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Canon TS-E 90mm f/2.8 Tilt Shift lens Reviews

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Canon TS-E 90mm f/2.8 Tilt Shift lens Reviews
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Canon TS-E 90mm f/2.8 Reviews

Canon TS-E 90mm f/2.8 Tilt Shift lens Reviews

This lens is a macro, a short telephoto, a portrait lens, and a landscape lens that offers new creative possibilities. Because depth of field can be manipulated as in a view camera, this is proving to be my most versatile lens in my bag, in spite of the fact Canon TS-E 90mm f/2.8 is "just" a 90mm prime lens. For macro shooting, even with an extension tube, additional depth of field possibilities open up with the tilt. The lens is a fantastic straight-on prime lens for portraits. I find entirely new possibilities for landscape shooting. And hand-held shots are no problem at all, even with maximum tilt. Though it is strictly a manual focus lens (the AF does not work on this one) the image in the view finder is so bright I have no problem manually focusing. Because of the extreme depth of field capabilities, my wide angle lens gets used less now that I have this lens to play with. I love it!

Canon TS-E 90mm f/2.8 Reviews

Ease of focusing depends on the camera and one's visual acuity;
not so easy for me and a Canon 20D with standard focusing screen.
However, images obtained with correct focus can be highly rewarding.
Extender, extension tubes and ring flash are worthwhile accessories.

If Canon made a zoom with tilt+shift, TS-E 90mm f/2.8 could be my primary lens.

Canon TS-E 90mm f/2.8

I also own the newer Canon 24mm 3.5L mark II tilt shift so I wasn't sure if I'd be happy with this earlier version of a Canon tilt/shift but I wanted to add tilt/shift capabilities in a 90mm. After using Canon TS-E 90mm f/2.8 for a few weeks, I must say it is a very impressive lens. While this one does not sport the "L" designation, it is as sharp as my "L" lenses. Color and contrast is very good, and it produces a wonderful bokeh as well. I use it with a full frame Canon 5D mk II. As with my other tilt/shift, it is easier to focus these manual focus lenses using Live View as you can also better view the effects of your tilt/shift combination. The focus confirmation works, but Live View (zoomed in) gives you a more critical focus.

Unlike the 2 newer TS/E models (24mkII and 17), you can not rotate the tilt and shift axis seperately. Your tilt and shift rotate together on this model. I understand you can have Canon rebuild to a 90 degree seperation if you so desire, but it is not something you can do out in the field when using the lens. However, in most shooting situations, this limitation will not be a problem. Also, as with other tilt/shift, it is better to get your exposure readings before making tilt/shift adjustments as the angle can fool your through-the-lens exposure readings. The lens is fairly compact for a tilt/shift model. The tilt/shift adjustment knobs are a bit on the small side but still managable.

I am very favorably impressed with this lens, and while it sells for much less than its newer siblings, it can still hold its own in critical shooting situations. It has a wonderful rendering of images that is very pleasing. This focal length can be used for macro (you can use extension tubes with it), portraits, products, and architecture when shooting from a distance. Because of its outstanding optical quality it can even be used for landscape when you don't need a wide angle. It will also work with the 1.4X extender.

Overall, this is a very versatile lens that can be used in many creative ways. If you are looking for a tilt/shift and don't need wide angle, this lens has exceptional optical quality, sturdy build, and costs much less than the newer models recently introduced. Highly recommended.

TS-E 90mm f/2.8 lens Reviews

I do a lot of flowers and scenery. The tilt and shift lenses are often thought of as primarily for architectural photography, but the 90mm Canon f2.8 TS EOS lens has gained a good reputation for its close focusing and portrait applications, areas that are of interest to me.

So far, I'm pleased. I'll upload a favorite flower shot as an example.

What surprised me more than the versatility of the manually focusing lens is the color saturation--far greater than some L primes and as good as Leitz lenses. That says a great deal about the quality of the glass.

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

Before I start the review, let me state that I am a professional wedding photographer and my review will be from that perspective.

Having the TS-E 90 is, in my opinion, the equivalent to having a fish-eye lens. Once you get to a certain point in your career (or expensive hobby), you start to look for ways to trigger more creativity and give you that feeling you got when you bought your first L lens. Like a fisheye, this lens allows you to create images that stand out from the crowd. Of course the effects are different, but the reasoning behind the purchase/owning the lenses is the same: to give you more creative control.

This being said, the tilt-shift lens allows you to do several things that really make your images POP:

1. You can tilt/shift the lens to make a tiny slice of DOF which really makes your subject stand out. This is not tiny like an 85 1.2, but tiny more like a Lensbaby (but better). I use TS-E 90mm f/2.8 to make the bride's eyes really pop out while giving a super-soft dreamy look to her dress and the background.

2. You can tilt/shift an image to make the subject(s) look like they're miniature. (If you haven't seen this before, Google tilt-shift photography) Although initially this seems gimmicky, and it is if over used, you can really utilize this feature to make some stand-out images. Whenever I employ this technique, such as a shot of a ceremony from a high vantage point, the bride and groom inevitably compliment the image and are amazed at how unique the shot it.

3. Finally, you can also tilt/shift an image of architecture (for me, churches) to stop the vertical lines from converging at the top. This makes buildings look like they should. Although this seems like a small benefit, the difference a tilt-shifted building makes is that much more professional than one that is not. TS-E 90mm f/2.8 another quality that makes clients compliment the image without really knowing why it's so good.

To conclude, while this is an expensive lens and is certainly not for everybody, I feel that if you can justify the price, it will most definitely be a great addition to your bag.

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Canon TS-E 90mm f/2.8 Tilt Shift lens Specs

  • EF mount; tilt shift lens
  • f/2.8 maximum aperture
  • Maximum focal length: 90 millimeters
  • 90mm focal length
  • Manual focus only
  • Model: 2544A003
  • Brand Name: Canon
  • Lens Type: tilt-shift
  • Gaussian optics give high-quality delineation and true background blur

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