Shooting with Canon’s TS-E 24mm Tilt & Shift Lens

Canon TS-E 24mm f/3.5 L IIHappy Saturday Morning Folks!

I trust everyone is enjoying the start of the weekend and looking forward to getting out and taking some great shots. I know I am, and this weekend I’ll be trying out one of Canon’s newest L Series lenses, the TS-E 24mm f/3.5 II.

I’ve been waiting several weeks to get my hands on this little beauty and I’ve got a perfect location picked out to run this baby through it’s paces. I’ll be heading back to Goliad, Texas the birth place of the republic to shoot some 18th century architecture.

Having never used a tilt & shift lens before I’m looking forward to seeing how well this technology works in correcting perspective distortion in architectural photography. I’m sure I’ll have lots to report on in next week’s posts.

Have a great weekend!

7 thoughts on “Shooting with Canon’s TS-E 24mm Tilt & Shift Lens

  1. Hi Jeff

    Looking forward to see how it will be.
    I have never heard of this tilt’n’shift stuff, and it is always good to learn new things.

    BTW, I don’t think I’m ever going to need one of these, as I’m interested in nature & wildlife; but then again, it is nice to know more about photography.

    Good luck!


      • I admittedly had a little trouble understanding Moose’s entire description of the procedures, and never having used a TS/PC lens I’m not sure how each functions. I’ve been looking very seriously at getting the TS-E 24 II, but I’m waiting to get some hands-on time.

        Anyway, he mentioned setting the shift and then rotating the lens 180 degrees to create the top and bottom images for each of the three sections (left, center, right). Unless I read the specifications wrong the Canons can only rotate 90 degrees in either direction…not a full 180 from the 0 position. He used an old Nikon 28PC from 1981 which had the ability to, as some put it, “spin around like the exorcist girl’s head.” From what I’ve seen, neither Canon nor Nikon TS/PC lenses have that capability anymore.

        Obviously, I don’t actually have the lens, though, so I’m really hoping you can prove me wrong. It would be an amazing capability to make panos with that extra vertical perspective.

        • Chris,

          Thanks for reading. The new TS-E 24 does rotate 90 deg either direction for a complete 180 deg rotation. I haven’t read Moose’s post so I’m not sure what he’s referring to. You can rent the TS-E 24 II from or and give it a try. To correct perspective distortions it’s very simple to use.


      • Jeff,

        Thanks for the reply. I do plan on testing the lens out once I’m back in the states, but I’m hoping to find a shop that will let me do a little testing, or someone locally that may already own one. As expensive as this lens is; I’d like to avoid spending another $100+ on renting it first.

        I did find a logical answer to my question on an old Nikon lens enthusiast’s site. The old PC/TS lenses had no electronics and wires inside of them so there was nothing to prevent their movement. They were able to rotate a full 360 and just keep on spinning. The new lenses can only rotate + or – 90 degrees due to the electronic wires. Moose Peterson describes rotating the lens a full 180 (upside down) to take two frames that will be stitched on top of one another. He does this to create each of the three sections for his “ultra-wide panos” Which is where my question stemmed from.

        I was hoping for some enlightenment from Richard on how he was able to achieve this with the Canon lens, or if he was just doing regular shifted panos and not the ultra-wides using the techniques described by Mr. Peterson.


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