NEW TECHNOLOGY UPDATE:
1- New Canon Speedlite flash
2- New Canon 28mm macro lens with built-in
3- Epson printer
As is my policy to keep you up to date with the latest in new products, here is the latest items found posted in magazines and on the internet that I thought you might be interested in checking out.
As a photographer who likes to put flashes all over the place, the semi-recent trend of speedlites with built-in radio triggers has been great. Now, Canon has announced the 600EX II-RT flash, which has revamped heat management to allow it to fire in longer bursts.
In terms of power and, well, pretty much everything else, the new flash is just like the previous model. It has a 197 ft guide number and built-in radio triggering and control for up to five groups of flashes. The head has a zoom coverage range or 20-200mm. Pretty familiar stuff. Performance has increased a bit with regular AA batteries, but there's also now an optional battery pack that will push its performance even more.Also included are some new accessories, including a built-in bounce adapter, a soft case, and the SCF-ED color filter set.
The new 600EX II-RT will cost $579, which is about what you’d expect from a flagship, radio-enabled Canon flash at this point. It will be available starting in June.
Notice the ring of light around the front of the lens, which can be used in "high" or "dim" modes. The lens collapses in the off position for storage.Canon has been increasing its efforts in their M-series mirrorless cameras in recent months, and today they have announced something truly unique for it in the form of the EF-M 28mm f/3.5 IS Macro lens, which sports a pair of built-in lights that form a ring around the front element of the lens.
Ring lights are a familiar tool for macro photographers because they provide even illumination from almost every angle around the lens. It can be very difficult to get even lighting on an object without blocking it during a macro situation, so putting the light in front of the lens is a good solution. The EF-M 28mm lens has a pair of lights that can be used in tandem as a de facto ring light, or individually to provide more shadows and emphasize texture in the subject.
In another nice touch, the end of the lens is tapered, almost like a microscope lens shape, in an effort not to block the subject being photographed.
The lens will be available for $300, which actually seems like a very solid price point for something so unique. I know a dedicated macro lens is something of a specialty tool, but it seems very smart for Canon to try and beef up the M system with something that no one else is offering. We’re looking forward to trying out the lens and its new lighting system. Look for a full review when it hits the test lab.