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Canon TS-E 17mm f/4L

Review Date: Aug 29, 2009 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $2,350.00 | Rating: 10 

Pros: Ultra wide angle lens that is near perfect even with shift and tilt. Coupled with Canon's 21MP full frame sensors you get one of the best set ups for architectural photography.
Cost is expected. The big problem with the lens is lack of lens hood to reduce flare and help protect protruding front element.

Prior to purchasing a copy of this lens I was able to rent the 17 and both versions of the 24 for paid and personal architectural work. The new 24 has slightly better CA control, costs slightly less and most importantly allows for the use of a lens hood and front filter. However, the 17 is significantly wider than the 24 and in my book the must have for architecture or wide landscape photography.

I have more detailed reviews and photo galleries for all three of Canon's wide angle tilt/shift lenses on my website: