TS-E 17mm f4L
introduced February 2009
Canon today announces the launch of two new tilt and shift lenses, the Ultra-Wide angle TS-E 17mm f4L and the TS-E 24mm f3.5L II, an upgrade to the popular TS-E 24mm f3.5L. At 17mm, the TS-E 17mm f4L has the widest view angle of any tilt and shift lens currently available; coupled with outstanding image quality across the whole frame, it is an ideal choice for architectural or landscape photography.
Building on the success of its predecessor, the TS-E 24mm f/3.5L II, like the TS-E 17mm f4L, now includes Canon's sub-wavelength structure coating (SWC). Canon's patented lens coating is specifically designed to minimise ghosting and flare caused by internal reflections to help deliver crisp, clear images. 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 f4L and TS-E 24mm f3.5L 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 f4L and TS-E 24mm f3.5L II also feature multiple UD elements to reduce chromatic aberration and optimised focus mechanisms.
Focal length and maximum aperture: 17mm f3.5
Lens construction: 18 elements in 12 groups
Diagonal angle of view: 104°
Closest focusing distance: 0.25 m., 0.14 x magnification
Filter size: 77mm
Max. Diameter x length, weight: ø 88.9 x 106.9mm, 820 g
Pricing and Availability
The TS-E 17mm f4L is available from May 2009 priced at £2749.99 RRP inc. VAT.