Canon ts-e 17mm or Canon ts-e 24mm Comparison

Feb 24 2011

OK, I thought a nice post on the two Canon ts-e (tilt shift lenses) would be good for people looking to buy a tilt shift lens and were not sure which lens is wide enough for them. Although this depends GREATLY on what you are photographing I will make some clear observations for you to help you decide.

First take a look at this image below.

canontse17mmor24mmcomparisonThis image is an example of a photo taken on full frame camera. Please ignore the architecture it is not significant. What is however is the two boxes, the purple on the outside and the blue on the inside. The purple box shows the field of view you would get on the Canon ts-e 17mm, and the blue box the field of view the Canon ts-e 24mm. Which is wide enough for you? Only you can decide and this is only one example which takes into account the field of view.


- Interior photography needs a much greater field of view then exterior

- Take into account your sensors crop factor as this will effect your field of view greatly (full frame is a lot wider than 1.6 crop)

- Bare in mind if you go for a wider option you can always use extenders to fill the frame

TS-E lenses are a must for architectural work, so choose wisely.

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11 responses so far

  1. Thanks for that Jamie, helped me decide. Going to save up for the Canon 17mm!

  2. thanks for the insight. Can you explain more about why architecture is photographed with a TS lens?

  3. Hi Jay, a tilt shift lens is used to prevent converging lines. As when you point your camera up (to get the whole building in) it will look as if the building is falling backwards. The vertical lines of the building will be pointing in. With a tilt shift lens you do not have to point the camera up, as you can keep the camera horizontally straight and shift the lens up. This keeps the camera and lens horizontal hence keeping the vertical lines of the building horizontal.

  4. This has greatly helped me with comparing the canon ts-e lenses Jamie

  5. Amazing article, cheers, I’m going to save up for the Canon ts-e

  6. Yup can’t get wrong with Canon tilt shift lenses!

  7. Thanks for this Jamie, I like the Canon ts-e lenses :)

  8. Thanks Jamie. I’ve started taking architectural shots and now know I need a tilt-shift for my Canon 50D. Most of my work will be churches (interior and external) for historical/architectual reasons so still undecided. Living in the UK I’ve found a company that hire out these lenses so I’m going to get both the 17mm and 24mm for a week and try them out. It’ll cost me £160/$230 but could save a costly mistake.

  9. Good idea, and is exactly what I did to test each lens out. As your on a 50D and is a crop sensor the 24mm may not be wide enough sadly for your needs. I hope it is as it will save you a lot of money getting the ts-e 24mm. Good luck.

  10. Yeah great lenses tbh.

  11. Thanks for the great architectural lens advice.

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