Huge News! I’m selling my Canon 17mm tilt-shift lens at the oopoomoo Iceland talk!

by on Oct 25, 2012 in Announcements, Talks | 6 Comments

First things first: we have less than 10 spots available for our Twoonie Talk – Two Weeks in Iceland: Tales of (mis)-Adventure which will be held this Saturday (Oct. 27) at the Days Inn in Cochrane, Alberta from 2 – 4 pm. You do need to register in advance by sending us an email at So bring your twoonie and come see our unpublished images and a video or two about our adventures in Iceland. For example, in a country with so little vegetation, where do you go when nature calls? Come and find out! (Note: this talk is now SOLD OUT)

Catherine, our assistant will also be making her speaking debut — no pressure Catherine 😉

©Samantha Chrysanthou – The elusive and rare Iceland outhouse!

And now… drum roll please. Believe it or not, I’m selling one of my tilt-shift lenses!!! I know, I can’t believe it either!

Yes, I am giving up my Canon 17mm f4L tilt-shift lens. For those of you who don’t know me well, I’m a preaching disciple of the Tilt-Shift lens because I believe they are the absolute best lenses for landscape photography – see why here.

So why am I selling this super cool, ultra-wide tilt-shift lens? Well… for practical reasons. As cool as it is to own the 17mm tilt-shift lens, I find the 24mm tilt-shift lens more in line with my creative vision and personality. I’m not really an extreme wide-angle guy. Plus Samantha and I plan to do more assignment work with people and I really should get a more practical lens like a 24-70mm f2.8 zoom for that work. So my 17mm TS-E is looking for a home. It will be at the Iceland Talk ready to be adopted by a loving owner. Register for the talk and come see this cute bug-eyed lens! 😉

To buy this lens new in Alberta will cost you $2725.00 with GST. I am selling mine (in excellent condition) for $2100.00 (includes GST, all the goodies in the original box plus our Tilt-Shift eBook on CD).

Here’s how it works: I’d rather not bother with mailing the lens, hence why I am selling it at our Twoonie Talk on Iceland on Saturday.  So, anyone seriously interested in obtaining this lens be sure to come to the Iceland Talk (and be ready to buy with cash!). I’ll sell the lens at the mid-break in the show (should be entertaining). If there’s more than one of ya, we’ll do a draw out of a hat from those of you who have cash in hand. This is a great chance to see the lens before you buy! Below are several images from Abraham Lake made with this lens.

©Darwin Wiggett – Ice Bubbles on Abraham Lake using the TS-E 17mm lens

©Darwin Wiggett – Snow Drifts and Mountain Shadows on Abraham Lake using the TS-E 17mm lens

©Darwin Wiggett – Lone Leaf on Abraham Lake using the 17mm TS-E lens

Also at the Iceland Talk I will have a new, in-the-box (only used once) Sigma AF 150mm f/2.8 EX DG HSM APO Macro OS lens for sale (Canon mount). A long telephoto macro lens is a boon to anyone who wants to get close-ups of nature subjects but have a good working distance between the lens and the subject (especially important for rattlesnakes, poisonous spiders, and angry field mice). New this lens is $1300 with GST. I am selling mine complete with original 10-year warranty for $1000 (includes GST). Come check it out! Same rules apply; I’ll sell it at mid-break.

©Darwin Wiggett – The super aggressive Spittoon plant photographed from a safe distance using the Sigma 150mm f2.8 macro lens.

And finally… speaking of sales, the Cochrane Camera Club is having a huge Swap and Sale of used gear on November 10, 2012 at the Cochrane Alliance Church. This event is free to participate in or to attend. If you have gear you want to sell, tables are free; you just have to book a table. And of course if you are looking to buy, come with cash! All the information you need is on this downloadable PDF. Catherine will be there staffing our oopoomoo booth where we will have lots more goodies to sell then!

©Darwin Wiggett – What will Samantha sell at the Cochrane Camera Club Swap and Sale on Novemeber 10, 2012?

About the Author

I am a Canadian landscape and outdoor photographer who loves long hikes in the woods, yummy food, hairy dogs, good company and a good guitar jam.


  1. Scott Dimond
    October 25, 2012

    I just heard that pigs are flying in circles over hell, which, by the way, is completely frozen over. In other news, Darwin is selling one of his Tilt Shift lenses…

    • Samantha
      October 26, 2012

      I know, I know…but glaciers melt, volcanoes erupt and every now and then acts of God do occur in the photo world.

    • Stephen
      October 26, 2012

      …and Darwin is curled up in the corner of his bedroom rocking and shivering with nightmares.

  2. Eirik Berntsen
    October 26, 2012

    Hi Darwin, great site, loving your work, great source of inspiration for me. I have a question for you that is a bit off-topic, hopefully it’s not rude of me to ask here.

    I’m thinking about getting the TS-E 24mm mk. II, and was wondering if you have any experience with trying to use Cokin P-size filters on this lens? I have a set of Singh-Ray ND grads and a couple of sprocket polarizers for Cokin P, and wouldn’t really want to switch them all out in favor of the larger 4×6 ones just for this lens. Do they vignette badly with this lens, without any tilt/shift applied, and if not, how much can you tilt/shift before vignetting becomes apparent?

    Thank you!

    • Darwin Wiggett
      October 26, 2012

      Hi Eirik,

      I can only take a small credit for the content of the oopoomoo site. It really is a team effort with Samantha (my creative and life partner), Stephen (our web and eBook designer) and Catherine our faithful assistant and blog author.

      As far as the filters, the Cokin P-series holder will work on this lens but as soon as you shift or tilt you’ll get vignetting. The drop-in polarizer for the Cokin P-Holder will vignette as well. Sorry to say but you’ll either have to buy a dedicated 82mm thread in polarizer and hand-hold your P-series grads or invest in the 4×6 holder system. Darn!

    • Eirik Berntsen
      October 26, 2012

      Thanks for your response. Think I’m gonna go ahead and get the lens anyway, and figure out what to do with the filters next!

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