Canon Europe this morning announced the new TS-E 17mm ƒ/4L tilt-shift lens, the widest-angle TS lens ever offered by anybody. There's also a new "II" version of the TS-E 24mm.
The major new feature is that the new lenses allow users to rotate the direction of the tilt and shift functions independently of each other. (They were always operable separately, just not independently rotatable.)
No word on price yet, but let's just say if you don't routinely depreciate new lenses, you're not in the target demographic. Then again, seeing as how we now do in software most of the things we used to do with the shift function of T-S lenses, these offerings are unabashedly for certain types of pros, architectural and product shooters mainly. Canon deserves a lot of credit for offerings like this, however. It understands that the availability of a wide range of lens options makes its whole system more attractive. In the past, I've known pros who switched brands just for T-S lenses, and I've known Nikon-shooting pros who bought whole Canon outfits just to use the TS-E lenses.
And you gotta admit, this is one cool-looking hunk of exotica!
(Thanks to Mahesh Venkitachalam)
Featured Comment by Speed: "Canon has posted USA pricing: The TS-E 24mm ƒ/3.5L II is expected to ship in May for an estimated retail price of $2,199.00. The TS-E 17mm ƒ/4L is expected to ship in May for an estimated retail price of $2,499.00."