Canon Releases Two New Wide Angle Primes

Introducing the world’s first image stabilized, wide-angle primes

EF 24mm f/2.8 IS USMA few short months ago Canon launched the new EF 24mm f/2.8 IS USM and EF 28mm f/2.8 IS USM lenses; the world’s first 24mm and 28mm fixed wide-angle lenses to feature optical IS technology. Ideal for photo-journalists, both lenses offer outstanding flexibility allowing photographers to shoot an even broader range of scenes and subjects – combining fast apertures with image stabilization to enable sharp results when shooting handheld, even in low light conditions.

Offering an advantage of up to 4-stops over lenses without IS, both lenses are ideal for capturing more of the scene thanks to their wider focal lengths. Both feature a wide f/2.8 aperture, allowing photographers to explore shallow depth of field, or to shoot in lower-light conditions. Wide apertures and IS technology also make each lens ideal for shooting fast-moving subjects, while Canon’s advanced IS technology is able to detect intentional panning movement and automatically switch from Normal IS mode to Panning IS mode – helping users to capture movement with greater accuracy.

Silent, high-speed AF performance is provided by the inclusion of a ring-type USM and additional features including optimized AF control. Full-time manual focusing also ensures adjustments can be made even when AF is engaged, while a minimum focusing distance of 0.20m (EF 24mm f/2.8 IS USM) and 0.23m (EF 28mm f/2.8 IS USM) allows photographers to get even closer to smaller or more detailed subjects.

Designed to Perform
EF 28mm f/2.8 IS USMBoth the EF 24mm f/2.8 IS USM and EF 28mm f/2.8 IS USM feature redesigned optics to improve image quality. An aspherical glass moulded (GMo) lens element is incorporated to correct aberration throughout the optical system, while Canon’s optimised Super Spectra Coatings reduce ghosting and flare for stand-out image quality.

Externally, both models also boast a number of design similarities with Canon’s professional L-series lenses, with a similar coating on the barrel and a similar design on the focus ring. A distance scale is also included to assist with landscape photography, while the compact design makes these lenses an unobtrusive addition to any kit bag.

Key Features
• 24mm wide angle lens (38mm equivalent on APS-C sized sensors)
• 28mm wide-angle lens (45mm equivalent on APS-C sized sensors)
• Fast f/2.8 maximum aperture
• Up to four-stop Image Stabilizer
• Ultrasonic autofocus mechanism
• Circular aperture for soft background blur
• Super Spectra coatings reduce flare

Bokeh
The wide f/2.8 apertures of the lenses allow users to creatively isolate subjects from backgrounds, with the EF24mm f/2.8 IS USM and the EF28mm f/2.8 IS USM having seven-blade circular apertures to help photographers to create dramatic background blur.

Close Focus
The EF24mm f/2.8 IS USM lens is very versatile: it can be used to capture a wide-angle view or you can get in close to the action with a close focusing distance of just 0.20m. The EF28mm f/2.8 IS USM has a close focusing distance of just 0.23m. Both new lightweight lenses weigh less than 280g and are ideal for travelling photographers. The lens’ optical design features an aspheric, Glass Mold (GMo) lens element to ensure sharp, high contrast images.

Ultra Sonic Motor AF
To ensure sharp, in-focus images, both the prime lenses are both fitted with high-speed ring-type USM autofocus motors for fast, silent focusing at all times. The addition of full-time manual focusing allows you to adjust focus manually without first having to switch to MF.

L Series Quality in Non-L Series Lenses
Both new wide angle primes feature Canon’s “L Series” quality (and high price tag) but neither is an “L Series” lens. Don’t let this fact scare you off. Both of these new lenses contain state of the art optics and image stabilization technology and these are two of the most advanced wide-angle lenses ever released. Now if the price ($800 +) was just a little more reasonable. :-)

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