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The new Canon 90mm 2.8L Tilt-shift lens. Part 1

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Have you ever had the feeling of exhilaration, amazement, euphoria and tears all at the same time?

I played around with Canon's new TS-E 50mm f/2.8L Macro, TS-E 90mm f/2.8L Macro and TS-E 135mm f/4L Macro lenses prior to their launch and more recently for an article in Canon's Click Magazine.

I photographed 2 setups for the article and this post is part 1, the iconic 5dmkIV.
To show the capabilities of a tilt-shift I wanted to recreate the beautiful Canon product images where the camera is at a 3/4 angle on a black reflective surface with a glow behind it. When I saw the results it was definitely a case of exhilaration, amazement, euphoria and tears all at the same time.
It has to be one of my favorite shots from a product lighting point of view and the fact that so much of the camera is in focus in a single shot. And these are all a single frame.

It also made me realise that I have to add one of these amazing lenses to my list of equipment. The question is, which one - they are definitely NOT one size fits all.
These images were shot using the 90mm, but I would want the 17 or 24 for architecture...

 

So what is tilt-shift I hear you ask.
Just like Tilt-shift photography, the explanations (Scheimpflug principle) can be pretty complicated but in short, tilt-shift photography is the movement of the lens plane relative to the focal plane to correct converging lines (shift) and to control the focal plane (tilt).
(The naming seems counter-intuitive, whenever I read tilt I immediately think of “tilting” the lens to correct verticals.)

The result is that you can get the front, middle and back of this shot in focus in a single shot at 2.8 (Above).
And that should give you goosebumps!

The strange thing about "tilting" the focal plane is that even though you can get the focus to run front to back no problem – extending the focus back from that line of focus can be a challenge. I ended up going to f20 to get the Canon logo's focus to where I was happy with it.

These lenses require practice and patience. The old adage of practice makes perfect is very true when it comes to tilt-shift lenses. You need to slow down, experiment and think about what you are doing.

It is the first time I have had to do that in many years and I am loving it.

 

Thank you Canon South Africa for the opportunity and your continued support. You guys rock!

I am just so happy with these :-)

 

TS-E90mm f/2.8L MACRO: 1/125 f20
Canon Tilt shift lens shoot

TS-E90mm f/2.8L MACRO: 1/125 f2.8
Canon Tilt shift lens shoot

 

TS-E90mm f/2.8L MACRO: 1/125 f2.8 - Focused on the front - tilt-shift not applied.
Canon Tilt shift lens shoot

 

TS-E90mm f/2.8L MACRO: 1/125 f2.8 - Focused on the middle - tilt-shift not applied.
Canon Tilt shift lens shoot

 

TS-E90mm f/2.8L MACRO: 1/125 f2.8 - Focused on the back - tilt-shift not applied.
Canon Tilt shift lens shoot

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