Canon Introduces New Trio of Tilt Shift Lenses with Macro Focusing Capabilities

Today, Canon is introducing a lineup of lenses that are surely doing something different from all the other options out there. The company is refreshing and introducing a number of new tilt-shift options–but these aren’t just any tilt-shift lenses. These lenses have macro focusing capabilities. We can say hello to a brand new Canon 50mm f2.8 L Macro, a 90mm f2.8 L Macro, and a 135mm f4 L Macro option. All of these lenses have tilt-shift and macro capabilities–and Canon is specific in saying that they’re true macro at 1:1. In addition to that, they all have 9 aperture blades. Even further, they’re all L lenses–but they obviously lack weather sealing as that’s very difficult to do otherwise.

It’s been a while since Canon introduced new tilt shift lens options and so it makes sense that they’ll finally go after these. They 50mm, 90mm, and 135mm have a Minimum focusing distances of .27 meters, .39 meter, and .49 meters accordingly. That’s quite close focusing and means that you can get the tiniest sliver of an eyelash in focus if anything at all. None of these lenses have autofocus–and you shouldn’t really expect them to. They’ll perhaps be best used with an option like the Canon 5Dsr.

Here’s the important tidbit from Canon’s press release today.

New Tilt-Shift Lenses

Tilt-Shift lenses have several applications for suitable photographers because of their ability to provide enhanced creative control over perspective through the tilt function and depth-of-field through the shift function in their images. This ability can be optimal when photographing landscapes, portraits, and architecture.

The image quality derived from Canon Tilt-Shift lenses has evolved considerably since their first inception several years ago. Enhanced optical elements like molded aspherical glass and UD lenses are at the core of the new Canon TS-E 50mm f/2.8L Macro lens, TS-E 90mm f/2.8L Macro lens and TS-E 135mm f/4L Macro lens. These features provide users with edge-to-edge resolution, improved image quality over previous Canon TS-E lenses and minimum distortion. Canon also included two anti-reflective coatings, SubWaveLength Structure Coating (SWC) in the TS-E 50mm f/2.8L and TS-E 135mm f/4L Macro lenses and Air-Sphere Coating (ASC), into the TS-E 50mm f/2.8L and TS-E 90mm f/2.8L Macro lenses. SWC helps to reduce flare and ghosting, while ASC is a new technology that provides amazingly high, anti-reflective performance, particularly when alleviating incidental light that can enter a lens.

The new Canon Tilt-Shift lenses also offer improved operability over previous models, including larger tilt, shift-and-lock knobs, lock-release button and a new tilt-locking mechanism that firmly locks the lens in the zero-tilt position to help prevent unintended tilting to increase more precise shooting capabilities. The rotation of the tilt-shift lenses also allows users to freely change the axis of tilt movement and shift from right angles to parallel to better adapt to various shooting conditions and situations.

The new Canon TS-E 50mm f/2.8L Macro lens, TS-E 90mm f/2.8L Macro lens and TS-E 135mm f/4L Macro lenses are scheduled to be available November 2017 for an estimated retail price of $2199.00††.

Canon TS-E 50mm f2.8 L Macro

Lens

Focal Length & Maximum Aperture

50mm f/2.8

Lens Construction

12 elements in 9 groups

Diagonal Angle of View

46°00’

Focus Adjustment

AF with full-time manual

Closest Focusing Distance

0.90 ft. / 0.27m

Filter Size

77mm

Max. Diameter x Length, Weight

Ø3.4 x 4.5 in., approx. 34.0 oz. / Ø86.9 x 114.9mm, approx. 945g

The Canon TS-E 50mm f2.8 L Maroc replaces the 45mm–which is probably around 25 years old now. This lens is a more normal focal length. So to that end, they’ll be targeting this lens at tabletop, portrait, and landscape. Like the others here being announced today, it sports 9 aperture blades.

Canon TS-E 90mm f2.8 L Macro

Lens

Focal Length & Maximum Aperture

90mm f/2.8

Lens Construction

11 elements in 9 groups

Diagonal Angle of View

27°00’

Focus Adjustment

Manual focus

Closest Focusing Distance

1.28 ft. / 0.39m

Filter Size

77mm

Max. Diameter x Length, Weight

Ø3.4 x 4.6 in., approx. 32.3 oz. / Ø86.9 x 116.5mm, approx. 915g

The new Canon TS-E 90mm f2.8 L Macro replaces the older 90mm. It’s designed for Portrait and product photography with its 9 aperture blades. However, it can also make for a really interesting option for landscapes.

Canon TS-E 135mm f4 L Macro

Lens

Focal Length & Maximum Aperture

135mm f/4

Lens Construction

11 elements in 7 groups

Diagonal Angle of View

18°00’

Focus Adjustment

AF with full-time manual

Closest Focusing Distance

1.60 ft. / 0.49m

Filter Size

82mm

Max. Diameter x Length, Weight

Ø3.5 x 5.5 in., approx. 39.0 oz. / Ø88.5 x 139.1mm, approx. 1110g

As one of the longer options being announced from Canon, the Canon TS-E 135mm f2.8 L Macro is being targeted at portrait and product photographers–mostly those who work in studios. Like the others it has macro focusing capabilities.