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

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

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

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Product Highlights

  • EF-Mount Lens/Full-Frame Format
  • Aperture Range: f/2.8 to f/32
  • Super Spectra Coating
  • Gaussian-Type Optical System
  • Maximum Tilt: +/- 8°
  • Maximum Shift: +/- 11mm
  • Mount Rotation: +/- 90°
  • Locking Tilt-Shift Mechanism
  • Rounded 8-Blade Diaphragm
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Canon TS-E 90mm f/2.8 Overview

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Mixing a short telephoto field of view with perspective- and depth of field control, the TS-E 90mm f/2.8 from Canon is a tilt-shift lens well-suited to producing well-corrected imagery with a slightly compressed perspective. Up to +/- 8° of tilt is possible, for focus control, and +/- 11mm of shift, to adjust perspective and composition. The tilt-shift mechanism can be rotated +/- 90° for applying movements in any direction, and a tilt-locking mechanism can be used while shooting for greater stability. The lens also employs a Gaussian-type optical design to maintain image quality throughout the aperture range and a Super Spectra coating has been applied to individual element to reduce flare and ghosting for increased contrast and color accuracy.

Perspective control, tilt-shift lens affords +/- 11mm of shift and +/- 8° of tilt, and both types of movements can be applied independently, and parallel or perpendicular to one another. Additionally, the tilt and shift functions can be rotated +/- 90° for applying the movements in distinct directions.
Tilt-locking mechanism ensures the lens stays in place while shooting.
Super Spectra coating has been applied to individual elements to minimize ghosting and flare for greater contrast and color neutrality when working in strong lighting conditions.
Gaussian-type optical system affords a high degree of clarity throughout the aperture range and, when paired with the rounded 8-blade diaphragm, contributes to a smooth bokeh quality.
Minimum focusing distance of 1.6' and a maximum magnification of 1:3.4 makes this lens suitable for working with close-up subjects.
UPC: 082966212758
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Canon TS-E 90mm f/2.8 Specs

Focal Length 90mm
Maximum Aperture f/2.8
Minimum Aperture f/32
Lens Mount Canon EF
Format Compatibility Full-Frame
Angle of View 27
Tilt-Shift +/- 8° Tilt
+/- 11 mm Shift
Maximum Magnification 0.29x
Minimum Focus Distance 1.64' / 50 cm
Optical Design 6 Elements in 5 Groups
Diaphragm Blades 8, Rounded
Focus Type Manual Focus
Image Stabilization None
Filter Size 58 mm (Front)
Dimensions ( x L) 2.9 x 3.46" / 73.6 x 88 mm
Weight 1.2 lb / 565 g
Packaging Info
Package Weight 1.795 lb
Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 7.05 x 5.45 x 5.35"

Canon TS-E 90mm f/2.8 Reviews

TS-E 90mm f/2.8 Tilt-Shift Lens is rated 4.7 out of 5 by 39.
Rated 5 out of 5 by from An absolutely brilliant lens If you consider this lens, consider no further. I own the 85L too, and until recently I was convinced it could not be matched for bokeh and sharpness. Well, my 85L now has stiff competition in the portraits domain, also. My prime use of this lens is floral work, or similar (product shots), since the minimum focusing distance is very short, you can tilt the focus plane for maximum Depth of Field control, and you can have fantastic bokeh, at any aperture. It's manual focus only, of course, but you do have focus confirmation (the red squares blip when the AF sensors think you've nailed the focus).
Date published: 2008-06-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great move Very nice lens. Now that digital SLR cameras generally run the roost, I have found my self spending far less time behind a view camera (although that does not always entirely bother me). The 90mm TSE has been a great addition. Being able to control perspective, depth of field and position the camera out of reflections etc has greatly increased productivity by reducing tedious post production tasks. It also makes an awsome lens for portraits and file stitching. A lens baby on steroids plus Redbull. Go ahead knock yourself out get 2!!!! Problems Encountered: Not to be precious but the paint around the T&S bridge tends to chip easily, it comes with little soft bag may be worth using it in you case/bag etc.The locking knobs can be a little unpredictable keep an eye on them, the shift one on my lens can play and the lens can creep. Previous Equivalent Items Owned: Sinar p & lenses, nikon 28 shift to much to mention Items I Recommend: extension tubes
Date published: 2007-02-27
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Old school fun for product & portrait photography Although manual focus is old school, optically this lens is about as good as it gets. The build quality is on par with a L series lens. This lens has a bit of a learning curve through the additional creativity this lens provides makes it worth the effort. It has been one of the most used lens for product & portrait work.
Date published: 2010-04-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Another astounding lens I actually borrowed this lens from Canon a year ago for testing and just happened to have a small assignment shooting a large antique tractor truck for a calendar while I had the lens. I was absolutely blown away by the image quality then and knew that I would have to own this lens at some point. And while I'm still shooting architecture most of the time, I don't anticipate using it much for that except for the possible detail shot of wrought iron, woodwork, etc. very occasionally. But for product shots both large and small, this lens is amazingly sharp. And of course being able to utilize the Scheimpflug principal will yield the great benefit of getting the image correct in the camera instead of compromising any pixels in post production. I also own the Canon 17mm & 24mm TS-E lenses. Those are both stellar optics and travel with me everywhere. This lens however, due to it's Gaussian design and focal length, is sharper, has NO chromatic aberration or barrel distortion, and just snaps into focus albeit manually. Pretty good performance for a 21 year old lens. The only downside is the fact that while the orientation of the shift and tilt can be altered, a small screw driver is required or you can send it to Canon's repair facility. The lens is delivered with these at a right angle to each other and upon delivery I changed this so I could tilt and shift in the same direction. A pleasant surprise for me after doing this is that the tilt and shift controls are on opposite sides of the lens and for that reason are much easier to manipulate; they don't get in each other's way. While I don't think much about macro photography, except when my children inquire about it, just yesterday I had the need to put this lens to the test. A friend who shoots portraits had an SD memory card which was causing problems so I used this lens focused to the nearest distance along with flash to shoot some quick snap shots of it. The detail allowed me to see physical damage to the card that wasn't apparent with the naked eye, and that was repairable and saved two hours worth of images for her. Again, at closest focusing distance there were no aberrations. I was amazed. And I've seen many examples of nature macro shots with creative blurring/focusing which I want to try. The only negative issue I can imagine with this lens is the size of the image circle. In certain situations I can see where an image circle larger than 58mm would be helpful. This will have little to no impact on anything I'm required to shoot. And lastly, Hollywood seems to have caught on to the value of all 4 of Canon's tilt-shift lenses since a major lens manufacturer is reworking and reselling these lenses in their barrels with gearing for follow focus and mounts for the major camera brands in that arena. I'm thinking Canon can probably thank the 5D Mark II and its' acceptance for movies and television for that.
Date published: 2013-01-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Must have 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.
Date published: 2010-08-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from 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 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.
Date published: 2012-03-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Super sharp I use the product for flowers and landscapes. Its super sharp and exceptionally well built. And for those who may not be aware it Tilts, Shifts AND Rotates. A versatile lens and a great addition to any Canon glass collection
Date published: 2008-05-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Go To 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
Date published: 2013-06-03
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Is it possible to order this lens so that the shift and tilt mechanisms are parallel, rather than perpendicular, to one another? I understand that this modification normally requires sending it to a Canon service center after initial purchase, which seems needlessly complicated (unless one is willing to undergo the risk of doing it yourself).
Asked by: Anonymous
Any competent camera repair shop should be able to do this for a very nominal charge.If you search the Internet, there are more than a few photographers that have done this themselves, BUT you have to be the skill set to handle precision devices AND the correct tools. The only tool you need is a screwdriver but, like anyone dealing with small precision screws, you need exactly the correct size screwdriver that exactly fits the screw head.. Search for Northlight Images Modifying your tilt and shift lens for a well illustrated example of what is involved.
Answered by: James M T.
Date published: 2018-08-26


What is the best lens for product photography?
Asked by: Sandy T.
This is a superb lens for product photography. I am a professional product photographer. I have used many lenses, and still do for certain things, but this my go-to lens for nearly everything. It is extremely sharp, and the tilt-shift feature is essential for placing the plane of focus right where you need it. With an extension tube it becomes a great TS macro lens, too. I give it five stars!
Answered by: Jason D.
Date published: 2018-12-10
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