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Canon Tilt-Shift Rumors: Replacements and New Tilt-Shift Mechanism

Canon Tilt-Shift Rumors

Canon TS-E 45mm f/2.8

Canon Tilt-Shift Rumors

Canon TS-E 90mm f/2.8

A rumor about new “L” grade Canon tilt-shift lenses surfaced. It has word that there will be an “L” lens to replace the TS-E 45mm f/2.8. There is more: the TS-E 90mm f/2.8 will be replaced with a TS-E 135mm f/2.8L. Moreover, it appears that Canon is designing a new tilt-shift mechanism for this kind of lenses. It does not appear that the TS-E 17mm f/4L and TS-E 24mm f/3.5L II will be replaced.

[via CR]
  • Bob B.

    My 17mmTSE seems to work just fine…but Canon must be getting a lot of the lenses in for repair if they are changing the T/S mechanism….

    • Sky

      It’s not just that. Mechanism Canon got was often painful, and slow to use. If they managed to figure out something that’s quick and easy while at the same time being solid – it’s only a win-win.
      I’m most curious what changes did they made.

  • From what I hear, making money from renting the 17mm and 24mm is pretty hard, since there are a significant number of ham-fisted people renting them who find it easy to break the shift mechanism.

    I use both the 17 and 24 in the field – often hand held, and find them robust and easy to use. A bit of practice works wonders ;-)

    It seems that if you want to treat them like a rental car then they can be fragile, but if you want to treat them like the expensive bits of optical equipment they are, then they work just fine ;-)

    I’m not saying that the mechanism couldn’t be bettered, just that it’s well down my priority list.

    The 90mm could do with more tilt IMHO, and all of the TS-E lenses could do with movements info encoded into the EXIF, making automated lens correction much easier (at the moment I need to have noted down shift, to use a canvas extension based method to apply lens correction s/w )

  • Dwaine Dibbly

    Somebody educate me, please. Why would one want a 135mm TS lens? I think of these as used for architectural shots, and to fit a medium-sized building into the frame at 135mm, you’d have to be a heck of a long ways away, probably not possible in an urban setting. The 17mm & 24mm TS lenses would seem to be much more useful for that kind of shooting. What niche are Canon shooting for (pun intended!) with the 90 & 135?

    • Sky

      Close-up photography is the first thing that comes into mind.

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