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Canon announced EF70-300mm f/4-5.6 IS II USM lens

Canon recently announced a new lens to their line up, the versatile EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6 IS II USM lens. This lens is useful for some photographers from mid to telephoto zoom, ideal for traveling and events shoot.

Let me share with you more information and details from the press release information below –

Canon announced the EF70-300mm f/4-5.6 IS II USM, an upgrade to the popular EF70-300 mm f/4-5.6 IS II USM, which now incorporates the Nano USM technology for a swift and silent AF. The EF70-300mm f/4-5.6 IS II USM is able to easily adapt to a range of challenging environments with the reduced minimal focal distance of 1.2m.

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“Designed with sophisticated new features and coupled with the superb qualities of its popular predecessor, the new entry-level EF70-300mm f/4-5.6 IS II USM is testament to Canon’s dedication to making innovative imaging technology accessible for all photographers,” said Edwin Teoh, Head of Marketing, Singapore Operations, Canon Singapore. “The lens display information offers the photographer vital information at an easy glance and with the newly developed Nano USM technology incorporated, photographers can achieve precision focus even at high speed.”

Cutting-edge technologies

The EF70-300mm f/4-5.6 IS II USM have two key features which brings about significant improvement to its performance – the Nano USM technology and the Lens Information Display. The Nano USM is a superior lens motor system that combines the best of ring USM and STM features into a motor that is fast, quiet and smooth. With Nano USM, users will enjoy high -speed, high precision autofocusing when capturing stills, and video capture will be smoother with minimal noise.

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The Lens Information Display is a handy feature which presents a variety of useful information to the users. A mode switch button toggles between displaying the distance to a target and the lens’ current focal length. In addition, it can also display the amount of vertical and horizontal vibrations as an indication for users to reduce them accordingly. With relevant information like this which can be easily viewed on the display, users will be better-informed to take better quality images.

Superior performance and image quality

The versatility of the EF70-300mm f/4-5.6 IS II USM has been significantly enhanced with the minimum focusing distance reduced from 1.5m to 1.2m. As a result, users are now able to get closer to their subjects for more close-up shots. The clarity of long distance shots has also improved, due to the better IS performance. With an IS performance equivalent to approximately 4 shuttle speed stops, up from the previous 2.5 stops, the EF70-300mm f/4-5.6 IS II USM is able to ensure sharpness of images when shooting at a longer focal length.

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The inclusion of an Ultra-low Dispersion (UD) lens corrects chromatic aberration and minimises colour blurring, such that high resolution and contrast can be achieved. When shooting in bright environments, ghosting and flare will also be reduced due to Super Spectrum Coating on the EF70-300mm f/4-5.6 IS II USM. In addition, users can achieve beautiful background bokeh effects with the EF70-300mm f/4-5.6 IS II USM as it is equipped with a 9-blade aperture.

Pricing and Availability

Pricing and availability of the EF70-300mm f/4-5.6 IS II USM will be advised at a later date. 

Product specifications

EF70-300mm f/4-5.6 IS II USM

Focal length: 70-300mm

Maximum aperture: f/4.0 – 5.6

Minimum focusing distance: 1.2m

Maximum magnification: 0.25x

Filter size: 67mm

Aperture blades: 9

Length: 145.5mm

Weight: Approx. 710g

* Information and pictures courtesy of Canon Singapore and Ogilvy Public Relations *

Canon celebrates 120 million interchangeable EF Lenses

Canon celebrates another key milestone in their photography, with the production of the company’s 120 million EF interchangeable lens for EOS cameras. Over the past few years, using Canon photography equipment and covering Canon photography topics, I had shared about their EF lenses growth from 80 million, 90 million, 100 million, 110 million and now 120 million EF interchangeable lens production!

My personal Canon EF lenses and EOS cameras had went through some changes recently, with some additions to my Canon EF Lenses line up while there were transactions (in and out) to my EOS cameras line up. I might share about my new line up of Canon EOS camera and EF lenses line up in the near future when things are a bit more settled down.

Do check out this interesting and useful Canon website to learn and know more about Canon EF Lenses – “The Eyes of EOS” Canon EF lens portal site at  www.canon.com/the-eyes-of-eos/

As I look forward ahead to more photographer explorer story telling with my Canon EOS cameras and EF Lenses, let me share with you more about Canon’s 120 million EF interchangeable lens for the EOS cameras from the press release information below –

Press Release 14th September 2016

Canon today announced the achievement of a new lens-manufacturing milestone with the production on August 26, 2016, of the Company’s 120-millionth EF-series interchangeable lens for EOS cameras—an EF100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS II USM telephoto zoom lens.

Production of interchangeable EF lenses for Canon EOS-series AF (Autofocus) single-lens reflex film cameras began in 1987 at the Company’s Utsunomiya Plant. Over the years, EF lenses have gained support from a wide range of users and production has since expanded to a total of four manufacturing bases, including Canon Inc., Taiwan; Canon Opto (Malaysia) Sdn. Bhd.; and Oita Canon Inc. in southern Japan.

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Source: Canon USA

EF lens production passed the 10-million-unit mark in 1995 and crossed the 50-million-unit threshold in 2009. In April 2014, the Company celebrated its first-in-the-world achievement of having manufactured 100 million EF lenses, and now, setting a new world record for the most interchangeable lenses produced, Canon manufactured its 120-millionth EF lens in August 2016. What’s more, Canon’s interchangeable-lens digital cameras (digital SLR and compact-system cameras), which utilize EF lenses, have maintained the No. 1 share of the global market for 13 consecutive years since 2003.1

Canon’s proprietary EF lenses, launched in March 1987 along with the EOS SLR camera system, have continued to evolve since their introduction, leading the industry through the incorporation of a wide range of innovative technologies, including such world’s firsts as the Ultrasonic Motor (USM), Image Stabilizer (IS) technology, a multilayered diffractive optical (DO) element, and Subwavelength Structure Coating (SWC) anti-reflection technology. The Company’s extensive EF lens-series lineup currently comprises a total of 97 models,2 including EF Cinema Lenses for digital cinematography.3

Canon will continue refining its imaging technologies centered on its EF lens lineup, striving to cater to the varying needs of photographers—from first-time users to advanced amateurs and professionals—while contributing to expanding the photographic and video imaging culture.

1 As of March 29, 2016, based on a Canon survey.

2 Including two EF lens extenders and three models available outside of Japan. As of September 7, 2016.

3 For more information visit “The Eyes of EOS” Canon EF lens portal site at  www.canon.com/the-eyes-of-eos/

Canon EF lenses equipped with world’s-first technologies

Model name Main features and technologies Launch date
EF300mm f/2.8L USM1 World’s first2 use of a lens-based Ultrasonic Motor (USM) Nov. 1987
USM technology delivers fast autofocusing thanks to its high torque and responsiveness. By converting ultrasonic vibrations into rotational energy, the technology makes possible quiet, smooth AF drive performance.
EF75-300mm f/4-5.6 IS USM3 World’s first2 use of Image Stabilizer (IS) technology Sep. 1995
Users can see the results of IS technology through the viewfinder. Delivering high precision and stability for exceptional image stabilization results, this technology expands the possibilities for handheld photography.
EF400mm f/4 DO IS USM4 World’s first2 use of a diffractive optical (DO) lens element Dec. 2001
Diffraction is an optical phenomenon in which light waves bend as they pass around the edges of an object. DO lens elements use this phenomenon to correct for a variety of aberrations by controlling the path that light travels.
EF24mm f/1.4L II USM World’s first5 use of Subwavelength Structure Coating (SWC) Dec. 2008
SWC technology minimizes reflections by aligning countless wedge-shaped structures more minute than the wavelength of visible light on the surface of a camera lens.
EF100mm f/2.8L Macro IS USM World’s first2 use of Hybrid IS, which compensates for both angle camera shake and shift camera shake Oct. 2009
Employing a newly developed algorithm, Hybrid IS optimally adjusts for camera shake based on information gathered by two sensors located in the lens. By precisely driving the optical correction system, the technology simultaneously corrects for angle and shift camera shake.
EF8-15mm f/4L Fisheye USM World’s first2 fisheye lens to deliver both 180-degree diagonal angle of view and 180-degree circular fisheye Jul. 2011
The EF8-15mm f/4L Fisheye USM enables the capture of images with dramatic deformations, exaggerated perspectives and extreme depths of field, making possible images that are significantly distorted, similar to what a fish might see were it to look skyward from under the water surface.

 

EF200-400mm f/4L IS USM Extender 1.4x World’s first2 super-telephoto zoom lens to employ an internal extender May 2013
Featuring a built-in 1.4x extender, the EF200-400mm f/4L IS USM Extender 1.4x’s zoom range can be expanded with a simple one-touch operation even in locations where users are unable to switch lenses.
EF11-24mm f/4L USM World’s first2 lens offering ultra-wide-angle 11 mm minimum focal length Feb. 2015
In addition to achieving the world’s widest angle of view starting at a minimum focal length of 11 mm, the EF11-24mm f/4L USM effectively corrects for aberrations commonly associated with ultra-wide-angle lenses, delivering superior image-quality performance.
  1. As of September 7, 2016, production for this lens has already been discontinued. Successor: EF300mm f/2.8L IS II USM (launched in August 2011).
  2. Among interchangeable SLR camera lenses.
  3. As of September 7, 2016, production for this lens has already been discontinued. Successor: EF70-300mm f/4-5.6 IS USM (launched in September 2005).
  4. As of September 7, 2016, production for this lens has already been discontinued. Successor: EF400 f/4 DO IS II USM (launched in November 2014).
  5. Among photography lenses.

 

Canon’s 110th Million EF Lens

Canon’s 110th Million EF Lens, a remarkable achievement and milestone in their timeline. I owned a number of  Canon EF Lenses and my favourite “workhorse” lenses are the EF 17-40mm f4 L USM and EF 70-200mm f4 L USM lens! In the list of revolutionary Canon EF Lenses over the years, I am happy to say that I own the EF 300mm f2.8 L USM (bought second hand) and I really love the EF 300mm f2.8 L USM lens for sports and wildlife! I am also keen to own the EF 200-400mm f4 L IS USM with Extender 1.4x and the EF 11-24mm f4 L USM lens (if my budget allows!)

Let me share with you more details and history of the Canon’s milestone achievement on their 110th Million EF Lenses and the history behind them from the press release –

Canon recently announced the achievement of a new lens-manufacturing milestone with the production on June 22, 2015, of the Company’s 110-millionth EF-series interchangeable lens for EOS cameras—an EF11-24mm f/4L USM ultra-wide-angle interchangeable zoom lens.

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Photo Source: Canon USA

Production of interchangeable EF lenses for Canon EOS-series AF (autofocus) single-lens reflex film cameras began in 1987 at the Company’s Utsunomiya Plant. Over the years, EF lenses have gained support from a wide range of users and production has since expanded to a total of four manufacturing bases, including Canon Inc., Taiwan; Canon Opto (Malaysia) Sdn. Bhd.; and Oita Canon Inc. in southern Japan.

EF lens production surpassed the 10-million-unit mark in 1995 and crossed the 50-million-unit threshold in 2009. In April 2014, the Company celebrated its first-in-the-world achievement of having manufactured 100 million EF lenses, and now, setting a new world record for the most interchangeable lenses produced, Canon manufactured its 110-millionth EF lens in June 2015.

Canon’s proprietary EF lenses, launched in March 1987 along with the EOS SLR camera system, have continued to evolve since their introduction, leading the industry through the incorporation of a wide range of innovative technologies, including such world’s firsts as the Ultrasonic Motor (USM), Image Stabilizer (IS) technology, a multi-layered diffractive optical (DO) element, and Subwavelength Structure Coating (SWC) anti-reflection technology.

The 110-millionth EF lens, an EF11-24mm f/4L USM (launched in February 2015), boasts a minimum focal length of 11 mm to achieve the world’s widest angle of view a. Furthermore, winner of the prestigious Camera Grand Prix Japan 2015 Lens of the Year award b, the model was recognized for its generous use of Canon proprietary optical technologies, making possible superior image quality while effectively correcting for aberrations that commonly occur when shooting at the ultra-wide-angle end.

The Company’s extensive EF lens-series lineup currently comprises a total of 97 models c, including EF Cinema Lenses for digital cinematography. Canon will continue refining its imaging technologies centered on its EF lens lineup, striving to cater to the varying needs of photographers—from first-time users to advanced amateurs and professionals—while contributing to expanding the photographic and video imaging culture.

  1. Among lenses for interchangeable-lens cameras (SLR and compact system cameras). As of July 5, 2015, based on a Canon survey. Excludes fisheye lenses.
  2. The Camera Grand Prix (GP) Japan awards, considered one of the most sought-after camera and lens product awards in Japan, are organized by the Camera Journal Press Club, comprising journalists from major photography and camera magazines in Japan.
  3. Including two EF lens extenders and three models available outside of Japan. As of July 8, 2015.

Revolutionary Canon EF lenses over the years: main features and technologies

Model name Main features and technologies Launch date
EF300mm f/2.8L USM1 World’s first2 use of a lens-based Ultrasonic Motor (USM) Nov. 1987
USM technology delivers fast autofocusing thanks to its high torque and responsiveness. By converting ultrasonic vibrations into rotational energy, the technology makes possible quiet, smooth AF drive performance.
EF75-300mm f/4-5.6 IS USM3 World’s first2 use of Image Stabilizer (IS) technology Sep. 1995
Users can see the results of IS technology through the viewfinder. Delivering high precision and stability for exceptional image stabilization results, this technology expands the possibilities for handheld photography.
EF400mm f/4 DO IS USM4 World’s first2 use of a diffractive optical (DO) lens element Dec. 2001
Diffraction is an optical phenomenon in which light waves bend as they pass around the edges of an object. DO lens elements use this phenomenon to correct for a variety of aberrations by controlling the path that light travels.

 

 

EF24mm f/1.4L II USM World’s first5 use of Subwavelength Structure Coating (SWC) Dec. 2008
SWC technology minimizes reflections by aligning countless wedge-shaped structures more minute than the wavelength of visible light on the surface of a camera lens.
EF100mm f/2.8L Macro IS USM World’s first2 use of Hybrid IS, which compensates for both angle camera shake and shift camera shake Oct. 2009
Employing a newly developed algorithm, Hybrid IS optimally adjusts for camera shake based on information gathered by two sensors located in the lens. By precisely driving the optical correction system, the technology simultaneously corrects for angle and shift camera shake.
EF8-15mm f/4L Fisheye USM World’s first2 fisheye lens to deliver both 180-degree diagonal angle of view and 180-degree circular fisheye Jul. 2011
The EF8-15mm f/4L Fisheye USM enables the capture of images with dramatic deformations, exaggerated perspectives and extreme depths of field, making possible images that are significantly distorted, similar to what a fish might see were it to look skyward from under the water surface.
EF200-400mm f/4L IS USM Extender 1.4x World’s first2 super-telephoto zoom lens to employ an internal extender May 2013
Featuring a built-in 1.4x extender, the EF200-400mm f/4L IS USM Extender 1.4x’s zoom range can be expanded with a simple one-touch operation even in locations where users are unable to switch lenses.
EF11-24mm f/4L USM World’s first2 lens offering ultra-wide-angle 11 mm minimum focal length Feb. 2015
In addition to achieving the world’s widest angle of view starting at a minimum focal length of 11 mm, the EF11-24mm f/4L USM effectively corrects for aberrations commonly associated with ultra-wide-angle lenses, delivering superior image-quality performance.
  • As of July 8, 2015, production for this lens has already been discontinued. Successor: EF300mm f/2.8L IS II USM (launched in August 2011).
  • Among interchangeable SLR camera lenses.
  • As of July 8, 2015, production for this lens has already been discontinued. Successor: EF70-300mm f/4-5.6 IS USM (launched in September 2005).
  • As of July 8, 2015, production for this lens has already been discontinued. Successor: EF400 f/4 DO IS II USM (launched in November 2014).
  • Among photography lenses.

* Information and Details Courtesy of Canon Singapore and Ogilvy Public Relations *

Canon Achieves 100 Million EF Lenses!

Canon celebrated an impressive lens-manufacturing milestone with the production on April 22, 2014, of the Company’s 100-millionth EF-series interchangeable lens for EOS cameras—an EF200–400mm f/4L IS USM Extender 1.4x.

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Production of interchangeable EF lenses for Canon EOS-series AF (autofocus) single-lens reflex cameras began in 1987 at the Company’s Utsunomiya Plant and, with the addition of Canon Inc., Taiwan; Canon Opto (Malaysia) Sdn. Bhd.; and Oita Canon Inc. in southern Japan, is now carried out at four manufacturing bases. In May 2013, EF lens production surpassed the 90-million-unit mark and now, approximately eleven months later, Canon is commemorating its first-in-the-world1 achievement of having manufactured 100 million lenses.

 “This milestone celebrates Canon’s commitment to optical research and development, which has made Canon lenses one of the top choices for photography and videography,” said Edwin Teoh, Assistant Director for Consumer Business Marketing, Canon Singapore. “We are proud to be part of the ongoing pursuit for image excellence and photographic expression, and will continue to deliver creative and innovative products.”

Canon’s proprietary EF lenses, launched in March 1987 along with the EOS SLR camera system, have continued to evolve since their introduction, leading the industry through the incorporation of a wide range of innovative technologies, including such world’s firsts2 as the Ultrasonic Motor (USM), Image Stabilizer (IS) technology, and a multi-layered diffractive optical (DO) element. In May 2013, aiming to further expand the realm of photographic expression, the Company introduced the EF200-400mm f/4L IS USM Extender 1.4x, the world’s first3 super-telephoto zoom lens with a built-in 1.4x extender that makes possible a 200–560 mm focal length range.

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In recent years, in addition to renewing such models as super-telephoto lenses ideal for sports and nature photography along with zoom lenses that offer a bright f/2.8 maximum aperture throughout the entire zoom range, Canon has launched multiple entry-class interchangeable lenses equipped with a stepping motor (STM) that delivers smooth and quiet autofocus performance during video recording. As a result, the Company’s extensive EF lens-series lineup currently comprises a total of 89 models.4 In addition to enhancing its lens offerings, Canon has expanded the optical technologies incorporated in its EF lenses into new fields, launching EF Cinema Lenses for digital cinematography in January 2012, and EF-M lenses for compact-system cameras in September 2012.

Furthermore, during the 11-year period from 2003 to 2013, Canon maintained the No. 1 share worldwide within the interchangeable-lens digital camera market and, in February 2014, marked another manufacturing milestone as combined production of its film and digital EOS-series interchangeable-lens cameras surpassed the 70-million-unit mark.

* Information and Pictures Courtesy of Canon Singapore & Ogilvy Public Relations *

90-millionth Canon EF Lenses

On 26th August 2012, I wrote and shared an article – 80-millionth Canon EF Lenses. Today, I am sharing with my readers here, 90-millionth Canon EF lens! On 23rd May 2013, Canon turned out its 90th million EF lens, an EF 24-70mm f/2,8 L II USM.

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Photo Courtesy of Canon Singapore

Let me share some information on the Canon EF lenses with my readers. Canon’s EF lens series was first introduced together with the EOS SLR camera system in March 1987, and has over the years led the industry through the incorporation of a number of innovative technologies, including such world’s firsts* such as the Ultrasonic Motor (USM) for use in lenses, Image Stabilizer (IS), a multi-layered diffractive optical (DO) element, and Subwavelength Structure Coating (SWC) anti-reflection technology. Production of interchangeable EF lenses for Canon EOS-series AF (autofocus) single-lens reflex cameras began in 1987 at the company’s Utsunomiya Plant, and has since expanded to a total of four production facilities including Canon Inc., Taiwan; Canon Opto (Malaysia) Sdn. Bhd.; and Oita Canon Inc. in Japan.

With the recent introduction of the Canon EF 200-400mm f/4 L IS USM with 1.4x Extender that I recently shared, the world’s first super-telephoto zoom lens with a built-in 1.4x extender that makes possible a 200–560 mm focal length range, along with EF Cinema Lenses for digital cinematography, Canon’s extensive EF lens-series lineup now comprises a total of 84 models.

Looking back between August 2012 and May 2013, I added something new to my current Canon DSLR and EF Lenses lineup too! Here’s my updated list –

Canon DSLRs

  • Canon EOS 1D Mk III
  • Canon EOS 30D w / BG-E2
  • Canon EOS 300D w / BG-E1 (Out on Loan)

Canon EF Lenses and Canon Accessories

  • Canon EF 17-40mm f/4 L USM
  • Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 II
  • Canon EF 28-80mm f/3.5-5.6 USM (On Loan)
  • Canon EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 (Out on Loan)
  • Canon EF 70-200mm f/4 L USM
  • Canon EF-S 55-250mm F4-5.6 IS
  • Canon EF 300mm f/2.8 L USM
  • Canon EF Extender 1.4x
  • Speedlite 580EXII

There are (still) some (more) Canon EOS DSLRs, Canon EF Lenses and accessories that I am planning (hopefully) to add on into my current setup

  • Canon EOS 1DX
  • Canon EOS 6D
  • Canon EOS 100D
  • Canon EF 200-400mm f/4 L IS USM with 1.4x Extender
  • Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8 L IS USM
  • Canon EF 40mm f/2.8 STM
  • Canon EF Extender 2.0x

The journey to complete the rest of my dream (planned) setup would take a longer time due to the investment costs involved, hopefully I am able to share my more stories along the way!

80-millionth Canon EF Lenses

The introduction of the Canon EOS M was a milestone achievement in Canon‘s illustrious and long history. On the 3rd August 2012, Canon achieved another milestone with the production of the 80-millionth Canon EF Lenses. I am a avid Canon user and adding quality Canon lenses is always on my mind to my current lineup of Canon EF Lenses.

Photo Courtesy of Canon Singapore 

Let me share some information on the Canon EF lenses with my readers. Canon’s EF lens series was first introduced together with the EOS SLR camera system in March 1987, and has over the years led the industry through the incorporation of a number of innovative technologies, including such world’s firsts* such as the Ultrasonic Motor (USM) for use in lenses, Image Stabilizer (IS), a multi-layered diffractive optical (DO) element, and Subwavelength Structure Coating (SWC) anti-reflection technology. Production of interchangeable EF lenses for Canon EOS-series AF (autofocus) single-lens reflex cameras began in 1987 at the company’s Utsunomiya Plant, and has since expanded to a total of four production facilities including Canon Inc., Taiwan; Canon Opto (Malaysia) Sdn. Bhd.; and Oita Canon Inc. in Japan.

What’s my current Canon DSLR and EF Lenses lineup ? Here’s my list –

Canon DSLRs
Canon EOS 1D Mk III
Canon EOS 30D w / BG-E2
Canon EOS 300D w / BG-E1 (Out on Loan)

Canon EF Lenses and Canon Accessories
Canon EF 17-40mm f/4 L USM
Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 II
Canon EF 28-80mm f/3.5-5.6 USM (On Loan)
Canon EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 (Out on Loan)
Canon EF 70-200mm f/4 L USM

Canon EF-S 55-250mm F4-5.6 IS

Speedlite 580EXII

There are some Canon EF Lenses and accessories that I am planning to add on into my current setup

Canon EF 300mm f/2.8 L USM

Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8 L IS USM

Canon EF Extender 1.4x

Canon EF 40mm f/2.8 STM

I am looking at a second hand Canon EF 300mm f/2.8 L USM lense since I am planning to go more active into sports photography and along with a Extender 1.4x, I can be versatile in both sports and wildlife photography. Let’s see how it goes, looking forward to share my story of getting another Canon EF Lense someday!