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New Canon 50mm, 90mm and 135mm tilt-shift lenses

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Three new Canon tilt-shift TS-E macro lenses

TS-E 50mm f/2.8L Macro, TS-E 90mm f/2.8L Macro & TS-E 135mm f/4L Macro


Three new macro tilt/shift lenses from Canon.

The 50mm replaces the TS-E45 becoming an ‘L’ lens, whilst the 90mm updates the TS-E90 and the 135mm is an all new lens.

All three lenses get ‘Macro’ added to their names and minimum focus distances are reduced to give a native 0.5x magnification.

This can be increased – see Keith’s article Using tilt with extension tubes. He has also updated his ‘focus with tilt article‘ with new tilt tables covering the new lenses.

Tilt shift?

Keith has written many articles about how to use such lenses, see the Tilt/shift and Macro sections in the category menu at the right.

Best article to start with: What tilt/shift lenses do

135mm ts-e

Available Nov 2017 at £2,499.99/€2,999.99/$2199

Buying the lenses: B&H | Adorama

UK Press info

United Kingdom, Republic of Ireland, 29th August 2017 – Canon today introduces four new lenses into its premium L-series range, offering enhanced creative opportunities for professional photographers and serious amateurs. Built on the high quality that Canon’s L-series lenses are renowned for, the EF 85mm f/1.4L IS USM [ 85/1.4 launch info], TS-E 50mm f/2.8L MACRO, TS-E 90mm f/2.8L MACRO and TS-E 135mm f/4L MACRO offer incredible ease-of-use, durability and increased scope for photographic experimentation in perspective and scale.

Premium quality for photographic creativity

Since the introduction of the TS-E 17mm f/4L and TS-E 24mm f/3.5L II, Canon has received requests to bring the range of lens movement controls to longer focal lengths. Canon has responded to these calls with the launch of the TS-E 50mm f/2.8L MACRO, TS-E 90mm f/2.8L MACRO and TS-E 135mm f/4L MACRO. These lenses offer features to support creative photography such as specialist tilt, shift and rotate movements and macro functionality; alongside cutting-edge L-series optical design and precision. The TS-E 135mm enriches the TS-E range with its longer focal length, while the TS-E 50mm and TS-E 90mm replace existing models TS-E 45mm f/2.8 and TS-E 90mm f/2.8, respectively.

The TS-E 50mm is perfect for capturing creative, outstanding and accurate images across landscapes, architecture and in the studio, while the TS-E 90mm and TS-E 135mm are better suited for portraiture and macro photography in the studio.

The TS-E 50mm, TS-E 90mm and TS-E 135mm’s shift function enables the lens to be shifted up, down, left or right, allowing for minimisation of perspective distortion. This capability is used regularly in architecture photography as it allows for image perspective to be corrected – such as the inherent distortion witnessed at the top of an image of a tall building. One of the creative uses of the tilt function is the ‘miniature effect’. This involves moving the lens so that different elements of an image stay in focus, making certain aspects look very small.

The minimum focusing distance of the three lenses has also been optimised for macro photography, producing half-life size images with a maximum magnification of 0.5x. For example, the TS-E 135mm allows photographers to be 49cm away from the subject and still obtain this magnification. This is ideal when working in a studio with lights as it makes it easier to position the lighting for the optimal effect.

Continuing the tradition of Canon’s use of the highest quality, superior precision moulded glass, the TS-E 50mm, TS-E 90mm and TS-E 135mm all enable high-resolution to the edge of the image and very low levels of distortion. All three lenses feature innovative optical designs to cut down refracted light, which can impinge on accurate focusing, and UD (ultra-low dispersion) lens elements to produce sharper images. Optimised lens coatings ensure excellent colour balance while simultaneously minimising the chance for ghosting to impact image quality.

TS-E 50mm f/2.8L MACRO key features:
  • Control depth-of-field precisely for clever creative effects
  • Correct perspective and verticals quickly and accurately in-camera
  • Adjust focus detail in macro shots with 1:2 ratio
  • Optical excellence with advanced lens design and construction
  • 50mm focal length perfect for architecture, landscape and product photography

Canon US 50mm info inc. sample images

TS-E 50mm

TS-E 90mm f/2.8L MACRO key features:
  • Control focus precisely for clever creative effects
  • Correct perspective and verticals quickly and accurately in-camera
  • Adjust focus detail in macro shots with 1:2 ratio
  • Optical excellence with advanced lens design and construction
  • Achieve better portrait and product images with ultimate sharpness

Canon US 90mm info inc. sample images

TS-E 135mm f/4L MACRO key features:
  • Control focus precisely for clever creative effects
  • Correct perspective and verticals quickly and accurately in-camera
  • Adjust focus detail in macro shots with 1:2 ratio
  • Optical excellence with advanced lens design and construction
  • Achieve better long distance studio images with ultimate sharpness

Canon US 135mm info inc. sample images

135mm ts-e

Canon TS-E 50mm F2.8L / 90mm F2.8L / 135mm F4L specifications

Canon TS-E 50mm F2.8L Macro Canon TS-E 90mm F2.8L Macro Canon TS-E 135mm F4L Macro
Principal specifications
Lens type Prime lens
Max Format size 35mm FF
Focal length 50 mm 90 mm 135 mm
Image stabilisation No
Lens mount Canon EF
Aperture
Maximum aperture f/2.8 (50mm to f/32, 90mm to f/45) f/4 (to f/45)
Aperture ring No
Optics
Elements 12 11
Groups 9 7
Special elements / coatings Moulded glass aspherical and UD elements + SWC and ASC coatings Moulded glass aspherical and UD elements + ASC coating Moulded glass aspherical and UD elements + SWC coating
Focus
Minimum focus 0.27 m (10.63″) 0.39 m (15.35″) 0.49 m (19.29″)
Shift ± 12mm ± 12mm ± 12mm
Tilt ± 8.5º ± 10º ± 10º
Maximum magnification 0.5x
Magnification
12mm tube
0.74 – 0.23 0.64 – 0.15 0.62 – 0.09
Magnification
25mm tube
1.0 – 0.48 0.82 – 0.32 0.77 – 0.2
Autofocus No
Full time manual Yes
Focus method Internal/external
Distance scale Yes
Physical
Weight 945 g (2.08 lb) 915 g (2.02 lb) 1110 g (2.45 lb)
Diameter 87 mm (3.43″) 67 mm (2.64″) 89 mm (3.5″)
Length 115 mm (4.53″) 117 mm (4.61″) 139 mm (5.47″)
Materials Magnesium alloy
Colour Black
Filter thread 77.0 mm 82.0 mm
Hood supplied Yes

MTF charts and internal design

50mm

50 lens construction50 mtf

 

90mm

90 lens construction90 mtf

 

135mm

135 lens construction135 mtf

A quick guide to MTF charts (which only measure contrast and resolution) > Canon's guide to their MTF charts)
Black lines reflect lens performance at widest aperture.
Blue lines show the performance at f/8
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Thick lines indicate lens contrast
Thin lines indicate lens resolution
Dashed lines: Lens performance with meridional lines.
Solid lines: Lens performance with sagittal lines
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Closer sagittal and meridional chart lines indicate more 'natural' out of focus areas.
Remember that MTF charts are good for comparing similar lenses, so comparing ones from the 14mm f2.8L and 300mm 2.8L won't tell you much at all, whilst comparing the EF14 2.8L with the EF14 2.8L II will show meaningful differences. Note that other manufacturers may have different ways of displaying such information that may or may not match up with the Canon figures.

 

Shooting video with the TS-E

Pricing and availability

  • The TS-E 50mm f/2.8L MACRO is available from November 2017 with an SRP of £2,499.99/€2,999.99
  • The TS-E 90mm f/2.8L MACRO is available from November 2017 with an SRP of £2,499.99/€2,999.99
  • The TS-E 135mm f/4L MACRO is available from November 2017 with an SRP of £2,499.99/€2,999.99

US Press info

MELVILLE, N.Y., August 29, 2017 – Canon U.S.A., Inc., a leader in digital imaging solutions, today announced the new Canon EF 85mm f/1.4L IS USM lens as an addition to the Company’s existing 85mm focal-range lens line-up and three new Tilt-Shift macro lenses: the TS-E 50mm f/2.8L Macro lens, TS-E 90mm f/2.8L Macro lens and TS-E 135mm f/4L Macro lens. Canon also announced a new Macro Twin-Lite MT-26EX-RT flash. These new products will help provide both advanced amateur and professional photographers the unique photography tools for a variety of applications and solutions including architecture, landscape, food, product and portrait photography.

“Creating a powerful, timeless image requires more than just a camera. It requires high-quality, well-crafted optics and flashes to capture compelling photography,” said Yuichi Ishizuka, president and COO, Canon U.S.A., “These new lenses along and the Macro Twin-Lite flash will continue to push the boundaries and expand the possibilities of what advanced amateur and professional photographers capture and share with the world.”

New Tilt-Shift Lenses

Tilt-Shift lenses have several applications for suitable photographers because of their ability to provide enhanced creative control over perspective through the tilt function and depth-of-field through the shift function in their images [sic – Canon press office got this the wrong way round] This ability can be optimal when photographing landscapes, portraits, and architecture.

The image quality derived from Canon Tilt-Shift lenses has evolved considerably since their first inception several years ago. Enhanced optical elements like moulded aspherical glass and UD lenses are at the core of the new Canon TS-E 50mm f/2.8L Macro lens, TS-E 90mm f/2.8L Macro lens and TS-E 135mm f/4L Macro lens. These features provide users with edge-to-edge resolution, improved image quality over previous Canon TS-E lenses and minimum distortion. Canon also included two anti-reflective coatings, SubWaveLength Structure Coating (SWC) in the TS-E 50mm f/2.8L and TS-E 135mm f/4L Macro lenses and Air-Sphere Coating (ASC), into the TS-E 50mm f/2.8L and TS-E 90mm f/2.8L Macro lenses. SWC helps to reduce flare and ghosting, while ASC is a new technology that provides amazingly high, anti-reflective performance, particularly when alleviating incidental light that can enter a lens.

The new Canon Tilt-Shift lenses also offer improved operability over previous models, including larger tilt, shift-and-lock knobs, lock-release button and a new tilt-locking mechanism that firmly locks the lens in the zero-tilt position to help prevent unintended tilting to increase more precise shooting capabilities. The rotation of the tilt-shift lenses also allows users to freely change the axis of tilt movement and shift from right angles to parallel to better adapt to various shooting conditions and situations.

The new Canon TS-E 50mm f/2.8L Macro lens, TS-E 90mm f/2.8L Macro lens and TS-E 135mm f/4L Macro lenses are scheduled to be available November 2017 for an estimated retail price of $2199.00

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