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Canon TS-E 17mm f/4L UD Aspherical Ultra Wide Tilt-Shift Lens for Canon Digital SLR Cameras

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  • Tilt and shift lens compatible with all Canon EOS cameras; ultra wide 17mm focal length
  • High-precision lens elements for low distortion and high resolution; +/- 6.5 degrees Tilt and +/-12mm Shift
  • Aspherical and UD lens elements minimize chromatic aberration
  • Circular aperture for creative, blurred highlights
  • Floating internal focus mechanism delivers high-image quality throughout focus range

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  • Brand Name: Canon
  • Model: 3553B002
  • Lens Type: Prime lens
  • Minimum focal length: 17 millimeters
  • Maximum focal length: 17 millimeters
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Product Details

  • Product Dimensions: 107 x 89 x 4.2 inches ; 1.8 pounds
  • Shipping Weight: 7 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
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  • ASIN: B001TDL2OA
  • Item model number: 3553B002
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Date first available at Amazon.com: February 17, 2009

Product Description

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The widest tilt-shift lens in Canon's lineup, the new TS-E 17mm f/4L lens expands shooting possibilities exponentially on EOS Digital cameras. Designed with UD glass to minimize and compensate for chromatic aberrations, with specially coated aspherical elements for the highest possible glare-free image quality, this tilt-shift lens offers an angle of view of 93 degrees. New TS revolving lets users freely combine tilting and shifting within the range of +/- 90 degrees in the direction of movement. The lens also has an improved tilt & shift knob with an enhanced range of movement of up to +/- 6.5 degrees and revolving lenses for better operability, it uses a circular aperture for beautiful out-of-focus areas and has an SWC lens coating to control ghosting and flare to a far greater degree than with earlier coating technologies.
  • Tilt and shift lens compatible with all Canon EOS cameras
  • Ultra Wide 17mm focal length, ideal for architecture and landscapes
  • High precision lens elements for low distortion and high resolution to the edge of the image +/- 6.5 degrees Tilt and +/-12mm Shift
  • Tilt and shift mechanism rotates +/-90 degrees allowing shift in any direction
  • Tilt mechanism rotates +/-90 degrees allowing tilt in any direction relative to the shift
  • Aspherical and UD lens elements minimise chromatic aberration
  • Sub-wavelength structure and super-spectra coatings minimise ghosting and flare
  • Circular aperture for creative, blurred highlights
  • Floating internal focus mechanism delivers high-image quality throughout focus range.

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The widest tilt-shift lens in Canon's lineup, the new TS-E 17mm f/4L lens expands shooting possibilities exponentially on EOS Digital cameras. Designed with UD glass to minimize and compensate for chromatic aberrations, with specially coated aspherical elements for the highest possible glare-free image quality, this tilt-shift lens offers an angle of view of 93 degrees. New TS revolving lets users freely combine tilting and shifting within the range of +/- 90 degrees in the direction of movement. The lens also has an improved tilt & shift knob with an enhanced range of movement of up to +/- 6.5 degrees and revolving lenses for better operability, it uses a circular aperture for beautiful out-of-focus areas and has an SWC lens coating to control ghosting and flare to a far greater degree than with earlier coating technologies.

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The build quality is beautiful.
Steve King
This will be my choice for that kind of shot in the future.
George
Bulbous front element, so no front filters.
Aravind Krishnaswamy

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

104 of 107 people found the following review helpful By George on August 29, 2009
First the lens itself is an excellent wide angle prime. Very sharp edge to edge even wide open. Virtually no flare. But it should not be bought for that purpose. The 14mm f2.8 is cheaper (at $2,000!) and faster. The 16 to 35mm f2.8 zoom is even cheaper and much more versatile. Also, this lens does not auto focus and has a big unprotected bulb in front that requires special care in handling.

What the lens does is produce wide angle shots that cannot be obtained from any other lens. In a normal wide angle, tilting the camera so it is not parallel to the ground makes the vertical lines tilt strongly open or closed. The more you tilt the camera, the stronger the effect. Sometimes you want that effect. It can enhance the height of things. But other times you don't. This lens offers the ability to control line tilt or eliminate it altogether. Set the camera so lines are all straight or tilted to the extent you want then shift the lens itself up, down or sideways to capture the desired field of view. The effect is amazing.

But that is not all. Because lines can be kept straight, shooting two or more shots by shifting the lens instead of the camera facilitates stitching multiple shots into very wide angle images. It is possible to get a shot wider than a fish eye lens with no linear distortion.

And that is still not all. The ability to tilt the lens helps depth of field.
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31 of 32 people found the following review helpful By Steve King on September 19, 2009
If the price has not completely deterred you, and you love wide angle images, this is your lens. I cannot rate it high enough. I shoot it on a 5d mark 2, and it is best used on a full frame camera. It is sharp! Not as sharp as the Nikon 14-24 with the 16:9 adapter, but it blows away the canon 20mm, the older version of the 24 mm ts-e, and the 24 - 70 L . It is a beauty to behold. And the images are truly remarkable. I can't imagine you will be disappointed.

Although the nikon 14 -24 sharper and a SUPERIOR lens in terms of image quality, the 17 mm ts-e can do things that will simply make you happy. Using the shift function, you can take a series of three images, that are overlapping by 30% or so, and then merge them in photoshop to give you 2 things. 1) you will have an effective sensor size of something like 48mm x 36 mm( depending on the direction of the shift) and 2) with that size sensor you will still have a 17mm lens! The files are big. On my 5d mark 2, they sometimes work out to be 500 - 600 MB. If you are going to print 8 x 10 or 13 x 19 it does not matter, but if you are going to go large, 30 x 40 and up, it makes a huge difference. You are effectively getting medium format sensor resolution with a 35 mm camera ( Once you merge the images together)These files have an angle of view on a 35 mm camera, that is equal to about a 10 mm lens, with no fisheye effect and little distortion unless you are close to things. This lens will give you images that will amaze you. The perspective( in these merged files) is real but unreal. It is unlike anything else.

The build quality is beautiful. It is hard to imagine having any disappointments in that area. The front lens element is a bit scary. Beautiful and scary at the same time.
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24 of 26 people found the following review helpful By Aravind Krishnaswamy on July 31, 2009
This review is based on using this lens for the last month or so on a Canon 1Ds Mark III camera.

General positive aspects of the lens:

- Build quality is superb
- Image sharpness unshifted and untilted is excellent in the corners even at f/4
- When shifted fully, image sharpness decreases in the corners at f/4 but is once again critically sharp when the lens is stopped down to f/8
- CA is absent across the frame unshifted
- When fully shifted, there is mild CA in the corners, but is still considerably better than most lenses

Negative aspects:

- Price of course. It would have been great it this lens was $500 or even $1000 cheaper. However though the current price is very high, I wouldn't say the lens is poor value.
- Bulbous front element, so no front filters. This will be a deal breaker for a lot of landscape shooters or anyone who want to use filters. You also have to be careful with flare. I've had shots where the sun was almost behind me and yet produced flare in the image. There is no lens hood, so in those cases you'll need to use your hand as a shade to reduce flare.

In the end though, its unlikely that one is going to just impulse purchase this lens. Chances are you'll have specific uses for it and so you'll know what you are buying. You shouldn't hesitate because of optical quality though, its superb and I believe the lens has enough resolution to drive higher and higher MP cameras of tomorrow.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By David Arbogast on January 8, 2013
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Canon's TS-E 17mm f/4L is a fantastic lens for architectural photography; especially interiors with smaller tight spaces. I am often asked which Canon wide angle tilt-shift lens to purchase (first), so here are some thoughts:

1. The TS-E 24mm f/3.5L II is slightly sharper and better corrected against chromatic aberration. Another asset for the 24mm is that is much easier to use with filters (I use the Lee Foundation kit with 4" x 6" gradient neutral density (GND) filters). The 24mm is my go-to tilt-shift lens and I prefer it for landscapes. But, when I need a wider field of view, especially for architecture, I regularly reach for the TS-E 17mm f/4L lens.

2. Although the 24mm tilt-shift is in some ways better, the TS-E 17mm f/4, might be the best tilt-shift to start with for any one of three reasons: 1. You plan to shoot interiors, 2. You plan to shoot cityscapes with tall highrise buildings (shooting downtown NY or Chicago for example), 3. You supplement your purchase with a Canon 1.4x EF Extender III. Extenders work beautifully with Canon's tilt-shift lenses, and a TS-E 17mm f/4L used in conjunction with a 1.4x extender will produce a 24mm focal length.

One final note to those considering this lens: The bulbous nature of the front element makes using filters a challenge. But, thanks to Fotodiox, you can use a circular polarizer and neutral density filters with this lens with their "WonderPana" filter system, which they have made custom fit to this lens (they also have WonderPanas for other bulbous lenses, like Canon's excellent EF 14L f/2.8L II). The WonderPana simply attaches to the TS-E 17mm f/4L exactly the same way the lens cap snaps on. A brilliant design by Fotodiox! I still can't use GND filters with the lens, but between the the 1.
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