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What is tilt-shift lens?
To see more detailed explanation visit dedicated article here. Shortly: those lenses can give you the ability to correct perspective distortion (useful for architecture) and produce unusual bokeh effects for artistic photo.
Canon TS-E 24mm f/3.5L II basics
This lens (from $1 949,00) among with wider TS-E 17mm f4L (from $2 179,00) is one of newer tilt-shift lenses from Canon (both indruduced in June 2009). Older 45mm and 90mm lenses are 1991 year product.
As you can expect from the lens of this class: image quality, handling and design is perfect.
TS-E 24mm lens has its predecessor: the Canon TS-E 24mm f/3.5L Mk. 1 (made since 1991 and not available now). If you already familiar with old version the newer was significantly improved in terms of resolution, contrast, vignetting and distortion. Those changes definitely worth the price this lens cost.
If you definitely need for tilt-shift effect than you will have only 4 TS-E lenses from Canon: this 24mm lens, simultaneously introduced TS-E 17mm (from $2 179,00) and much older (1991) and longer lenses: TS-E 45mm (from $1 284,00) and TS-E 90mm (from $1 249,00).
Canon TS-E 45mm lens (from $1 284,00) is in production more than 20 years (since 1991) and has lower image and built quality (45mm and 90mm lenses are not L-series indeed). It has faster aperture (f/2.8), but even stopped down to f/8 resolution and contrast is not even close to image from TS-E 24mm wide-open. But the price is much more affordable.
- Focal length: 24 mm
- Maximum aperture: f/3.5
- Body: tough L-type
- Frame coverage: EF (full-frame)
- Resolution: perfect
- Image Stabilization: no
- Weight: 27.5 oz
- Size: 3.5 x 4.2 in
* - grey price