Drew May Photography | The 17 mill tilt shift my second love.

The 17 mill tilt shift my second love.

May 21, 2014  •  Leave a Comment

This weeks blog will be about A little Lens that I purchased a couple of weeks ago. If you haven’t figured out by now I have purchased the Canon TS-e 17 mm  F4L. At first I thought it was going to be difficult lens to get used to but I found it to be something that I’m going to fall in love with. 


In the past month I have used this lens almost exclusively every time I find a landscape. For some unknown reason I find a pleasure in its distortion it’s use to very wonderful lens. It’s very sharp, extremely well-made, and smooth as silk. The only thing I wish it had would be weatherproofing. It’s not a massive distractor but it is something to think about mostly in dusty locations. 


To those who don’t know this lens is always completely manual focus system, it has focused confirmation but if you can’t focus A lens manually this is not the lens for you. The simple fact that just about everything is in focus being that it’s a 17 mm, makes it very easy to get most things in focus especially if you pick anything around F8 or F11. If you don’t know this is not my only tilt shift lens I do have a 24 mm Mii as well. I still love that lens as well. And I’m sure in time the glow of the 17 mm will fade, and I will once again pick up a 24 mm and use it far more often. As I also find a great interest in the remainder of the tilt shift lenses in the Canon stable I look forward checking out of 90 mm as well as the 45 mm. But I have heard that Canon has plans to improve both of these lenses and quite possibly add one more telephoto, this gets me very interested I seem to be more and more interested until shift lenses.


It’s true that both of these two tilt shift lenses are not exactly the cheapest lenses in Canon’s stable of lenses, but for me as a landscape photographer, they are irreplaceable. And I am sure they will be gloriously held in my camera bag for many years to come. 


The reason I have chosen a 17 mm and it found its way into my bag, I spent many many days, realizing just how much I was using my 17-40mm on any other focal length than 17 mm. And I found the only reason I pulled the 17-40mm out of my bag was because I was interested in the 17mm part of the lens. Now it’s true that the 17-40 mm is substantially cheaper than the 17 mm tilt shift but I was willing to accept the difference in price for a better quality and I am not sorry. Understand first off the 17-40 mm is a high-quality lens and well worth it’s price, I’m not detracting from in anyway. 


I’m not going to go into prices that’s not what I’m going to harp about there’s enough of that going on on the Internet, I don’t wish to be one of the gang. I will say this I was told long ago that if you truly are doing something that you love get the best you can afford you will never be sorry, And it will last and in the end it will be cheaper than buying two or three of the cheaper version.

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I will state as a changed to the 17 mm I was presented with an issue, and that issue was filters. I looked quite diligently for a way to mountain neutral density filter on my 17 mm. If you understand as a landscape photographer there are two filters that are almost a necessity in our camera bags. One is of course a polarizer because it cannot easily be corrected or created in Photoshop. The other filter is a neutral density filter, and for me that’s very important as well. So begin the quest to find amount that would fit on my lovely new 17 mm and I was drawn to only one company and that is Lee. I have to say I do like the system the filters and it will be interesting to continue to use them. I will give you a further information on them later as it’s still new and I can’t really form a true opinion of their quality but so far I’m very impressed.   

MovementMovementStanding by a little northern Alberta lake just as winter looses it's grip, capturing movement in the clouds.

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This image is truly an example of the Lee filter system in use. It's in many minute photograph only made possible on the 17 mm Tilt shift with the Lee filter system and a Big Stopper filter.


The seasons starting to change and summer is truly here for once, lightning season is coming. And it’s very exciting. So I find myself editing images from last year and I’m looking forward to capturing is much inclement weather as I possibly can find. It’s truly exciting for me and I find myself for some unknown reason drawn to the drama in the clouds it’s going to be a good year.


See you again Cheers!!


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