Canon adds some perspective to things

Canon announces two new perspective-controlling tilt-and-shift lenses, the TS-E 24mm f3.5 and the TS-E 17mm f4.

Canon on Tuesday announced two new perspective-controlling tilt-and-shift lenses, the TS-E 24mm f3.5L II and the TS-E 17mm f4L. Adding a wide-angle and an ultra-wide-angle in addition to the TS-E 45mm f2.8 and the TS-E 90mm f2.8. With TS-E 24mm f3.5L II replacing it predecessor released in 1991. These new tilt-and-shift lenses have been branded L series with its distinctive red band, signifyng their professional build quality.


The TS-E 24mm f3.5L II has been updated to feature UD (ultra-low dispersion) glass to minimize chromatic aberrations. Also specially coated aspherical elements to reduce glare. Both new lenses feature a new revolving construction design that allows it to rotated for both portrait and landscape shooting. The TS-E 17mm f4L offers ultrawide perspective controlled ability, allowing lots of creative possibilities. It also features UD glass to minimize chromatic aberrations. As well as revolving construction to easily change orientation. image


These tilt-and-shift lenses allow you to control the plane of focus, as well as control perspective in things such as the convergence of parallel lines. The lens elements can be tilted forward and back, and adjusted up and down just like the front of a view camera. Giving the photographer amazing control, especially architectural and product photography. These are manually focusing lenses.

They should be available in May with the TS-E 24mm f3.5L for $2,199 and the TS-E 17mm for $2,499.

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    Matthew Fitzgerald, a CNET associate editor, has been involved with digital camera technology and the photo industry for more than 15 years. His background includes work as a professional photographer, a technical representative, and a repair technician.


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