Yesterday I got myself a new lens, the Canon 17mm F4 TSE and of course I had to try it out right away. For those not familiar with this lens, it’s a specialized tilt shift lens, great for architecture, interior and panorama shots. I will do more articles about this lens, as I also want to do a guide on shifting and tilting, but for today, few of my first observations after few hours of use:

– great sharpness
– the area you can cover is crazy big, this is one really wide lens (if you shift)
– quite easy to use, but the knobs could have been a bit bigger
– looks like its easier to catch lens flares, but that is not a big surprise
– the light leaks are quite visible in longer exposures, will have to experiment if this is only when shifted, and look for some nice cover for the lens

So my first impressions of it, are that I’m really happy with the purchase, will see how it works out on my next trip :)

This is a 4 shot pano (I did the horizontal shift to get three shots, and then rotated the lens and did one more vertical shift to get the top of the castle, see first comment for a merged panorama without photoshop edits). This ended up as a 75Mpix image after cropping. That is really a lot. Btw. the towers are not the same size, the left one is bigger, thats why it looks different.

I’m including a shot of just the panorama before photoshop edits. As you can see, the corners are missing, as you cant shift into them. I filled them in with Photoshop. Was not that hard as it was just the sky :)

Bratislava Castle

Technique: Photoshop Edit, Number of exposures: 4, Camera Model: Sony a7R + Metabones MkIII Adapter, Lens: Canon 17mm F4 TSE, Focal length: 17mm, Aperture: 9, Middle exposure time: 3.2s, ISO: 100, Tripod used: yes, Location: 48.141558, 17.100143