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Canon introduces 17mm & 24mm TS-E lenses

By dpreview staff on Feb 18, 2009 at 04:00 GMT
Pre-PMA 2009: Canon has today announced a pair of new tilt and shift lenses, in the shape of the TS-E 24mm f/3.5L II and the ultra-wide TS-E 17mm f/4L. These two optics share a brand new barrel design that allows the directions of the tilt and shift to be rotated independently of each other, offering a high degree of control over the positioning of the focal plane. They also feature Canon's latest sub-wavelength structure coating (SWC) for the minimization of flare and ghosting, high-precision aspherical front elements to keep distortion to a minimum and multiple UD elements to reduce chromatic aberration. When used on the 35mm full-frame format, the TS-E 17mm f/4L offers the widest angle of view of any similar lens currently available.

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Canon strengthens tilt & shift range with two new additions


Canon launches ultra-wide angle 17mm tilt and shift lens – the world’s widest in 35mm format photography. New 24mm tilt and shift lens offers largest range of movement available

Amstelveen, the Netherlands, 18 February, 2009: Canon today announces the launch of two new tilt and shift lenses, the Ultra-Wide angle TS-E 17mm f/4L and the TS-E 24mm f/3.5L II, an upgrade to the popular TS-E 24mm f/3.5L.

Canon was the first company to offer 35mm camera users a combined tilt and shift lens, With 36 years experience in this field, Canon has now added  a new unique functionality to the TS-E 17mm f/4L and TS-E 24mm f/3.5L II, allowing users to rotate the direction of the tilt and shift independently of each other.

This affords greater control over the focal plane, replicating the movements of a large format view camera. Canon’s revolutionary tilt and shift revolving mechanism is particularly useful when shooting product shots from a perspective where specific framing and focal plane is required.

The new lenses, influenced by feedback from professional photographers, have been created to produce the best image quality with high resolution, high contrast and low distortion.

The use of high-precision asphercial front elements keeps distortion, common in wide angle lenses, to an absolute minimum, even at the edges of the frame. The TS-E 17mm f/4L and TS-E 24mm f/3.5L II also feature multiple UD elements to reduce chromatic aberration and optimised focus mechanisms.

Canon today has also introduced a new range (52mm to 72mm) of versatile, multi-functional PL-C B polarizing filters to help reduce reflections from glass or water or darken blue skies. The PL-C B’s, which are now available in 52mm, 58mm, 67mm, 72mm, 77mm and 82mm filter thread sizes, also allows the lens cap to be attached to the lens to prevent damage to the filter if left attached when not in use.

Key features of the TS-E 17mm f/4L and TS-E 24mm f/3.5L II include

  • Tilt and shift lenses compatible with all Canon EOS cameras
  • Ultra Wide 17mm / wide 24mm focal length, ideal for architecture and landscapes
  • High precision lens elements for low distortion and high resolution to the edge of the image
    +/- 6.5° Tilt and +/-12mm Shift (TS-E 17mm f/4L) +/- 8.5° Tilt and ±12mm Shift (TS-E 24mm f/3.5L II)
  • Tilt and shift mechanism rotates +/-90° allowing shift in any direction
  • Tilt mechanism rotates +/-90° allowing tilt in any direction relative to the shift
  • Aspherical and UD lens elements minimise chromatic aberration
  • Sub-wavelength structure and super-spectra coatings minimise ghosting and flare
  • Circular aperture for creative, blurred highlights
  • TS-E 17mm f/4L has a floating internal focus mechanism delivers high image quality throughout focus range.

TS-E 17mm f/4L specifications

Focal length 17mm
Tilt +/- 6.5°
Shift +/- 12mm
Diagonal Angle of view 93º , 70º 30', 104º (horizontal, vertical, diagnol)
Maximum aperture F4
Minimum aperture F22
Lens Construction

18 elements/ 12 groups

Number of diaphragm blades 8
Minimum focus 0.25m
Maximum magnification 0.14x
Filter thread • 77mm
Supplied accessories • Front and rear caps
• Soft Case LP1219
Weight 820g
Dimensions 88.9 x 106.9mm

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