Following Canon’s announcement this week that it had produced a 120 megapixel, APS-H 1.3x crop sensor (for research only at this stage), it has predictably updated several of its pro lenses to match the current high resolution sensors as I predicted it would need to do 2 years ago (see here).
The updated lenses include:
- version III of both the EF Extender 1.4x and 2x
- version II of each of the EF IS USM L lenses: 300mm f/2.8, 400mm f/2.8, 500mm f/4 and 600mm f/4 – the latter 2 are still in development
- and a more affordable L lens – a 70-300mm f/4-5.6L IS USM
The updates include Sub Wavelength Structure coatings are employed to minimize flare, water-repellant Fluorine coatings on the front and rear elements, new IS mode has been added that activates stabilization only during exposure, and a ‘Power Focus’ mode for video shooting.
A real surprise is yet another extreme lens – this time a world first full frame 8-15mm f/4 USM L fisheye zoom lens – not sure the world needs this but perhaps I am wrong! I would have thought circular fisheye images were a bit passe! See dpreview.com.
The Canon EOS 60D APS-C cropped sensor dSLR is a rather predictable evolution of Canon’s mid-range dSLR series which has the following specs:
- 18mp sensor
- flip out 3″ LCD – finally they have adopted a similar LCD to Olympus and Panasonic – about time!
- full HD movies with manual control as per Canon 7D
- 9 point cross-type AF
- iFCL metering with 63 zone dual layer metering sensor
- integrated Speedlight transmitter for infrared wireless TTL flash
- EyeFi wi-fi file transfer
- SDXC memory card support
Unfortunately, still no built-in image stabiliser, but I can only hope Canon bring this is in sometime this decade because I really want it – I miss this functionality which I take for granted on my Olympus dSLR.
See more at dpreview.com