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Three new lenses join Canon's lineup  
Monday, August 31, 2009 | by Rob Galbraith
Rounding out Canon's announcements today are a trio of new lenses:

EF 100mm f/2.8L IS Macro This is the first lens to utilize Canon's recently-announced Hybrid IS, which compensates for both angle and shift movement during the exposure and is rated to provide stabilization equivalent to bumping up four full shutter speed steps. It's also an L-series lens; its non-IS predecessor is not. The EF 100mm f/2.8L IS Macro is slated to ship in late September 2009 at an expected street price of US$1049. In Canada, the suggested retail price is CDN$1299.

EF-S 15-85mm f/3.5-5.6 IS Replacing the EF-S 17-85mm f/4-5.6 IS in Canon's lineup, the new lens is both wider and faster at the wide end of its zoom range. Its image stabilization is rated to be equivalent to bumping up four full shutter speed steps. We used a beta unit of this lens on the 7D and quite liked it. The build quality is good, the zoom ring turns smoothly while optical performance is decent. The EF-S 15-85mm f/3.5-5.6 IS is slated to ship in late October 2009 at an expected street price of US$799.99. In Canada, the suggested retail price is CDN$999.99.

EF-S 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS This lens fills the gap in Canon's consumer lens line between the EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS and EF-S 18-200mm f/3.5-5.6 IS. As with the new 15-85mm, image stabilization is rated to be equivalent to bumping up four full shutter speed steps. This lens does not use an ultrasonic focus motor. The EF-S 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS is slated to ship in late September 2009 at an expected street price of US$499.99. In Canada, the suggested retail price is CDN$599.99.
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