I'm thinking of soon (after saving a bit more $$) getting my first TS lens.
I was thinking of going for the 24mm one.
Would this be the best choice to start with? I don't have any primes near this focal length, so it would be something good I was thinking, for regular AND TS photography. And I figured it is good and wide enough for landscapes, building shooting...maybe even for commercial real estate.
Arguments out there pro/con for me on my first TS lens?
This is probably the best TS lens to start out with. It works well for building exteriors and for general purposes. It has generally been my second most used lens on vacations after my 70-200/2.8 II. Unlike the TS-E 17 it accepts filters (well, you can technically put filters on the TS-E 17 but it is expensive and a bit bulky) and has minimal flare problems.
I also own the TS-E 17. It is a nice lens but not as sharp as the TS-E 24 II and flares badly. It also has a huge bulb in the front to protect. It is definitely a wonderful lens and my primary lens for interiors, but the 24 is much more versatile. Note that some people buy the TS-E 17 and put a 1.4 extender on it. Yes, this will work, but you will lose sharpness and will still have the glare issues. I would never do that.
About TS-E 17mm f/4L I often come cross to the same conclusion, that is something like this, that the Canon TS-24mm f/3.5L II is superior to the wider one TS-E 17mm.
However my experience is quite the opposite.
I have both lenses and I have used them both side by side, for about two years now, with my full frame EOS.
The IQ with TS-E 17mm has been by a fair degree sharper compared with my my TS-24 II.
I also use the TS-E 90/2.8 which can be used almost like a macro maybe better to call it close-up-lens, and I have also tested this 90mm TSE with the EF1.4xIII,
and also with Extension Tubes II.
• But the most useful of the two wide angle TS-E´s , is still the Canon TS-24mm f/3.5L II and it also takes filters such as graduated ND filters.
( But please do not forget - it is manual lens! But you can use it as a "normal" 24mm-lens with very good IQ if you do not shift-nor-tilt it! As soon you do that you need also to do the exposure all manually but if not shifted nor tilted your camera can measure the light situation correctly.)
About the TS-E 17mm f/4L in use I can tell you that you need to always think twice when handling this lens and surely some extra care is required to keep
that bulgeous glass pristine and without scratches!
I think that the difference between my two TS-E lenses might be only maybe because my specific one of the Canon TS-E 17mm seems to be a top-notch one.
But of course if Canon can make even a better TS-E 90mm f/2.8 maybe with the "L" sign I would maybe even be interested in an upgrade.
These are my poor 2cents.
( LOL@Neuro´s comment about the TS 12-400mm f/2 pancake!!! hahaha! a good one!)
Wishing you all here happy shootings! It is spring season here in Sweden but delayed by almost three weeks!
All the Best!