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Canon Update 3 Lenses including EF 24-70 F/2.8L II USM

Yesterday saw some excitement among our Nikon readers with the launch of the new Nikon D800 DSLR – but also announced yesterday were 3 new lenses from Canon. The main one of interest is the EF 24-70 F/2.8L II USM. Version I of this lens has always been a popular choice with photographers for quite a few years so an update is a logical one.

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The main updates included:

  • More durable body
  • Smaller Size (only slightly)
  • Redesigned Optics
  • New Zoom Lock lever to prevent damage in transit

Unfortunately the update didn’t bring any Image Stabilisation to this lens – something that will disappoint many.

The new Canon EF 24-70 F/2.8L II USM will retail when it becomes available in April for $2,299.

There is some speculation around that this update is a precursor to a full frame DSLR announcement from Canon shortly. Time will tell.

Also of interest is Canon releasing two wide angle primes with Image Stabilization.canon_is_wid-angle-primes.jpeg

They are the EF 24mm f/2.8 IS USM and EF 28mm f/2.8 IS USM. These updates to older prime lenses are said to add up to four stops to shooting with them. They both have Ultra Silent Motors and new aspherical lens elements.

The 24mm F/2.8 IS USM will retail for $849 USD and the 28mm F/2.8 IS USM will cost $799. Both will be available in June.

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Darren Rowse
Darren Rowse

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