Wednesday, September 2, 2009

Canon EF 100 2.8L macro, EF-S 15-85mm and EF-S 18-135mm lenses

Along with the much awaited Canon EOS 7D, cannon also announed three new lenses. one EF L series lens and 2 EF-S lenses

Canon EF 100mm f/2.8L IS USM 1-to-1 Macro Lens

We need to wait and see how this lens compares to the existing 100mm macro

  • Canon’s second L series macro after the 180mm and the most affordable L macro
  • 1:1 real macro and should we well suited for portrait use as well
  • Ultrasonic focusing with Full time manual focus
  • Canon's sophisticated Image Stabilization
  • Filter Size - 67mm Max. Diameter x Length - 3.1 x 4.8 in. / 77.7 x 123mm Weight - 22.0 oz. / 625g
  • Closest Focusing Distance: 0.99 ft. / 0.3m (maximum close-up magnification: 1x)


Canon EF-S 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS UD Standard Zoom Lens

This is a new lens probably inspired from the similar offering from Nikon. This is a very useful focal range for a camera buyer who just needs one walk around lens.

  • EF-S Only – will work with APS-C type cameras only
  • 18-135mm lens with f3.5-f.5.6 aperture (36mm Equiv of 29mm-216mm) is a very useful focal range to have
  • Image stabilization helps compensate for the small aperture and for low light shots
  • Lens Construction: 16 elements in 12 groups
  • Filter Size: 67mm and Weight 455g


Canon EF-S 15-85mm f/3.5-5.6 IS USM UD Wide Angle Zoom Lens

This new lens goes wider than your average kit lens (15mm vs 18mm) and does even better at the telephoto end (85mm vs 55mm).

This might be of interest to landscape and architecture shooters. Pretty expensive compared to your average kit lens but you can sure take some shots with this that your kit lens cant. The only other wide EF-S offering from canon is the 10-22mm lens. It remains to be seen how well this lens handles distortion and vignetting.

  • EF-S Only – will work with APS-C type cameras only
  • 15-85mm lens with f3.5-f.5.6 aperture ( 35mm Equiv of 24-136mm)
  • Lens Construction: 17 elements in 12 groups
  • Filter Size: 72mm, Weight 575g
  • USM focus and Closest Focusing Distance: 1.15 ft. / 0.35m


Canon is listening to customers and providing more choice in lens for starters and enthusiasts. The set of lenses announced by canon will be a welcome addition to its existing range. I think the Canon EF-S 15-85mm will be the lens to watch out for with lot of people taking up photography as a serious hobby, they need a good walk around lens like this one.

Tuesday, September 1, 2009

Canon EOS 7D SLR 18MP, HD Video, Live View

The EOS 7D Features Fast Eight fps Continuous Shooting, Class-Leading 18-Megapixel Resolution and Full HD Video Recording with Variable Frame Rates and Manual Exposure Control


Professional photographers and advanced amateurs have been demanding higher performance and more diverse functions in their cameras, and Canon has answered – with the new EOS 7D. EOS 7D DSLR is a brand new product that stands on its own with new features never before seen in any Canon camera.

Feature Highlights

  • Canon EOS 7D boasts the most advanced AF system ever seen in an EOS SLR
  • All 19 points are f/5.6-sensitive (center f.2.8)  for both horizontal and vertical cross-type focusing
  • AF system allows numerous AF area selection modes such as Spot AF, AF Point Expansion, Zone AF
  • EOS HD Movie mode -EOS 7D Digital SLR camera will record Full HD at 1920 x 1080 pixels in selectable frame rates of 24p (23.976), 25p, or 30p (29.97); 720p HD recording at 50p or 60p (59.94) and SD video at frame rates of 50p or 60p (59.94)
  • Artificial horizon for landscape and architecture photographers.
  • Pop-up flash features a built-in Integrated Speedlite Transmitter for control of multiple off-camera EOS Speedlites without the need for an external transmitter.
  • Ergonomic improvements - new super-fluid body design with continuous curves, easy-to-navigate menu
  • New large, clear 3.0-inch solid structure Clear View II LCD screen with 920,000 dot/VGA resolution
  • 150,000-cycle shutter life
  • fully compatible with WFT-E5A wireless transmitter

Pricing and Availability
The Canon EOS 7D Digital SLR camera is scheduled to be delivered to U.S. dealers at the end of September, and will be sold in a body-only configuration at an estimated retail price of $1,699.00. It will also be offered in a kit version with Canon's EF 28-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS USM zoom lens at an estimated retail price of $1,899.00.