B&H has started selling the Canon EF 70-200mm f/4L IS USM lens for $1,281. FYI, the original price was $1,329. This professional zoom telephoto lens is suitable for a broad range of applications from sports to portraiture. It is fully compatible with the Extender EF 1.4x II and 2x II teleconverters (requires f/8 AF sensitivity with EF 2x II). The Canon EF 70-200mm f/4L IS USM lens has a minimum focusing distance of 3.9′ (1.18m) throughout its entire range of focal lengths, and it accepts 67mm screw-in filters. [Product Page]
PhotographyBLOG has reviewed the Canon PowerShot SX230 HS travel-zoom camera. This compact digicam features a 12.1-megapixel back-illuminated CMOS sensor, a 3-inch LCD screen, the DIGIC 4 image processing engine, a full 1080p HD movie mode with Stereo sound and an HDMI output. Additional specs include a built-in GPS, a full range of manual exposure modes for more experienced photographers looking to take control, an 8.1 fps burst shooting at 3-megapixel resolution and a Super Slow Motion Movie mode. Here is the conclusion:
The new Canon PowerShot SX230 HS is a more sensibly priced and better-specced challenger to the market-leading Panasonic TZ-series, going head to head with the TZ20, which it actually betters on paper in quite a few aspects. Judged on its own merits, the Canon PowerShot SX230 HS is an easy recommendation as a travel zoom camera that does it all with the minimum of fuss.
Available in pink, blue or black, the Canon PowerShot SX230 is priced at £299 or approx. $350. [PhotographyBLOG]
The new Zeiss 35mm f/1.4 Distagon lens is now available for Canon mount at B&H. Designed for low light photography, the Zeiss 35mm f/1.4 Distagon lens features all the traditional advantages of Zeiss optics such as precise manual focusing with a large rotation angle, unparalleled control of glare and stray light to ensure brilliant images every time, an almost circular aperture that delivers a harmonious bokeh, and robust all-metal precision construction. The Zeiss 35mm F/1.4 Distagon T lens retails for $1,843. [Product Page]
B&H has released the Canon 60D DSLR camera for $999.95. The DSLR camera comes bundled with the Red Giant B&H production bundle ($494.95 value). The special B&H bundle of Red Giant software consists of Magic Bullet Quick Looks 1.2, Magic Bullet Grinder, Magic Bullet PhotoLooks 1.5 and Knoll Light Factory for Photoshop. [Product Page]
Canon USA today introduced two advanced-design PL-mount lenses that address the emerging 4K production standards. Known as the Canon FK14.5-60 wide-angle cine zoom and the Canon FK30-300 telephoto cine zoom, these precision-matched lenses adopt breakthrough Canon optical designs that simultaneously optimize and enhance multiple imaging attributes while minimizing optical aberrations and distortions. Both lenses are also more compact and lightweight than contemporary PL-mount lenses and both feature a totally new Canon optical design that virtually eliminates focus breathing. No word on pricing at this moment. [Canon]
Normally priced at $179.99, the Canon PowerShot SD1300IS 12.1MP Digital Camera is currently on sale at Amazon for just $109.99, meaning you could save up to $70 (39%). This compact camera offers a 12.1-megapixel CCD image sensor, a 4x optical zoom lens, a 2.7-inch PureColor System LCD display, Canon’s DIGIC 4 image processor, an SD/SDHC/SDXC card slot, a USB 2.0 port and 640 x 480p video recording capabilities (30fps). [Product Page]