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keithcooper

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Looking at the TS-E135mm F4L Macro
« on: March 07, 2018, 12:13:48 pm »

Canon UK kindly lent me one of these and I've written up a lengthy review that tries to look a bit more at the how and the why of using such a lens as well as the usual specs/pics.

Hope it's of some interest.

http://www.northlight-images.co.uk/ts-e-135mm-f-4l-macro-review/

The 135mm goes back on Friday, but I should get the 50mm next week, which is likely to add another 2200 lens to my wishlist ;-)

Apologies in advance to true LF camera movement experts, but it's partly aimed at the 'what is tilt/shift' audience...
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Re: Looking at the TS-E135mm F4L Macro
« Reply #1 on: March 07, 2018, 12:59:12 pm »

Thanks Keith. I'm a bit disappointed Canon didn't keep the 45mm focal length in the new version but the optical upgrade should be worth it.
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Re: Looking at the TS-E135mm F4L Macro
« Reply #2 on: March 07, 2018, 01:42:30 pm »

Thank you for the review.  I was a bit disappointed in the 1:2 maximum reproduction ratio.  Did you, by chance, test this with the Canon 1.4x and 2x to get closer to a 1:1 repro ratio?
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Re: Looking at the TS-E135mm F4L Macro
« Reply #3 on: March 07, 2018, 03:44:00 pm »

Thank you for the review.  I was a bit disappointed in the 1:2 maximum reproduction ratio.  Did you, by chance, test this with the Canon 1.4x and 2x to get closer to a 1:1 repro ratio?

Sorry - I don't own either of them

You can get close to 1:1 with a bit more extension tube than I used, however getting close to 1:1 rapidly diminishes the amount of tilt available (see the example from using the +3 close-up lens)

I've seen it mentioned elsewhere that the Canon 500D close-up lens is usable (more so than the cheapo one I had laying around here - which was dismal)
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Re: Looking at the TS-E135mm F4L Macro
« Reply #4 on: March 07, 2018, 11:32:16 pm »

i've had good results using the 500D on my old 90 TS, also the 1.4x - not the 2x
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Re: Looking at the TS-E135mm F4L Macro
« Reply #5 on: March 08, 2018, 11:07:15 pm »

I had a chance today to take a few test shots with my recently acquired Canon 135mm TS-E in combination with Canon extension tubes and the Canon 1.4x III TC. I used a portion of a ruler as a target, and attempted to keep the left edge of the frame lined up with the 100mm mark on the ruler. I've attached a few of the resulting images in the hope that they might help answer questions about 1:1 reproduction. The lens was set at its closest focusing distance and the camera was moved on a focus rail to achieve focus.

Mary
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Re: Looking at the TS-E135mm F4L Macro
« Reply #6 on: March 09, 2018, 09:30:36 am »

Wow, looks like you got a bit past 1:1 :)
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