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canon TS-E 24mm f/3.5L II tilt and shift lensOverview

Canon's TS-E 24mm f/3.5L II lens is an optically and physically improved version of its original 24mm tilt/shift lens, the TS-E24

With a wider shift range, and reduced aberrations, it is usable to the full 12mm shift - see the image circle comparisons below.

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Lens specifications

Angle of view (horzntl, vertl, diagnl) 74º
53º
84º
Lens construction (elements/groups) 16/11
No. of diaphragm blades 8
Minimum aperture 22
Closest focusing distance (m) 0.21
Maximum magnification (x) 0.34
Distance information Yes
Filter diameter (mm) 82
Max. diameter x length (mm) 88.5 x 106.9
Weight (g) 780
Magnification - Extension Tube EF12 II 0.85-0.51¹
Magnification - Extension Tube EF25 II 1.47-1.12
Lens hood EW-88B
Soft case LP1319

Magnification - Extension Tube EF12 II

¹ Extension Tube EF12 II can be used with EF lenses except the EF 14mm f/2.8L USM and lenses which cannot be focused manually.

Internal lens construction and MTF

internal lens construction

MTF for TS-E24 ii

A quick guide to MTF charts (which only measure contrast and resolution. Canon's guide to their MTF charts)

Black lines reflect lens performance at widest aperture.
Blue lines show the performance at f/8

Thick lines indicate lens contrast
Thin lines indicate lens resolution

Dashed lines: Lens performance with meridional lines.
Solid lines: Lens performance with sagittal lines

Closer sagittal and meridional chart lines indicate more 'natural' out of focus areas.

Remember that MTF charts are good for comparing similar lenses, so comparing ones from the 14mm f2.8L and 300mm 2.8L won't tell you much at all, whilst comparing the EF14 2.8L with the EF14 2.8L II will show meaningful differences. Note that other manufacturers may have different ways of displaying such information that may or may not match up with the Canon figures.

Larger image circle of new TS-E lenses

enlarged image circle for updated TS-E lenses

Note reduced internal reflections of the MK2 version (top photo)

front view of TS-E24mm

Original TS-E24mm (below)

Old version of 24mm

TS-E 24mm f/3.5L II reviews and articles

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Sample images

Two stitched images showing improved shoft range of new lens (lower picture)

stitched image from original 24mm

Wider view

stitched image from onew tse 24mm

Product launch

Press info for both 17mm and 24mm


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

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