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CanonTS-E 90mm f/2.8 Tilt-Shift Lens
 
4.6

(based on 34 reviews)

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97%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Strong construction (19)
  • Consistent output (18)
  • Durable (18)
  • Rugged (14)
  • Fast / accurate auto-focus (11)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Landscape/scenery (10)
  • Macro photography (8)
  • Portraits (6)
  • Special effects (6)
  • Video (5)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Pro photographer (12), Semi-pro photographer (12), Enthusiast (4), Professional (3)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (12)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Great Lens - Specific Use

I'll repeat the sentiments that this is a high quality lens in terms of build and image quality.

With that said this lens has specific uses and I would really consider those...Read complete review

I'll repeat the sentiments that this is a high quality lens in terms of build and image quality.

With that said this lens has specific uses and I would really consider those before spending the money.

If product photography is your main focus and may range from small parts to bigger tabletop settings, I feel the 100mm macro lens is more versatile and more of a workhorse. All depends on your needs and wants. The title shift will not allow close up detailed shots just like any other non macro.

If you like the spot focusing with surrounding blur, then the tilt shift lens does that better.

The manual focus really does slow down product photography as well. The causal landscape photographer may not care but when you have a lot to shoot then you will find this frustrating.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Sharp, specialized lens with many uses

This lens is sharp! I am not sure why it is not an L glass, but it is just as good as one. Using the tilt and shift (and rotate) functions will...Read complete review

This lens is sharp! I am not sure why it is not an L glass, but it is just as good as one. Using the tilt and shift (and rotate) functions will take some trial and error, but shooting patterned objects like carpet or the fabric on a guitar amp will help you learn more quickly (for the tilt/focus). I am using it on a 1DsM3 and it is pretty easy to focus manually (since I came from the old school MF only bodies anyway). I use this lens mostly for portraits but will also use it some for food photography. You can imitate this lens in photoshop (narrow depth of field - straighten lines) but this lens does it quickly and more accurately. Time is money and this lens is worth it.

What I like: Sharp. Easy to use when you get used to it. Unique and versatile. Light weight. Excellent bokeh! Can take a front filter to protect it.

What I don't like: Locking knobs are small and might get stuck (metal on metal). Rotate button is small and can pinch your finger when rotating the lens if you are shifted. Would like more degrees of shift/tilt. Not weather sealed (probably not possible). Lens hood flexes so it is difficult to put on and take off.

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(6 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Golden Oldie

By MichiK

from Davis,CA

About Me Semi-pro Photographer

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Consistent Output
  • Durable
  • Great picture quality
  • Lightweight

Cons

  • Small Wheelsknobs

Best Uses

  • Landscape/Scenery
  • Macro Photography

Comments about Canon TS-E 90mm f/2.8 Tilt-Shift Lens:

The TS-E 90mm is Canon's first tilt-shift lens for 35mm cameras and has been around for almost 24 years now.
Mine is tack sharp from the center to all four corners. I also could not notice any softness when the lens is shifted towards the maximum.

I use this lens 90% for landscape and seascape work. The advantage of using a tilt shift lens for this is that you can just level your camera, use the shift for placing your frame and then tilt and focus the lens so everything in your object plane is sharp on your photograph.
Another advantage of tilt-shift lenses is that you can easily shoot panos by capturing a shot when the shift is centered and then shift the lens to each side and get two more shots. These three shots can then be blended together in PhotoShop or similar programs.

With it's focal length of 90mm it can also be used as a protrait lens or can be used for macros by using an extension tube. The EF12 extension tube gives you max. magnification of 0.43.
The advantage with macros is that by tilting it you can get your whole subject in focus. With a regular macro lens you might already have to use focus stacking.

The lens is built very solid and the front glass element is hidden well. When focussing the front of the lens also extends.

The lens comes from Canon with tilt and shift mechanisms rotated 90degrees to each other. Unfortunateley this lens is not a superrotator as the TS-E24mmII or TS-E17mm, meaning that you can rotated the tilt and shift mechanisms against each other.
The wheels/knobs for the tilt-shift mechanisms are tiny which makes them hard to operate with people having larger hands.
This lens may also not be for you if you are looking for an autofocus lens. Working with TS-E lenses usually requires a tripod and slows your work down, which I like very much about using TS-E lenses.

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(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Go To Lens

By Mark Boughton Photography

from Nashville,TN

About Me Pro Photographer

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Consistent Output
  • Rugged

Cons

  • Wish it was faster

Best Uses

  • Food

Comments about Canon TS-E 90mm f/2.8 Tilt-Shift Lens:

I shoot a lot of food and I have been using my 90 tilt shift lens for years so when I recently dropped my last one it was a no brainer to order up a new one while I was sitting on location just moments after I did this.
It has and always will be my GO TO LENS for food shoots.
Cheers,
Mark

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5.0

Great TS lens

By don

from san jose, CA

About Me Semi-pro Photographer

Verified Buyer

Pros

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

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Landscape/Scenery

    Comments about Canon TS-E 90mm f/2.8 Tilt-Shift Lens:

    I have only used this lens a short time so far but it brings back some of the control I had with my LF view camera. It appears very sharp and the controls are easy to use. The ability to rotate both the tilt and shift throughout a 90 degree range gives relatively precise control. The manual focus with Live View 10x works very well. I only use the camera with a tripod, mirror up, silent mode, with a remote switch, so image stabilization has not been an issue so far. I use the lens mostly for landscape photography and architectural subjects and am completely satisfied with them so far. It can be a bit slow to set up the correct focus and depth of field but I'm used to that and don't mind. I usually work slowly and methodically - it is certainly not the lens for quick grab shots or action photography or where a large number of shots with different conditions need to be accommodated. I use the 3 TS lenses I have as prime lenses along with a pair of zooms for longer isolation shots.

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    (2 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Nice shift features

    By Dreamer

    from Colorado

    About Me Semi-pro Photographer

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Durable
    • Easily Interchangeable
    • Nice Bokeh
    • Strong Construction

    Cons

      Best Uses

        Comments about Canon TS-E 90mm f/2.8 Tilt-Shift Lens:

        Like a Lens Baby but more durable. Crisp where it needs to be and soft where you want it. It's everything I wanted in a lens.

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        (10 of 12 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Great Lens - Specific Use

        By Denny

        from Chicago, IL

        About Me Pro Photographer

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Consistent Output
        • Durable
        • Rugged
        • Strong Construction

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Landscape/Scenery

          Comments about Canon TS-E 90mm f/2.8 Tilt-Shift Lens:

          I'll repeat the sentiments that this is a high quality lens in terms of build and image quality.

          With that said this lens has specific uses and I would really consider those before spending the money.

          If product photography is your main focus and may range from small parts to bigger tabletop settings, I feel the 100mm macro lens is more versatile and more of a workhorse. All depends on your needs and wants. The title shift will not allow close up detailed shots just like any other non macro.

          If you like the spot focusing with surrounding blur, then the tilt shift lens does that better.

          The manual focus really does slow down product photography as well. The causal landscape photographer may not care but when you have a lot to shoot then you will find this frustrating.

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          (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

           
          4.0

          A cool lens for food and people...

          By Graham DP

          from Charlotte

          About Me Pro Photographer

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Durable
          • Nice Bokeh

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Macro Photography
            • Video

            Comments about Canon TS-E 90mm f/2.8 Tilt-Shift Lens:

            This is a cool lens to use for food shoots and artsy portrait shots and interviews ...

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            (2 of 19 customers found this review helpful)

             
            3.0

            Nice Lens But......

            By mountain graphics

            from Western North Carolina

            About Me Semi-pro Photographer

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Durable
            • Nice Bokeh
            • Rugged
            • Strong Construction

            Cons

            • 4 Phillips skrews

            Best Uses

            • Indoors/Low Light
            • Macro Photography
            • Weddings/Events

            Comments about Canon TS-E 90mm f/2.8 Tilt-Shift Lens:

            I bought this lens for mostly macro. Very sharp lens and fun to play with. However I wanted to rotate the tilt function to match the shift. You need to remove 4 tiny Phillips skrews to do this. One got stripped in the process and I couldn't get it out. I had to return the lens and I ordered the 24mm II version that has this feature that is adjustable without removing skrews.

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            (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Secret weapon

            By D.B.

            from Auckland, New Zealand

            About Me Semi-pro Photographer

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Nice Bokeh
            • Rugged
            • Strong Construction

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Landscape/Scenery
              • Video
              • Weddings/Events
              • Wildlife Photos

              Comments about Canon TS-E 90mm f/2.8 Tilt-Shift Lens:

              Someone wrote that they consider this a secret weapon and I agree. There are so many creative ways to use this lens. Very inspiring.

              Very sharp, beautiful colors and wonderful bokeh, too.

              Very solid feel to the lens.

              I have the 45mm TS-E but I prefer this. The 45mm is amazing but this is just a bit more special and for the way I shoot, more useful.

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              5.0

              Beautiful portrait lens

              By DB

              from Auckland, New Zealand

              About Me Semi-pro Photographer

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Nice Bokeh
              • Rugged
              • Strong Construction
              • Unique look for video

              Cons

                Best Uses

                  Comments about Canon TS-E 90mm f/2.8 Tilt-Shift Lens:

                  I bought this lens because my 45mm TS-E was too wide to get the effect I wanted in video portraits on my 5d. This focal length is perfect and with the 45mm I'm totally covered for my tilt and shift video needs. I don't use TS lenses for architecture or products, just video.

                  Great build quality!

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                  5.0

                  The most incredible Canon lens

                  By CDB

                  from Northville, Michigan

                  About Me Pro Photographer

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Nice Bokeh

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Indoors/Low Light
                    • Macro Photography
                    • Video
                    • Weddings/Events

                    Comments about Canon TS-E 90mm f/2.8 Tilt-Shift Lens:

                    The sharpest lens Canon has to offer (better than the 85 1.2).
                    The tilt and shift makes it - Simply awesome and now my favorite lens by far.

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                    (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    5.0

                    Expensive but worth it

                    By bill the photog

                    from new york state

                    About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Consistent Output
                    • Lightweight
                    • Strong Construction

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Food photography
                      • Landscape/Scenery

                      Comments about Canon TS-E 90mm f/2.8 Tilt-Shift Lens:

                      So far I have used it only for food shots which really come out great.

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                      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                       
                      5.0

                      Amazing Lens

                      By Rodolfo Guimarães

                      from Balneario Camboriu / Brazil

                      About Me Pro Photographer

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Durable
                      • Easily Interchangeable
                      • Lightweight
                      • Strong Construction

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Landscape/Scenery
                        • Night Photography
                        • Video

                        Comments about Canon TS-E 90mm f/2.8 Tilt-Shift Lens:

                        Amazing lens. Delivers images with amazing special effects, especially for Tilt-Shift and architecture. Easy to use and with a superior optical quality.

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                        (6 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

                         
                        3.0

                        Sharp, specialized lens with many uses

                        By Studio 1930

                        from Kansas City, KS

                        About Me Pro Photographer

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Nice Bokeh

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                            Comments about Canon TS-E 90mm f/2.8 Tilt-Shift Lens:

                            This lens is sharp! I am not sure why it is not an L glass, but it is just as good as one. Using the tilt and shift (and rotate) functions will take some trial and error, but shooting patterned objects like carpet or the fabric on a guitar amp will help you learn more quickly (for the tilt/focus). I am using it on a 1DsM3 and it is pretty easy to focus manually (since I came from the old school MF only bodies anyway). I use this lens mostly for portraits but will also use it some for food photography. You can imitate this lens in photoshop (narrow depth of field - straighten lines) but this lens does it quickly and more accurately. Time is money and this lens is worth it.

                            What I like: Sharp. Easy to use when you get used to it. Unique and versatile. Light weight. Excellent bokeh! Can take a front filter to protect it.

                            What I don't like: Locking knobs are small and might get stuck (metal on metal). Rotate button is small and can pinch your finger when rotating the lens if you are shifted. Would like more degrees of shift/tilt. Not weather sealed (probably not possible). Lens hood flexes so it is difficult to put on and take off.

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                            • No

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                            (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                             
                            5.0

                            Surprisingly light and compact

                            By imaj photography

                            from Dublin, Ireland

                            About Me Pro Photographer

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

                            • Consistent Output
                            • Lightweight
                            • Strong Construction

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                              • Creative
                              • Product Photography

                              Comments about Canon TS-E 90mm f/2.8 Tilt-Shift Lens:

                              It is an excellent lens for product photography and creative work. Endless possibilities.
                              Be aware that you need to use this lens with a tripod as setting it up takes time and if your camera is not fixed to a tripod, it is impossible to fine tune.

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                              (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                               
                              5.0

                              Telephoto Tilt Shift TS-E 90 mm f/2.8

                              By Anne's photos

                              from Coast in California

                              About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                              Verified Buyer

                              Pros

                              • Consistent Output
                              • Durable
                              • Easily Interchangeable

                              Cons

                                Best Uses

                                • Landscape/Scenery
                                • Macro Photography

                                Comments about Canon TS-E 90mm f/2.8 Tilt-Shift Lens:

                                Great mid range telephoto and doubles as a fantastic macro lens. Exceeds 1 to 1 w/25mm extension tube.

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                                (10 of 10 customers found this review helpful)

                                 
                                5.0

                                Must have lens

                                By Patrick

                                from St. Pete, Florida

                                About Me Pro Photographer

                                Verified Reviewer

                                Pros

                                • Consistent Output
                                • Durable
                                • Easily Interchangeable
                                • Lightweight
                                • Nice Bokeh
                                • Rugged
                                • Strong Construction

                                Cons

                                • Slow Focus

                                Best Uses

                                • Macro Photography
                                • Portraits
                                • Product
                                • Tabletop
                                • Video

                                Comments about Canon TS-E 90mm f/2.8 Tilt-Shift Lens:

                                In addition to what others have said, this is absolutely one of the most "must have" lenses in Canons line up. I own several "L" lenses, in addition to Nikon lenses (with an adapter) and Hasselblad CFE lenses (for that system). This is the sharpest lens Canon makes, if I am not mistaken. It goes down to almost macro (with an extension tube it can), and has perspective controls. Yeah, you can do it in Photoshop, but why waste the time? I use this lens for portraits and tabletop and it absolutely excels in both arenas. Every client I have done corporate portraits for has loved the selective focus options, which look way better (naturally) than what can be achieved in PS. It just looks fantastic. Other raters commented on the heavy/slow/manual focus as an issue. Actually, with the era of HDR DSLR's, this is one of the greatest benefits this lens could have! With a very long focusing range, heavy-steady feel, and solid construction, this lens is IDEAL for shooting video - especially if you have an AC pulling focus. You cannot do that with most AF DSLR lenses. We have shot some TV spots for national clients and all of us on the camera side could not say enough about how great this lens can perform. Nor could the client rave about how much they loved the selective focus of the lens. Honestly, I should shut up and keep my mouth shut - this is honestly Canon's secret weapon. And that is exactly how it is referred to by us "in the know". Why this is not an "L" series lens I have no idea. Every bit as sharp as the Hasselblad 100mm CFi (which I also own). All I can say is THANK YOU CANON.
                                Only drawback: The T/S lockdown knobs sometimes stick. I get nervous forcing anything mechanical.

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                                (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                                 
                                3.0

                                Good but expensive

                                By Jeff

                                from Washington DC

                                About Me Pro Photographer

                                Verified Buyer

                                Pros

                                • Lightweight
                                • Specific to it's task

                                Cons

                                • Difficult to Clean
                                • Expensive
                                • Filter much too small
                                • Poor lens hood

                                Best Uses

                                • Long shot architecture

                                Comments about Canon TS-E 90mm f/2.8 Tilt-Shift Lens:

                                I use this lens for architecture, It's nice to have, not to say I use it everyday but when I need it, I need it and it's great Canon has it in their lineup. If you need it you know you need it - it fills a rather specific task.

                                That said I find it rather expensive for being a design that came out quite some time ago. It is very nice and small however the filter ring is only a 58mm meaning you have to have a whole set of small filters just for this lens. Would be nice if Canon would standard some of these sizes - I would easy rather have a larger front element to correlate to the larger filters I have.

                                Of all the lens I have for architecture this model was last on my list, but it's useful to have at times. (but expensive!!! for what it is)

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                                (3 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

                                 
                                5.0

                                "Don't judge a book by its cover"

                                By Antonio

                                from São Paulo, Brazil

                                About Me Pro Photographer

                                Verified Buyer

                                Pros

                                • Consistent Output
                                • Lightweight

                                Cons

                                  Best Uses

                                  • Food photography

                                  Comments about Canon TS-E 90mm f/2.8 Tilt-Shift Lens:

                                  This product is new for me, I played a lot with "lens baby" and decided to buy this TS lens, I think it's going to be good for food photography that I do.

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                                  (1 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

                                   
                                  5.0

                                  Worthwhile lens

                                  By welok_916

                                  from Bonita Springs, FL

                                  About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                                  Verified Buyer

                                  Pros

                                  • Consistent Output
                                  • Durable
                                  • Nice Bokeh
                                  • Strong Construction

                                  Cons

                                    Best Uses

                                    • Macro Photography
                                    • Portraits

                                    Comments about Canon TS-E 90mm f/2.8 Tilt-Shift Lens:

                                    Lens for macro ( with extension tubes )and portraits.

                                    The photo quality is very good, i would say comparable to Canon lenses.

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                                    (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                                     
                                    5.0

                                    Awesome lens

                                    By Greg

                                    from Atlanta

                                    About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                                    Verified Buyer

                                    Pros

                                    • Consistent Output
                                    • Durable
                                    • Manual focus only
                                    • Rugged
                                    • Sharp Focus
                                    • Strong Construction

                                    Cons

                                    • Manual focus only

                                    Best Uses

                                    • Landscape/Scenery
                                    • Macro Photography
                                    • Travel
                                    • Weddings/Events

                                    Comments about Canon TS-E 90mm f/2.8 Tilt-Shift Lens:

                                    Excellent choice for macro and portrait photography. It takes patience, manual focusing and a tripod to really pull all of the quality out of this lens. No lens I've used has surpassed this for image quality.

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