It was with a particularly heavy heart that I finally packaged the Canon 24mm tilt shift lens back into it’s box and sent it on it’s merry way back to LensPimp just over a week ago.
I’m sure you’ll have guessed from the opening sentence that I enjoyed using it. Having employed it on three different shoots during the 7 days I had it, as well as for some personal work, I was amazed at just how many times it turned out to be my go-to lens. Not just for architectural work, but for landscapes too. Initially I was sceptical I would use a lens with such a wide field of view, preferring to stick with my stunning 35mm f1.4 – but use it I definitely did.
(Oh, I should tell you at this point that I’m writing this whilst listening to the brilliant Belle and Sebastian’s ‘The Boy with the Arab Strap’. If you’ve not heard it I strongly suggest you go and do so. It’s one seriously catchy tune!)
I initially went out to give the lens a test-run at St. Peter’s and St. Paul’s Church in Wantage – it being the tallest building in the area both inside and out. This was followed up with a job for the National Trust, one for an award winning and top UK Interior Designer and finally, a day photographing the stunning gardens of a leading Garden Designer based near Chipping Norton.
This lens really did earn the £80 hire charge!
Not only was I surprised with how easy it was to use, I was amazed with it’s flexibility, range of movements and standard lens comparable image quality. I was massively impressed by it’s edge to edge sharpness and lack of vignetting, which made using the shift movement to the extremes both creatively enjoyable and possible. The only thing that gave me cause for concern was the slight barrel distortion and a lack of automatic lens correction within Adobe Lightroom and Photoshop – but this really was fairly minor.
Naturally, with a lens this good, I’ve been seriously wrestling with the idea of purchasing it ever since – that may not happen just yet but it has been booked out again for the end of the month (big grin). In my line of photography, I’m sure a purchase will be on the cards at some point.