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

BH #CA174LTSE • MFR #3553B002
Canon TS-E 17mm f/4L Tilt-Shift Lens
Key Features
  • EF-Mount Lens/Full-Frame Format
  • Aperture Range: f/4 to f/22
  • Four UD Elements, One Aspherical Element
  • Floating Optical System, Rear Focusing
Presenting an ultra-wide field of view with advanced perspective and focus control, the TS-E 17mm f/4L is a Canon L-series tilt-shift lens well-suited to architecture and interior photography. Up to +/- 6.5° of tilt is possible, for focus control, and +/- 12mm 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.
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Canon TS-E 17mm f/4L Overview

Presenting an ultra-wide field of view with advanced perspective and focus control, the TS-E 17mm f/4L is a Canon L-series tilt-shift lens well-suited to architecture and interior photography. Up to +/- 6.5° of tilt is possible, for focus control, and +/- 12mm 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.

Complementing the operation of the lens, this L-series prime is also distinguished by its optical design that features four of Ultra-Low Dispersion elements to significantly reduce color fringing and chromatic aberrations as well as one aspherical element to minimize spherical aberrations and distortion. Individual elements also feature a Subwavelength Coating to suppress flare and ghosting for greater contrast and color neutrality. Additionally, a floating optical system and a rear focus design help to maintain consistent image quality throughout the focusing range, from 9.8" to infinity.

Perspective control, tilt-shift lens affords +/- 12mm of shift and +/- 6.5° 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.
Four Ultra-Low Dispersion elements are used to greatly reduce color fringing and chromatic aberrations in order to achieve greater clarity and color accuracy.
One aspherical element limits distortion and spherical aberrations to realize greater sharpness and accurate rendering.
A Sub Wavelength Coating has been applied to individual elements to control lens flare and ghosting for greater contrast and color fidelity when working in strong lighting conditions.
Floating optical system, along with a rear focusing mechanism, maintains consistent image quality throughout the focusing range, from 9.8" to infinity.
As a member of the esteemed L-series, this lens is sealed against dust and moisture for working in inclement environmental conditions.
Rounded eight-blade diaphragm contributes to a pleasing out of focus quality that benefits the use of shallow depth of field techniques.
UPC: 013803108606

Canon TS-E 17mm f/4L Specs

Focal Length17mm
Maximum Aperturef/4
Minimum Aperturef/22
Lens MountCanon EF
Lens Format CoverageFull-Frame
Angle of View104°
Tilt-Shift+/- 6.5° Tilt
+/- 12 mm Shift
Minimum Focus Distance9.84" / 25 cm
Maximum Magnification0.14x
Optical Design18 Elements in 12 Groups
Diaphragm Blades8, Rounded
Focus TypeManual Focus
Image StabilizationNo
Filter SizeNone
Dimensions (ø x L)3.5 x 4.21" / 88.9 x 106.9 mm
Weight1.8 lb / 820 g
Packaging Info
Package Weight2.465 lb
Box Dimensions (LxWxH)8.2 x 5.5 x 5.4"

Canon TS-E 17mm f/4L Reviews

Architectural Photography

By Valentine
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2022-05-29

It's just a lovely lens for architectural photography. Limits of tilts and shifts are more than I expected.

Lots of Glass

By Jim
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2021-11-02

I just bought the lens and have not used it yet but I have rented other TSE 17mm in the past and for compromised vantage points and tight interiors, it is a great lens to have. As an architectural photographer, I not very keen on the amount of distortion that comes with very wide lenses but its either that or, at times, not getting the shot that you need.

So far, so good

By Blake
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2021-04-29

Great lens. Clean, sharp and very wide. I thought I would miss not having auto focus but I haven't. All of the tilt / shift knobs have lots of range and are easy to control and lock. No issues.

Destined to be a Classic

By George
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2021-03-16

This is an optical and mechanical marvel. The Tilt-Shift controls are exceptionally versatile. The Tilt and the Shift can set independently or coupled together. This makes changing from horizontal to vertical format simple. A tripod is advised in almost all situations as is very small umbrella to shield the bulbous front lens element.

Excellent Architectural Photography Lens

By THESHOOTERDIDITAGAIN
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2020-03-23

These two photos was taken in one frame shot - not in five frames then stitch later. It was taken around 5:30PM in Long Island NY. I am challenging myself into taking my photographs AS IS, without heavy editing in the end of the shot (only touched contrast, exposure and thats it). This lens performs well for me, and in the long run this lens will save me a lot of time editing for i can correct distortions in the field immediately. I heard there are people using this lens for portraitures and landscape and they produced amazing work. The price will compensate the use in the long run and the lens was built to last. I advise people to have external monitor for composing for the built-in camera monitor is getting smaller every year. The lens is a prime lens, a mechanical equipment manual all the time, i consider this a machine built with metal and glass - not automatic/electronic lens. This lens moves in three different directions, tilt, shift, and rotate --X, Y and Z axis, in aviation roll, pitch and yaw. The thing negative is it doesnt come with hood for protection in the field you have to be very extra-careful for the glass protrudes out of the barrel. When i go out for shoot the positive effect is the lens is so obviously protrudes and the people respect you immediately for they think you are a living legend in photography, LoL. You can actually hear people from the background say "shht move back the guy is serious look at the lens. Is that a lens?" the bleeding wallet will heal right away. The lens cap was poorly designed for an expensive lens. The lens is remarkably beautiful, engineered and well-built to last.

Great Lens

By Terrence
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2019-09-02

I really like this lens, it covers all the angles and keeps all of the lines straight.

Love this lens!

By Monica
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2022-01-31

awesome lens . Its all I wanted for my architectural photography. Perfect for tall buildings and narrow spaces.

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

By John
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2022-01-26

Outstanding on 5Ds and 5D Mkiii. The TS-E 17 is pretty wide to start with however adding tilt and shift has made this my go to landscape lens. Also a bit of leaning shooting close up.

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question

is the 17mm canon lens compatible with a Nikon d600 full frame body? thanks
Asked by: Anonymous
The Canon TS-E 17mm f/4L Tilt-Shift Lens is not compatible with Nikon cameras, so you would not be able to use it on the D600.
Answered by: Christina S.
Date published: 2018-08-27

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Is this lens compatible with either the Canon Rebel XSi and/or Canon EOS 5D Mark III cameras? Thanks!
Asked by: Anonymous
Yes, this lens is fully compatible with the Canon XSi and 5D Mk III cameras, and any other Canon EOS Digital or Film SLR cameras.
Answered by: Yos O.
Date published: 2018-08-27

question

Does this lens come with an instruction manual or just a one page generic instruction sheet that covers all Canon lenses? ( my came with the one page generic sheet)
Asked by: Felix A.
The lens does not come with an instruction manual. Most manufacturers are only putting manuals onto their website to download instead of printing and shipping them with products.
Answered by: James B.
Date published: 2018-08-27

Will this work on Canon R-mount cameras with the ...

Will this work on Canon R-mount cameras with the EF adapter?
Asked by: Matthew Sequoyah
Absolutely! The TS-E 17mm f/4L will work wonderfully with the EF-RF adapter.
Answered by: Jeremy
Date published: 2022-04-27

Can this be adapted to work on a full-frame Sony ...

Can this be adapted to work on a full-frame Sony camera such as the A1 or an A7r IV ?
Asked by: Matthew Sequoyah
Yes, you are able to use the Canon TS-E 17mm f/4 tilt-shift lens with an adapter on the Sony A1 and A7RIV cameras.
Answered by: Jeremy
Date published: 2022-04-27

For Portrait vs Landscape photos, do I need to ...

For Portrait vs Landscape photos, do I need to use the Rotation function to 90 degrees (+- depending on left/right camera rotation)?
Asked by: Octavian
TS Rotation is independent of Portrait vs Landscape image.
Answered by: Octavian
Date published: 2021-12-12

question

Is there anyone out there who has used it on the new Sony Ar7II with the metabones adapter? What is your experience? Sharpness, auto anything work?
Asked by: lia R.
Metabones works great, don't forget the Sigma MC-11 that does also a great job! With both adapters there is no vignetting, no loss of sharpness (only a tube, no glass element involved), the 17 TS-E is an all manual lens...no auto nothing.. ; ) I use the Sigma with an Sony A7R2 and that improved a lot the image quality I had from the Canon 5DMK3 files I use to have.. ; )
Answered by: Ladislas
Date published: 2019-02-22

question

does Canon 17mm ts-e lens vignette?
Asked by: Anonymous
Not that I have noticed
Answered by: Jason R.
Date published: 2018-08-27
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