18 February 2009

New products from Canon

Another day with two posts in quick succession!

And here they are. As usual, Canon have launched a veritable avalanche of new products today... but surprisingly no new digital SLR among them.

Of interest to us, and probably you guys and girls too, are two new tilt-and-shift lenses: TS-E 17mm f/4L and TS-E 24mm f/3.5L II. The 24mm lens is an update to the current TS-E 24mm and the 17mm lens is all new - and is the widest angle TS-E lens available for 35mm SLR cameras - all you landscape and architectural photographers get your credit cards ready now.... a 17mm tilt-and-shift? Now that's cool. And it's another L-lens TS-E.

The TS-E 24mm lens looks interesting too - with ± 8.5° Tilt and ±12mm Shift it has the largest range of lens movements available for a tilt and shift lens on a 35mm camera. It looks like Canon may have increased the image circle size to allow this but we'll know more when more detailed specifications appear.

Both lenses also feature the SWC - Subwavelength structure coating - found on the EF24mm f/1.4L II USM lens released last year. This SWC helps minimise reflection, flare and ghosting off the lens element, working in the same way as the surface of a moth's eye does to reduce reflection.

Press release below:
United Kingdom / Republic of Ireland, 18 February, 2009: Canon today announces the launch of two new tilt and shift lenses, the TS-E24mm f/3.5L.

At 17mm, the TS-E 17mm f/4L has the widest view angle of any tilt and shift lens currently available; coupled with outstanding image quality across the whole frame, it is an ideal choice for architectural or landscape photography. Building on the success of its predecessor, the TS-E 24mm f/3.5L II, like the TS-E 17mm f/4L, now includes Canon’s sub-wavelength structure coating (SWC). Canon’s patented lens coating is specifically designed to minimise ghosting and flare caused by internal reflections to help deliver crisp, clear images.

Canon was the first company to offer 35mm camera users a combined tilt and shift lens, With 36 years experience in this field, Canon has now added a new unique functionality to the TS-E 17mm f/4L and TS-E 24mm f/3.5L II, allowing users to rotate the direction of the tilt and shift independently of each other. This affords greater control over the focal plane, replicating the movements of a large format view camera. Canon’s revolutionary tilt and shift revolving mechanism is particularly useful when shooting product shots from a perspective where specific framing and focal plane is required.

The new lenses, influenced by feedback from professional photographers, have been created to produce the best image quality with high resolution, high contrast and low distortion. The use of high-precision asphercial front elements keeps distortion, common in wide angle lenses, to an absolute minimum, even at the edges of the frame. The TS-E 17mm f/4L and TS-E 24mm f/3.5L II also feature multiple UD elements to reduce chromatic aberration and optimised focus mechanisms.

Canon today has also introduced a new range (52mm to 72mm) of versatile, multi-functional PL-C B polarizing filters to help reduce reflections from glass or water or darken blue skies. The PL-C B’s, which are now available in 52mm, 58mm, 67mm, 72mm, 77mm and 82mm filter thread sizes, also allows the lens cap to be attached to the lens to prevent damage to the filter if left attached when not in use.

Key features of the TS-E 17mm f/4L and TS-E 24mm f/3.5L II include:
Tilt and shift lenses compatible with all Canon EOS cameras Ultra Wide 17mm / wide 24mm focal length, ideal for architecture and landscapes High precision lens elements for low distortion and high resolution to the edge of the image ± 6.5° Tilt and ±12mm Shift (TS-E 17mm f/4L) ± 8.5° Tilt and ±12mm Shift (TS-E 24mm f/3.5L II)
Tilt and shift mechanism rotates +/-90° allowing shift in any direction
Tilt mechanism rotates +/-90° allowing tilt in any direction relative to the shift
Aspherical and UD lens elements minimise chromatic aberration Sub-wavelength structure and super-spectra coatings minimise ghosting and flare
Circular aperture for creative, blurred highlights
TS-E 17mm f/4L has a floating internal focus mechanism delivers high image quality throughout focus range.

Pricing and Availability:
The TS-E 17mm f/4L is available from May 2009 priced at £2749.99 / €3049.99
RRP inc. VAT.

The TS-E 24mm f/3.5L II is available from May 2009 priced at £2399.99 /
€2659.99 RRP inc. VAT.

PowerShot: There is one other product that might be of interest as well (along with lots that are less likely to appeal to all of us in a professional capacity! ) Canon have announced their first waterproof digital camera, the PowerShot D10. It's waterproof to 10m, shockproof enough to withstand a drop from 1.22m onto a hard surface and freeze-proof to -10°C. It features a 12.1 Megapixel sensor, 3.0x optical zoom and DIGIC 4 processor for high image quality. I can't wait to get my paws on this and see how it performs - it could become the ultimate carry-anywhere camera for when your SLR camera is back at home....
Priced at £379.00 it'll be available at the end of April 2009.


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