testing and just happened to have a small assignment shooting a large antique tractor truck for a calendar while I had the lens. I was absolutely blown away by the image quality then and knew that I would have to own this lens at some point. And while I'm still shooting architecture most of the time, I don't anticipate using it much for that except for the possible detail shot of wrought iron, woodwork, etc.
Pros: Easy to use, light weight & relatively small, Superior build quality, Super-sharp images, useful for macro photography
Excerpt: I use this for product photography, either to isolate a detail (tilting the focus plane away from the surface of the object) or to maintain focus along the entire product when shooting at an angle (tilting the focal plane to run along the object's surface). I also use it when I need to magnify something; it's not officially a macro lens but it focuses down to half a meter, letting me get pretty close.
Excerpt: I've used this lens for over a year and come back to it whenever I am working of close-ups. Great manual focusing capabilities but with live view it's spot on sharp, contrasty and of course you have the tilt shift.
Pros: Consistent Output, Durable, Lightweight, Nice Bokeh, Rugged, Strong Construction
Summary: Ease of focusing depends on the camera and one's visual acuity; not so easy for me and a Canon 20D with standard focusing screen. However, images obtained with correct focus can be highly rewarding. Extender, extension tubes and ring flash are worthwhile accessories. If Canon made a zoom with tilt+shift, it could be my primary lens.
Summary: This is the ideal product photography lens for small to medium sized objects on a full-frame camera. I guess I don't REALLY need the precision focusing abilities that this lens provides for posting product shots on the online auction site (you know the one), but I find that the quality of the image makes a big impression and brings in higher sales if it looks professional--plus I just enjoy playing with what this lens can do.
Summary: I do a lot of flowers and scenery. The tilt and shift lenses are often thought of as primarily for architectural photography, but the 90mm Canon f2.8 TS EOS lens has gained a good reputation for its close focusing and portrait applications, areas that are of interest to me. So far, I'm pleased. I'll upload a favorite flower shot as an example.
Summary: Before I start the review, let me state that I am a professional wedding photographer and my review will be from that perspective. Having the TS-E 90 is, in my opinion, the equivalent to having a fish-eye lens. Once you get to a certain point in your career (or expensive hobby), you start to look for ways to trigger more creativity and give you that feeling you got when you bought your first L lens.