I have a lot of canon lenes this one was not up to snuff the 90 mm T's is far better not crisp for macro w
March 11, 2011
I've owned a 45mm TS-E for 7 years and find it fun and an enjoyable experience to use. However, it needs improvement in several areas. It needs a circular aperture, rotatable tilting, and Canon's SSC lens coating. With these improvements the lens will be world-class.
Focus across the image plane is adequate but could be sharper. At large apertures there is significant color fringing.
An updated version of this lens would be welcome.
March 4, 2011
Go places with this lens that few others dare!
I bought the 45mm TS-E lens for one use and ended up using it most of the time for completely different purposes. WIth film cameras, I mostly used it as an urban landscape or architectural lens. But now with 1.6X crop sensor digital cameras I find it an excellent macro or near macro lens! The shift and tilt capabilities are a real bonus, to give even greater control over the plane of focus.
It's become my main "table top" small product lens.
I also use the 24mm TS-E. Now that lens is more of an architectural lens for me.
If I were shooting with full frame digital cameras, I'd want the 90mm, too, for macro and near macro work.
These lenses are extremely well made. They are manual focus only, but that's not an issue for the types of shooting their designed to do. Besides, every EOS camera I've ever used TS-E lenses on gives a focus confirmation, making it easy to use the lenses manually.
The only thing I'd like to see done differently if the TS-E lenses were ever revised would be to build in another rotation, that allows the user to set the tilt and shift planes ligned with each other, or set 90 degrees out of phase. As it is now, the lens comes with the two adjustments at 90 degrees, but you can send them in to Canon Service Department to have them aligned, if you wish.
Build quality and the "feel" of all three TS-E lenses are the same, excellent, although only the 24mm gets an L designation.
The TS-E lenses are about as close as you will come to view camera movements on a full frame or crop sensor digital camera. A full featured 4x5, for example, will have more types of movements possible, as well as a bit more range of movement. Still, it's a lot more practical to use the TS-E lenses and EOS cameras out in the field!
If you've used a view camera in the past, these lenses will be easy to use. If not, there will be a bit of a learning curve using them. Read the manual and, if still scratching your head, pick up a book on using view cameras.
February 14, 2009
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