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Canon TS-E 135mm f/4L Macro Tilt-Shift Lens

BH #CA1354LTS • MFR #2275C002
Canon TS-E 135mm f/4L Macro Tilt-Shift Lens
Key Features
  • EF-Mount Lens/Full-Frame Format
  • Aperture Range: f/4 to f/45
  • Two Ultra-Low Dispersion Elements
  • Subwavelength Coating
A unique telephoto offering close focus control along with perspective control capabilities the TS-E 135mm f/4L Macro from Canon is a tilt-shift lens well-suited for studio, product, and tabletop photography. Up to +/- 10° of tilt is possible, for focus control, and +/- 12mm of shift, to adjust perspective and composition, and a tilt-locking mechanism can be used while shooting for more stability. A minimum focus distance of 1.6' and a maximum magnification of 0.5x are also benefitted by the range of movements for more control over depth of field when photographing close-up subjects.
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Canon TS-E 135mm f/4L Macro Overview

A unique telephoto offering close focus control along with perspective control capabilities the TS-E 135mm f/4L Macro from Canon is a tilt-shift lens well-suited for studio, product, and tabletop photography. Up to +/- 10° of tilt is possible, for focus control, and +/- 12mm of shift, to adjust perspective and composition, and a tilt-locking mechanism can be used while shooting for more stability. A minimum focus distance of 1.6' and a maximum magnification of 0.5x are also benefitted by the range of movements for more control over depth of field when photographing close-up subjects.

Complementing the operation of the lens, this L-series prime is also distinguished by its optical design that features a pair of Ultra-Low Dispersion elements to significantly reduce color fringing and chromatic aberrations for high clarity. Individual elements also feature a Subwavelength Coating to suppress flare and ghosting for greater contrast and color neutrality.

Perspective control, tilt-shift lens affords +/- 12mm of shift and +/- 10° 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° in any direction for applying the movements in distinct directions.
Tilt-locking mechanism and a large tilt knob benefit operation and ensure the lens stays in place while shooting.
Two Ultra-Low Dispersion (UD) elements help to reduce color fringing and chromatic aberrations for improved clarity and color accuracy.
A Subwavelength Coating has been applied to lens elements to minimize surface and internal reflections for a marked reduction in lens flare and ghosting when working in strong lighting conditions.
A minimum focusing distance of 1.6' along with a maximum magnification of 0.5x benefits working with close-up subjects.
Rounded nine-blade diaphragm contributes to a pleasing out of focus quality that benefits the use of shallow depth of field techniques.
UPC: 013803291124

Canon TS-E 135mm f/4L Macro Specs

Focal Length135mm
Maximum Aperturef/4
Minimum Aperturef/45
Lens MountCanon EF
Lens Format CoverageFull-Frame
Angle of View18°
Tilt-Shift+/- 10° Tilt
+/- 12 mm Shift
Minimum Focus Distance1.61' / 49 cm
Maximum Magnification0.5x
Macro Reproduction Ratio1:2
Optical Design11 Elements in 7 Groups
Diaphragm Blades9, Rounded
Focus TypeManual Focus
Image StabilizationNo
Filter Size82 mm (Front)
Dimensions (ø x L)3.48 x 5.48" / 88.5 x 139.1 mm
Length at Maximum Extension5.47" / 139 mm
Weight2.43 lb / 1.1 kg
Packaging Info
Package Weight3.285 lb
Box Dimensions (LxWxH)10.8 x 6.05 x 5.95"

Canon TS-E 135mm f/4L Macro Reviews

Portraiture King

By Daniel
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2021-08-06

Once you get used to manual focus and start to understand the advantages of tilting and shifting, a TS-E will quickly become a lens that sets you apart from others. It will definitely replace you standard auto-focus lens before you know it. For me I can focus very quickly and find automotive speed shots incredibly easy and accurate. For any type of photography this lens can have a huge advantage in the effects. Horizontal or vertical corrections or getting both eyes in focus at f-4 can be a game changer. Tilted and shifted 16000 x 10000 pixel automotive panoramas make for incredible prints. A great focal length for detailed shots, product images or especially portraiture. Macro is another great feature. When you need everything in focus with your lens wide open for great bokeh,. This top quality Canon product is definitely King .

One of the best yet from Canon

By Steve
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2018-02-22

I planned to get all 3 of the new TS-E lenses, but this one wasn't available when my new 50mm and 90mm arrived. Then, initial tests showed the 90mm had to go back (soft on the left), and of course B&H delivered the usual great service on that. The 135mm had arrived in stock in the meantime, and we swapped them. The 135mm came via UPS the next day, featuring—to my surprise—a single-digit serial number. Never had one of those before. I take that to mean B&H has notable clout with Canon. It suggests B&H may be a good place to try while heavily in-demand items remain in short supply. Used on my Canon 5DS R, the lens performance is near flawless. Sharp wide open, all the way to the corners, even with near-maximal shift. There is almost no image quality difference at any aperture up to f/11. If there is a sweet spot, it might be at f/5.6, but even in side-by-side comparisons, any aperture in that range is hard to tell from the others. In the most demanding contrast situations, very slight color fringing is evident, but you have to strain to see it. Far, far less fringing than with the Canon 135mm f/2.0, even when that is used at f/4.0. Sharpness, color, and contrast� are all among the best I have seen from any lens, including Zeiss lenses with which I have extensive experience. This new lens is one of the best I have for shooting toward the light, while suppressing veiling and flare. Mechanically, the tilt and shift controls are easy to use, function accurately, and give fine control—except that the lock knob for the shift function is slightly inconveniently located, cramped against the camera body on the 5DS R. Not a big deal for your bare hand, but an issue with gloves on. The one other slight negative I have is that the manual focus ring—which clearly functions perfectly as designed, turns silky smoothly, and is perfectly-damped with no sign of slack—turns just a bit too freely for my taste. And it moves the focus point pretty quickly, so you need sharp visual concentration and fine motor control to optimize focus. The focus rings on the 50mm TS-E, and the new 90mm TS-E feel stiffer and slower, and I would rate them as perfect. I wish this one was more like the others. I am trying make it a practice never to brush against the focus ring when using the tilt and shift controls. Even a light accidental touch may shift the focus slightly. That's a small objection, and I still rate the manual focus very highly for ease of use, and for results. In summary, this is the kind of lens that renews photographic enthusiasm—getting me up and out early, full of anticipation, looking for targets to shoot. Even in someone who has been taking pictures professionally for too many decades, this experience stands out. Unreservedly 5 stars. And by the way, so is the new 50mm TS-E, and so will be the new 90mm TS-E when I get one that carries its full performance all the way to the left of the frame. On the one I sent back, the image quality in the right 85% was every bit as good as the others.� These lenses show a striking family resemblance in the superb look of the images they deliver.

My new favorite!

By Luz Master
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2020-10-09

One of the best lenses I have in my bag. This lens is sharp and fun! The build quality is one of the best in Canon L series lenses; a prime lens with a lots of tricks.

Great Product Photography Lens

By John
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2018-12-14

I was so glad when this lens came out. Ive been using a 45mm & 90mm ts-e for years. This L lens is a much better focal legnth for my product work. As today this lens allowed me to shift the plane of focus where I could shoot only 1 image or 2 to focus stack instead of 2-4 images per shot. The narrower angle of view compared to the 90mm keeps me from running out of background as easily. Great lens, a bit big and $$, but glad I added it.

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Asked by: Charles
The image circle for the Canon TS-E 135mm f/4L Macro Tilt-Shift Lens, the TS-E 90mm tilt shift, and the TS-E 50mm tilt shift lenses is 67.2
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Date published: 2021-09-14

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Really? wouldn't increasing the distance between the front element and sensor plane by adding a teleconverter radically diminish the image circle & increase the vignetting? although I grant it would give you more working distance.
Asked by: Charles
Because these Canon Tilt shift lenses have a wider image circle (6.27mm) then regular lenses, if one adds a teleconverter, it will limit the amount of tilt shift possible without severe vignetting. Using an f stop of f/8 or f/11 will greatly lessen the width of the vignetting
Answered by: Lenny
Date published: 2021-08-21

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Is this lens compatible with the 1.4x converter?
Asked by: Steve
The design of the swing mechanism is curved toward the camera, different from the 17, 24, and 50, but the same as the 90, which probably means more elements at the end, but still very likely to be compatible with tele converters. You can always add the extension tube if not, especially when used as a macro lens.We preordered it as soon as the late-night announcement and will confirm once it is in our hands.
Answered by: YONG W.
Date published: 2018-08-27
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