Canon TS-E 24mm f/3.5 L II - Review / Lens Test - Verdict
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Verdict

We raved already about the qualities of the extraordinary Canon TS-E 17mm f/4 L and the Canon TS-E 24mm f/3.5 L II is basically on the same high level. When using the lens based on conventional settings it behaves pretty much like an excellent, albeit a little slow, 24mm prime lens. The center performance is outstanding here followed by very good borders/corners and that's straight from f/3.5 till f/11. The level of barrel distortions is minimal. The lateral CAs are minimal which contributes to the very high sharpness perception. The vignetting figures are better than usual although critical eyes will still find a little light falloff at f/3.5 on full format DSLRs.
Now it's not overly surprising that the lens is capable of providing a very high quality based on a neutral shift setting. But what about the extremes then ? There is, of course, a decrease in image quality when shifting the image frame towards the edges of the image circle. This is most obvious at f/3.5 where you can spot some corner softness and, of course, a higher amount of vignetting. The corner softness is gone by f/5.6 and the vignetting issue is also very much reduced here. The image quality is generally very good from f/5.6 till f/11. Lateral CAs remain a non-issue here as well.

Typical for tilt-shift lenses you've to live without AF but if in doubt your camera's LiveView feature should help in critical situations. The build quality is absolutely stellar but then you can expect no less from a lens in this price class. The metal body design in conjunction with the large glass elements results in a fairly big and heavy package though so be prepared for that if you consider such a lens.

Regarding its optical qualities and the immense creative potential we can only conclude ... highly recommended!

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