Canon U.S.A. today announced two new additions to the company's
EF lens family, the new EF 24-70mm f/4L IS USM and EF 35mm f/2
IS USM lenses.
The EF 24-70mm f/4L IS USM has macro shooting capabilities at
the telephoto end and the EF 35mm f/2 IS USM adds Canon's
proprietary Image Stabilization (IS) to this popular prime lens
Featuring dynamic L-series optical performance in
a compact, design, the new EF 24-70mm f/4L IS USM lens features
a constant maximum aperture of f/4 throughout the entire zoom
range with 15 lens elements in 12 groups including two
aspherical and two UD lens elements and a 9-blade circular
aperture diaphragm. The lens includes a macro feature at the
telephoto end with a 0.2m/7.9-inch minimum focusing distance and
Canon's Hybrid IS system (with up to four stops of
stabilization). The macro feature can be engaged through a
switch on the lens barrel. In addition, the lens features inner
focusing and a ring-type Ultrasonic Motor (USM) for fast
autofocus, and has full-time mechanical manual focus that's
enabled even during AF operation. Compact at only 93mm in
length, with dust and water resistance, the EF 24-70mm f/4L IS
USM lens has a fluorine coating on the front and rear elements
for easy maintenance and cleaning.
The EF 24-70mm f/4L IS USM lens is expected to be available in
December for an approximate retail price of $1,499.00.
The successor to Canon's EF 35mm f/2, the EF 35mm f/2 IS USM
lens is a compact and lightweight wide-angle prime lens. The
optics and mechanical workings are designed to improve image
quality in the lens's periphery and provide faster and quieter
AF than its predecessor, as well as Optical IS and optional
full-time manual focus, all in a durable lens body. It features
a circular aperture diaphragm and lens coatings optimized for
minimal ghosting and flare.
The EF 35mm f/2 IS USM lens is expected to be available in
December for an approximate retail price of $849.99.