REVIEW SNAPSHOT®

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

(based on 123 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (108)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (11)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (3)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (0)

98%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Strong construction (61)
  • Consistent output (54)
  • Durable (42)
  • Rugged (29)
  • Easily interchangeable (21)

Cons

  • Heavy (24)
  • Difficult to clean (4)
  • Manual focus only (4)
  • Heavy / bulky (3)
  • Poor in low light (3)

Best Uses

  • Landscape/scenery (78)
  • Architecture (32)
  • Low light (22)
  • Night photography (12)
  • Architecture interiors (9)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (89)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Pro photographer (56), Semi-pro photographer (37), 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.

VS

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. :-)

Reviewed by 123 customers

Sort by

Displaying reviews 1-20

Back to top

Previous | Next »

 
5.0

Great Lens but be careful.

By Chris

from Middleton, WI

About Me Semi-pro Photographer

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Elegant

Cons

  • Demands Care
  • Demands Careful Handling

Best Uses

  • Indoors/Low Light
  • Landscape/Scenery

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

I use the lens for architectural and landscape work. The build quality is very impressive but be careful when you receive the lens. It comes with a larger size knob for the shift mechanism and instructions to install it in lieu of the one provided. Don't do it! Either have B&H or Canon do it or Canon may invalidate your warranty for trying. It also requires a jeweler's phillips screwdriver. Canon eventually agreed to change the knob under warranty but I had to go to the supervisor level for help.

  • Was this a gift?:
  • No

Share this review

 
5.0

Great lens

By serranophoto

from Maine

About Me Pro Photographer

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Durable
  • Strong Construction

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Architecture
    • Landscape/Scenery

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

    I use this lens primarily for architecture photography and after renting it multiple times I decided it was time to have it in the camera bag all the time. The lens does distort a little but it is to be expected from a 17mm. Great to shoot in tight spaces.

    • Was this a gift?:
    • No

    Share this review

    (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Amazing

    By mahatma63

    from Milan, Italy

    About Me Semi-pro Photographer

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Durable
    • Rugged
    • Strong Construction

    Cons

    • Difficult to Clean
    • Heavy

    Best Uses

    • Architecture
    • Indoors/Low Light
    • Landscape/Scenery

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

    A unique lens, great for architecture shots, but also as a super wideangle (if not tilted or shifted).
    I use it both on a 5DMK3 and a Sony A7r with Metabones adapter IV and the results are definitely stunning.
    The front lens requires much care, don't forget it.

    • Was this a gift?:
    • No

    Share this review

     
    5.0

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

    By Oifla62

    from Massachusetts

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

    It's a perfect lens for landscaping, very happy to have it I strongly recommend to purchase it.

    Share this review

    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Great lens

    By Thomas

    from Portland Oregon

    About Me Pro Photographer

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

      Cons

        Best Uses

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

          Before purchase - other reviews said the lens was soft on the edges. This lens is designed for professional photography - used on a tri-pod and stopped down to f16 the lens gives amazing results edge to edge. The lens is expensive - but gives great returns if used correctly.

          • Was this a gift?:
          • No

          Share this review

          (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Nightnoise

          By Nightnoise

          from Denver, CO

          About Me Semi-pro Photographer

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Landscape/Scenery

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

              If you are looking at Canon tilt-shift lenses you are headed for a serious financial commitment. I started out buying an EOS 5D Mark III so that I could take advantage of full frame and eventually buy these lenses due to their extraordinary capabilities. Along the way I bought a 24-70 II, the TS-E-17 and TS-E-24 II. I reasoned that I needed both the TS-E-17 and TS-E-24 II because in the past I have used both angles of view with my EF-S 10-22 on crop. And I bought a 3 series tripod and full size ball head for this setup (mfg. name withheld). This contemplative style of photography really deserves a solid tripod and ball head. I can't imagine hand holding these TS-E lenses on the 5D Mark III without dropping one.

              So, for the price of a nice used car I now have the tools I need to follow my dreams. The build quality of these TS-E lenses is just spectacular. And there is something soul satisfying about manual focus lenses with lots of adjustment knobs. I cut my teeth in photography on 4x5 sheet film cameras that didn't even have light meters so in some ways this brings me back full circle. In closing, if you choose to go down this road, save your money and get as many tools as you can get at one time. Half a bag of tools won't match a full bag of tools and you only live once.

              • Was this a gift?:
              • No

              Share this review

               
              5.0

              One of the canon's perfect lens

              By Terry

              from San Jose CA

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Consistent Output

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Landscape/Scenery

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

                The 17mm ts lens helped me to reach full DOF when do landscape photography.

                Works great with fotodiox wonderpana system.

                Share this review

                (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                New favorite lens

                By ML

                from USA

                About Me Pro Photographer

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Consistent Output
                • Easily Interchangeable

                Cons

                  Best Uses

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

                    This is a go-to lens for real estate photography. Perfect lines, gorgeous color, lots of room to shoot in natural light, especially with bracketed shots. It's a tiny bit technical, (i.e., tilt must be locked in place to keep focus throughout the image, rotation needed to capture panoramas without distortion, manual focus only), but that's part of the fun. It's impossible to use a hood AND get this wide an angle of view, so be careful moving from position to position, especially through doorways as the round lens element is exposed. With the lens attached, the camera doesn't lay flat on its side and the cap is plastic, so I store the lens on-camera with the camera on it's back (lens element facing up).

                    Share this review

                     
                    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

                      • Was this a gift?:
                      • No

                      Share this review

                       
                      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.

                      Share this review

                      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                       
                      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.

                      • Was this a gift?:
                      • No

                      Share this review

                       
                      5.0

                      Fabulous Lens

                      By Marty

                      from Santa Ana, Ca

                      About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                            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.

                            • Was this a gift?:
                            • No

                            Share this review

                             
                            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.

                            • Was this a gift?:
                            • No

                            Share this review

                            (3 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

                             
                            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.

                              • Was this a gift?:
                              • No

                              Share this review

                              (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                               
                              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.

                                • Was this a gift?:
                                • No

                                Share this review

                                (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                                 
                                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!

                                  • Was this a gift?:
                                  • No

                                  Share this review

                                  (7 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

                                   
                                  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.

                                  • Was this a gift?:
                                  • No

                                  Share this review

                                   
                                  5.0

                                  Superb performance

                                  By Greg Kolanowski

                                  from Houston, TX

                                  About Me Pro Photographer

                                  Verified Buyer

                                  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.

                                    • Was this a gift?:
                                    • No

                                    Share this review

                                     
                                    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.

                                      • Was this a gift?:
                                      • No

                                      Share this review

                                      (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                                       
                                      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

                                        • Was this a gift?:
                                        • No

                                        Share this review

                                        Displaying reviews 1-20

                                        Back to top

                                        Previous | Next »