The new Canon TS-E 24mm f/3.5L II lens is quite possibly the sharpest lens Canon has ever developed. It’s certainly the sharpest lens I’ve ever used, bar none. If you’re interested in all the technical details I recommend reading the in-depth review at The-Digital-Picture.com.
I bought this lens last month after shooting interiors and exteriors for several Bed & Breakfast establishments in the Texas Hill Country. In some situations I’d found that my workhorse lens, the EF 17-40mm f/4L USM lens was creating too much distortion and making the interior spaces look smaller rather than larger.
The “shifting” abilities and almost complete lack of pin-cushion and barrel distortion in the TS-E 24mm f/3.5L II lens solved this problem completely.
Another area where this lens really shines is in how well it controls chromatic aberration (CA) at all apertures, even wide open. It’s amazing to pixel peep a shot of an interior room with lots of windows and find almost no “fringing” around the window glass. This is the first lens I’ve ever shot with that controls CA this completely.
This is one tack sharp lens! I shot with both the incredible EF 24mm f/1.4 L II USM and the TS-E 24mm f/3.5L II lens before making my purchase decision and while the new 24mm f/1.4L II is sharp, the TS-E 24mm f/3.5L II blows it away in a side-by-side comparison.
Yes, it’s heavier, larger and more expensive than the 24mm f/1.4L lens but the performance and features of the TS-E 24mm lens make it well worth the investment. It’s also a really fun lens to shoot landscapes with, which is why I keep humming this Irving Berlin tune to myself.
Blue skies smilin’ at me.
Nothing but blue skies do I see.
Blue Skies Over Palo Duro Canyon – Claude, Texas
Copyright © 2010 Jeff Lynch Photography
Shot taken with a Canon EOS 5D Mark II set on aperture (Av) priority using a Canon TS-E 24mm f/3.5 L II lens tripod mounted. The exposure was taken at 24mm, f/18 for 1/15th of a second at ISO 100 with a Singh-Ray warming polarizer filter. Post capture processing was done in Adobe’s Lightroom 3.
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View Location on Panoramio & Google Earth: Blue Skies Over Palo Duro Canyon – Claude, Texas