Canon TS-E 24mm 3.5L II
Canon TS-E 24mm 3.5L II
A collection of review information and links for the TS-E 24mm 3.5L II
The new version of the Canon 24mm tilt and shift lens with +/- 8.5° Tilt and ±12mm Shift
2018: We have a detailed review of the Canon TS-E24mm F3.5L to complement all our other TS-E lens reviews.
The original TS-E24mm has been one of my most useful lenses for architectural and interior photography for many years. The lens, whilst excellent, did suffer from a degree of softness at the extremes of its shift range. It also had the shift and tilt axes fixed relative to each other.Whilst the axes could be moved it was not a job to do in the field. I documented the procedure in a short article about modifying the TS-E90.
There are some comparisons between the new and old TS-E 24mm further down the page. Suffice to say, that as a manual focus 24mm lens, the new version is absolutely superb. We’ve a detailed review of the TS-E 17mm which was announced at the same time as the 24mm mk.2
TS-E 24mm related info
January Review of the Rogeti TSE frame – lens mount for Canon TS-E 17mm and 24mm tilt/shift lenses. Attaches lens directly to a tripod for parallax free image stitching. Accurate image stitching for wide coverage.
2013 October TS-E24 too expensive? See Keith’s Samyang 24mm t/s lens review which includes some direct comparisons.
April Test of a specialised TS-E lens mounting bracket for parallax free stitching (17mm and 24mm).
2009 July 20th
Bad weather and a server crash delayed the pics a bit, but I’ve carried out a quick comparison between the new 24mm and the old one.
The images here are from outside my house and are of the same view as when I had a quick look at the 17mm.
All shots are at f/8 on a 1Ds3
The Mk1 24mm
The Mk2 24mm
100% top left hand corner (Mk1)
100% top left hand corner (Mk2)
100% top left hand corner (Mk1) – after fixing CA in Photoshop (ACR)
Stitching L-R images together will show up vignetting and distortions
Two details from the top left hand corner at 100%
MK1 lens fully shifted (11mm)
MK2 lens fully shifted (12mm)
So a quick test shows far less chromatic aberration (effectively none) and a generally sharper lens.
This is one sweet lens… :-)
Here’s a stitch from the TS-E 17mm for comparison
Our 24mm turns up. As when the 17mm turns up, it’s raining, so no outdoor testing today.
Here it is with the old 24mm and the 17mm.
Hopefully we’ll have a few quick tests tomorrow, comparing it with the ‘old’ TS-E 24.
Notice the difference looking into the top of the lens (both illuminated by a halogen spot in the ceiling)
16th DPR tries it’s hand at reviewing the 24mm lens ;-)
We have a 24mm on its way.
We’ll have some tests once it’s here…
June 24th Some 24mm lenses turn up in the US and Japan, but we’re still being told that Canon are not giving any accurate estimates for the UK.
13th No estimate of a 24mm delivery from one UK dealer and ‘maybe next month’ from another.
8th Our TS-E 17 turns up – sample TS-E 17 images
The 24mm still has no shiping date. Keith has written an article about focusing tilt shift lenses.
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…
April 29th A sighting of the new TSE lenses and a description of their performance (no pics) in a DPR post.
March 13th A DPR ‘preview’ that doesn’t unfortunately add much to the released information, but does have some shots showing the relative movements of the lens.
27th A useful LL article on understanding more about the squigly lines in the graphs below…
26th 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
Below is the MTF for the original TS-E 24mm
and the MTF for the EF24 1.4L II
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How the lens is constructed.
More info to come
The US press release points to a May shipping date at ‘street prices’ of US$2199 and CDN$2699.99.
The UK says 17mm f/4L for May 2009 priced at £2749.99 / €3049.99 RRP inc. VAT. and the 24mm f/3.5L II from May 2009 priced at £2399.99 / €2659.99 RRP inc. VAT.
However a comment via Canon Germany points to prices of 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. – Ready in April too…
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