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Canon Introduces Three New Lightweight Lenses

Canon announced three new lightweight lenses to their lineup not too long ago and I got the chance to have a hands on with them for a short period of time when they were launched together with the Canon EOS 7D Mark II. Let me share with you more on the three new lightweight lenses from the Canon media press releases.

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EF400mm f/4 DO IS II USM

Exceptional image quality and lightweight form factor

A successor to the EF400mm f/4 DO IS USM, the EF400mm f/4 DO IS II USM is a professional lens that is particularly suited for wildlife and sports photographers. This lens allows photographers to achieve the reach of a super-telephoto lens, while maintaining superior standards of mobility in the lens through its portable and lightweight form factor.

By commercializing DO technology, Canon has empowered photographers with the ability to control chromatic aberration while keeping its lenses both compact and lightweight. While traditional telephoto lenses are usually designed with gaps between the optical elements to reduce chromatic aberration, the EF400mm f/4 DO IS II USM uses a gapless dual-layered diffractive optical element, which greatly reduces the ring-shaped diffractive flaring caused by high-intensity light sources. This reduction is taken further with the incorporation of a large diameter ground aspherical lens and a UD lens.

New and improved Image Stabilizer

The EF400mm f/4 DO IS II USM contains an improved IS unit that significantly enhances image stabilization when the appropriate IS mode is selected. IS Mode 1 is designed to shoot still subjects, with the equivalent clarity and sharpness of shooting at a shutter speed of 4 stops faster.

IS Mode 2 is designed to photograph action scenes that require frequent panning, such as track racing and swimming, and reduces erratic movements that may arise due to panning, or a sudden change of viewing angles.

IS Mode 3 is geared for subjects with unpredictable movements, such as soccer players. In this mode, image stabilization is not applied when the shutter-release button is held midway. This eliminates sudden movements in the viewfinder, which then allows the photographer to better track fast-moving subjects.

Finally, an electromagnetic diaphragm with 9 aperture blades ensures smooth and circular ‘bokeh’ blurs. 

Razor-sharp focus

Keeping subjects in sharp focus is made intuitive through two powerful functions controlled by the playback ring. When set in the Auto Focus, Power Focus and Manual Focus modes, Focus preset allows the user to set a desired focal distance and to recall the exact settings at any point with a simple turn of the playback ring.

When shooting movies, Power Focus Mode gives cinematographers more control over the focus shift speed, allowing them to toggle between two available speeds through the playback ring switches. With a combination of a high-speed CPU, optimized AF algorithms, inner focusing and ring-type USM autofocusing, the EF400mm f/4 DO IS II USM has a highly-responsive AF speed, and keeps subjects in tight focus with minimal user intervention required. The EF400mm f/4 DO IS II USM now features a shorter minimum focal distance, down to 3.3m from 3.5m in its predecessor. Maximum magnification has also improved from 0.12x to 0.13x as a result of the superior lens characteristics.

Dust and drip resistant for enhanced protection

The EF400mm f/4 DO IS II USM is highly resistant to harsh environments. This is achieved through a fluorine coating on both the front and rear lens elements, which makes the lens dirt and oil-resistant while easier to clean. All rings and buttons are constructed with a dust and drip-proof structure, preventing dust and liquid from entering the sensitive interior of the lens.

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EF-S24mm f/2.8 STM

Exceptional mobility and depth of field

To enhance user-experience and to encourage photographers to explore new options beyond standard kit lenses, Canon has created the new EF-S24mm f/2.8 STM – the lightest and thinnest lens in the EF-S series for APS-C sensor cameras.

The pancake EF-S24mm f/2.8 STM lens is significantly smaller than a kit lens, measuring 22.8mm in thickness (about a third in thickness in comparison to a kit lens) and weighing in at only 125g (approximately the same weight as a smart phone). When equipped on the camera body, it significantly reduces the size and weight of the setup, granting users and travelers increased convenience in bringing their DSLRs along with them on a trip.

The 24mm (35mm equivalent) focal length grants the EF-S24mm f/2.8 STM a natural wide angle view, making it highly versatile for capturing everyday scenes involving pets, food, friends and environments. While beginners may be unfamiliar with a prime lens, its fixed focal length encourages users to be more dynamic and experimental with their camera angles. Its short minimum focal length of 0.16m and maximum magnification of 0.27x also makes it ideal for food photography and capturing small details.

While an authentic and natural ’bokeh’ effect is not possible on any smartphone camera in the market today, the EF-S24mm f/2.8 STM’s shallow f/2.8 aperture delivers beautiful background blurs to achieve outstanding portrait shots, with the GMo aspherical lens assuring users of high quality images.

As the EF-S24mm f/2.8 STM operates on a quiet STM mechanism, audio quality of movies remains unaffected with the minimal noise from lens during the focusing process.

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EF24-105mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM

The EF24-105mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM is an ideal new lens for first-time adopters of full-frame cameras, and is designed to strengthen the existing line-up of full-frame lenses. Versatile and affordable, it has a range from 24mm wide-angle to 105mm telephoto, comfortably delivering the needs of regular users who enjoy capturing portrait shots, landscapes, and close-ups of distant subjects

Image quality is preserved across the entire zoom range due to the use of two GMo (glass-molded) aspherical lenses. Furthermore, a UD lens corrects chromatic aberration to reduce color fringing to provide accurate, life-like colors. Finally, a 7-blade circular aperture diaphragm in combination with the IS functionality enables users to capture night scenes with natural and beautiful background blurs. Macro photography is also made possible with a minimum focal distance of 0.40m and a maximum magnification of 0.30x at all zoom ranges.

The Image Stabilization function in the EF24-105mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM allows it to capture a level of sharpness equivalent to a shutter speed of 4 stops faster, and is also intelligent enough to detect the movement of the camera and accordingly adopt the most appropriate IS mode for any particular shot.

The EF24-105mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM is the first EF lens to come equipped with a lead-screw type stepping motor (STM). It also features a full-time manual focus mechanism that allows for manual, minute focus adjustments. The motor is highly responsive, allowing for quick and smooth AF. It is also silent, making it ideal for movie capturing, especially when used with a Movie Servo AF-compatible camera.

Pricing and Availability

The EF S24mm f2.8 STM, EF 24-105mm f3.5-5.6 IS STM and EF 400mm f4 DO IS II USM lenses are available from early December at Canon authorized dealers at the following prices:

Model SRP (incl GST)
EF S24mm f2.8 STM $219.00
EF 24-105mm f3.5-5.6 IS STM $729.00
EF 400mm f4 DO IS II USM $9,999.00

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

Canon releases EF100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS II USM

Canon recently released the long awaited successor to the their signature lens the EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6 L USM lens. While I didn’t really get the chance to try and use the first generation, EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6 L USM lens, I saw it this lens in action a number of times. The first generation EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6 L USM lens is a versatile, affordable and all rounder lens for sports, wildlife and event photography. While I don’t have the chance to get a touch and feel of the new EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6 L IS II USM lens yet, the improvements are definitely worthy to take note!

Let’s hope I can get the chance to test it out and share some photographs with the new EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6 L IS II USM lens! The newly released Canon EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6 L IS II USM lens is definitely going to interest wildlife, sports and event photographers! It suits both leisure and professional photographers!

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Let me share with you the press release information of the Canon EF100-400mm f/4.5-5.6 L IS II USM lens!

Canon, a world leader in digital imaging, today introduced the second generation of the venerable EF100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS USM lens, which professionals and advanced amateurs have come to love for its power and mobility. With its compact size, wide zoom range for versatile scenes, and high-speed precision, the new EF100-400mm F/4.5-5.6L IS II USM is well-suited for many genres of photography including aviation, sports, and nature.

“The highly-anticipated EF100-400mm F/4.5-5.6L IS II USM is a reflection of Canon’s commitment to innovation. Building on the success of the EF100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS USM, the new lens is set to lead in its class with its state of the art optic technology, sophisticated user operability and enhanced features. With the launch of the EF100-400mm F/4.5-5.6L IS II USM, Canon seeks to create a myriad of creative possibilities while fulfilling the exacting demands of professional photographers’ desire for superior rendering capabilities.’’ said Edwin Teoh, Assistant Director, Consumer Business Marketing, Canon Singapore.

High image quality with new ASC technology and IS unit

For professionals and advanced amateurs, high image quality is imperative.

With the use of one fluorite lens in conjunction with a super UD (Ultra Low Dispersion) lens, chromatic aberration is reduced and this results in outstanding image quality across its entire range of focal distances. With the improved optics of this lens, subjects in the entire frame are now rendered consistently sharp regardless of where they are in the frame.

The EF100-400mm F/4.5-5.6L IS II USM is suited for daylight and outdoor situations, where backlight flaring and ghosting are legitimate concerns. To combat this, Canon has used the new ASC (Air Sphere Coating) technology to create a special film that includes air spheres filled with low refractive index air, effectively forming a layer with excellent anti-reflective effects and clear rendering.

The EF100-400mm F/4.5-5.6L IS II USM also features a significantly enhanced IS (Image Stabilization) unit to deliver sharp and clear images in a variety of situations. The lens’ new IS unit provides an IS performance improvement from 1.5 steps to 4 steps and three different modes of optimal stabilization. As such, users are better equipped to tackle the challenges of photographing subjects with irregular movement moving at high speeds. Designed with a 9-blade aperture type EMD (electromagnetic diaphragm), the EF100-400mm F/4.5-5.6L IS II USM will be able to achieve natural and beautiful bokeh effect which blurs light sources in the background, producing an aesthetically appealing circular appearance.

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Convenient operability for close range zoom and autofocus

A vast improvement from its predecessor, the new design of the EF100-400mm F/4.5-5.6L IS II USM now allows focus on subjects as close as 0.98m. The maximum magnification ability of the new lens has been improved substantially to 0.31x – the best in its class. This effectively reduces the minimum focusing distance by almost half, making it possible to shoot very fine details or close-up photos of small subjects.

The switch in linear-style zoom control to rotation-style allows for more control and accuracy in the EF100-400mm F/4.5-5.6L IS II USM when making minute composition adjustments to the zoom distance, and allows the lens to be operated with better balance. To retain speedy zoom, the entire zoom range can be covered with a mere 95 degrees of rotation, with the required torque adjustable to suit user preferences.

With Canon’s new EOS camera technology, high-speed image processor and optimized AF (AutoFocus) algorithms, photographers are now able to make the most of the lens’ inner focus and ring USM (Ultrasonic Motor) drive – achieving high speed autofocus to catch the perfect shot at all the right moments. After AF, photographers are able to fine tune their focus with a simple twist of the full-time manual focus ring, to achieve their desired effect.

In providing further ease of use, the EF100-400mm F/4.5-5.6L IS II USM is designed with a new and unique lens hood design that comes with a window on the side. By opening this window, photographers have greater access to their filters, and can adjust and rotate their filters without removing the hood.

Designed for durability

Designed for professionals, the toughness of the lens has been improved with dust and water-resistant properties to prevent dirt and water from entering the lens. The robust EF100-400mm F/4.5-5.6L IS II USM also features a fluorine coating on the front and rear lens elements, making it resistant to smudges.

The newly designed tripod mount of the EF100-400mm F/4.5-5.6L IS II USM can be attached and removed while the lens is still attached to the camera. This greatly improves photographers’ response time during handheld shooting so they can effectively react to shooting opportunities. It also reduces the chance of foreign particles entering the camera.

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Pricing and availability

Pricing and availability of the EF100-400mm F/4.5-5.6L IS II USM will be advised at a later date.

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

Canon Launches “Try and Buy” programme for its lenses

A photographer would definitely (most of the time) upgrade their equipment over time and one of the upgrade would be buying more different lenses for different fields of photography that they are interested in and wanted to go into. However, do you as a photographer face this issue of whether this lens suits you or how this lens “fee” when you are using it in action ? Would you want an opportunity to test out the lens that you plan to buy before buying ? Look at the huge lens database in the photo by Canon!

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Photograph courtesy of Canon Singapore

Photographers, look no further! Canon is now allowing its DSLR users to try out popular Canon lenses before purchasing them in the newly launched Canon Lens “Try and Buy” Programme. The programme, which is the first of its kind in Singapore  for a camera brand, will be starting from 28 March. For a nominal fee, interested users will get up to two full days to try out their lenses of choice.

The Canon Lens “Try and Buy” Programme is an initiative by the company to enable its DSLR users to try selected lenses for up to two days and make an informed decision before investing in the perfect lens to suit them. This programme will be extremely useful for users who are deciding between the different lenses in Canon’s comprehensive range of more than 70 EF and EF-S lenses. While there is no obligation to make a purchase subsequently, Canon believes that this programme will also attract new users to its award-winning EOS photographic eco-system.

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Photograph Courtesy of Canon Singapore

For full details including terms and condition of the programme, please visit the Canon Lens “Try and Buy” website www.canon.com.sg/lenstryandbuy. (website going live on 28th March 2013). Users can also go to the website for more information such as the most popular lenses borrowed, the most viewed lenses, and new lenses included in the programme.

Personally, it’s very attractive, useful and exciting! You can get to try the Canon lens that you want/plan to own it! Do go and try it out, book to try your Canon lens and buy your Canon lens!

An Adventure with EF 400mm f5.6 L lens

Wildlife Photography, a field of photography that can be exciting and fun, photographing many different types of wildlife in your local areas and surroundings or traveling overseas to experience different climates, terrains and types of unique wildlife that can be  photographed. This photography field usually requires more dedicated and niche equipment especially the longer prime lenses because the objects (wildlife) are usually quite far away and only 400mm lenses and above would be able to capture them nicely and they are not too small in size on your photo!

Recently I was kindly loaned Canon EF 400mm f/5.6 L by my photographer friend David, you can check out his photos here on 500px and he’s into bird photography. It was a very nice gesture from a fellow photographer and it’s also a very nice “poisoning” (inducing/encouraging to buy more lenses!) to make me accelerate my plans to buy a telephoto lens (I am aiming at a 2nd hand Canon EF 300mm f/2.8 L lens)

I took the Canon EF 400mm f/5.6 on a walkabout over 2 weekends for a wildlife photography walkabout around the greenery nearby my home. Although my main aim was Bird Photography, the 400mm f/5.6 suits other animal/wildlife photography too! The lens isn’t too heavy for a walkabout wildlife lens, however, you need to get used to the extra weight on your neck and shoulders! The Auto Focus is pretty fast and accurate, being able to track, follow, focus and photograph the animal (birds flying in the context of my post here) pretty quickly. It would not really be fair, comparing it with her cousin EF 400mm f/2.8 L IS USM (that I got the chance to try it out during Formula Drift 2012) though. The EF 400mm f/5.6 is a very decent and fast prime lens, highly suitable for walkabout wildlife photography whereby you don’t really need a significantly faster Auto Focus and the need for a bigger aperture.

Using the Canon EF 400mm f/5.6 lens was a great fun and experience for me to venture into Bird Photography, something that I haven’t started to explore without the super telephoto prime lenses. Hopefully, when I finally get to own the EF 300mm f/2.8 L lens, I can go for my wildlife photography more often, probably equip myself with the extenders 1.4x and 2.ox to complement my EF 300mm f/2.8 L lens (hopefully in the near future!)

Take a look at my wildlife photography photographs here on Flickr !


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