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Canon TS-E 45mm f/2.8 Tilt Shift Lens for Canon SLR Cameras

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  • EF mount; tilt shift lens
  • Floating optical system
  • 45mm focal length
  • f/2.8 maximum aperture
  • Manual focus only

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Technical Details

  • Brand Name: Canon
  • Model: 2536A004
  • Lens Type: Prime lens
  • Minimum focal length: 45 mm
  • Maximum focal length: 45 mm
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Lens Prime lens medium-format Prime lens Prime lens
Maximum Sensor Size Compatibility 35mm FF 35mm FF 35mm FF 35mm FF
Maximum Aperture Range F2.8 F1.8 F3.5 F1.4
Min Aperture 22 22 22 16
Photo Filter Thread Size 72 millimeters 58 millimeters 82 millimeters 67 millimeters
Minimum Operating Distance 0.4 meters 0.85 meters 0.21 meters 0.3 meters
Item Weight 1.42 pounds 1.1 pounds 1.74 pounds 1.47 pounds
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  • Product Dimensions: 3.5 x 3.2 x 3.2 inches ; 1.4 pounds
  • Shipping Weight: 2.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Shipping: This item is also available for shipping to select countries outside the U.S.
  • ASIN: B00009XVCX
  • Item model number: 2536A004
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Date first available at Amazon.com: October 2, 2001

Product Description

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With a Canon TS-E lens, you can control the angle of the plane of focus and the picture's perspective.
The effects of large-format camera movements can be obtained with TS-E lenses for EOS cameras. Although manual focusing is required, automatic aperture control enables autoexposure and autoexposure bracketing. The tilt and shift axes intersect at a 90° angle. They can be made parallel at an authorized Canon Service Facility (modified at owner's expense).

The normal lens in the TS-E system, and an excellent choice for product shooting and other applications calling for a natural perspective. It allows up to 11mm of shift off-center, and even more impressive, tilting of the front standard up to 8° to modify the plane of focus. Among the TS-E 45mm f/2.8's optical highlights are a floating optical system (focusing down to 1.3 ft/0.4m), and a precise rear-group focusing system.

Features
  • EF mount; tilt shift lens
  • Floating optical system
  • 45mm focal length
  • f/2.8 maximum aperture
  • Manual focus only

From the Manufacturer

With a Canon TS-E lens, you can control the angle of the plane of focus and the picture’s perspective. The effects of large-format camera movements can be obtained with TS-E lenses for EOS cameras. Although manual focusing is required, automatic aperture control enables autoexposure and autoexposure bracketing. The tilt and shift axes intersect at a 90° angle. They can be made parallel at an authorized Canon Service Facility (modified at owner’s expense).

The normal lens in the TS-E system, and an excellent choice for product shooting and other applications calling for a natural perspective. It allows up to 11mm of shift off-center, and even more impressive, tilting of the front standard up to 8° to modify the plane of focus. Among the TS-E 45mm f/2.8’s optical highlights are a floating optical system (focusing down to 1.3 ft/0.4m), and a precise rear-group focusing system.

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Oh... build quality is also excellent.
Houston wildlife
Nailing the focus when tilting is a challenge, but once you get used to it, you're able to get more creative with it.
C. Parreira
It is a nice, sharp lens but know this: there's a steep learning curve.
Dave

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

28 of 30 people found the following review helpful By Ryuji Suzuki on May 5, 2010
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I've been a photographer since the film era, and I also have previous experience with view cameras, so I'm familiar with the lens movement. Yet, TS-E has a couple of peculiar points that have its own learning curve. Image quality is also very good, but not perfect.

I use this lens mostly for tabletop product photography, food photography and creative and corrective portraiture. I think product photography is probably the most common application for TS-E45mm, although not many people talk about it online... and even less so for corrective portraiture. Anyway, if you can pay for the lens and willing to take the steep learning curve, this lens is almost essential for these things.

I found TS-E45mm tends to give inaccurate focus even when the focus is dead on on the viewfinder screen. This happens most often when tilted and shifted simultaneously, and the focus is taken near the periphery of the view. This happens on both 5D and 7D. I don't know if there's a good way to overcome this problem other than live view or tethered. (EDIT Sep 2013: Eg-S on 6D, Ee-S focusing screen on 5D or Eg-S on 5D mk II seems to be the solution. With a 5D mark III or a 7D, live view is the only solution as focusing screen is not interchangeable.)

Although officially unsupported, we often see people say that TS-E45mm works fine with 1.4x and 2x teleconverters online. I think what they mean is merely that the teleconverter fits without a mechanical problem. However, this needs a caveat. If the lens is shifted while on a teleconverter, the lateral chromatic aberration worsens dramatically. Other aberration probably worsens, because focus is also not very sharp. Tilt is not as bad in this regard. Simultaneous tilt and shift is also very bad.
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20 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Bill Thomson on August 29, 2010
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I bought this lens to take advantage of the ability to alter the depth of field for landscape with tilt and create seamless panoramas. I was skeptical this lens would have enough resolution to keep up with both my 5D MK II and 7D but those concerns were quickly put to rest. This lens is -sharp- on both cameras with just a very small touch of chromatic aberation in really glarey conditions on the 7D.
So, on the 5D MK II I have a 45mm lens while on the 7D I have the equivalent of a 72mm lens. I guess that means I bought 2 $650 lenses ;)

On my eye level tripod if I just level the camera and dial in a little under 2 degrees of tilt the focal plane runs parallel to the ground which makes getting the depth of field one wants for landscape a snap. Just keep in mind the DoF runs in a vertical wedge with the narrow end at your feet to watch for DoF in the vertical direction. Live View with depth of field preview and 100% zoom is your friend for checking critical sharpness.

Only caveat is I would NOT recommend this lens if your camera doesn't have live view. Live view really is essential for working with this lens in my opinion.

Also, there is an excellent tutorial on:
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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Houston wildlife on September 28, 2011
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This lens gets five stars if for no other reason than it has no competitors in the EF mount. However, it is a pricey lens designed for specialist applications and is not for most general purpose photographers.

Optics: Shooting wide-open (not really the intended use of this lens), the center is very sharp with the corners falling to good. Tilting or shifting results in even more drop-off in the corners. Shooting at working apertures (f/8 or smaller), the sharpness across the frame is excellent and there is no real vignetting and very, very little distortion. The only problem at working apertures is a bit of CA in the corners, but this cleans up very easily in post.

Ease of Use: Well-damped focus ring (as it should be for a MF only lens). Tilt and shift are easy to apply and lock, though the knobs are probably smaller than they should be. You should also note that it is possible to end up with one of the knobs under the viewfinder housing, which makes operation difficult, but this can be avoided and as is a common "feature" to all of the TS-E lenses. Lens cap is a bit better than the Canon standard and the lens hood is good quality plastic and locks on securely, unlike many Canon hoods.

These lenses are said to be "hard" to use, but with a liveview and a little knowledge, they are stupid simple to use. Just remember to use the DOF preview button to stop down the lens so you can see the final composition on the screen. It will take a bit before everything clicks, but you can master the ins and outs in an afternoon.

While there are many great resources on using tilt/shift lens, as a basic overview:

Shift allows you to change the perspective of the lens.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Mark on July 18, 2013
I have to get this off my chest in response to the 'too bad it's a manual focus only lens' review. ALL tilt shifts are manual focus because it's impossible for the camera to focus with one! [when the focal plane is tilted or shifted at least]. I've got a canon CPS demo of this lens and it's been nothing short of what I expected. Very sharp at 2.8, and the creative possibilities are amazing. I free lens quite often so I've been dying to try a real tilt shift lens, and I can assure you that free lensing does not compare to the quality of a real tilt shift [not to mention how much safer it is not letting dust into your camera freelensing]. the 45mm tilt shift is great for shooting creative shots of people, but for architecture I would probably go for something wider. All in all, a great lens that I would love to own one day, but right now I cant justify a grand for something like this ;]
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