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Canon TS-E 24mm f/3.5L II

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Review Date: Aug 3, 2010 Recommend? yes | Price paid: Not Indicated | Rating: 10 

 
Pros: IQ now up with the best and with movements
Cons:
Cost but if used to it's full potential 'good' value

I used the mark I version for years and loved it but found it lacking in may optical ways on FF digital.
The TS-E are the reason I got into Canon and am still here as a landscape shooter.
This lens takes time to master and if you do not use the tilt and shift function a lot then there is equal glass for less money. The price will keep the casual shooter away but it one of those unique items like the 85/1.2L that is a gem in the Canon lineup.


 
Canon EF 35mm f/1.4L USM

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Review Date: Dec 11, 2009 Recommend? yes | Price paid: Not Indicated | Rating: 10 

 
Pros: Speed, Image quality, Build, AF Speed
Cons:
Only thing that held me back for year was price

I bought this lens for low light work and am very happy with it. I mostly use it for events - quite often with a bit of flash. For night / indoor events like wedding receptions, it is the 1st lens I break out on a FF body. You do need to be careful at f/1.4 - DOF is quite shallow so it does not work well for group shots close up but stop it down a bit for those situations.
I do like it as a general purpose walk-around lens. The speed is second to none and while I miss the range of my 24-105 zoom at times, I never get tired of the shots I get at f/1.4 in lower light situations. A lot of travel type shots are taken in locations with 'no flash' rules - this is the lens for those situations.
While expensive ( compared to the similar Canon 50/1.4 ) I suspect this is the price you pay for the image quality ( general & edge sharpness ) but I do find it a bit over priced.


 
Canon TS-E 24mm f/3.5L

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Review Date: Aug 1, 2005 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $1,000.00 | Rating: 10 

 
Pros: Tilt/shift function is without equal for landscape pics. Build quality is great, built like a tank.
Cons:
Learning curve & price

Once you use this lens for landscape pics you will never go back. The ability to shoot nearly wide open at twlight and use a bit of tilt to get sharp near to far pictures at higher shutter speeds is amazing.
The TS-E lenses are not easy tools to master but once you invest the time to learn them they reward with amazing images. The first couple of times you use them the "I spent how much on this ...." will come to mind. Stick with it, read up on LF tilts/swings/shifts then get out and shoot.
Do not over look the ability to "pan" and stich with the shift function. Works great on less than full frame DLSR's. You get some of your 24 mm back from the crop factor without messing with a pano setup.
Optically, not up to the 24/1.4 at f/4 but then you can't tilt the 1.4 - so the TS-E still wins in my book. Lack of AF for landscape pictures not a factor, the angle finder helps with crop factor bodies.