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The TS-E 17mm f/4L is the widest tilt-shift lens in Canon's lineup.

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Pros

AF is very quick and accurate

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ideal for architectural photography, gets a very wide angle

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not prone to chromatic aberrations even under extreme conditions

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rugged design safe to take with you on longer trips

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consistent output in a wide range of settings

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excellent sharpness, can crop right in and still have great detail

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no distortion in the corners, consistent throughout the focal range

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unique lens cap does a good job protecting the front element

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Cons

exposed front lens while shooting feels a little unusual, like you might break it

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The Canon TS-E 17mm f/4L lens is the flagship offering in Canon's Tilt Shift line, a line they promote as expanding photographic possibilities. Tilt movements allow you to capture a wide depth of field while keeping the entire subject in focus, while shift movements correct the trapezoidal effect which sometimes distorts pictures of tall objects. The TS-E 17mm f/4L is the widest tilt-shift lens in Canon's lineup. The Canon TS-E 17mm f/4L lens has all the same features as the TS-E 24mm f/3.5L II lens, but with a shorter focal length (17mm as opposed to 24mm), higher angle of view (104 degrees as opposed to 84 degrees), lesser degree of maximum close-up magnification (0.14x as opposed to 0.34x), more elements (18/12 as opposed to 16/11) and higher aperture (f/4 as opposed to f/3.5). The TS-E 17mm f/4L also has a floating focusing system, whereas the TS-E 24mm f/3.5L II does not. The UD glass design of this lens minimizes and corrects abberations. The coated aspherical element gives the highest possible glare-free image quality. The circular aperture helps to create more striking out-of-focus areas. Canon promotes their SWC (SubWavelength structure Coating) lens coating as controlling ghosting and flare to a greater degree than previous lens coating technologies. Cannon recommends using the TS-E 17mm f/4L lens with EOS Digital cameras.

Features 
  • UD glass design
  • f/4 maximum aperture
  • Aspherical element
  • Revolving function
  • Circular aperture
  • SWC lens coating
  • 17mm focal length
  • f/22 minimum aperture
  • Lens construction: 18 elements in 12 groups
  • 104 degree diagonal angle of view
  • 67.2mm image circle diameter
  • Manual focus
  • Rear floating focusing system w/ focusing cam
  • 0.82 ft. closest focusing distance
  • EMD aperture control w/ 8 blade iris diaphragm
  • Maximum dimensions: 3.5" x 4.2"
  • Weight: 28.9oz.
  • Lens cap
  • Lens hood
  • Lens pouch
  • Landscape/portrait shooting modes
  • Tilt/shift knobs
  • 0.14x maximum close-up magnification
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