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Monday, 21 February 2011

Canon out of Focus

It has been confirmed that Canon will not be exhibiting at Focus on Imaging 2011. The exhibition runs from Sunday 6 to Wednesday 9 March at the NEC, near Birmingham.

Canon equipment will be available at retailers who are exhibiting.

This is not the first time that Canon has decided not to attend Focus on Imaging - it was absent in 2007.

Monday, 7 February 2011

EOS 600D and new EF-S 18-55mm lens

Canon has launched the EOS 600D – a compact, lightweight digital SLR. The camera sits at the top of Canon’s entry-level EOS line-up, above the existing EOS 550D and the new EOS 1100D.

The EOS 600D provides all the tools to capture stills and HD movies. Picture detail is provided by a high-resolution 18 Megapixel APS-C CMOS sensor which combines with 14-bit DIGIC 4 processing to capture smooth gradients between colours. The camera’s low light shooting capability allows clear, natural images in darker conditions, with an ISO range of 100-6400 that can be further expanded to 12800.



New EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS II
Launching with the EOS 600D is the EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS II – a new kit lens that provides excellent performance for beginners. A lightweight construction makes it easy to carry; optical Image Stabilization allows photographers to use shutter speeds 4 stops slower while still maintaining a blur-free shot. The EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS II will succeed the existing EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS in Canon’s lens line-up.


Pricing and availability
•        The EOS 600D (body only): £679.00/€819.00 RRP incl. VAT.
•        The EOS 600D with EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS II: £769.00/€929.00 RRP incl. VAT.
•        The EOS 600D with EF-S 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS: £949.00/€1,149.00 RRP incl. VAT.
All available from early April 2011.


EOS 1100D - a first step into the world of EOS

The EOS 1100D is a digital SLR for consumers who want to make a start shooting still images and HD video. It features many technologies developed for more advanced models and functions which make it even easier to capture fantastic images straight out of the box.

Compact and lightweight, the EOS 1100D is a versatile DSLR that’s easy to carry. When a scene lends itself to video as well as stills, 720p HD video capture is easily accessible via the dedicated movie function on the mode dial. The image can be viewed through the newly-designed, bright optical viewfinder, offering 95% coverage of the scene. Alternatively, Live View shows how different shooting modes will affect the final image on the large rear screen.



The EOS 1100D will be available with a new addition to Canon’s range of EF lenses. The EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS II is a new kit lens that offers EOS 1100D users the flexibility to shoot everything from sweeping landscapes to portraits. A lightweight construction means it’s easy to carry, and Canon’s Image Stabilization offers a 4-stop advantage to ensure sharp images at maximum zoom and when shooting in low light. The new EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS II will succeed the EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS in Canon’s current lens portfolio.



Pricing and availability
•        The EOS 1100D (body only): £419.00/€499.00 RRP incl. VAT.
•        The EOS 1100D EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS II: £499.00/€599.00 RRP incl. VAT.
•        The EOS 1100D EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 III: £459.00/€549.00 RRP incl. VAT.
All available from early April 2011.


Super-telephoto 500mm and 600mm lenses

Canon has launched two new super-telephoto lenses for its  EOS range – the EF 500mm f/4L IS II USM and the EF 600mm f/4L IS II USM.

Designed to meet the needs of the most demanding sports and wildlife photographers, both lenses offer breakthrough performance, delivering consistently high-quality images and incredible mobility. The launch of the models follows a development announcement in August 2010, and the display of prototypes at Photokina 2010 in Cologne, Germany.

The new lenses replace the EF 500mm f/4L IS USM and EF 600mm f/4L IS USM. Each includes the highest-quality optics and the latest Canon Image Stabilizer (IS) technology, while magnesium alloy constructions with titanium components make each lens significantly lighter and even more durable. Launching as the lightest lens in its class (according to Canon market research conducted in December 2010) the EF 600mm f/4L IS II USM benefits from a 27% reduction (1.4kg) in weight compared to its predecessor, while the EF 500mm f/4L IS II USM offers a reduction of 17% (680g).

EF 500mm f/4L IS II USM  >>more information
EF 600mm f/4L IS II USM  >>more information

Pricing and availability
EF 500mm f/4L IS II USM: £8,999.00/€10,799.00 RRP incl. VAT.
EF 600mm f/4L IS II USM: £11,299.00/ €13,549.00 RRP incl. VAT.
Both lenses available from mid-2011.

Speedlites 320EX and 270EX II

Canon has announced new two new Speedlites - the  320EX and 270EX II. The Speedlite 270EX II replaces the Speedlite 270EX at the entry level of Canon’s Speedlite range, whilst the Speedlite 320EX is a compact, powerful and versatile flash for users of mid-level cameras who want to take more control over lighting.

Both Speedlites are compatible with Canon’s distance-linked E-TTL II system. They can be used on-camera or as slave units controlled by a separate master unit or the Integrated Speedlite Transmitter of the EOS 600D, EOS 60D and EOS 7D.

Speedlite 270EX II  >>more information
Speedlite 320EX  >>more information

Pricing and availability
•  Speedlite 320EX is available from late March 2011, priced at £249.99/€299.00 RRP incl. VAT.
•  Speedlite 270EX II is available from late March 2011, priced at £179.99/€219.00 RRP incl. VAT.
Both units available from late March 2011.


Telephoto zoom with integrated Extender

Canon is developing of a telephoto zoom lens featuring an integrated focal length extender – the EF 200-400mm f/4L IS USM EXTENDER 1.4×.

Designed for Canon’s range of EOS Digital SLR cameras, the new lens will appeal to sports and wildlife photographers, offering exceptional flexibility with a built-in 1.4× extender that creates an increased focal length range of 280-560mm.


60 millionth EF lens

Another EOS milestone has been reached with the production of the 60 millionth EF lens, 24 years after the first EF lens was introduced.

This significant landmark was achieved on 11 January 2011 during the production run of an EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6L IS USM, just thirteen months after the production of the company’s 50 millionth EF lens.


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