Canon TS-E 17mm f/4 L Lens

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Key Features

  • 17mm focal length
  • 27.2mm equivalent focal length on Canon APS-C cameras
  • F4.0 maximum aperture; F22 minimum
  • Manual focus only
  • 0.25m/9.84" minimum focus
  • Canon EF mount for full frame, APS-H and APS-C DSLRs

Product Description

The Canon TS-E 17mm F4L is an ultra-wide-angle tilt-and-shift lens for Canon's full-frame and APS-C digital SLRs. This lens differs from earlier Canon TS-E optics in its new barrel design, which allows the directions of the tilt and shift to be rotated independently of each other for a high degree of control over the positioning of the focal plane. It also features 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 F4L offers the widest angle of view of any similar lens currently available.

Specs

Principal specifications
Lens type Prime lens
Max Format size 35mm FF
Focal length 17 mm
Image stabilisation No
Lens mount Canon EF
Aperture
Maximum aperture F4.0
Minimum aperture F22.0
Aperture ring No
Number of diaphragm blades 8
Aperture notes Circuar aperture
Optics
Elements 18
Groups 12
Special elements / coatings Aspherical & UD elements Super Spectra coatings
Focus
Minimum focus 0.25 m (9.84)
Maximum magnification 0.14×
Autofocus No
Full time manual Unknown
Focus notes Manual focus only
Distance scale Yes
DoF scale Yes
Physical
Weight 820 g (1.81 lb)
Diameter 89 mm (3.5)
Length 107 mm (4.21)
Materials Metal barrel, metal mount
Sealing No
Colour Black
Filter notes No filter thread
Tripod collar No
Optional accessories Soft Case LP1219

Reviews

User Reviews

5.0 out of 5 stars
  • Felipe Rodríguez, Nov 9, 2011 GMT:
    Unique lens

    Pros: Uniqueness, sharpness, overall image quality, build quality, lack of CA, lack of distortion, wideness. Cons: Expensive, wideness (sometimes...), unprotected frontal element, no filters. This is a truly unique lens: I'm glad Canon did it! With it, Canon shooters can achieve certain imagery that no other people using SRLs can... The image quality is simply stunning. After using it, all my other TS-E lenses (the 24 Mk I and even the 45) seem lemons. Of course, corner sharpness, if ...

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Questions & Answers

QUESTION

17mm TS-E Flare reducing hood/ shade ideas allowing full shift FF?

Hi, I find for architectural shots at dusk, with street lights, this lens although beautiful in quality, flares very badly when point lights are in the frame like street lamps. I've spent way too long in photoshop correcting these flares in post and am looking to improvise some kind of barn doors or bellows lens hood / shade that will allow full shift with a full frame sensor. Holding a board is not sufficient if the source of flare surrounds the camera Has anyone had any luck with the lee wide angle bellows hood  - does this allow full shift (i'm aware a modified lens cap is needed to attach this)? Any suggestions gratefully received Quintin

Quintin Lake asked
1 year ago

ANSWERS

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Apewithacamera answered
1 year ago

Apewithacamera wrote: http://www.tripodhead.com/images/dealer-plamp1.jpg Thanks for the idea but I would need three for top and two sides so it would get very cumbersome and wouldn't work well in the wind Continue Reading

Quintin Lake answered
1 year ago

Quintin Lake wrote: Hi, I find for architectural shots at dusk, with street lights, this lens although beautiful in quality, flares very badly when point lights are in the frame like street lamps. I've spent way too long in photoshop correcting these flares in post and am looking to improvise some kind of barn doors or bellows lens hood / shade that will allow full shift with a full frame sensor. Holding a board is not sufficient if the source of flare surrounds the camera Has anyone had any luck with the lee wide angle bellows hood  - does this allow full shift (i'm aware a modified lens cap is needed to attach this)? Any suggestions gratefully received Quintin I have the hood and have used it on my 17tse with a home made adaptor. You can see my write up here. You can't get full shift with the hood and not even with the less obtrusive Lee foundation kit. You can get some shift with the hood. Mine has a 105mm filter thread on the front, it would allow more shift if that were removed. ... Continue Reading

Ben_Egbert answered
1 year ago

QUESTION

TS-E on the cheap? For architectural photography

I shoot architecture, largely exteriors, for work but not for income. Mostly photos I only use at PowerPoint resolutions and for book/article illustrations. Really large prints are an occasional treat. I really want to move to a TS-E, firstly because I much prefer to compose and problem-solve in-camera rather than in PS, and secondly because I loved my old Nikon shift and want to play with tilt too. My question is, is it too bad a waste of a beautiful lens (17mm TS-E) to put it on a 7-year-old EOS400D? - Will I be able to focus through the 400D’s little view-finder? - Is the image quality in camera too low to be worth it? My alternative is to shell out another £1000+ to get the 6D and the 24mm TS-E instead (17mm on FF the angles are too un-natural-looking for my kind of architecture), and consign my EFS to spare. Any advice welcome! (If you want to see the sort of thing I shoot, there's some here: http://www.flickr.com/photos/barnabas_calder/ )

9 months ago

ANSWERS

My question is, is it too bad a waste of a beautiful lens (17mm TS-E) to put it on a 7-year-old EOS400D? - Will I be able to focus through the 400D’s little view-finder? - Is the image quality in camera too low to be worth it? I own both the 17 TSE and 24 TSE II and use them quite a lot Vs other lenses. I shot for several years using a older version of the TSE24 on a Canon 1DII. Despite the large viewfinder, I found it very difficult getting optimum tilt and shift adjustments using the viewfinder only. Tilt in particular was difficult, whereas sometime shift (perspective adjustments) could be done in the viewfinder by paying attention to larger items like trees, building columns, etc. With the Live View you can zoom into 5X or 10X, and with a higher resolution LCD , greatly facilitates Tilt and Shift lens movement adjustments. So my advice for T/S use is get a camera with a good Live View implementation and a good LCD. The 400D has a 2.5" LCD with only 230,000 dots, a very first ... Continue Reading

Mike K answered
9 months ago

AmateurArchitectural wrote: I shoot architecture, largely exteriors, for work but not for income. Mostly photos I only use at PowerPoint resolutions and for book/article illustrations. Really large prints are an occasional treat. I really want to move to a TS-E, firstly because I much prefer to compose and problem-solve in-camera rather than in PS, and secondly because I loved my old Nikon shift and want to play with tilt too. My question is, is it too bad a waste of a beautiful lens (17mm TS-E) to put it on a 7-year-old EOS400D? - Will I be able to focus through the 400D’s little view-finder? - Is the image quality in camera too low to be worth it? My alternative is to shell out another £1000+ to get the 6D and the 24mm TS-E instead (17mm on FF the angles are too un-natural-looking for my kind of architecture), and consign my EFS to spare. Any advice welcome! (If you want to see the sort of thing I shoot, there's some here: http://www.flickr.com/photos/barnabas_calder/ ) To me a ... Continue Reading

Dan_168 answered
9 months ago

AmateurArchitectural wrote: . . . My question is, is it too bad a waste of a beautiful lens (17mm TS-E) to put it on a 7-year-old EOS400D? Cameras really don't matter that much any more since a couple of years! It's the lenses that make the difference! Go for the TS-E 17 or 24 II and get a new camera when your old one stops to work properly. I own the TS-E 17 and it is a fabulous lens - just amazingly good and easily outperforming any other wide angle lens on the market - you can't go wrong with it. Camera bodies are widely overrated in terms of importance to the image quality. That said certain conditions require different feature sets - but for the sujets a TS-E 17 is built for a 400D will do just fine. The story is different for action and sports though. As long as you can stay at low ISO values you might not see a significant difference even to the latest camera releases from Canon Continue Reading

joger answered
9 months ago

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