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Re: WA lens advice 16-35 II or the TSE 17
« Reply #15 on: June 10, 2013, 03:51:41 AM »

Once you get used to TS-Es, you'll wish that all your lenses had those movements!  But it's manual and you'll have to have a different workflow to get the best out of it.  A lot of people have chimed in that it requires a bit more care because of its convex front element, but care should also be taken with water.  There are hinges and slots for the movements, and they are not sealed.

Shift is easy to do handheld, but controlling the DOF precisely to throw more of the frame in focus will require live view/tripod.  Exposure bracketing and post processing can simulate NDs.  Whereas filters put all the work up front, the TS-17 will require less work up front but more at the backend.  Yes, some filter setups are starting to come out for these lenses, but I'm not keen on carrying a bag of lenses and then another bag for the larger filters.  Some can't be simulated (i.e. polarizer) but some tilt movements can't be simulated in post either.  It's a trade off.

I see more of a difference between AF/MF rather than MF and tilt shift.  If you don't use the TS functions, then you'll essentially have an awesome non-weather resistant MF lens...

Thanks ... I used a TS-E 24mm for over a month earlier this year and loved it. I was initially planning to get that lens but I've heard that the TS-E 17 works pretty well with the 1.4x extender so that's basically two lenses in one (with the extender attached). The 24-70 II is excellent @ 24mm where the TS functions are not required so I'm now going to get the TS-17.

The TS functions are a steep learning curve but the shots were excellent when I got it right.

I'm quite used to shooting with a tripod since I had issues with my left wrist last year. Though the ailment is gone, I find myself using the tripod more often than not so this should not be a problem.

Still feel that not having the option to use filters is a bummer so I will have to improve my PP ... I guess one can't have everything  ;)
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Re: WA lens advice 16-35 II or the TSE 17
« Reply #15 on: June 10, 2013, 03:51:41 AM »

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Re: WA lens advice 16-35 II or the TSE 17
« Reply #16 on: June 10, 2013, 07:25:25 AM »
Thanks for the replies. I'm going to buy the TS-E 17mm next month.

The only thing that I am left wondering is whether it would be smarter to get a used 17-40 as well for a "grab and go lens" as Neuro mentioned above.

Cheers ... J.R.

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Re: WA lens advice 16-35 II or the TSE 17
« Reply #17 on: June 10, 2013, 09:36:46 AM »

I was also thinking about buying 14L or 17 TSE. After playing with friends 14L for 2 days, I realized learning curve with these lenses will be huge for me. getting a good composition with such a wide lens is not always easy. past weekend I stumbled upon Samyang 14 2.8 in one shady shop in a shady market area. I ended up buying it.

I am planning to spend my weekend with the lens but, so far, sample shots from the lens is really impressing me (esp for the price I paid for the lens). It feels solid and gut feeling says that my 17-40 is already jealous with it.

Two sample shots direct from the camera with no processing (I am yet to learn on how to process images from this lens).  one is outside the shop I bought it from and other one near my apt.
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Re: WA lens advice 16-35 II or the TSE 17
« Reply #18 on: June 10, 2013, 09:48:39 AM »
and yes, I bought it for slightly less than 300 USD. I will see if this focal length grows on me or not. I am pretty sure with correct composition and technique, this lens can give me lot of memorable images (it is really sharp and I, somehow, find it at-par if not better than my 17-40).

I know I am muddying the water but I thought of sharing my experience as I was also thinking about same few weeks ago.
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Re: WA lens advice 16-35 II or the TSE 17
« Reply #19 on: June 10, 2013, 11:35:01 AM »
How about the Carl Zeiss Distagon T* 18mm f/3.5? I was also looking for a sharp WA lens for my 5D, I choose the Carl Zeiss 18/3.5, and the lens is extremely sharp corner to corner – only the 17 TS lens can compete with, and the Carl Zeiss lens have 82mm filter thread.

The Swedish magazine Foto have rated the Carl Zeiss Distagon T* 18mm f/3.5 as one of the sharpest tested lenses, http://tidningenfoto.se/de-skarpaste-objektiven-fotos-tio-i-topp-lista/#Carl%20Zeiss%20Distagon%20T*%2018/3,5%20ZF


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Re: WA lens advice 16-35 II or the TSE 17
« Reply #20 on: June 10, 2013, 12:18:54 PM »
Tested a 17-40 over a weekend. Center ok, edges very soft plus heavy CAs.
Owned a 16-35 II: Center very good, edges: sigh. Soft again, even at f8....

Sold it, bought a Tokina 16-28/2,8. And this lens I like to use now.
@ Neuro: although it has a bulbous front element, it doesnt need TLC. But it gets it anyway....

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Re: WA lens advice 16-35 II or the TSE 17
« Reply #21 on: June 10, 2013, 01:25:20 PM »


Still feel that not having the option to use filters is a bummer so I will have to improve my PP ... I guess one can't have everything  ;)

You can - it just gets relatively expensive and you loose a little bit of shift (you still get plenty though, like +/- 8mm).  Even for this FL I need a polarizer so got the Cokin X-Pro system.  Fit it onto a modified spare lenscap and it's nicer to use that a regular filter system IMO.   You can also get grads and I presume ND filters if you want.

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Re: WA lens advice 16-35 II or the TSE 17
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Re: WA lens advice 16-35 II or the TSE 17
« Reply #22 on: June 10, 2013, 02:49:43 PM »
Tender Loving Care.  ;)

Also, no front filter threads on the TS-E 17L.

IQ is very good with the 1.4x - check TDP's ISO 12233 crops.

Ok :D.

No filter threads is a bummer though. Any workarounds?

I use this from Fotodiox. Beautifully made and works ....wonders. Shown here with a circular polarizer.

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Re: WA lens advice 16-35 II or the TSE 17
« Reply #23 on: June 11, 2013, 01:42:01 AM »
Tender Loving Care.  ;)

Also, no front filter threads on the TS-E 17L.

IQ is very good with the 1.4x - check TDP's ISO 12233 crops.

Ok :D.

No filter threads is a bummer though. Any workarounds?

I use this from Fotodiox. Beautifully made and works ....wonders. Shown here with a circular polarizer.

Awesome ... thanks for the help!
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Re: WA lens advice 16-35 II or the TSE 17
« Reply #23 on: June 11, 2013, 01:42:01 AM »