Canon today has announced two new lenses for use on either its full-frame or crop-body DSLRs. The first is a 24-70mm constant zoom, just at the one-stop-slower speed of f4. To make up for it not quite being an f2.8, they’ve throw in IS to help with steadiess at longer shutter speeds, and priced it some $800 cheaper than the new 24-70mm f2.8 II. And, with an expectancy of December, there’s a possibility you’ll get your hands on one before you can its big brother.
Also up on the new-product train is a 35mm f2 IS USM prime. Miraculously, the press release doesn’t sell the IS up as just being for video, and we may be beginning to see the rise of the image-stabilized fast-zooms and primes, and not just telephotos. Of which I cannot approve enough, having used in-body IS for years myself. It’s easy to dismiss IS as “not being necessary” on these types of lenses… until you’ve tried it. The, going back is very, very frustrating, I assure you. The new 35 is also expected in December for a retail around $849.99.
If you’d like to preorder either, we’re more than happy to accommodate that desire. Just use the links below. If you want to read the surprisingly short press release, hit the jump.
EF 24-70mm f/4L IS USM: http://robertscamera.com/ef-24-70mm-f-4l-is-usm.html
EF 35mm f/2 IS USM: http://robertscamera.com/ef-35mm-f-2-is-usm.html
Canon U.S.A. “Widens” Its Offerings And “Zooms In” On Creative Optics With The Introduction Of Two New Professional Lenses
LAKE SUCCESS, N.Y., November 5, 2012 – Canon U.S.A., Inc., a leader in digital imaging solutions, today announced two new additions to the Company’s EF lens family, the new EF 24-70mm f/4L IS USM and EF 35mm f/2 IS USM lenses. Each of these two lenses features unique optical attributes for a variety of situations. The new EF 24-70mm f/4L IS USM has macro shooting capabilities at the telephoto end and the EF 35mm f/2 IS USM adds Canon’s proprietary Image Stabilization (IS) to this popular prime lens focal length.
“The lens is the window to creativity, providing the unique perspective and vantage that allows photographers to turn a scene into art. It is our pleasure to introduce two lenses that will enable a wide range of photographers in diverse disciplines to explore their creativity through these new options,” said Yuichi Ishizuka, executive vice president and general manager, Imaging Technologies & Communications Group, Canon U.S.A.Canon EF 24-70mm f/4L IS USM Lens
Featuring dynamic L-series optical performance in a compact, lightweight and durable design, the new EF 24-70mm f/4L IS USM lens is well suited for all levels of advanced photography on the go. The ideal companion to Canon’s full-frame Digital SLR cameras such as the EOS 6D, the lens features a constant maximum aperture of f/4 throughout the entire zoom range with 15 lens elements in 12 groups including two aspherical and two UD lens elements and a 9-blade circular aperture diaphragm. The EF 24-70mm f/4L IS USM lens delivers gorgeous images with excellent detail at all focal lengths and includes a macro feature at the telephoto end with a 0.2m/7.9-inch minimum focusing distance and Canon’s Hybrid IS system (with up to four stops of stabilization). The macro feature can be engaged through a switch on the lens barrel. In addition, the lens features inner focusing and a ring-type Ultrasonic Motor (USM) for quiet, fast autofocus, and has full-time mechanical manual focus that’s enabled even during AF operation. Compact at only 93mm in length, with excellent dust and water resistance, the EF 24-70mm f/4L IS USM lens has a fluorine coating on the front and rear elements for easy maintenance and cleaning.
The EF 24-70mm f/4L IS USM lens is supplied with a lens pouch and reversible lens hood. It is expected to be available in December for an approximate retail price of $1,499.00.Canon Standard Prime Lens with Optical Image Stabilizer: EF 35mm f/2 IS USM Lens
The successor to Canon’s EF 35mm f/2, the EF 35mm f/2 IS USM lens is a compact and lightweight wide-angle prime lens that provides a high level of image quality and functionality. The optics and mechanical workings are designed to improve image quality in the lens’s periphery and provide faster and quieter AF than its predecessor, as well as Optical IS and optional full-time manual focus, all in a durable lens body with a high-grade design. Featuring a circular aperture diaphragm and lens coatings optimized for minimal ghosting and flare, the EF 35mm f/2 IS USM lens achieves beautiful, soft backgrounds and amazing image quality.
The EF 35mm f/2 IS USM lens is expected to be available in December for an approximate retail price of $849.99.About Canon U.S.A., Inc.
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