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Canon TS-E 17mm f/4L Tilt-Shift Lens Imported

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Product Highlights
  • Tilt-Shift L-Series Manual Focus Lens
  • For EOS Cameras
  • Aperture Range: f/4-22
  • One Aspherical & Four UD Lens Elements
  • Maximum Tilt: +/- 6.5º
  • Maximum Shift: +/- 12mm
  • Tilt & Shift Singly or In Combination
  • Mount Rotation: 90º Left and Right
  • Minimum Focus Distance: 9.8"
  • Truly Circular Diaphragm

The TS-E 17mm f/4L Tilt-Shift Lens from Canon is an ultra wide-angle manual focus lens for EF mount cameras with a 104º diagonal angle of view on full frame cameras. It is the widest tilt-shift lens in the Canon lineup and provides tilt-shift functions to control perspective and correct convergence of lines within your frame. It is especially useful in architecture, landscape, and product photography. The optical tilt mechanisms enable precise control of depth of field along with perspective control.

The tilt-shift function on the 17mm f/4 lens allows adjustment of the focal plane by an angle of +/-6.5º and enables parallel shift of the optical axis by +/-12mm. Both tilt and shift can be engaged singly and in combination. The tilt-shift rotation mechanism locks at right angle and at parallel and clicks at 45º and the lens mount itself can rotate left or right by 90º with click-stop adjustment each 30º.

Being a Canon L-series lens, its optical design and physical structure are optimal. Aspherical and ultra-low dispersion lens elements suppress aberrations and provide sharp delineation. Subwavelength Structure Coating (SWC) reduces ghosting and flare and truly circular diaphragm results in pleasing out-of-focus backgrounds. The focus ring on the lens provides precise manual focus action and the improved tilt and shift knobs are sturdy and smoothly control the mechanisms.

TS-E lens is compatible with all Canon EOS cameras
The 104° diagonal angle of view (without tilt or shift) is ideal for ultra wide-angle applications including architecture, landscape and product photography.
Wide image circle of 67.2mm is 50% greater than 35mm/full frame film area.
High precision glass (18 elements/12 groups) for low distortion and high resolution to the edge of the image.
The tilt and shift mechanism rotates +/-90°, allowing shift in any direction and the tilt mechanism independently rotates +/-90°, allowing tilt in any direction relative to the shift.
One aspherical and four UD lens elements minimize chromatic aberration.
A floating internal focus mechanism delivers high image quality throughout focus range.
Sub-wavelength structure coatings minimize ghosting and flare
A truly circular aperture creates pleasing out-of-focus background areas.
Performance
Focal Length 17mm
Comparable APS-C 1.6x Focal Length: 27.2 mm
Aperture Maximum: f/4
Minimum: f/22
Camera Mount Type Canon EF
Format Compatibility 35mm Film / Full-Frame Digital Sensor
Canon (APS-C)
Angle of View 104°
Tilt/Shift Tilt ± 6.5° in 1° increments
Shifts ± 12mm in 1mm increments
Minimum Focus Distance 9.84" (25 cm)
Magnification 0.14x
Maximum Reproduction Ratio 1:7
Elements/Groups 18/12
Diaphragm Blades 8
Features
Image Stabilization No
Autofocus No
Tripod Collar No
Physical
Filter Thread None
Dimensions (DxL) Approx. 3.5 x 4.2" (8.89 x 10.67 cm)
Weight 1.80 lb (820 g)

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CanonTS-E 17mm f/4L Tilt-Shift Lens
 
4.8

(based on 115 reviews)

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98%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Strong construction (59)
  • Consistent output (52)
  • Durable (40)
  • Rugged (28)
  • Easily interchangeable (20)

Cons

  • Heavy (23)
  • Manual focus only (4)
  • Difficult to clean (3)
  • Heavy / bulky (3)
  • Poor in low light (3)

Best Uses

  • Landscape/scenery (73)
  • Architecture (30)
  • Low light (20)
  • Night photography (12)
  • Architecture interiors (9)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (84)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Pro photographer (53), Semi-pro photographer (34), Photo enthusiast (18)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Yeah, Its Worth It

In the world of professional photography, cameras and lenses are tools of the trade. I photograph interiors and exteriors of high end real estate. My lens of choice was the Leitz 19mm Elmarit...Read complete review

In the world of professional photography, cameras and lenses are tools of the trade. I photograph interiors and exteriors of high end real estate. My lens of choice was the Leitz 19mm Elmarit R f2.8 version 1. I used it on my Canon 1ds mk-II. It has great sharpness, is well corrected and produces images with very good color and contrast. I thought about purchasing the Canon 14mm f2.8 for its extreme wide angle capability but after 25 years of view camera experience I opted for the 17mm TS-E. I am so glad I did. The Canon 17mm TS-E offers me shift correction which is invaluable in my line of work. It is extremely well corrected, has little chromatic aberration, and handles direct window light with little or no flare - amazing considering the bulbous design of the front element. Canon did their homework on coatings with this lens. The only time I experienced flare was direct sunlight hitting the element from the side and that was easily corrected by using my hand as a gobo. Is it as sharp as the Leitz 19mm? Could be although the contrast and color reproduction seem a tad soft in comparison. In all fairness to the 17mm TS-E, I just got it and have used it on only 1 job so far. My oberservations are strictly "seat of the pants" and not scientific in nature. This lens takes a little time getting used to but if you have view camera experience you will be up to speed quickly. The build quality is excellent and the weight doesn't bother me at all. I see some reviewers taking exception to the price but I don't. This lens accomplishes what no other lens in today's market can do. I waited, saved and researched this lens for 2 years before purchasing it and am very happy that it is now part of my "tool box." Like all specialty lenses the Canon 17mm TS-E is not for everyone. But for those who make their living like I do, this is one purchase you'll wish you had made long ago.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Not as good as 24mm TS-E

I am mainly a landscape photographer. I've owned a 24mm TS-E II for about a year now. That, plus 1.4x TC, has been my go-to lens for many of my shots. I...Read complete review

I am mainly a landscape photographer. I've owned a 24mm TS-E II for about a year now. That, plus 1.4x TC, has been my go-to lens for many of my shots. I decided to also get 17mm TS-E for wider than 24mm shots. So. my review will be a comparison between the two mainly.

What I love
I love the 17mm TS-E, which I find it to be sharper than 16-35mm f/2.8 and 17-40 f/4.0 on the edges. I rented all three of them a couple different times for jobs as well as to compare them side by side. I liked it enough to want to purchase my own copy.

What I do not love
Once you shift the lens pretty far, or tilt more than a couple degrees, the image quality suffers quite a bit around the edges. Lots of CA and fuzziness. You have to step down quite a bit to avoid this. 24mm TS-E II is super sharp, even when tilted or shifted heavily, so this is a bit disappointing.

Overall, I don't think there is anything better than 17mm TS-E at that range and what it can do (Tilt, shift), so I am happy in that regards.

I think this will be improved on the version II, like the 24mm TS-E II, and then everyone will say how the original 17mm is just not sharp. :-)

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5.0

awesome lens

By gifred

from sherman, ct

About Me Pro Photographer

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Durable
  • Easily Interchangeable
  • Rugged
  • Strong Construction

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Indoors/Low Light
    • Landscape/Scenery

    Comments about Canon TS-E 17mm f/4L Tilt-Shift Lens:

    architecture landscapes and architecture interiors
    i use it with my infrared camera..canon 1Ds

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    5.0

    Amazing glass

    By Pam

    from Southern VA

    Comments about Canon TS-E 17mm f/4L Tilt-Shift Lens:

    This a a lens that delivers...it does an amazing job with both landscapes and architecture. I look forward to putting this glass to work in the days and weeks ahead.

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    5.0

    An awesome optical instrument

    By Frank Lloyd Wright

    from Wash DC

    About Me Semi-pro Photographer

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Strong Construction

    Cons

    • Heavy

    Best Uses

    • Landscape/Scenery

    Comments about Canon TS-E 17mm f/4L Tilt-Shift Lens:

    Straightens out buildings & tilting the plane of focus is amazing. This is a very sharp lens.

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    5.0

    Fabulous Lens

    By Marty

    from Santa Ana, Ca

    About Me Semi-pro Photographer

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      Cons

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          Comments about Canon TS-E 17mm f/4L Tilt-Shift Lens:

          This is an outstanding lens and a fitting companion to the 24mm TS-E. The only downside was the bulging front element that did not allow for any filters. Lee has partially solved this problem with a new adaptor. Not perfect, but does allow the use of their basic kit.

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          4.0

          Wide and sharp!

          By Bob

          from Eastern Washington

          About Me Pro Photographer

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Consistent Output
          • Sharp

          Cons

          • Lens Flare

          Best Uses

          • architectural

          Comments about Canon TS-E 17mm f/4L Tilt-Shift Lens:

          Yes you can do lens/distortion correction in Photoshop and Lightroom, but getting it right in the camera is always best. This lens is sharp and the image quality is superb. It is manual focus only, so I would recommend using live view and a Hoodman Loupe or shooting tethered to insure perfect focus. It is wide and sharp. Lens flare can be an issue with this lens.

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          5.0

          Canon Ts-e 17mm F/4.0L

          By Fufufotto

          from Los Angeles, CA

          About Me Photo Enthusiast

          Pros

          • Consistent Output
          • Durable
          • Easily Interchangeable
          • Rugged
          • Strong Construction

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Indoors/Low Light
            • Landscape/Scenery
            • Night Photography

            Comments about Canon TS-E 17mm f/4L Tilt-Shift Lens:

            When you have the skill, this lens will give you what you want. The manual focus requires the use of a tripod all the time. This means it is great only for still objects.

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            5.0

            No other corrections required

            By Vill

            from Dubai

            About Me Semi-pro Photographer

            Pros

            • Consistent Output

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Landscape/Scenery

              Comments about Canon TS-E 17mm f/4L Tilt-Shift Lens:

              I am a D800 user, and believe it or not I bought the 5D III because of this lens! I'm into cityscape shots and this is lens is a must for anyone with the same interest. The learning curve was not as steep as I originally thought. I think my next target is the TS-E 24 which I've heard is very sharp.

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              5.0

              The Best

              By Chris

              from Ellicott City, MD

              About Me Pro Photographer

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Consistent Output
              • Durable
              • Lightweight
              • Rugged
              • Strong Construction

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • architectural
                • Indoors/Low Light
                • Landscape/Scenery

                Comments about Canon TS-E 17mm f/4L Tilt-Shift Lens:

                I purchased this lens to give me better "reach" in small places when doing real estate photography for clients. This lens is TACK SHARP, and the images it makes are beyond compare, as you would expect from a pricey specialty lens. Learn to make proper use of it in architectural and scenic work, and you will get your money's worth!

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                5.0

                Best Canon wide angle prime!

                By justphotons

                from Irvine, CA

                About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Consistent Output
                • Durable
                • Easily Interchangeable
                • Rugged
                • Sharp
                • Strong Construction

                Cons

                • Heavy
                • No AF

                Best Uses

                • Architecture
                • Landscape/Scenery
                • Street photography

                Comments about Canon TS-E 17mm f/4L Tilt-Shift Lens:

                This is now my go-to lens for architecture, landscape, as well as creative street photography. Very sharp edge to edge, with noticeable improvement in image quality over the 16-35mm f/2.8L II. The build quality is also rock solid.

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                5.0

                Superb performance

                By Greg Kolanowski

                from Houston, TX

                About Me Pro Photographer

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                Pros

                • Consistent Output
                • Precision Build

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Architecture

                  Comments about Canon TS-E 17mm f/4L Tilt-Shift Lens:

                  For architecture photography, you can't beat this lens. Ultra wide angle with no distortion and razor sharpness. The rise and fall movements allow you to keep the verticals and horizontals square while achieving the perfect framing.

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                  5.0

                  WOW-What a lens

                  By shs1500

                  from Washington, DC

                  About Me Pro Photographer

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Consistent Output
                  • Durable
                  • Nice Bokeh
                  • Rugged
                  • Strong Construction

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Architecture

                    Comments about Canon TS-E 17mm f/4L Tilt-Shift Lens:

                    Bought this to straighten out those lines, and boy does it ever!
                    Maintains sharpness as compared to the 16-35. If you are in a tight spot and looking up this is the lens for you.

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                    5.0

                    Tilt Shift demystified

                    By Photo Tech

                    from Vancouver BC

                    About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Consistent Output
                    • Rugged

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Architecture
                      • Landscape/Scenery

                      Comments about Canon TS-E 17mm f/4L Tilt-Shift Lens:

                      All these years I thought Tilt Shift was hard and complicated. This lens dispelled by apprehensions and opened me up to a whole new world of distortion-free photography. Learning to use this lens is truly a WYSIWYG experience, I highly recommend it to anyone.and the quality of the lens? Wow

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                      5.0

                      Amazing lens

                      By SG

                      from Florida

                      About Me Pro Photographer

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Consistent Output

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • architectural
                        • Indoors/Low Light

                        Comments about Canon TS-E 17mm f/4L Tilt-Shift Lens:

                        It takes practice to learn how to use the lens at first but no worries it's not difficult. Great lens, a "must have" for interiors and architectural work. As always - best service from B&H!

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                        5.0

                        Awesome Lens!

                        By Bob

                        from Boise, Idaho

                        About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Consistent Output
                        • Durable
                        • Rugged
                        • Strong Construction

                        Cons

                        • Heavy
                        • Needs a tripod
                        • Requires Manual Focusing

                        Best Uses

                        • Architectural photography
                        • Creative Photography
                        • Landscape/Scenery

                        Comments about Canon TS-E 17mm f/4L Tilt-Shift Lens:

                        I do a lot of architectural photography including Real Estate. With this lens I am avoiding lots of time in Photoshop trying to correct the distortion I get with my Canon EF 16-35mm f/2.8 L USM lens (which is a great lens but vertical and horizontal lines near the edges at the widest settings are often skewed). With this lens the lines are almost always perfect. Saves me editing time plus I don't have to crop anything out. I have not yet played with the tilt but I am excited to do so. Lots of creative opportunities with this lens.

                        Very solid and well built. Controls are solid and work well. You do have to manually focus but that is normal for me. I have the "S" focusing screen for my Canon 5D Mk II which aids manual focusing.

                        Not everyone needs a lens like this but if you do this one is a winner.

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                        5.0

                        Which wide angle lens to pick? This one!

                        By Good Vendetta Photography

                        from Raleigh, NC

                        About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Consistent Output
                        • Creativeness
                        • Flexibility
                        • Strong Construction

                        Cons

                        • No Filter
                        • Poor in Low Light
                        • Prone To Damage

                        Best Uses

                        • Architects
                        • Landscape/Scenery
                        • Night Photography
                        • Real Estate
                        • Video
                        • Weddings/Events

                        Comments about Canon TS-E 17mm f/4L Tilt-Shift Lens:

                        I use this lens for real estate and landscape. For a long time, I struggled with my choices: canon's 14mm, 16-35mm, and this one. Man, am I glad I chose this. Not only does it allow you to correct tall structures from the "falling over" look, but this lens allows you to force the focus of your photo, by blurring everything around it.

                        F/4 can be annoying, but I always carry a tripod so it doesn't bother me too much.

                        Sharp as a tack.

                        A filter would be nice, but I'll take everything else this lens has offer instead. The bulbous front end makes you more responsible with your gear ;)

                        The creative possibilities are endless thanks to this lens.

                        A real gem on the 5D mark III

                        Do yourself a favor: take the leap!!!

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                        5.0

                        Tasty!

                        By bazooka

                        from Houston

                        About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Good Movement Range
                        • Sharp
                        • Strong Construction

                        Cons

                        • Freaking Expensive
                        • No Filter Compatibility

                        Best Uses

                        • Architecture
                        • Landscape/Scenery

                        Comments about Canon TS-E 17mm f/4L Tilt-Shift Lens:

                        This thing is awesome. But it should be for the price.

                        The best feature is that the shift rotates independently of the tilt so no more disassembling the lens to change the alignment! It also has a tilt lock switch (locks at 0 degrees), and a tilt lock knob (for arbitrary locks).

                        I could be wrong, but it seems that I have more shift range over the 24mm (ver 1) that I also own. That makes for a larger image if you composite.

                        The worse part of it is I can't use a CPL because this lens is not compatible with filters due to the massive lump of beautiful glass protruding from the front.

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                        4.0

                        Near Perfect

                        By Arc-shots

                        from Arlington VA

                        About Me Pro Photographer

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Strong Construction

                        Cons

                        • Heavy

                        Best Uses

                          Comments about Canon TS-E 17mm f/4L Tilt-Shift Lens:

                          I started using shift lenses for my architectural work when I made the transition from film to digital imaging. I've used many brands including Schneider, Canon, Nikon and Hartblei. All have done the job to different levels of satisfaction, but they all have had weaknesses. That being the case, I pursue the best glass which can mean changing the platform more frequently that I would like.

                          P.C. lenses started as shift only, eventually the tilt function was added. The final enhancement, done by Canon, was a full rotator feature which allows tilting, used to manipulate depth of field in either vertical or horizontal orientation. At this time, that makes the Canon 17MM TS-E and the Canon 24MM TS-E II, the top choices for feature set. Nikon's PC-E lenses have tilt and shift functions, but not the rotator feature. The Canon lenses also offer larger control knobs for than Nikon's PC-E lenses, which for me, with large hands, is a significant factor.

                          All of this would mean nothing if the optical qualities were not top notch as well. I have found the 17MM to be an outstanding performer.
                          The sharpness is wonderful, the rendering excellent. I have found no barrel distortion or mustache issues with this lens. I have even produced a three image vertical stitch with it and it held up beautifully.

                          The lens being an F4, is dim in low light situations, I would recommend using live view is those circumstances. It has a snow globe front end, like Nikon's 14-24MM, filters cannot be used and it is vulnerable to impact or scratching. The lens is hefty. This is a lens to be handled gingerly.

                          A great feature set, outstanding optical performance and robust build
                          make this a great choice for architectural and landscape photographers. I recommend this lens highly.

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                          5.0

                          Great Lens

                          By AdamTaylor

                          from Los Angeles, CA

                          About Me Pro Photographer

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Consistent Output

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                            • Indoors/Low Light
                            • Landscape/Scenery

                            Comments about Canon TS-E 17mm f/4L Tilt-Shift Lens:

                            This is a great lens. If you're in the market, this is the one to get. Absolutely incredible. Super sharp images, very flexible. If you shoot architecture this it!

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                            5.0

                            awesome wide angle that does tricks

                            By western runner

                            from la, ca

                            About Me Photo Enthusiast

                            Pros

                            • Consistent Output
                            • Durable
                            • Easily Interchangeable
                            • Rugged
                            • Strong Construction

                            Cons

                            • Heavy

                            Best Uses

                            • Indoors/Low Light
                            • Landscape/Scenery
                            • Night Photography

                            Comments about Canon TS-E 17mm f/4L Tilt-Shift Lens:

                            definitely sharpest wide angle i've used. its ability to change/straighten perspective and tilt focus plane are opportunities for greater creative expression. love this lens and used with the canon 1.4x tc iii, becomes a sharp ~24mm that has the same capabilities. top image and build quality.

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                            5.0

                            Awesome Lens!

                            By arussarts

                            from Washington DC

                            About Me Pro Photographer

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

                            • Consistent Output
                            • Durable
                            • Easily Interchangeable
                            • Rugged
                            • Sharp
                            • Strong Construction

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                              • Architecture
                              • Indoors/Low Light
                              • Landscape/Scenery
                              • Night Photography

                              Comments about Canon TS-E 17mm f/4L Tilt-Shift Lens:

                              I shoot architecture and landscape and for many years the only solution to getting good perspective control on wide angle shots was to use a Phase One back with a Rodenstock 28mm HR. While that is still a superior setup optically, the Canon 17mm TSE is no slouch. With that said, I LOVE THIS LENS.

                              In fact, I rarely pull out the Rodi/P1 combo because the whole 35mm setup is so much faster and easier to work with.

                              Optically it is very good. My only complaint is that when I have it shifted all the way out to the edges of the image circle it gets a little soft. As expected. Well within tolerances though.

                              Let's put it this way, within a studio of 3 architectural photographers, I drool over my colleagues' Nikon 14-24 and they drool over my 17TSE.

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