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Canon announces development of 200-400mm with integrated 1.4X teleconverter, new Speedlites and refreshed Rebel digital SLRs  
Sunday, February 6, 2011 | by Rob Galbraith
Canon has announced that it's developing the EF 200-400mm f/4L IS USM Extender 1.4x, a telephoto zoom with integrated 1.4x teleconverter, plus it has introduced the EOS Rebel T3i/600D and EOS Rebel T3/1100D digital SLRs and the Speedlite 320EX and 270EX II.

EF 200-400mm f/4L IS USM Extender 1.4x

The EF 200-400mm f/4L IS USM Extender 1.4x features an integrated 1.4x teleconverter permanently embedded in the lens; a mechanical switch near the lens mount enables the teleconverter to be taken in and out of the optical path. With it engaged, the lens becomes a 280-560mm f/5.6.

A price and release date for the new zoom has not been set, though it's expected to go on sale later this year. Canon has also announced that last month they produced the 60-millionth EOS-compatible lens, an EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6L IS USM. This milestone was reached only 13 months after passing the 50 million lens mark, in December 2009.

Canon EOS Rebel T3i/600D and EOS Rebel T3/1100D

A refresh of the EOS Rebel T2i/550D, the T3i/600D utilizes the same 17.92 million image pixel, 1.6x-size CMOS image sensor, 3.7fps shooting rate, 34 JPEG/6 RAW burst specification, 1920 x 1280 video capture and 9-point autofocus while adding a 1,040,000-dot tilt-and-swivel rear LCD, a 3-10x crop zoom during video capture and other refinements.

The Canon EOS Rebel T3i/600D is scheduled to be delivered to U.S. dealers next month at an expected street price of US$799.99. It will also be offered in a kit with the new EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS II at an expected street price of US$899.99. A second kit, that bundles the camera with an EF-S 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS, has an expected street price of US$1099.

Canon has also unveiled the EOS Rebel T3/1100D, an entry-level digital SLR featuring a 12.2MP, 1.6x-size CMOS sensor and 720p video capture. It's to arrive on store shelves at the end of next month. In a kit with Canonís new EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 II it will sell for an expected street price of US$599.99.

Canon Speedlite 320EX and Speedlite 270 EX II

The new Speedlite 320EX has a two-position (24mm, 50mm) head, a guide number of 79ft/24m (ISO 100, 24mm), can act as a remote flash in a Canon wireless configuration, has the ability to remotely fire certain Canon cameras and incorporates an LED video light as well. It's powered by four AA batteries and recharges silently in as fast as 1.8 seconds at full power.

The Speedlite 270EX II replaces the 270EX in Canon's flash lineup and adds a remote firing function, similar to the 320EX.

The Speedlite 320EX is to be released in April at an expected street price of US$249.99, while the Speedlite 270EX II is slated to arrive on store shelves at the beginning of April at an expected street price of US$169.99.
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