The 7 Best Tilt Shift Lenses For Canon

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This wiki has been updated 18 times since it was first published in August of 2018. Tilt-shift photography allows for great control over perspective and depth of field. Utilizing only mechanized movements built into the lens, users can adjust the focal plane to choose which area will be sharp, alter the placement of the subject within the frame, and even create perfect panoramas. These options for Canon camera bodies offer a range of features, focal lengths, and price points. When users buy our independently chosen editorial selections, we may earn commissions to help fund the Wiki.

1. TS-E 24mm f/3.5L II Ultra Wide

2. TS-E 17mm f/4L

3. TS-E 135mm f/4L Macro

Editor's Notes

November 23, 2019:

This list required something of a significant culling from its last iteration, primarily because a pair of Canon-branded models included on it were way too old to be viably considered, one of which had been clearly upgraded to the TS-E 90mm f/2.8L that has remained in the ranking. The other glaring issue left over from our last list was the collection of models by Bower, Rokinon, and Samyang. A close investigation of these should have led to the assumption that they might have been the same lens by three different companies, as their specs, appearance, and price points were all virtually identical. Further analysis would have revealed that the three companies are, in fact, one company operating under three different names depending on the territory in which they sell. In the US, the predominant brand name is Rokinon, so we cut out the Bower and Samyang models and left the Rokinon 24mm f/3.5 in place.

As to our rubrik for ordering a list of niche items like these, we wanted to work from a place where shooters might get the most use out of a lens, whether they were more interested in in-camera perspective control or more creative depth-of-field manipulation. These lenses tend to do their best work when pushed toward either the wide or telephoto end of the spectrum, with the 50mm point serving a fine purpose as an all-around shooter, but both requiring less distortion correction and offering less nuanced focal plane management than its wide and tight counterparts.

4. TS-E 90mm f/2.8L

5. TS-E 50mm f/2.8 Macro

6. Rokinon 24mm f/3.5

7. Lensbaby Composer Pro II 80

Daniel Imperiale
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Daniel Imperiale holds a bachelor’s degree in writing, and proudly fled his graduate program in poetry to pursue a quiet life at a remote Alaskan fishery. After returning to the contiguous states, he took up a position as an editor and photographer of the prestigious geek culture magazine “Unwinnable” before turning his attention to the field of health and wellness. In recent years, he has worked extensively in film and music production, making him something of a know-it-all when it comes to camera equipment, musical instruments, recording devices, and other audio-visual hardware. Daniel’s recent obsessions include horology (making him a pro when it comes to all things timekeeping) and Uranium mining and enrichment (which hasn’t proven useful just yet).

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