get a shift on!
Canon unveils a trio of tilt-shift L lenses that boast half-life size macro reproduction
Creating a stir at a recent Canon press launch, these three new tilt-shift lenses combine top-end optics and L build quality with a useful close-focusing capability that further extends their creative possibilities.
The TS-E 50mm f/2.8L Macro and TS-E 90mm f/2.8L Macro replace Canon’s current 45mm and 90mm tilt-shift lenses, while the TS-E 135mm f/4L Macro offers a new portrait-friendly focal length.
All three lenses feature UD (ultra-low dispersion) elements and nine-bladed apertures. They’ll also share the same eye-watering price (almost £2,500) when they debut in November, so the choice comes down to which focal length will serve your photography best. For instance, the standard 50mm lens is the all-rounder, able to correct verticals and perspectives in everything from architecture to product photography. Opt for the 90mm and you get a lens that’s more suited to portraits, while 135mm is arguably better for shots of people and offers more working room for adjusting the position of lights.
50mm 90mm 135mm
shift mechanism Shifting the lens either left or right, or up or down, enables you to correct converging verticals.
This alters the position of the plane of focus, increasing or decreasing the apparent depth of field. tilt mechanism