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CanonTS-E 24mm f/3.5L II Tilt-Shift Lens
 
4.8

(based on 146 reviews)

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96%

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)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (112)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Pro photographer (50), Semi-pro photographer (38), Photo enthusiast (37), Casual photographer (5)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Excellent sharp piece of glass.

If you are looking to do some serious Architech or Landscape Photography, this lens is a must have. The Tilt/Shift lens make you think and compose your shots before clicking away. Full...Read complete review

If you are looking to do some serious Architech or Landscape Photography, this lens is a must have. The Tilt/Shift lens make you think and compose your shots before clicking away. Full Manual and full creative control. Very little distortion in the corners with full frame.No Chromatic Abberations. Crystal clear sharp images.
If you are a fast shooter with all Auto and HOPE you got something good. This lens is NOT for you.
This lens is for photographers who tell their cameras and lens what to do, not the other way around.

VS

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

Worth the price!

By Ryan

from undisclosed

Verified Buyer

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

Love it. My first Canon TS lens and I'm so totally stoked on the perspective control.

 
5.0

A great & versatile lense

By Ron

from Rochester NY

Verified Buyer

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

As a professional photographer, I sometimes have need of photographing architecture and construction projects. Using the shift function of this lens greatly helps in alleviating distortion. Those times when the distortion would otherwise be heavy, this lens really pays for itself. While Lightroom & Photoshop do a good job of distortion correction, it does not always work to the degree you would like. It sometimes comes out looking a bit funky and the resolution dilutes particularly along the outer regions. Using the tilt function certainly helps when I need good DOF at a wide open aperture. The shift function is also great for doing panoramics, something I often do in landscape work. Just realize that this lens, while certainly not rocket science, does require a little practice with the various movements & where the knobs are. Also you will need to replace the shift knob with one provided in the package IF, like me, you are using full frame. You will need a jewelers phillips head screw driver for this. All in all this a great lens. Oh - being the 24mm version you CAN ADD filters.

 
5.0

Outstanding lens

By Rob

from Maine

Verified Buyer

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

When I get a new lens I use it exclusively for a few days to get the feel. I used this for an antique shop shoot and landscape

 
5.0

Great for architecture or interiors

By rafael

from texas

Verified Buyer

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

I get some vignetting with this lens in some cases but I use it all the time. It is best used on a tripod and the tripod is absolutely level.

You can get pictures of buildings standing a fairly small distance from the building and can get pictures in places you never thought possible.

I use it inside or out with a CamRanger and many pictures of mine are 11-15 shots in 1/3 stop increments and get excellent results for HDR pictures.

People who gripe about the price don't get paid for their work. It's worth it.

 
5.0

Fantastic lens- Highly recommended

By Corrigoli

from Charleston SC

Verified Buyer

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

I avoided getting this lens for so long because of the cost. I cant recommend this lens enough. No distortion, extremely sharp.

(0 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
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.

 
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

 
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!

(14 of 14 customers found this review helpful)

 
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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    • No
     
    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!

    • Was this a gift?:
    • No

    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    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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        • No
         
        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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        • No
         
        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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          • No

          (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.

          • Was this a gift?:
          • No

          (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.

            • Was this a gift?:
            • No

            (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.

            (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

             
            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.

              • Was this a gift?:
              • No

              (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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                • No

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