Canon’s announced a few small products to kick our Wednesday morning off here. Probably the most interesting to the largest number of you is an update to the 600EX-RT flash. The major improvement is in recycle times, which are reported to be 1.1-1.5x faster when using AAs or up to 2x faster than the 600EX-RT when used with the new CP-E4N external battery pack. Pretty much all of the other specs remain the same, although you do get the new specially designed accessories pictured above with the flash. The new 600EX II-RT is coming to market next month (June 2016) at a bit of a premium over the outgoing model, with an expected retail of $579.99. The CP-E4N will run $250 for interested parties.
If you’ve been dragging your heels on upgrading from an older 580 model, this is a great time for you, though, because we still have the outgoing 600EX-RT in stock and with current savings promotions you could land one for only $469 while that stock remains.
EOS-M owners are being shown a little unexpected love today, with a new 28mm (42mm effective) f3.5 macro lens being announced. The Canon EF-M 28mm f/3.5 Macro IS STM, as the name suggests, utilizes a stepping motor for smooth AF action and IS to keep your images sharp should you need to hand-hold them (which is, of course, it’s own unique challenge when you’re trying to do macro work). It’s a true 1:1 macro (though there’s no indication in the spec sheet if Canon is considering that before or after including the crop factor), with a 1:1.2 Super Macro mode for really getting in close. It features a retractable lens barrel for easy storage and also to help minimize lens shadow in your photos. Expected delivery to us is also June, with a retail price of $299.99.
And, lastly, we have the new Powershot SX620 HS. It’s got a 20.2 megapixel sensor with DIGIC 4+ processing sitting behind a 25x 25-625mm equivalent f3.2-6.6 lens, built-in wi-fi and NFC, and an auto zoom mode that can be enabled that will attempt to zoom and track AF on subjects for you to keep them in the shot. It’ll come in three colors: red, black, and silver yet this month for a retail price of $279.99.