A new L-series lens and Speedlite join Canon's product line today.
Canon EF 24-105 f/4L IS USM
Major features of the EF 24-105 f/4L IS USM include:
- 18 elements in 3 groups (including one Super UD element)
- Internal-focus design (fthe front of the lens doesn't rotate during focus or zoom)
- 8-blade aperture for smooth, circular out-of-focus highlights
- Canon's Image Stabilizer technology with promised ability to shoot at a shutter speed up to 3 stops slower than would otherwise be possible
- Environmental sealing
- Close focus distance of 1.5 feet (45cm)
- Minimum aperture of f/22
All this comes in a 23.6 ounce (670g), 3.3 inch (83.5mm) diameter x 4.2 inch (107mm) minimum length lens with a 77mm filter size. Though it's roughly the same diameter as the EF 24-70mm f/2.8L USM, the EF 24-105 f/4L IS USM is a little over 6/10th's of an inch (16.5mm) shorter at its minimum length and a full 9.9 ounces (280g) lighter. This will almost certainly make it a more manageable carry-about lens, even with its slower maximum aperture of f/4.
Chuck Westfall, Canon USA's Director of Media and Customer Relationship, says that based on a brief look at the EF 24-105 f/4L IS USM by Canon USA staff, he's expecting that it will be optically as good, if not better, than the EF 24-70mm f/2.8L USM.
The EF 24-105 f/4L IS USM is slated to ship later this month in the U.S. at a minimum advertised price (MAP) of US$1249. In Canada, the lens is to come available in September 2005 at an anticipated street price of CDN$1599. The EF 24-70mm f/2.8L USM is not replaced in Canon's lineup by the new lens.
Canon tody also announced a new consumer lens, the EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6 IS USM.
Canon Speedlite 430EX
Replacing the Speedlite 420EX, the Speedlite 430EX offers these features:
- About the same size and weight as the 420EX
- ISO 100 maximum guide number of 43 (metres)/141 (feet) at 105mm position
- Tilt/swivel head (similar to the 580EX) as well as auto/manual zoom from 24mm-105mm
- Built-in, pop down-style wide panel for coverage to 14mm
- A revised control layout including an illuminated LCD data panel that serves as the access point for most settings
- Compatibility with E-TTL and E-TTL II systems, including Canon wireless (Slave mode only)
- 40% faster recycling than the 420EX - Canon claims a 2 second full power recycle time with NiMH AA's
- High Speed Sync, 2nd Curtain Sync and flash exposure compensation are all settable on the flash
- Manual power settings from full to 1/64 in 1 stop increments
- 6 Custom Functions
- Flash head zooms to properly match the angle of view of certain Canon digital SLRs with sensors smaller than full frame
- Flash communicates burst duration and charge level to certain Canon digital SLRs for use in AWB calculation
- Save Energy (SE) function
As with the 420EX, it lacks an external high-voltage power receptable and PC sync socket.
The Speedlite 430EX is to ship mid-September 2005 in the U.S. at a MAP of US$299.99. In Canada, availability is also expected to be September 2005 at a street price of about CDN$349.
Canon EF 24-105 f/4L IS USM (Photo courtesy Canon)
Canon Speedlite 430EX - front view (Photo courtesy Canon)
Canon Speedlite 430EX - rear view (Photo courtesy Canon)