Canon TS-E 90mm f/2.8 Tilt & Shift Manual Focus Telephoto Lens - USA

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About Canon 90mm F/2.8



The Canon 90mm F/2.8 is commonly used for Macro photography, Product photography and more.The Canon 90mm F/2.8 is popular because customers like the following qualities of the Canon 90mm F/2.8: Consistent output, Durable, Lightweight and Strong construction

Summary of Customer Reviews

Customers most agreed on the following attributes:
Pros:
Consistent output (7),Lightweight (7),Strong construction (7),Durable (6),Nice bokeh (5),Rugged (5)
Best Uses:
Macro photography (5),Product photography (5),Landscape/scenery (3),Video (3),Portraits (3)
Reviewer Profile:
Pro photographer (5),Photo enthusiast (3)

Canon 90mm F/2.8 Specifications

Construction
5 groups /6 elements
Angle of view
27° (without tilt or shift)
F stop range
2.8-32
Closest Focusing Distance
0.5m / 1.6 ft.
Maximum Magnification
1:3.4
Filter Size
58mm
Dimensions (Length x Diameter)
2.9" x 3.5" / 73.6 x 88.0mm
Weight
1.2 lbs. / 565g

Canon 90mm F/2.8 Reviews

Review Snapshot®

 
4.5

(based on 13 reviews)

100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

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Most Liked Positive Review

 

Old school fun for product & portrait photography

Although manual focus is old school, optically this lens is about as good as it gets. The build quality is on par with a L series lens. This lens has a bit of a learning curve through the additional creativity this lens provides makes it worth the effort. It has been one of the most used lens for product & portrait work.

Reviewed by 13 customers

 
5.0

Perfect lens comparable to the Zeiss 135

By

from Santa Cruz  -  Pro Photographer

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. 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. My main reason for getting this lens instead of waiting for the newer 135mm Tilt shift that canon is rumored to produce Is because of its rendering characteristics with its gaussian optics which made it very worthwhile.

 
4.0

Well built but tilt is too limited.

By

from Chicago, Illinois  -  Photo Enthusiast

The tilt was only half what I expected. The lens will not attach to Canon's Macro Twin Lite. The lens will focus quite close, acting as a macro lens. The lens is well made, but the shift and tilt are at right angles and should have been made adjustable so they can be combined. I would recomend this but point out the shortcomings.

(4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Another astounding lens

By

from Birmingham, AL

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. very occasionally. But for product shots both large and small, this lens is amazingly sharp. And of course being able to utilize the Scheimpflug principal will yield the great benefit of getting the image correct in the camera instead of compromising any pixels in post production. I also own the Canon 17mm & 24mm TS-E lenses. Those are both stellar optics and travel with me everywhere. This lens however, due to it's Gaussian design and focal length, is sharper, has NO chromatic aberration or barrel distortion, and just snaps into focus albeit manually. Pretty good performance for a 21 year old lens. The only downside is the fact that while the orientation of the shift and tilt can be altered, a small screw driver is required or you can send it to Canon's repair facility. The lens is delivered with these at a right angle to each other and upon delivery I changed this so I could tilt and shift in the same direction. A pleasant surprise for me after doing this is that the tilt and shift controls are on opposite sides of the lens and for that reason are much easier to manipulate; they don't get in each other's way. While I don't think much about macro photography, except when my children inquire about it, just yesterday I had the need to put this lens to the test. A friend who shoots portraits had an SD memory card which was causing problems so I used this lens focused to the nearest distance along with flash to shoot some quick snap shots of it. The detail allowed me to see physical damage to the card that wasn't apparent with the naked eye, and that was repairable and saved two hours worth of images for her. Again, at closest focusing distance there were no aberrations. I was amazed. And I've seen many examples of nature macro shots with creative blurring/focusing which I want to try. The only negative issue I can imagine with this lens is the size of the image circle. In certain situations I can see where an image circle larger than 58mm would be helpful. This will have little to no impact on anything I'm required to shoot. And lastly, Hollywood seems to have caught on to the value of all 4 of Canon's tilt-shift lenses since a major lens manufacturer is reworking and reselling these lenses in their barrels with gearing for follow focus and mounts for the major camera brands in that arena. I'm thinking Canon can probably thank the 5D Mark II and its' acceptance for movies and television for that.

 
5.0

Creativity endless

By

from Italy  -  Pro Photographer

The TS-E 90 is the oldest in Canon's Tilt & Shift lenses line up. It is obviously a manual focus lens, as all this type of lenses. The focus anyway is very easy and the ring is easy to reach and nice to use. Quality and sharpness are at very high level as well the chances to have a picture nice but sometimes also out of the choir, and would be make the difference. The lens is quite small, very well built not so eavy. This lens can make the real difference if you are into commercial photography i.e. making product catalogs or other in studio works, as well as typical minuature landscapes, especially from an elevated standpoint.

 
5.0

Nice tilt lens that doubles as a macro

By

from Mountain View CA

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. The 90mm may not be an L lens (nor does it have an L price, grin), but I have no complaints with its sharpness and overall image quality.

 
4.0

90 will get you hooked

By

from Seattle, WA  -  Pro Photographer

Although manual focus is old school, optically this lens is mindblowing. The build quality is on par with a L series lens. This lens has a bit of a learning curve through the additional creativity this lens provides makes it worth the effort. It has been one of the most used lens for product & portrait work.

 
4.0

Sweet Glass

By

from Boston, MA  -  Photo Enthusiast

I generally use the 90mm for close-up shots when depth of field and boken are important. The lens is very sharp and the boken is wonderful. I use it even when perspective control isn't needed. Fantastic when combined with 6mm extention tube.

 
5.0

Sharp, contrasty and a pleasure to use

By

from Boston area  -  Photo Enthusiast

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. I shipped it to Canon to align the tilt and shift capabilities to the same axis

 
4.0

Awesome specialty lens

By

from Philadelphia, PA  -  Pro Photographer

Great specialty lens. Makes me want to shoot everything in TS. It's very sharp once you're able to manually focus onto your subject.

(40 of 46 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Old school fun for product & portrait photography

By

from Seattle, WA

Although manual focus is old school, optically this lens is about as good as it gets. The build quality is on par with a L series lens. This lens has a bit of a learning curve through the additional creativity this lens provides makes it worth the effort. It has been one of the most used lens for product & portrait work.

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Shopper  Will this fit on a 5d?
BRAD B  Sure! Manual focus though.
Shopper  Why Did You Choose This?
JIM C  I use it to change to angle of the focus plane of a photo.... i.e. to put the surface of a street in focus foreground to background, or to put one side of an object in focus (assuming that the object is at an angle to you), or create a really small depth of field
William W  I understand this is a manual focus lens - but does it have a focus indicator? Thanks!
BOB T  The answer is yes. While lightly pressing the shutter button while focusing, you hear a beep when focus is achieved at a focus point in the viewfinder.
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