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CanonTS-E 24mm f/3.5L II Tilt-Shift Lens
 
4.7

(based on 141 reviews)

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95%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Strong construction (90)
  • Durable (71)
  • Consistent output (64)
  • Rugged (45)
  • Easily interchangeable (33)

Cons

  • Heavy (36)
  • Lens creep (5)
  • Pricey / poor value (5)
  • Blurry focus (3)
  • Difficult to clean (3)

Best Uses

  • Landscape/scenery (108)
  • Architecture (32)
  • Low light (19)
  • Macro photography (19)
  • Night photography (18)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Pro photographer (50), Semi-pro photographer (38), Photo enthusiast (37), Casual photographer (5)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (112)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Remarkable

This is a remarkably sharp lens that takes landscape photography to the next level. It requires you to me more studious with the shot, and a tripod is a requirement for excellent results. ...Read complete review

This is a remarkably sharp lens that takes landscape photography to the next level. It requires you to me more studious with the shot, and a tripod is a requirement for excellent results.

It is a very creative lens; however, I use it primarily for increasing depth of field and keystone correction. I am pleased with the purchase.

Note: Leave the locking screws unlocked whenever able in order to avoid the problems encountered by others. Not that big of a problem, I found.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Fringing!

I've been renting this lens for a while with great results and finally made the decision to buy one. When I got it I was taken aback immediately by the abnormal level of fringing...Read complete review

I've been renting this lens for a while with great results and finally made the decision to buy one. When I got it I was taken aback immediately by the abnormal level of fringing all over the images and quickly sent the lens back for an exchange. The new lens performs better generally but the performance is still marred by purple and green fringing along all contrasty lines, and not just around the edges but also in the middle of the shot. I bought the lens mostly for architecture and landscape photography, and both styles unfortunately often deal with contrasty edges. After uncomfortably long times in post production to correct the fringing, I'm just not trusting this lens anymore unless I'm in a very controlled environment, which is sad when I think that I've spent $2K on it. Btw the 90mm TS lens which isn't even an L series has no fringing at all and has the best image quality of all the lenses I own. I was expecting similar quality with this one and so I'm quite disappointed. Sure you might say that I was unlucky twice on this purchase, and that I should send my replacement lens to Canon for realignment right away, but what does that say about Canon's initial lack of quality control?

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5.0

Sharpest lens in my bag

By Dale Murray

from Illinois

Verified Reviewer

Comments about Canon TS-E 24mm f/3.5L II Tilt-Shift Lens:

I bought this for a trip to Yelllowstone a few years back, in fact, my first shots were in the park. When I started looking at the images I was completely blown away, beautiful.

I like to say, this lens makes all my other lenses look like they need glasses.

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5.0

Must have lens for many reasons

By Tito

from Texas

Comments about Canon TS-E 24mm f/3.5L II Tilt-Shift Lens:

For the ultimate control of perspective and depth of field without having to post edit, a tilt & shift is the only way. The 24mm TS-E fits perfectly my shooting style which usually is done with wide angles. It feels solid and precise. Exposure is tricky but manageable. I'm very happy with this lens and forsee it becoming the most used of my lenses

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5.0

Perfect!

By woki

from baltimore

Comments about Canon TS-E 24mm f/3.5L II Tilt-Shift Lens:

Absolute haymaker. Great lens. I shoot architecture and use this lens on practically every shoot. 8 years in and I'd buy it again in a heartbeat!

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5.0

vast improvements

By artmeripol

from Birmingham, Al

About Me Pro Photographer

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Limited Distortion
  • Rugged
  • Strong Construction

Cons

  • Heavy

Best Uses

  • Architecture
  • Indoors/Low Light
  • Tiltshift Images

Comments about Canon TS-E 24mm f/3.5L II Tilt-Shift Lens:

I used the older Canon 24mm T/S for years for exteriors and interiors of homes, buildings and restaurants while shooting travel assignments for magazines. I cannot imagine how I would have done it without that lens. But the lens had a few drawbacks. It was not bright to look through and in darker spaces it was hard to focus. And even focused crisply didn't always yield crisp photos. Also the lens had a tendency to 'tilt' on it's own, something I might not always catch in the moment only to find later in editing that I had images that I couldn't use. Also the older model left me fixing a fair amount of barrel distortion in my editing software.

For those reasons I recently bought the new version. My first impressions are that it's a big leap forward. It is sharper, definitely sharper. It's still a f3.5 but seems brighter too. Like all the Canon T/S lenses it's manual focus only. That's not always easy for my eyes. But using live view and enlarging the image on the camera I can focus perfectly. It also has two new things I appreciate. One is a 'tilt lock' that keeps it correct when I don't want to tilt. That change alone is great. Also the older model rotated the tilt and the shift in unison only. Now the shift and the Tilt can be rotated independently. The barrel distortion seems to be almost completely gone.

My only negative would be that the lens seems a third larger and heavier. Maybe that's the price paid for the independent rotation of tilt and shift. But there is not another lens that does what this one does for full-frame 35mm.

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5.0

Exemplary

By Raido

from Hackensack NJ

About Me Photo Enthusiast

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Strong Construction

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Landscape/Scenery

    Comments about Canon TS-E 24mm f/3.5L II Tilt-Shift Lens:

    It has all been said here already. This is a prime example if quality construction and design. It is likely the sharpest Canon lens I own and all the other is also L series.

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    5.0

    Great Lens!

    By RD

    from Pennsylvania

    About Me Pro Photographer

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Durable
    • Rugged
    • Strong Construction

    Cons

    • Heavy

    Best Uses

    • Architecture
    • Landscape/Scenery

    Comments about Canon TS-E 24mm f/3.5L II Tilt-Shift Lens:

    Just recently started getting into architectural photography and can not imagine going on a shoot without this lens. Easy to use with excellent results and very reliable!

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    5.0

    Suburb

    By Trevor

    from Illinois

    About Me Casual Photographer

    Verified Reviewer

    Pros

    • Rugged
    • Strong Construction

    Cons

      Best Uses

        Comments about Canon TS-E 24mm f/3.5L II Tilt-Shift Lens:

        I've wanted a lens like this for 10+ years. Finally bought one and after a few subjects and ~100 photographs I've got the hang of it. Most use comes by way of macro photography, but I've found one creative use for it within an environmental portrait as well. I have enough confidence to start using the shift capability soon. It definitely takes an eye that needs to be adapted but I'm slowly getting there.

        The operation really surprised me. I thought I'd be overwhelmed but it's intuitive after a brief session or two.

        Quality when fully tilted is not spectacular but usable (very soft edges). Quality when ~75% tilted (at most) is very very good. I've not spend much time with shifting but a few test shots indicate similar degradation at the extremes.

        In short, if you need one of these, avoid maximum tilt or shift and it's very good.

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        5.0

        Great Lens, helps improving your perspective

        By Joaocravo

        from Qatar

        About Me Semi-pro Photographer

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Architecture
        • Blurring Efects
        • Durable
        • Easily Interchangeable
        • Speciality Lens
        • Strong Construction

        Cons

        • Heavy
        • Price
        • Tripod Use

        Best Uses

        • Landscape/Scenery

        Comments about Canon TS-E 24mm f/3.5L II Tilt-Shift Lens:

        the lens is manual which is the only major downside (along with high price). can be used handheld, yet preferably with tripod since you may need to zoom in to lock accurate focus.

        it will take some time to be focusing on the right perspective but eventually it will happen.

        I actually sold my canon wide zoom lens 16-35 mm f/2.8 ii to buy this one. The TS can be used as a wide angle prime as well as it can be used for architecture and so on.

        Great job by B&H with sale and all support.

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        4.0

        Sweet Lens

        By zenphoto

        from Salt Lake City UT

        About Me Pro Photographer

        Verified Buyer

        Comments about Canon TS-E 24mm f/3.5L II Tilt-Shift Lens:

        Very nice lens for my architectural work. Sharp, wide shifting latitude. Loving it so far.

        Only frustration is that Adobe Photoshop/Lightroom does not have a lens correction profile (for distortion correction), probably because this is such a specialized lens.

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        5.0

        Sharp, easy to use

        By Maxx

        from Germany

        About Me Photo Enthusiast

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Strong Construction

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Landscape/Scenery

          Comments about Canon TS-E 24mm f/3.5L II Tilt-Shift Lens:

          It is very sharp. It is easy enough to use...will just take some practice with some real-world use.

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          (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

           
          4.0

          Horrible locking knobs!

          By Stan Rose

          from Pueblo, Colorado

          About Me Semi-pro Photographer

          Pros

          • Consistent Output
          • Durable

          Cons

          • Heavy

          Best Uses

          • Landscape/Scenery
          • Night Photography

          Comments about Canon TS-E 24mm f/3.5L II Tilt-Shift Lens:

          I've had this lens for several years now, and use it quite frequently for landscape work. The ability to stop down and get great depth of filed with the tilt function is invaluable. This is a very sharp lens. Perspective control is awesome although you will still get some distortion at 24 mm, there is just no way around it. My only gripe is that the locking knobs for the tilt and shift are cheap plastic and are horrible--they have jammed on me at least a dozen times. I have had to use a wrench to loosen them up, and finally I got frustrated and took a pair of pliers to the knob--stripping it and now requiring repair by Canon. Very annoying--they should rethink that design feature.

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          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Opening up possibilities

          By Marcus Aurelius

          from Woodinville, Wa

          About Me Pro Photographer

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Durable
          • Strong Construction
          • Versatility

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Architecture
            • Landscape/Scenery

            Comments about Canon TS-E 24mm f/3.5L II Tilt-Shift Lens:

            This is such an incredible lens! so glad I made the leap and invested in this great piece of hardware. As a landscape and architecture photographer, I couldn't imagine going on location without this lens now that I have it.

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            (10 of 26 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Tools for the job

            By Nightnoise

            from Denver, CO

            About Me Semi-pro Photographer

            Verified Buyer

            Comments about Canon TS-E 24mm f/3.5L II 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.

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            5.0

            Very special lens

            By photoshooter 52

            from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

            About Me Pro Photographer

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Consistent Output
            • Durable
            • Easily Interchangeable
            • Strong Construction

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Landscape/Scenery

              Comments about Canon TS-E 24mm f/3.5L II Tilt-Shift Lens:

              Very sharp lens, that does things ordinary lenses can't do. Necessary tool for architectural images. Does not disappoint. I put off buying this lens until recently, should not have waited so long.

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              (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              Wide and Sharp

              By Bob from Eastern Washington

              from Washington State

              About Me Pro Photographer

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Consistent Output
              • Durable

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • architectural
                • Landscape/Scenery

                Comments about Canon TS-E 24mm f/3.5L II Tilt-Shift Lens:

                I use this lens for exterior and interior architectural photography. It is always better to get it right in the cameral instead of counting on software to correct perspective. I also own the 17mm TS-E and am thinking of selling it. This focal length is much more useful with less distortion or flare.

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                (6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                A very practical lens.

                By CHEN

                from Highland Park, NJ

                About Me Photo Enthusiast

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Consistent Output
                • Durable

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Landscape/Scenery

                  Comments about Canon TS-E 24mm f/3.5L II Tilt-Shift Lens:

                  I would say this is a amazing lens in canon lineup. A lot of people may spend a lot of time on thinking for either 17mm f4 or 24mm f3.5. My answer is 24mm. Because it is more practical and excellent to 17mm. It can be added on filters and when the tilt and shift is not needed, it becomes a wide angle lens which provides a great image quality. So, it does not need to worry much about whether the tilt and shift lens is necessary or not.

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                  (0 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  5.0

                  Does what is designed to do.

                  By Edward

                  from Carrollton, VA

                  About Me Casual Photographer

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Consistent Output
                  • Durable
                  • Strong Construction

                  Cons

                  • Heavy

                  Best Uses

                  • Indoors/Low Light
                  • Landscape/Scenery

                  Comments about Canon TS-E 24mm f/3.5L II Tilt-Shift Lens:

                  Architectural and landscape photography.

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                  • No

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                  (13 of 13 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  5.0

                  Remarkable

                  By WymanAir

                  from New Jersey

                  About Me Photo Enthusiast

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Consistent Output
                  • Durable
                  • Easily Interchangeable

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Indoors/Low Light
                    • Landscape/Scenery

                    Comments about Canon TS-E 24mm f/3.5L II Tilt-Shift Lens:

                    This is a remarkably sharp lens that takes landscape photography to the next level. It requires you to me more studious with the shot, and a tripod is a requirement for excellent results.

                    It is a very creative lens; however, I use it primarily for increasing depth of field and keystone correction. I am pleased with the purchase.

                    Note: Leave the locking screws unlocked whenever able in order to avoid the problems encountered by others. Not that big of a problem, I found.

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                    5.0

                    Sharp, sharp, sharp

                    By E R I C

                    from El Paso

                    About Me Photo Enthusiast

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Very Sharp

                    Cons

                    • Stiff Mechanism

                    Best Uses

                    • Infrared
                    • Landscape/Scenery

                    Comments about Canon TS-E 24mm f/3.5L II Tilt-Shift Lens:

                    Super piece of Canon Glass. Very sharp. Great construction, and very precise mechanics. The in-focus point is very narrow in manual focus. My copy is a little stiff to shift, but is still very managable. The large extended front element requires a little more care than typical lenses.

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                    (28 of 28 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    5.0

                    Manual to the MAX!

                    By 5D-II Nut

                    from Orlando, FL

                    About Me Photo Enthusiast

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Completely Manual Lens
                    • Consistent Output
                    • Durable
                    • Extremely versatile
                    • Nice Bokeh
                    • Rotatable Mount
                    • Strong Construction

                    Cons

                    • Cost Is Steep
                    • NONE

                    Best Uses

                    • Landscape/Scenery
                    • Macro Photography
                    • Night Photography
                    • Special Effects

                    Comments about Canon TS-E 24mm f/3.5L II Tilt-Shift Lens:

                    I have several points to make about this lens:
                    1 - this lens is extremely versatile and will cover nearly all of your landscape, architectural and special lens needs.
                    2 - DO take the time to practice with the lens before you take it out for a shoot. You don't want to be on a shoot trying to figure out how it does what you want it to do.
                    3 - DO us a tripod - simple enough and you will appreciate it in the end. It is a heavier lens and for all of the manipulations that you will be doing, you need the stability of a tripod.
                    4 - DO NOT use automatic camera settings as there is nothing automatic about this lens and you will not like the results if you do. Center-weighted metering will be off, so use evaluative (if you must) or better yet, use an actual light meter for scene exposure. Bracketing will help with this too.
                    5 - DO use the locks each and every time to prevent alterations or slip in your tilt and / or shift settings.
                    6 - Know which aperture you want to use to get the effects you want.
                    7 - Use the live screen mode for focusing. Magnification of this is key to a photo that explodes with information rather than a merely nice one.
                    8 - Infinite rotation of the lens, with 30 degree stops, is a feature most overlook and one that will make your photos pop!
                    9 - 82mm filters can be attached but you are really limited to one at a time. I recommend a UV for general use and definitely the circular polarizer for those special occasions.
                    I would highly recommend this lens to any photographer interested in parallax correction and it is capable of so much more, it deserves to be used and experimented with a lot! This lens is not for the point-and-shoot aficionado or for the hopeful auto-shooter. It is not an entry level tilt-shift lens and will perform as well as a large format setup. Expensive - Oh YES and worth every penny if you use it to its potential.

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