Canon TS-E 17mm f/4L

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If you aren’t sure what this is, you don’t want it.

A very exciting (and expensive) lens, the 17mm TS-E is the widest tilt-shift lens made by anyone. It offers a huge 104 degree field of view without tilting, has a floating and rear element focusing system, and both aspherical and UD glass to help maintain minimal chromatic aberration. It also has a completely redsigned tilt and shift system that lets you tilt AND shift in any plane, even the same plane. The lens provides up to 12mm of shift and 6.5 degrees of tilt.

This lens has a very large, protruding front element and no lens hood—not as in we don’t have one, but as in Canon doesn’t make one. This is not a lens you want to take into rough conditions unless you like buying $450 front elements.

Roger Cicala

Roger's Take

Roger Cicala

President of LensRentals.com

Amazingly sharp, amazingly wide, absolutely no chromatic aberration, and exceedingly well built. The Canon TS-Es are as good as anything available in the genre. You can tilt, shift, and change the planes of each relative to each other. If you have tilt-shift experience this lets you do remarkable things. If you’re tilt-shift challanged (this would be me) you can still do remarkable things. Once. Then you can spend the next two hours figuring out how you did that.

To be honest, both the 24 f/3.5 and 17 f/4 TS-E lenses are so sharp I sometimes take them in place of another prime to shoot as regular lenses – they’re just that good. And then you can do the tilt-shifty thingamabob and get some really amazing depth of field, slam home a quick panorama, straighten up tall buildings, or just get a very cool effect.

March, 2013

Filter Size
Rear gel only
1.75 lb
Minimum Focusing Distance
9 inches
Maximum Magnification
Angle of view: (full frame)
104 degrees
Maximum Tilt
+/- 6.5 degrees
Maximum Shift
+/- 12 degrees
Zoom method
Image Stabilization
Focusing System
Internal focusing, nonrotating, manual only, floating element
Aperture Blades
8 curved, octagonal
Low Dispersion Elements
Fluorite Elements
Aspherical Elements
Weather Resistant
Flare resistance
mild to moderate ghosting, mild contrast loss
Canon EF
Crop, Full frame

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60 days $77.00 $495.00 $572.00 $9.53
90 days $99.00 $638.00 $737.00 $8.19
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