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| p.1 #1 · p.1 #1 · Comparison: 17mm TS-E, 16-35L II, Samyang 14 |
As promised, here is the start of comparison of the widest lenses in my collection. The 17 TS-E is my latest acquisition, bought used on eBay (saw a used one here on B&S, right after I bought this one!). The lens is great, and even better following a trip to Canon CPS to adjust focus (nicely crushed box, courtesy of UPS Ground). All's well, and the seller paid the repair, me furnishing the legwork and CPS discount.
On another thread, there was description and discussion of using PP to correct perspective in "regular" lenses. I do this quite regularly with my UWA and other lenses. Coming from a 4x5 background, things out of plumb or key-stoning just drive me nuts to look at, even before pressing the shutter button. So I'm inclined to the routine and effort to get it right in-camera whenever possible.
Additionally, the 17 TS-E, like the 24 TS-E, has a reputation for amazing IQ, regardless of the lens movements for focus and perspective. It's been on my Wish List for at least 3 years -- a type of Bucket List for me too.
Having gotten it, found it all effed-up on arrival (internal -- no marks on the outside) and testing, then to find it A-OK on post-repair, gotten the MA done for focus confirmation (yes, I'll be using it sometimes hand held and focus confirm is awesome on UWA lenses!).
Today the sun broke through and I want to a local outdoor mall to run through its paces, test against the 16-35L II and Samyang 14/2.8, as well as try out the new cine-shade for blocking the sun. A full plate by anyone's standards! So please go easy on me if I made a mistake or didn't yet cover your point of interest fully.
All shots taken on 1Ds Mark III, tripod mounted, remote release, adjustable lens shade as needed, focusing via LV, ISO 100, f/8, Manual mode, fixed Sunny WB setting, RAW, PP in LR4.x. No correction for lens profile or CA. Perspective corrected manually as noted.
Please let me describe the lens shade first. As soon as I tried the lens before shipping to CPS, I noted the extreme chromatic ghosting (some call it flare, but I'll show you some FLARE in a minute). In olden times with 4x5, I got very good using the film holder slide as a lens shade while taking exposures, so I knew what I wanted now -- a hands-free light flag. I immediately won an auction for one on eBay, the Dinkum "FlareDinkum Cine Lens Shade". This is a little monster, with a full 8x12 metal shade. I replaced the metal shade with a thin sheet of ABS plastic, cut to 7x9 inches and mounting on the articulated arm/clamp.
Sorry for the crap photos -- I decided to not take my trusty G10, and instead tried the retched little E-PL1, that can't seem to auto focus if it's little digital life depended on it. But you'll get the idea.
Awesome set-up -- wish I'd had this 25 years ago!
All lenses were shot bare -- no filters and added shade besides the Dinkum. And a couple times, no Dinkum, as you'll see in later shots.
Here are the beginning 3 comparison shots (not cropped) to show the angles of view for the different lenses with zero inclination setting -- level on the tripod, no PP for perspective correction, lens profile (distortion) or CA fringing.