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Canon TS-E 45mm f/2.8 Tilt Shift Fixed Lens for Canon SLR Cameras
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- Lens not Zoomable
- EF mount; tilt shift lens
- Floating optical system
- 45mm focal length
- f/2.8 maximum aperture
- Manual focus only
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|Item Dimensions||3.19 x 3.54 x 3.19 in||3.5 x 4.17 x 3.5 in||3.39 x 4.41 x 3.39 in||3 x 3 x 3 in||2.91 x 3.46 x 2.91 in||3.5 x 4.21 x 3.5 in|
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|Maximum Focal Length||45 millimeters||24 millimeters||24 millimeters||50 millimeters||90 millimeters||17 millimeters|
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TS-E 45mm f/2.8 Tilt-Shift Lens
From the Manufacturer
With a Canon TS-E lens, you can control the angle of the plane of focus and the pictures 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 owners 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/2.8s 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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Now for the main raeson why it's least used and thus may not be worth the $1000+ dollars: It's a manual focus lens. unless you are good at it, it's time-consuming to have to tweak an extra parameter when you're on the go unless you have a dedicated body for this lens.
To wrap things up, the only reason why I didn't give this 5 stars is because sometimes when you are shifted to the limits, the focus confirm light that blinks (at least on my 5D Mark III) won't work. Perhaps this is because your sensor and lens are not lined up enough, the sensor just can't confirm focus at the extreme ends of shifting. But just a sliver of shift back towards center brings back the focus confirmation light and all is well. I gave it 4 stars because it does what it promises and it does it well. This is undoubtedly a classic piece of glass that is excellent if you do a lot of tilting and/or shifting!
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. So, if you use this lens with a teleconverter, you should limit the lens movement to a small tilt only. Since the movement is limited by the image quality, the limitation is not absolute, but certainly limits the usability of this lens with a teleconverter. Also, with a 1.4x teleconverter, I see a noticeable drop in image contrast. So, if you buy TS-E45mm with the hope of using it with a teleconverter, I think you'll eventually be buying TS-E90mm as well (I did), to avoid these problems.
The lens itself, when compared to any of the EF50mm f/1.4, 1.8 or 1.2, is slightly less sharp and slightly less contrasty, especially if compared at f/2.8 to f/5.6 range. It does have some use (with a proper lighting and post-production work you can create nostalgic effect in fashion photography, for example) but if you are looking for sharp image with shallow DOF this is not the ideal lens. On the other hand, this lens has virtually zero vignetting unless shifted a lot, so out of focus blur in the background is pretty good. (TS-E90mm is even better, of course.)