Canon announced two new lenses today

Created by stenchlord on May 13, 2014, 1:39 a.m.
  • http://www.usa.canon.com/cusa/consumer/news_events/press_releases?pageKeyCode=pressreldetail&docId=0901e02480beda0d

    Canon Broadens Its Imaging Lineup with Two New EF Ultra Wide-Angle Zoom Lenses and White EOS Rebel SL1 Digital SLR Camera

    High Performance Lenses Offer Optical Image Stabilizer and a Refined Compact Design; Lightweight EOS Rebel SL1 SLR Kit in White Available Soon

    MELVILLE, N.Y., May 13, 2014 – Canon U.S.A., Inc., a leader in digital imaging solutions, is proud to announce two new wide-angle lenses and a new white color model of the EOS Rebel SL1 Digital SLR camera, just in time for summer. The introduction of the new Canon EF 16-35mm f/4L IS USM and the EF-S 10-18mm f/4.5-5.6 IS STM wide-angle zoom lenses provides Canon digital SLR camera users with the ability to capture stunning photographs and videos of spacious landscapes and many other iconic scenes. The EF 16-35mm f/4L IS USM lens is the first L-series wide-angle zoom lens equipped with image stabilization, providing professional photographers with expanded creative options, especially in low light. The EF-S 10-18mm f/4.5-5.6 IS STM wide-angle lens is an affordable option for entry-level DSLR users looking to enhance their images and videos with unique and creative perspectives.
    Since its introduction in March 2013, the EOS Rebel SL1, the world's smallest and lightest digital SLR camerai, has provided photographers of all levels with a high-performance digital SLR in a small, compact camera body. The new white EOS Rebel SL1 Camera Kit is complemented by a matching white EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM lens and offers a stylish alternative for photographers who like to stand out from the crowd.
    "Having just reached a milestone of producing 100 million EF lenses, Canon is dedicated more than ever before to its heritage of creating outstanding optics for photographers of all levels," said Yuichi Ishizuka, president and COO, Canon U.S.A., Inc. "The EF 16-35mm f/4L IS USM and EF-S 10-18mm f/4.5-5.6 IS STM ultra-wide zoom lenses, when paired with Canon EOS Digital SLR cameras, are powerful tools that can enhance any photographer's creativity. And new to the U.S. market, the white EOS Rebel SL1 Digital SLR camera with its companion white lens, provides users with high-quality images in a small, compact body that is easy to bring along on all their summer adventures."
    EF 16-35mm f/4L IS USM
    Fully compatible with all EOS Digital SLR cameras including full-frame models like the EOS 5D Mark III and EOS 6D Digital SLR cameras, the compact and lightweight EF 16-35mm f/4L IS USM ultra wide-angle zoom lens offers high image quality and an Optical Image Stabilizer (IS) for shake correction up to four shutter speed stepsii, making handheld shooting possible in dimly lit scenes where camera shake can occur. In addition, an intelligent CPU in the lens automatically selects the optimal IS mode by recognizing differences between normal handheld shots and panning. This technological advancement supports a greater range of creative expression for photographers in otherwise difficult shooting situations, such as dark indoor scenes where flash photography is prohibited, or in places where a tripod cannot be used, or when shooting at low ISO speeds.
    The EF 16-35mm f/4L IS USM ultra wide-angle zoom lens features newly developed, high quality Canon optics that incorporate three GMo (Glass-Molded) aspheric lens elements, including a large-diameter aspheric lens, which help improve image quality by correcting aberrations. Two additional UD lens elements help reduce chromatic aberration from edge to edge throughout the entire zoom range for excellent image quality with high resolution and contrast. The lens also features enhanced fluorine lens coatings on the front and rear lens surfaces to repel dust particles and help ensure superb color balance while minimizing ghosting. The inner focusing and ring USM offer silent, fast and accurate autofocusing. Full-time manual focus adjustment is available in autofocus (AF) mode. A nine-blade circular aperture creates beautiful, soft backgrounds. A new compact four-group zoom system provides a minimum focusing distance of 0.28m/11 inches throughout the zoom range and a maximum magnification of 0.23x at the telephoto end for outstanding performance.
    EF-S 10-18mm f/4.5-5.6 IS STM
    Created to be a great companion lens for the Canon EOS 70D, EOS Rebel T5i, EOS Rebel SL1 and other EOS Digital SLR cameras with APS-C size image sensors, the EF-S 10-18mm f/4.5-5.6 IS STM lens expands Canon's line of Stepping Motor (STM) lenses. For entry-level users, this affordable wide-angle lens offers the ability to shoot creative, high-quality images and video in tight indoor locations such as a cozy corner table in a restaurant or unique vacation photos where the subject is close up, yet the surrounding area can still fill the frame.
    The EF-S 10-18mm f/4.5-5.6 IS STM ultra wide-angle zoom lens features a compact and lightweight design with an Optical Image Stabilizer for shake correction up to four shutter speed stepsiii, enabling handheld shooting in low light. The lens' stepping motor and newly designed focus mechanism are ideal for Canon EOS Movie Servo AF (available on EOS 70D, EOS Rebel T5i and EOS Rebel SL1 cameras) to provide smooth, quiet and continuous autofocusing during video shooting, as well as when taking photos.
    The EF-S 10-18mm f/4.5-5.6 IS STM ultra-wide zoom lens features one UD lens element to help reduce chromatic aberration throughout the zoom range for excellent image quality with high resolution and contrast. It also features enhanced multi-layer lens coatings to help ensure superb color balance while minimizing ghosting and flare, while a seven-blade circular aperture creates beautiful, soft backgrounds.
    Compared to the EF-S 10-22mm f/3.5-4.5 USM wide-angle lens, the EF-S 10-18mm f/4.5-5.6 IS STM ultra wide-angle zoom lens is nearly 20% smaller and 38% lighter. When combined with a compact digital SLR, such as the Canon EOS Rebel SL1 camera, the smaller size makes it very convenient to carry with the camera when traveling. The compact four-group zoom optical system provides a maximum magnification of 0.15x at the telephoto end. The wide-angle zoom range of the new EF-S 10-18mm f/4.5-5.6 IS STM is a perfect complement to the currently available EF-S 18-55mm IS and EF-S 55-250mm IS STM zoom lenses.
    New Lens Availability
    The Canon EF 16-35mm f/4L IS USM and the EF-S 10-18mm f/4.5-5.6 IS STM ultra-wide zoom lenses are scheduled to be available in June for estimated retail prices of $1,199.00 and $299.99, respectively. For more information about Canon EF Lenses visit: www.usa.canon.com/cusa/consumer/products/cameras/ef_lens_lineup.
    White EOS Rebel SL1 Kit with EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM Lens Availability
    The Canon EOS Rebel SL1 and EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM lens kit in white is scheduled to be available at the end of June for an estimated retail price of $749.99. For more information about the white Canon EOS Rebel SL1 Digital SLR Camera kit and the full list of product specifications, visit www.usa.canon.com/eos.

  • The 10-18 is interesting as a cheap ($300) entry level UWA for crop sensors.

    The 16-35/4L IS is great though but I wonder if it means they will discontinue the 17-40L. There's no point having the 16-35/2.8L, 16-35/4L IS and 17-40L.

  • If the 10-18mm is at least as good as the 10-22mm, people are going to be really happy.

  • People always said the 10-22 was L glass without the red ring, I'd say in all liklihood the 10-18 isn't going to be as good as the 10-22 but if it's anything like current generation kit lenses, it'll still be pretty decent.

    Back in the day the kit 18-55 and 75-300 that got packaged with the old 350D and 400D models were really shite, even when comparing just center sharpness but the current 18-55 IS STM and 55-200 IS STM kit lenses are pretty decent, at the very least from my testing the 18-55 IS STM was on par with the 15-85 IS USM in terms of image quality (sharpness, contrast, saturation, distortion, CA) and on par with the 24-105L in terms of sharpness (failed in regards to CA and distortion though and did not produce as nice contrasty shots).

  • @stenchlord said:

    People always said the 10-22 was L glass without the red ring, I'd say in all liklihood the 10-18 isn't going to be as good as the 10-22 but if it's anything like current generation kit lenses, it'll still be pretty decent.

    Back in the day the kit 18-55 and 75-300 that got packaged with the old 350D and 400D models were really shite, even when comparing just center sharpness but the current 18-55 IS STM and 55-200 IS STM kit lenses are pretty decent, at the very least from my testing the 18-55 IS STM was on par with the 15-85 IS USM in terms of image quality (sharpness, contrast, saturation, distortion, CA) and on par with the 24-105L in terms of sharpness (failed in regards to CA and distortion though and did not produce as nice contrasty shots).

    Hey Stench how far down the STM rabbit hole did you go? I am thinking about picking up a 70d in a few months along with the 18-135 STM and the 40 mm STM, I hear they are pretty great value and I know you are a bit of a gear lover :P

    I was hoping for a UWA fast prime, i am looking at picking one up for wide angle astrophotography.

  • I prefer the 40mm f/2.8 STM over the 50mm f/1.8 II and the 50mm f/1.4 personally.

    Not had any experience with the 18-135 though.

  • @stenchlord said:

    I prefer the 40mm f/2.8 STM over the 50mm f/1.8 II and the 50mm f/1.4 personally.

    Not had any experience with the 18-135 though.

    Interesting! I do love how tiny it is, seems like it would make a great travel lens!

  • Can't go wrong with the pancake.
  • The 40mm pancake might be the best lens value in all of photography.


  • @mclaren777 said:

    The 40mm pancake might be the best lens value in all of photography.

    I'd agree with that.

    From my experience with both of them side by side (40/2.8 and 50/1.4), in terms of resolution the difference between them is negligible. The 40/2.8 has more vignetting but it usually is not enough to be that noticeable in real world scenarios. In regards to CAs I know they're meant to be about on par but my 40/2.8 was very noticeably better than my 50/1.4 but this isn't much of an issue since software can fix it. AF speed between the two were in my opinion pretty similar and in terms of bokeh, I felt that the 40/2.8 had much more appealing bokeh than my 50/1.4 (bokeh balls were rounder and smoother).

    The 50/1.4 of course has the benefit of being able to shoot wide open at 1.4 but it's noticeably soft at this aperture IMO (needs to be stopped down to f/2 for a sharp image) but if you're in lighting conditions where you need f/1.4 then better to use it and have a soft image than stop down and have a slower shutter or higher ISO and end up with an image that is likely out of focus due to movement or grainy due to noise.

    The big thing though is the price, the 40/2.8 is less than half the price of the 50/1.4 which for me (despite how much crap I buy) is still a lot of money. People often suggest the 50/1.8 and it's not a bad lens but the little extra you can spend on the 40/2.8 gets you better image quality, better bokeh and faster, quieter and more accurate AF which in my opinion is worth it.