Along with the new 85mm f/1.4L IS, Canon recently announced three new tilt-shift lenses with macro capabilities, an intriguing combination that should excite product, food, macro, and portrait photographers alike. Here's a first look at working with the lenses and some scenarios where their unique capabilities really come to the forefront.
Besides tilt-shift capabilities, what makes Canon's new lenses so intriguing is their 1:2 macro capabilities. Architectural photographers have been using tilt-shift lenses for years, while those who need higher magnifications (macro and product photographers) have been using macro lenses. Tilt-shift lenses have even found their way into the bags of many portrait photographers. In particular, a telephoto length tilt-shift lens can offer some very interesting possibilities. But beyond artistic effects, having macro and tilt-shift capabilities in the same lens provides a very practical capability: by tilting the focus plane, one can reduce or eliminate the need for focus stacking, as the video above demonstrates. Furthermore, tilting the plane allows you to get a deeper depth of field at wider apertures, which is a real advantage depending on how much light you have available. These lenses look like they'll be a lot of fun to try out. If you're interested, you can preorder them here.