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Canon unveils trio of lenses, including updated 14mm  
Sunday, August 19, 2007 | by Rob Galbraith

Wide View: The Canon EF 14mm f/2.8L II USM (Photo courtesy Canon)

Joining the EOS-1Ds Mark III and EOS 40D announcements today are three new Canon lenses, including the first new prime wide angle lens from Canon in years, the EF 14mm f/2.8L II USM.
 
EF 14mm f/2.8L II USM
 
Better optical performance at the edges of the frame, especially when used on a camera like the EOS-1Ds Mark III, is the main change in Canon's update of its 14mm autofocus lens, which was first introduced in 1991.
 
The EF 14mm f/2.8L II USM, Canon's widest L-series lens, also gets faster autofocus, environmental sealing around the mount and controls and rounder, more pleasing out-of-focus highlights.
 
The Canon EF 14mm f/2.8L II USM lens is to ship in October 2007 at an estimated selling price of US$2199 in the U.S.
 
An excerpt from a Canon USA press release has more information:
 

Press Release

Designed primarily for discerning landscape and architectural photographers, the Canon EF14mm f/2.8L II USM lens is ideally suited to the EOS-1Ds Mark IIIís full-frame capability.  Measuring 3.7 inches in length and weighing in at under 23 ounces, this ultra-wide angle L-series prime lens is well corrected for rectilinear distortion, provides a 114-degree diagonal angle of view, and delivers high-speed autofocus with higher image quality overall including superior peripheral image quality, compared to its predecessor, the stalwart EF 14mm f/2.8L USM lens.
 
While its large diameter, high-precision aspherical and UD elements, optimized lens element positioning, and flare and ghost-reducing lens coating ensure that this lens delivers the top optical performance in its professional class, Canon has added other features photographers have been asking for Ė improved dust and water resistance incorporated around the mount, switch panel and focusing ring, and a round aperture that creates a nice background blur and makes it easier to recognize an out-of-focus scene in less than brightly lit conditions. Furthermore, Canon has created a new lens cap specifically for the EF 14mm f/2.8L II USM that is held to the lens by a stopper.
 
Canon has also unveiled two new entry-level EF-S-series lenses, both of which incorporate image stabilization: the US$199.99 EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS, which is also expected to ship in October 2007, and the EF-S 55-250mm f/4-5.6 IS (which will come available initially in regions outside the USA and Canada).
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