TS-E 17 or 24?

ethernectar PRO 12:21am, 28 December 2011
Heading out to Canyonlands in March to spend 3 days on the White Rim Road. Considering adding a wide Tilt-shift to my kit (currently have the 45 and the 90). Recommendations on one or the other? Shooting on a full-frame sensor (5D MkII).
spiky247 PRO 5 years ago
both are terrific lenses, and I use them regularly for architecture. If I were to buy just one for shooting landscapes I'd pick the 24mm. You can put a polarizer on the 24mm, and it had a lens hood which offer some flair protection. And If you need a wider image you can always stitch two shifted images together.
ethernectar PRO 5 years ago
Thanks spiky!

Great point about the filter & flairs...
genotypewriter PRO 5 years ago
Unfortunately TS lenses from Canon (and Nikon) don't allow for shifting and stitching easily... :(
Bruce Livingston PRO 5 years ago
I stitch with my Nikon 24mm PC-E T/S all the time.
BML Media 5 years ago
24 TS-e, the 17 is a fantastic lens but with so much glass to the front it does have a habit of picking up lens flairs from all over the place especially when there is a lot of contrast, I have to say I really do love the 24mm TS-E mkII it is an outstanding lens. but do try grab the mkII

Genotypewriter.... I find stitching images tilted up and down or side to side really easy
ethernectar PRO 5 years ago
Genotype - Not sure where you've heard that. I've stitched a bunch of panos from a wide range of lenses by hand and the TS ones were easy as cake.
Carsten Saager PRO 5 years ago
I would go for the 24mm:
- flares
- filters

The 17mm is brilliant if you don't have much space to work with (architecture). In landscapes you tend to capture too much dead space.

When 24mm is not wide enough you can still stitch via the shift mechanism
genotypewriter PRO 5 years ago
The problem that I mentioned relates to the Canon and Nikon (and most other) TS lenses not having a tripod foot fixed to the optics part.

Keeping the camera in one place and shifting the lens around is wrong... although modern stitching software is good enough to compensate for such errors.

By shifting and moving the lens, you're changing the perspective. Instead what you should do (correctly) is keep the perspective in one place and move the camera to take multiple shots of the image circle.
Hi, for the TS-E 17mm & 24mm II there is a so called Rear-Shift-Adapter available by Zoerk, which is actually a tripod-collar. Tilt and shift can both be used but the lense is fixd, so the camera is moved. I use it for the TS-S 24mm II, which I prefer for landscapes because filters ca be used.
Phillip Bond (Phil) 5 years ago
One thing that maybe worth it for you to consider:

If, for whatever reason, you find you need the field of view the 17mm provides you would be hard pressed to get it from the 24. On the other hand, you can always crop into a shot taken with the 17. In fact the 17 works surprisingly well with the 1.4x TC.
RTsan 5 years ago
Another voice for the 24, for all the reasons mentioned above.
g u i l l a u m e 5 years ago
the 17mm looks sexy...
But the problem is that big piece of glass which cannot be protected - I'd hate to have it scratched. WHile the 17mm can give dramatic effect (on full frame), I find the 24mm more versatile, all things considered.

And if you're struggling with your TS lens, I've made an app just for you, right here (Apple app store) :)
I went for the 24, much more usable and versatile, can mount filters and so on.
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