Canon TS-E 45mm f/2.8 Tilt-Shift Lens

Model #2536A004

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Dimensions (dxl) Approx. 3.2 x 3.5" (8.13 x 8.89 cm)
Filter thread 72 mm
Weight 1.42 lb (644 g)


Magnification 0.16x
Diaphragm blades 8
Aperture Maximum: f/2.8
Minimum: f/22
Maximum reproduction ratio 1:6.25
Format compatibility 35mm Film / Full-Frame Digital Sensor
Canon (APS-C)
Tilt/shift Tilt ± 8°
Shifts ± 11mm
Groups/elements 9/10
Camera mount type Canon EF
Angle of view 51°
Minimum focus distance 1.31' (40 cm)
Focal length 45 mm


Image stabilization No
Tripod collar No
Autofocus No
Expert Reviews
8 December 2014

Tilt-shift lenses appear to be quite in fashion at the moment, although the high cost of these specialist lenses normally make it so that many photographers cannot justify the cost, despite its benefits with control of the focal plane and of distortion.

The digital picture.34755376
3 August 2004

The Canon TS-E 45mm f/2.8 Tilt-Shift Lens brings tilt, shift and rotate movements to a digital (or film) SLR format camera body. In near-standard focal length, the TS-E 45 delivers excellent optical quality . First, what is a Tilt-Shift lens?

Consumer electronics net.32824926
3 December 2007

There are certain types of photography that only a very bulky monorail camera, or some field cameras, have excelled at in the past. Subjects like architecture where keystoning is a problem, or landscape and close-ups where obtaining enough depth-of-field to keep your subject in focus is critical.

31 October 2014

Overall, this old lens delivers excellent image quality, and a good range of adjustments for a reasonable price. However, it would be nice if tilt and shift could be rotated independently, and if it could focus closer. If you can live with these shortcomings, it is still an excellent lens.

  • +

    Priced reasonably, Excellent optical performance, Solid build, Good, solid controls over tilt-shift movements

  • -

    Cannot rotate tilt and shift independently, Closest focus is only 40cm

User Reviews
B h photo.32817553
11 March 2015

I shoot architecture, so TS is useful for me. I have the whole range of Canon ts lenses and this is by far the poorest offering.The "tack sharp" reviews on here are wide of the mark.

19 December 2016

I've owned this lens for about 4 years now, and I will occasionally use it for architecture photography, when I have the time to get the shot right (and the results are stunning) but 95% of the time I use it during weddings for interesting atmosphere and unexpected portraits results.

Imaging resource.34355410
3 November 2011

The possibility's are enormous if you know how to use the lens, it is not so very easy to learn. I like the 45 mm on a FF very much, just in the middle of my two favourite's , the 35 mm and the 50/55 mm. It is easy to create miniature with this lens.

  • +

    Offcourse all the nice things you can do with a tilt/shift lens. 45 mm is nice on a FF camera. Very good build.

  • -

    I do not like the bokeh, the only con I can think off.

8 November 2012

I bought this for my son, well, we bought it together for his photography business. He has only been able to borrow this lens on photo shoots before this purchase. He lives in a different state than I do and although we talk almost every day, each conversation now has something great to say about...

Photography review.34752477
4 June 2007

I must admit this lens did suprise me a lot. Ostensibly is it versatile, but the main feature reallyis it's sharpness. Without question it satisfied all of my field photography yearnings, but it also came through perfectly with contrast and color saturation for portraits.

  • +

    Sharpness and versatility.

  • -

    Could be built a little better.

B h photo.32817553
8 March 2017

Very charming lens. I love the quality and colors of the pictures.

B h photo.32817553
26 October 2016

I have used this lens for ten years and it is probably the single most used lens in my bag. I am a commercial photographer doing interior, lifestyle, food and product photography for magazines and advertising.

B h photo.32817553
10 April 2016

Thought I would try the lens for HDR landscapes. The chromatic aberration is so high that I get rainbows in the HDR results. Works fine for standard landscapes as long as I correct for the aberration.

7 April 2016

It's not that sharp. The maximum aperture is just okay. There's some notable chromatic aberration, and it's hard to fix in post. Of course, there's no autofocus. For all its foibles, though, I like shooting with it.

7 September 2015

Excellent for architectural shots!<br />First class for landscapes with extended depth of field at mid range apertures.

  • +

    Consistent Output, Durable, Easily Interchangeable, Quick Focus, Rugged, Sharp Focus, Strong Construction

Product Highlights
  • Tilt-Shift Manual Focus Lens
  • For EOS Cameras
  • Aperture Range: f/2.8-22
  • Floating Lens System and Rear Focusing
  • Maximum Tilt: +/- 8º
  • Maximum Shift: +/- 11mm
  • Tilt & Shift Singly or In Combination
  • Mount Rotation: 90º Left and Right
  • Minimum Focus Distance: 15.6"
  • Truly Circular Diaphragm
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In The Box
  • Canon TS-E 45mm f/2.8 Tilt-Shift Lens
  • E-72 II 72mm Lens Cap
  • Lens Dust Cap E (Rear)
  • EW-79B II Lens Hood
  • LP1216 Pouch
  • Limited 1-Year Warranty
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