How Sharp is it ??
If you have being following my posts on Google+, you will know I use the Canon 24mm TS-E Mk2 lens on the 5D Mk2 all of the time for my landscape photography.
The answer is simple, and it's this : It's one of the best if not the best Lens from Canon. It's sharp and the contrast is great. The quality of the images from this lens is better than the 24mm fixed L'series lens from Canon.
However, it gets better. As this is a tilt and shift lens you can achieve crazy Depth of Field (DOF) at any aperture setting. Set the aperture to say f/8 or f/11 and tilt the lens down you will get a images which is sharp from the tip of your nose to infinity.
Look at the attacked image. Both cameras were manually focused at the same point. I used a point in the middle of the frame so as too remove any differences from sensor / lens size. One was taken with an APS-C camera fitted with a 12mm lens and the other is from the 24mm TS-E on the 5D Mk2.
Which is which ?
The 100% zoom window will show you just how sharp the image is from the TS-E lens using a small tilt ( 1.5 degree ) compared to the normal fixed focal lens.
But there is more.
By using the shift functions of the lens you can combine 3 images together to produce one image of 40megapixels. I will post more about this next week.
This lens is not cheap by any means, but if you want your landscape images to be sharp front to back, side to side then you have to invest in a TS-E lens.
If you want to know more about using a TS-E lens then you should take a look at this ebook from oopoomoo.com
called "The Tilt-Shift Lens Advantage" by +Darwin Wiggett
& Samentha Chrysanthou.+Canon Users +Ireland #ireland #tiltshiftphotography