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Tuesday, 17 October 2017

More Canon milestones

Canon has reached two major production milestones—a cumulative total of 90 million interchangeable-lens EOS cameras and 130 million1 EF-series interchangeable lenses. An EOS 5D Mark IV was the 90 millionth EOS Series camera to be produced. An EF 16-35mm f2.8L III USM became the company’s 130 millionth interchangeable lens.




https://www.canon-europe.com/press-centre/press-releases/2017/10/eos-series-ef-lenses/


Thursday, 31 August 2017

EF 50mm f1.4 USM focus malfunction

Canon has issued details of a focus position malfunction with some EF 50mm f1.4 USM lenses. This lens was launched in 1993.

Details of the problem, and the lenses affected, are at:
EF 50mm f1.4 USM lens support


Tuesday, 29 August 2017

EOS M100 – new small and light entry level mirrorless camera from Canon

Canon has today launched EOS M100. Ideal for having on you all the time, EOS M100’s compact and stylish design allows you to spontaneously capture those everyday moments and lifelong stories. The camera’s array of creative filters and wireless connectivity allows you to shoot stunning images and upload straight to social media in just a few seconds.

Learning to use your new camera is easy thanks to EOS M100’s intuitive touchscreen, so switching between your smartphone and the camera is effortless. Mastering the camera’s settings is made simple with on-screen explanations, so whether you want to blur the background or brighten your subject, EOS M100 will give you the capability to create professional-looking images you’ll keep forever.

Key features
– Wi-Fi and Bluetooth connectivity
– Latest DIGIC 7 processor
– Dual Pixel CMOS AF
– 24.2MP APS-C sensor
– LCD flip-up touchscreen
– Smooth skin mode for perfect portraits and selfies
– Wide range of creative filters and Scene modes
– Compatible with all EF-M lenses, plus EF and EF-S lenses via optional adapter
– Highly customisable via colourful jackets and skins

Pricing and availability
The EOS M100 is available from October 2017 in the following kits:
•    EOS M100 Body Only – RSP €569.99/£449.99
•    EOS M100 + EF-M 15-45mm f3.5-6.3 IS STM – RSP €699.99/£569.99
•    EOS M100 + EF-M 15-45mm f3.5-6.3 IS STM and EF-M 22mm f2 STM – RSP €899.99/£699.99
•    EOS M100 + EF-M 15-45mm f3.5-6.3 IS STM and EF-M 55-200mm f4.5-6.3 IS STM – RSP €969.99/£769.99

See the full press release and specification for the Canon EOS M100 camera



Canon announces new Macro Twin Lite MT-26EX-RT radio wireless flash

Canon Macro Twin Lite MT-26EX-RT radio flash
Canon today announces the launch of the Macro Twin Lite MT-26EX-RT – a powerful, high-performance specialist flash for professional photography. Building on the rich feature set of its predecessor, the MT-24EX, the MT-26EX-RT possesses boosted illumination power, increased flexibility, enhanced durability and improved usability.

The MT-26EX-RT features Macro Twin Lights with moveable flash tubes, which can be positioned at five degree intervals around the lens. They can be rotated upwards or downwards, plus pivoted inwards or outwards, depending on the lighting requirements of the shot. The MT-26EX-RT also comprises high-brightness white LED focus lamps, which allows the camera to easily focus on objects and gauge how lighting impacts the shot prior to it being taken. The combined guide number for both tubes has been increased over the MT-24EX to 26/78 (ISO 100 in meters/feet).

The flash unit is supplied with new clip-on diffusers for each flash head, which soften the light from the flash. It also features a 5.5 second flash recharge time, or as fast as 2.5 seconds using the optional CP-E4N compact battery pack. A flash indicator is displayed on the LCD panel showing charge progress.

Radio Wireless Master functionality has been added to the MT-26EX-RT allowing it to control other Speedlite flash units wirelessly. Up to 15 units in five groups can be controlled to provide more light or to illuminate the background to create better separation between the subject and the background. The MT-26EX-RT can also control the exposure of remote Speedlite units via several different methods. Full auto exposure control can be metered by the camera through radio control using E-TTL. The power settings of each flash can also be set manually to ensure the output is controllable and consistent. Each flash unit can also have different exposure control methods, such as a blend of manual and E-TTL, for further flexibility and control.


MT-26EX-RT key features
· Powerful and flexible twin flash unit with fast recycling
· High-brightness white LEDs for easy focusing in low-light
· Optical and Radio Wireless function to control other Speedlites
· Creative lighting and custom functions for tailored illumination

Pricing and availability
The MT-26EX-RT is available from November 2017 with an SRP of £1,079.99/€1,299.99.

Read the full press release and specification for the Canon Macro Twin Lite MT-26EX-RT flash



Four new L-series lenses announced by Canon


Canon today introduces four new lenses into its premium L-series range, offering enhanced creative opportunities for professional photographers and serious amateurs. Built on the high quality that Canon’s L-series lenses are renowned for, the EF 85mm f1.4L IS USM, TS-E 50mm f2.8L MACRO, TS-E 90mm f2.8L MACRO and TS-E 135mm f4L MACRO offer incredible ease-of-use, durability and increased scope for photographic experimentation in perspective and scale.



Perfect portraits with the new EF 85mm f1.4L IS USM
Canon EF 85mm f1.4L IS USM lens
Created following feedback from photographers around the world, the EF 85mm f1.4L IS USM has been designed to produce flattering skin tones for stunning portrait and wedding photography. Featuring a new 14 element, 10 group lens design, the EF 85mm f1.4L lens includes high-quality, high-precision elements to correct chromatic aberration and to deliver the optical performance required by the latest high-resolution sensors. The quality of the image is further enhanced thanks to Air Sphere Coating (ASC) technology. This ultra-low refractive index layer on the EF 85mm eliminates image flare and ghosting to ensure clear and attractive images.

Key features
– 9-blade f1.4 aperture
– 4-stop image stabilisation
– High-speed ring type Ultrasonic Motor (USM) driven Auto Focus (AF) for near-silent shooting
– Full-time manual override
– Weather sealing and dustproofing

Pricing and availability
•    The EF 85mm f1.4L IS USM is available from November 2017 with a SRP of £1,569.99/€1,879.99

Read more about the EF 85mm f1.4L IS USM lens



Three new tilt-and-shift lenses
Canon TS-E 50mm f2.8L Macro TS-E 90mm f2.8L Macro TS-E 135mm f4L Macro lenses
Since the introduction of the TS-E 17mm f4L and TS-E 24mm f3.5L II, Canon has received requests to bring the range of lens movement controls to longer focal lengths. Canon has responded to these calls with the launch of the TS-E 50mm f2.8L MACRO, TS-E 90mm f2.8L MACRO and TS-E 135mm f4L MACRO lenses. These lenses offer features to support creative photography such as specialist tilt, shift and rotate movements and macro functionality; alongside cutting-edge L-series optical design and precision. The TS-E 135mm enriches the TS-E range with its longer focal length, while the TS-E 50mm and TS-E 90mm replace existing models TS-E 45mm f2.8 and TS-E 90mm f2.8, respectively.

The TS-E 50mm is perfect for capturing creative, outstanding and accurate images across landscapes, architecture and in the studio, while the TS-E 90mm and TS-E 135mm are better suited for portraiture and macro photography in the studio.

Key features
– Shift function for shifting the lens up, down, left or right
– Close minimum focusing distance
– Optimised for macro photography (max. magnification 0.5x)
– Innovative optical design to reduce refracted light
– UD (ultra-low dispersion) lens elements for sharper images

Pricing and availability
•    The TS-E 50mm f2.8L MACRO is available from November 2017 with an SRP of £2,499.99/€2,999.99
•    The TS-E 90mm f2.8L MACRO is available from November 2017 with an SRP of £2,499.99/€2,999.99
•    The TS-E 135mm f4L MACRO is available from November 2017 with an SRP of £2,499.99/€2,999.99

Find out more about the full range of Canon TS-E tilt-and-shift lenses, including the three new TS-E lenses



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