Panorama of Hong Kong from Victoria Peak
Victoria Peak in Hong Kong is one of my favorite vantage points in the world. This is my first photo in this blog taken there, but it certainly won’t be the last one. I took it long time ago with a Canon 6D and a quite unusual lens, the TS-E 17mm f/4 L.
The two letters T/S mean it is a tilt-shift lens allowing you to control the perspective. When you photograph tall buildings with regular lenses standing on the ground you will notice that parallel vertical lines are no longer parallel but converging. With a tilt-shift lens you can tilt the lens so that it is parallel to the image plane, which enables you to achieve a natural perspective in architectural photography. I like this lens very much, although this is not a lens for everyone. It it is bulky, heavy, expensive, the front element is bulbous, so no filters can be used with it.
I really like this lens. You could say: oh, you can just correct the perspective and vertical lines in Photoshop or Lightroom. It is not the same, by doing it in post-processing you lose some field of view and resolution, an ultra wide angle lens would then just be a “wide angle lens”. You could say: oh, you can stitch several photos taken with a regular lens, for example a 16-35 mm. Yes, you can stitch photos. Can you do the same with videos? No, you can’t. Therefore in some cases this lens is truly irreplaceable and unique, and that is why I like it so much.