Canon TS-E 45mm f/2.8 Tilt-Shift Lens

Canon TS-E 45mm f/2.8 Tilt-Shift Lens

Canon TS-E 45mm f/2.8 Tilt-Shift Lens

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Product Highlights

  • Tilt-Shift Manual Focus Lens
  • For EOS Cameras
  • Aperture Range: f/2.8-22
  • Floating Lens System and Rear Focusing
  • Maximum Tilt: +/- 8º
  • Maximum Shift: +/- 11mm
  • Tilt & Shift Singly or In Combination
  • Mount Rotation: 90º Left and Right
  • Minimum Focus Distance: 15.6"
  • Truly Circular Diaphragm
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Canon 45mm f/2.8 overview

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The TS-E 45mm f/2.8 Tilt-Shift Lens from Canon is a standard length manual focus lens for EF mount cameras with a 51º diagonal angle of view on full frame cameras. It 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 45mm f/2.8 lens allows adjustment of the focal plane by an angle of +/-8º and enables parallel shift of the optical axis by +/-11mm. Both tilt and shift can be engaged singly and in combination. The lens mount itself can rotate left or right by 90º with click-stop adjustment each 30º.

A floating lens system with rear focusing maintains the compact form of the lens while enabling sharp focus throughout the focus range. The minimum focus distance for this lens is 15.6". Subwavelength Structure Coating (SWC) reduces ghosting and flare and a truly circular diaphragm results in pleasing out-of-focus backgrounds. The focus ring on the lens provides precise manual focus action and the tilt and shift knobs are sturdy and smoothly control the mechanisms.

TS-E lens is compatible with all Canon EOS cameras
The 51° diagonal angle of view (without tilt or shift) is ideal for standard focal length applications including architecture, landscape and product photography.
High precision glass (10 elements/9 groups) for low distortion and high resolution to the edge of the image.
The tilt and shift mechanisms rotate +/-90° about the lens axis but do not rotate independently.
A floating internal focus mechanism and rear focusing deliver 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.
UPC: 082966212741
In the Box
Canon TS-E 45mm f/2.8 Tilt-Shift Lens
  • E-72 II 72mm Lens Cap
  • Lens Dust Cap E (Rear)
  • EW-79B II Lens Hood
  • LP1216 Pouch
  • Limited 1-Year Warranty
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    Canon 45mm f/2.8 specs

    Focal Length 45mm
    Comparable APS-C 1.6x Focal Length: 72 mm
    Aperture Maximum: f/2.8
    Minimum: f/22
    Camera Mount Type Canon EF
    Format Compatibility 35mm Film / Full-Frame Digital Sensor
    Canon (APS-C)
    Angle of View 51°
    Tilt/Shift Tilt ± 8°
    Shifts ± 11mm
    Minimum Focus Distance 1.31' (40 cm)
    Magnification 0.16x
    Maximum Reproduction Ratio 1:6
    Elements/Groups 10 / 9
    Diaphragm Blades 8
    Image Stabilization No
    Autofocus No
    Tripod Collar No
    Filter Thread Front: 72 mm
    Dimensions (DxL) Approx. 3.19 x 3.54" (81 x 90 mm)
    Weight 1.42 lb (645 g)
    Packaging Info
    Package Weight 2.0 lb
    Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 6.7 x 5.4 x 5.3"

    Canon 45mm f/2.8 reviews

    TS-E 45mm f/2.8 Tilt-Shift Lens is rated 4.6 out of 5 by 82.
    Rated 2 out of 5 by from Useful, but poor glass I shoot architecture, so TS is useful for me. I have the whole range of Canon ts lenses and this is by far the poorest offering. The tack sharp reviews on here are wide of the mark. It is distinctly soft, has quite severe barrel distortion which is difficult to correct once you've shifted, and suffers from very bad chromatic aberration. The movement is useful, but pretty small. Desperately in need of an update with more movement, and locking nobs (like the updated 24mm) so you dont accidentally get a smidge of unwanted swing. Given the small amount of movement, you may as well get a Sigma 50mm which is a million miles better in terms of image quality and do a bit of keystoning in post.
    Date published: 2015-03-11
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Depth of Field I purchased this lens to shoot product photography. My client is an eyewear retailer who has some very detailed frames. Since these can be quite deep from front to back I needed a lens that would give me a wide depth of field as well as prevent any aberration or distortion in its representation of the product. The lens delivered. The detail and color that are rendered by the lens is incredible. The DOF is deep enough to get the front of the frames to the back of the temples and the detail is tack sharp. A great purchase, well worth the $$$$.
    Date published: 2010-08-30
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Go places with this lens that few others dare! I bought the 45mm TS-E lens for one use and ended up using it most of the time for completely different purposes. WIth film cameras, I mostly used it as an urban landscape or architectural lens. But now with 1.6X crop sensor digital cameras I find it an excellent macro or near macro lens! The shift and tilt capabilities are a real bonus, to give even greater control over the plane of focus. It's become my main "table top" small product lens. I also use the 24mm TS-E. Now that lens is more of an architectural lens for me. If I were shooting with full frame digital cameras, I'd want the 90mm, too, for macro and near macro work. These lenses are extremely well made. They are manual focus only, but that's not an issue for the types of shooting their designed to do. Besides, every EOS camera I've ever used TS-E lenses on gives a focus confirmation, making it easy to use the lenses manually. The only thing I'd like to see done differently if the TS-E lenses were ever revised would be to build in another rotation, that allows the user to set the tilt and shift planes ligned with each other, or set 90 degrees out of phase. As it is now, the lens comes with the two adjustments at 90 degrees, but you can send them in to Canon Service Department to have them aligned, if you wish. Build quality and the "feel" of all three TS-E lenses are the same, excellent, although only the 24mm gets an L designation. The TS-E lenses are about as close as you will come to view camera movements on a full frame or crop sensor digital camera. A full featured 4x5, for example, will have more types of movements possible, as well as a bit more range of movement. Still, it's a lot more practical to use the TS-E lenses and EOS cameras out in the field! If you've used a view camera in the past, these lenses will be easy to use. If not, there will be a bit of a learning curve using them. Read the manual and, if still scratching your head, pick up a book on using view cameras.
    Date published: 2009-02-15
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Lens While I am not a great photographer, this lens is excellent for its manipulative DoF. At a 45mm focal length it allows for a slightly larger angle of view, further increasing its versatility (in my opinion), over its 90mm, 24mm and 17mm counterparts. However, I will admit that it does have a bit of a learning curve to it. While not being to complicated, you probably won't be able to maximize its potential (with, for instance, the tilt function) without doing a small amount of reading first. Although, this lens has quickly became one of my most valued lenses. I would strongly recommend this lens to anyone with the desire to try something new and the patience to see it through.
    Date published: 2009-12-29
    Rated 3 out of 5 by from Needs improvement I've owned a 45mm TS-E for 7 years and find it fun and an enjoyable experience to use. However, it needs improvement in several areas. It needs a circular aperture, rotatable tilting, and Canon's SSC lens coating. With these improvements the lens will be world-class. Focus across the image plane is adequate but could be sharper. At large apertures there is significant color fringing. An updated version of this lens would be welcome.
    Date published: 2011-03-04
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Excellent for correcting perpectives Great for table-top product photography and architectural photography. Shift the lens to correct converging vertical perspective lines. Tilt the lens to control depth-of-field. Easy to use if you read about how it works first. Must use a tripod, and not good for moving subjects or action shots because the adjustments are pretty fine. Lens has bad chromatic aberration (color fringe) in the red channel when shifted to it maximum setting, but it can be lessened in Photoshop with a few steps.
    Date published: 2011-10-25
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Something completely different This lens is impeccably made and allows you to experiment with photography in a way few other lenses can. Between the depth of field options, tilt, and shift, there is so much you can do with this lens. It takes work learning how the different settings work (separately + together) but it's definitely worth your time. Also, it's manual focus, so practice before you use it on a big job. Definitely worth the money and so much fun to use! Works with a variety of cameras. I shoot with a 40D currently but if I consider upgrading to a mark, I can use the lens with that model as well.
    Date published: 2012-12-17
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from My new all purpose lens! This lens made me fall in love with photography! The lens is sharp and fast, and the effects you can get with the tilt and/or shift are endless. Using the tilt and shift to precisely control the plane of focus is helpful when shooting products or still-life photos. Twisting it the other way gives beautiful soft effects, allowing precise emphasis on fine details. And then there's always the sheer silly fun of making real-life look like miniature models. The lens itself is solid and the tilt and shift quickly become second nature to use. I've added a Canon 2X extender, and the photos are wonderful. I can get the shots I want without spending as much time editing pictures in the computer later. The greatest benefit to me is the lens forces me to think about the scene - what I want to capture, what I don't want. My husband loves the lens for specific shots, but he is more of an action/zoom/nature photographer, and so this does not work as well for him. Which means I don't have to go looking for it! Win-win.
    Date published: 2008-05-05
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