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Canon TS-E 90 mm f/2.8


Canon's earliest EF mount tilt and shift lens, launched in 1991, along with the 45mm and 24mm versions.

Although not an 'L' series lens, it has a rugged construction and extremely good optical quality. It works well with extension tubes.

Original TS-E lenses were supplied with the tilt and shift axes at 90 degrees to each other. This could be changed at a Canon service centre, but is actually quite easy to do yourself (see link below).

Replaced by the TS-E90 F2.8L Macro in 2017

No autofocus on T/S lenses

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Lens specifications

Angle of view (horzntl, vertl, diagnl) 22°37', 15°11', 27° (without tilt or shift)
Lens construction (elements/groups) 6/5
No. of diaphragm blades 8
Minimum aperture 32
Closest focusing distance (m) 0.5
Maximum magnification (x) 0.29
AF actuator -
Filter diameter (mm) 58
Max. diameter x length (mm) 73.6 x 88
Weight (g) 565
Magnification - Extension Tube EF12 II 0.43 - 0.14
Magnification - Extension Tube EF25 II 0.60 - 0.31
Lens hood ES-65III
Hard case LH-D14
Soft case LP1016

Construction and MTF chart

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.

Extension tubes and supplemental lenses

use of extension tubes and supplemental lenses with tilt/shift lenses

TS-E 90 mm f/2.8 reviews and articles

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Sample images

Use of tilt to give 'miniature world' effect

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