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Canon TS-E 17mm f/4 L
Collection of information and links for Canon's all new TS-E 17mm f/4 L
The Canon TS-E 17mm f/4 L is the widest lens of its type and represents an all new design from Canon.
Tilt and Shift
I'd been waiting for this all new 17mm tilt/shift lens for some time... this page covers pre-release information and technical specifications, such as MTF charts
After it turned up, I carried out a few tests and comparisons. There are some sample photos further down the page, looking at just what you can do with it.
In the few years I've now had this lens, it's become a key part of my architectural photography, along with the new TS-E 24mm mk2
In a 2012 exhibition of local architectural photography it was the most used lens - there are notes indicating which lens I used on the exhibition information page.If you're unfamiliar with this sort of lens, I've written a lengthy article about using a tilt/shift lens.
In the UK, Keith gets new lenses from Park Cameras - TS-E17
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Information about the TS-E17
2013 May Nearly four years on and the TS-E17 is a staple of my architectural work, images both single and stitched have been part of many projects and exhibitions, such as these two from a look at some of my home city, Leicester
New Walk, Leicester
2013 April Test of a specialised TS-E lens mounting bracket for parallax free stitching (17mm and 24mm).
2009 July 17th Our 24mm has turned up - it's raining, so no tests today :-)
4th Test chart info added to links above.
June 24th A quick test of the TS-E 17mm with a 2x teleconverter
A few more sample images - Walking into Leicester
17th More sample images in the blog - Using the TS-E 17 hand held
Here's an evening shot, taken at dusk few days ago. it's the new Curve theatre in Leicester.
10th More sample TS-E 17 images below.
9th We've a new article about how to use lens tilt that includes an example using the TS-E17
These were made in windy conditions, with rather quickly changing light.
I'm sure the lens is even sharper at f/8 than some of these shots suggest.
I was using a cable release but no MLU, and the shutter speed was relatively low (less than 1/100).
When I get some better looking test files I'll look at including more detailed files for people to look at.
These images have given me a feel for what the lens is like to use when shifted. For tilt I need to do a bit more testing.
If you get one, take care with that lens cap. It won't take much to damage that exposed front element.
The lens has a good solid build and all movements are free without backlash or sticking.
Images are from a 1Ds3, processed in ACR.
In particular, I've not applied any sharpening to the images here, so the 100% shots look a bit softer than I'd expect in real use.
Images (here) are JPEGs in sRGB at medium quality.
The view across the street is the same one I've used for doing quick tests of various 3rd party lenses when fitted on the 1Ds3 with an adapter.
A bit of vignetting visible at f/4 - move mouse over image to see at f/8
The top LH corner at f/4 - move mouse over image to see at f/8
Note - I suspect a bit of vibration in the f/8 version - I've another shot at f/8 which looks sharper
Here's the view with the 14mm 2.8L II
Stitching two TS-E17 images gives this. It's 12mm shift each way, and flat stitched in Photoshop CS3
Here's the LH corner at full shift
Stitching vertically (@f/8) gives this. It's the equivalent of a 17mm lens on a 48x36mm sensor.
A 42MP image from my 1Ds3
At full vertical shift with the camera horizontal, there was no overlap of frames, so this is from 3 images stitched together
When stitching images like this I found that it's important to check focus each time.
I'll have to investigate this further, but it -might- indicate a degree of field curvature that might be important when making very high resolution stitched images.
I'll finish with a quick 100% detail from the top LH corner
That's it for the quick test today :-) I now have a feel for the lens FOV and its general performance.
I took the lens with me when I was on a job in Leicester, and took some hand-held shots on the way, ans some using the tripod later.
The Guild Hall Leicester - circa 1400. The original town hall for Leicester.
(slightly cropped to remove a few bit of building on the RH side and obviously processed to make a decent B/W picture)
This on the way back has only had some slight adjustments of brightness etc in ACR
Leicester clock tower at night
Some 100% crops (unsharpened - Canon 1DS mk3 1/2 second exp @f/10, ISO 100, 12mm of vertical shift)
The clock maker is Chloride Gent
Here's the old Pex building by the canal (1Ds 3 hand held 125 @f/8 200 ISO) probably ~3mm shift
and an unsharpened 100% crop
June 5th Quick tests added above
Our lens turns up from Park Cameras (UK).
I'm just off out on a short job, but will post some images later
Anyway, here's the box...
...and what was inside.
It included a small screw and knob.
So, withing minutes of getting an expensive lens, the screwdriver is out.
This is the shift knob
Here's the larger version fitted. It's for cameras without a pop-up flash :-)
A lot of glass - compared to the 14mm 2.8L II
Two big lens caps
Now of to do a quick bit of work. I'll post some images later today
4th Our 17mm lens is on its way and I'm told that Park Cameras (UK only) has -one- left in stock (@lunchtime)
May 28th 3 lenses turn up in Austria, and there are sample images posted in this DPR thread.
The lens looks very good :-)
May 20th Early June is the best estimate we're getting at the moment for delivery - however Canon are being a little obscure in giving dealers any hard info...
4th Few people getting to look at one yet, but one comment on LL looks good:
April 30th We've kindly been sent some TSE-17 sample images which show it's going to be a pretty good lens.
A full res. sample of another image shows that whilst (unshifted) it's slightly softer in the corners, there is no sign of CA. Now I'm really looking forward to trying the 17mm and 24mm.
I'll include a sample here courtesy of Edgard Marques in Spain.
There are more examples on his photography blog.
29th A sighting of the new TSE lenses and a description of their performance (no pics) in a DPR post.
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There are some further publications from Canon describing features of the new lenses.
Also from the Canon TSE article above, the diagram shows just how much improvement of the image circle is offered with the new lenses.
26th Feb More Canon CPN info on the new T/S lenses
From Canon Japan, we have MTF charts that show just how good the lens should be at f/8
A lot of elements inside this lens
More info to come
The new 17mm is a first, and that's a big lump of glass on the front.
The TS-E 17mm f/4L is available from May 2009 priced at £2749.99 / €3049.99 RRP inc. VAT.
The TS-E 24mm f/3.5L II is available from May 2009 priced at £2399.99 / €2659.99 RRP inc. VAT.
Accvording to Canon Germany, they are ready in April and it's 2399 euro for the 17mm and 2099 euro for the 24mm, and that's including 19% VAT - quite a bit less than the prices in the UK press release.
The new design allows fully independent movement of tilt/shift axes, so no longer any need to modify your lenses as we illustrated with a TS-E90 modification.
+/- 6.5° Tilt and +/-12mm Shift
Sample image - from Canon
TS-E 17mm f/4 L
A top down view of the lens
Some pricing info puts this lens at some 2500 euros
According to a German online dealer the lens will be available in April
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