Canon TS-E 24mm f/3.5L II Tilt-Shift Lens - U.S.A. Warranty

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About Canon 24mm F/3.5L

The Canon TS-E 24mm f/3.5L II offers enhanced functionality and image quality in its most popular tilt-shift focal length. Designed with UD glass to minimize and compensate for chromatic aberrations and specially coated aspherical elements for the highest possible glare-free image quality, this tilt-shift lens features an angle of view of 74°. New TS revolving lets users freely combine tilting and shifting within the range of +/- 90° in the direction of movement.

It has an enhanced range of movement of up to +/- 8.5°, a revolving construction for both portrait and landscape shooting modes, locking, ergonomically designed and easily operated tilt and shift knobs, uses a circular aperture for beautiful out-of-focus areas and is constructed using only lead-free glass and has an SWC lens coating that controls ghosting and flare to a far greater degree than earlier coating technologies.

The Canon 24mm F/3.5L is commonly used for Architecture, Landscape/scenery and more.The Canon 24mm F/3.5L is most used by customers who consider themselves to be a Photo enthusiast, Pro photographer, Semi-pro photographer among others.The Canon 24mm F/3.5L is popular because customers like the following qualities of the Canon 24mm F/3.5L: Consistent output, Durable, Easily interchangeable, Rugged, Strong construction, Superior build quality and Super-sharp images

Summary of Customer Reviews

Customers most agreed on the following attributes:
Pros:
Strong construction (16),Durable (12),Rugged (12),Consistent output (8),Superior build quality (6),Super-sharp images (6),Easily interchangeable (4),Fast / accurate auto-focus (3),Nice bokeh (3)
Cons:
Heavy (7),Manual focus only (3),Pricey / poor value (3)
Best Uses:
Landscape/scenery (17),Architecture (5)
Reviewer Profile:
Photo enthusiast (8),Pro photographer (5),Semi-pro photographer (5)

Canon 24mm F/3.5L Specifications

Focal Length & Maximum Aperture
24mm 1:3.5
Lens Construction
16 elements in 11 groups
Diagonal Angle of View
84° (without tilt or shift) Image circle diameter 58.6mm
Focus Adjustment
Manual focus, overall linear extension system
Closest Focusing Distance
0.69 ft./0.21m (maximum close-up magnification: 0.34x)
Filter Size
82mm
Dimensions
3.5" x 4.2" / 88.5 x 106.9mm
Weight
27.5 oz./780g
Warranty
Canon 1 year limited warranty

Canon 24mm F/3.5L Reviews

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4.8

(based on 32 reviews)

96%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

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Most Liked Positive Review

 

Know Your Facts

I've used this lens, which replaced the marginal Mk I version I owned previously, for over a year. Awesome doesn't begin to describe the image quality you can get with it. Canon engineers hit a home run with this lens. My extensive experience with t/s lenses and my particular experience with this lens leaves me scratching my head at a few of the comments I've read about the use of tilt-shift lenses and this lens in particular. My favorite feature of this lens is its ability to create a seamle...

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I've used this lens, which replaced the marginal Mk I version I owned previously, for over a year. Awesome doesn't begin to describe the image quality you can get with it. Canon engineers hit a home run with this lens. My extensive experience with t/s lenses and my particular experience with this lens leaves me scratching my head at a few of the comments I've read about the use of tilt-shift lenses and this lens in particular. My favorite feature of this lens is its ability to create a seamlessly sharp image from close up to infinity using the tilt feature. This takes a little practice. Some will argue that you don't benefit from this with a 24mm (wide angle) lens because of its inherently deep depth-of-field. This is simply not true. Wide angle lenses are often used close up, and the closer you are to your subject, the more you will need to employ tilt to bring the background into focus - even at narrow apertures with a wide angle lens. What's more, if you are able to achieve seamless foreground-to-background focus w/o tilt, you're probably doing it at f/16-22. If you can achieve the same thing using tilt at f/8, you will end up with a significantly sharper image because of the diffraction that occurs at f/16 and beyond. It is worth noting that this infinite focus effect is NOT something you can easily achieve in software (although PS does have a function requiring multiple bracketed-focus images that attempts to do so). Some suggest that you can't hand hold this lens so you might as well shoot with a standard lens and use software. It is true that you need a tripod when using TILT. It is laughable that the work around is to hand hold a standard lens and use software. You can't mimic infinite focus unless you start out that way; and if you're going to try to use focus-bracketed shots with PS to get close, you still need a tripod for your bracketed shots. When using SHIFT, the feature that allows you to maintain straight vertical lines with architecture and tall trees, you ABSOLUTELY CAN hand hold it. You will achieve the same results (by which I mean blur from camera shake or slight focus inaccuracies from minor movements as you take the shot) as hand holding a standard lens at the same shutter speed and f/stop - minus the keystoning. The same is true when a t/s lens is mounted on a monopod and shifted. When you shift a t/s lens, it is accurate to say that you lose resolution during the process. How much depends on the quality of the particular lens (which, in the case of this lens is outstanding), how far you are shifted, and at what aperture you are shooting. If you shoot at f/8, the loss is minimal even with an extreme shift, but it is there. However, to suggest that a work around is to use a standard lens and correct the distortion with software completely ignores the fact that you lose even more resolution -- significantly more -- by "stretching the pixels" in software after capture. So am I suggesting that a standard 24 has no advantages over its tilt-shift brethren? Not at all. The t/s is heavier; its manual-only focus system make it unsuitable for situations requiring fast focusing, and it lacks the image stabilization and/or wider apertures available in other lenses. It comes down to choosing the right tool for the job. My point is that the TS-E 24 II is a very good tool; for anyone to suggest it is "useless" is bringing their own knowledge and credibility into question. When I was shooting with the original TS-E 24, the Mk I, I realized that I was making a trade off. I was using a lens with some notable weaknesses in order to take advantage of the benefits that come with being able to tilt and shift. With this lens, that trade off is gone. The image quality is phenomenal and the tilt-shift actions give the lens a versatility that, in many ways, cannot be mimicked with software. Yes, this lens is expensive. Use one for a day and you'll understand why. Is it worth twice as much as the first version? Absolutely!

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

24 and 17mm T/S aren't useful.

The lens does two things that are practically unrelated, and both of which are borderline useless in the extreme wideangle. Firstly, the shift mechanism allows perspective correction. This was a critical part of photography in the days of large format, and I used this lens to get the same benefit on film when I started out with Canon. However, if you are working digitally, it is far easier and cheaper to correct perspective while editing. Second, It allows tilting of the plane of focus, which...

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The lens does two things that are practically unrelated, and both of which are borderline useless in the extreme wideangle. Firstly, the shift mechanism allows perspective correction. This was a critical part of photography in the days of large format, and I used this lens to get the same benefit on film when I started out with Canon. However, if you are working digitally, it is far easier and cheaper to correct perspective while editing. Second, It allows tilting of the plane of focus, which allows near/far compositions to simultaneously be in focus when simply stopping down doesn't do enough (or isn't desired for other reasons such as stopping subject motion, etc.) However, these extreme wide angles, with small apertures even wide-open, have extreme DOF already and it'd be a rare photograph that needed more DOF than a normal lens could accomplish at 24mm (or even more so, 17mm). On the other hand this ability would be very attractive at 45-90mm. (A related trick is to tilt focus in the opposite direction of your composition to minimize DOF. But again at 17 and 24mm, I'm sorry but nothing gets very defocused anyway.) As far as other details of the lens go: the construction is the very best Canon makes, comperable to the 70-200Ls or better. The image quality unfortunately suffers as you shift off-center, as the lens resolution falls off as with every lens. (There is also extreme cos^4 vignetting, though that can be fixed in your editing software.)

Reviewed by 32 customers

 
5.0

Gorgeous, sharp, expensive

By

from Westminster, VT  -  Pro Photographer

Well made, solid, sharp, a beautiful lens which will be used for landscapes and architecture.

(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Exceptional build quality.

By

from Sonoma, Ca.  -  Photo Enthusiast

I can run the accolades on and on about all of the features this lens has, but you can read all of that at the many review sites. I'll just relate my experience to you. I purchased this lens as I had planned on using this lens to do more than just photographing buildings. Which it does very well with little effort on my part. I also wanted the ability to do landscapes where the tilt and shift aspects will give me the versatility and creativity that a prime wide angle lens could never provide. As I am a bit older than most who would use this lens, my eyes are not as well suited for this lens as they should be. As a consequence, even with Live View and magnification, I have found that, for me, getting things focused, where I want, is a challenge, especially in the extreme angles that this lens is capable of. When I get the focus dialed in, by accident it seems, the shots are sharp and great. After three days of playing with the lens and over 3K shots, I have to admit that this lens will always be a challenge for me and I'll have to take multiple shots of the scene that I want with multiple exposure compensations to allow for my lousy eyes and glasses. Purchasing a good light meter will also be neccesary for me. Oh well, getting old isn't what it's cracked up to be. This is a great product for those that can see well enough to use this lens to its full capabilities. It moves smoothly and locks down firmly with little effort. A great build for such a complex tool. The angle guides are easy to see, even for me. It is hard to put this down when out shooting. A lot of potential for those with a creative bend. Close up shots can create some interesting perspectives as the focus gets shifted across the screen. Plan on using a very sturdy tripod for most of your shots. Buy this if you have the patience to really learn the many aspects of this lens and the eyesight. I recommend that you rent it and try it out first. Take the time to see if this lens is for you or is it just another very expensive tool that will just sit in the bag. This is not like a bike, you have to use it often to really learn it to use it well.

 
4.0

Great Lens for architectural photos

By

from Berkeley, CA  -  Pro Photographer

This lens is well built and it produces great sharp images. it works great for architectural applications but It doesn't have auto focus; it can be used for selected applications in fast pace environments like weddings.

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Challenging

By

from Maryland  -  Photo Enthusiast

As an amateur, this lens is challenging, but rewarding too. The shift effect makes panoramas and architectural shots with nice straight lines both very easy. Getting expanded depth of field shots is tricky, mainly due to focusing at both the far and near points while micro–adjusting the tilt to get everything correct

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Fantastic Tilt/Shift

By

from Warner Robins, GA  -  Semi-pro Photographer

I like this lens so much that I've started using it as a walk-around lens when I visit new cities; even without using tilt/shift, it's a superb 24mm. The shift feature has been made quite easy to use and with a little practice it works wonders. f/3.5 is nothing to write home about, but it's certainly open enough for architectural-type photography during the day. Even though 24mm comes standard with a lot of DOF, I find that the tilt feature allows me to produce even more impressive landscapes with everything in sharp focus. Opens up a new world! And it's kinda nice to go back to the days of manual focus...

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Great Lens for Specific Purpose

By

from NJ  -  Photo Enthusiast

Excellent lens for those looking for special effects (fake miniature) or who need perspective correction on architectural photographs. I use it for both, and it has served well. As others note, this lens does require some getting used to, so don't expect to get the best image possible on your first outing unless you have spent some time preparing yourself beforehand.

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Amazing Lens!

By

from Nevada  -  Semi-pro Photographer

Been wanting a tilt-shift lens for a while, and finally decided to jump on the opportunity. I've been reluctant due to only manual focus and price. Getting over the price, the manual focus is easy to use, have more keepers than expected and is fun in some ways. I absolutely love the Tilt+shift control of achieving fairly strong OOF areas using a wide angle. I also own the Canon 16/35 f2.8 L II and Canon 24-70mm f2.8 L in the same 24mm range. Out of the three, this lens is the SHARPEST, produces the BEST looking photos and is the most fun to use. If I don't need to worry about action and need wide angle, the Canon TS-E 24mm f/3.5L II Tilt-Shift is the one I'll grab first.

(0 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

TS-E 24mm II

By

from Raleigh, NC  -  Photo Enthusiast

Nice, clear lens that adapts to the situation.

(0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

TS-E 24 II

By

from Raleigh NC  -  Photo Enthusiast

It is a one of a kind lens. I was reading a Nikon message board and a member really wanted the lens but was complaining about having to buy a Canon body in order to use this lens. From what I have read, I might shy away from the TS-E 17 and the TS-E 45 is limited in the independent rotation of tilt and shift. I have a 7d and 5dII and I can switch bodies to get different focal lengths.

(37 of 38 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Expensive but soooo worht it

By

from UE

I agree - it is not your everyday lens, not even your every week lens. To be honest, if you do not have a need for it will quickly become your once-in-a-quite-long-long-while lens. Then you may feel disappointed, but it will not be because the product is not good, it will be because you didn't bother to think whether you really need it when buying it. It is also a demanding lens to use - you most probably will use a tripod (unless you have super steady hands), be patient, and take some time to learn how to use it. Btw - architectural and landscape photography, where this lens finds most applications will require a tripod and some patience (when composing) in most cases anyway. However, when you do need features of this lens and take time to learn how to shoot with it - nothing comes close to quality you will receive. If anybody claims that he/she can do the same with regular lens and some post processing while retaining the same quality, he/she either never really used this lens or doesn't really needed such lens and doesn't want to spare time to learn how to use it. If a bit of PS magic would give you the same effects / quality no one would buy TS lenses any more and manufacturers would stop producing them. Somehow, Canon not only has not stopped, but they are refreshing (24 mkII) and expanding (17) TS lens line). Asking for a fast autofocus in this lens - when at least 50% (if not more) of joy from using it comes from manipulating the focus pane, point and DoF - is like asking for a big trunk in a sports coupe. With respect to infinite DoF by tilting instead of gong down to f16-22 and loosing detail due to diffraction - please refer to YMHARNC review. Expensive? Definitely yes. But are other special application tools that you know of or use - when compared to regular items of their category - cheap?

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Shopper  Why Did You Choose This?
CHRISTOPHER G  This is perhaps the best wide angle lens Canon makes! I rented a version of this lens a number of times for special shoots but the quality of these photos was what convinced me to cough up the money to buy it. The tilt and shift capabilities of this lens is also quite remarkable and the best I've experienced from any other mfg. All around great lens.
rene e  Hi, for how long would be the instant rebate on this lense? Thank you and best regards, Rene
BILL M  Sorry. The question doesn't make sense.
Shopper  why is there an extra knob in the box?
HAROLD C  which one is the extra knob? There are supposed to be two, one for shifting and one for tilting
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