I had the opportunity to experience with a Canon TS-E 24mm f/3.5 II lens in the two major cities that surrounded me. This is a member of Canon’s Tilt-Shift lens series. First, I took the lens with me to the Grand Central Station in New York City. I always saw this station as an impressive example to old fashion architecture, and setting. Not to mention, perfect lighting for photography, allowing great ambient lighting as long as the photographer can keep the camera steady! There used to be another station like this New York, Penn Station. Unfortunately modern design turned it into non photogenic.
Next I went to Philadelphia and photographed two icons located and the “X” intersection of 9th and Passyunk Avenue. This is the birthplace of the famed Chesesteak, a Philadelphia dish and icon. This intersection is dominated by two Chesesteak giants; Pat’s King of Steaks which started it all, and Gino’s Steaks, which claimed to have perfected the recipe.
This interesting lens offers a new perspective. It gives a unique depth of field, making objects appear distorted and look like toys. It is a fun lens to use, but not recommended for the beginner. It is manual focus only, and requires a good eye. Finally, it is not something to overuse, or else something supposedly exciting would quickly become boring. In addition, the distortion cannot be corrected if one desires to reverse it. Overall it is one of the specialty lenses that would be used only on very rare occasions.