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Head­ing the news in this is­sue is Pen­tax’s next- gen­er­a­tion ver­sion of its medium for­mat D-SLR, the third Al­pha 7 model from Sony, new mon­i­tors from Eizo, the win­ners of the 2014 TIPA Awards, and much more. As usual, we pub­lish a cal­en­dar of the im­por­tant imag­ing events hap­pen­ing lo­cally and over­seas over the com­ing months. For the lat­est news from the imag­ing in­dus­try visit www.avhub.com.au

Hav­ing just cel­e­brated the pro­duc­tion of 100 mil­lion EF/EF-S mount lenses, Canon has an­nounced two new mod­els to help build on this num­ber. Both are wide-an­gle zooms; one for its ‘APC-S’ for­mat D-SLRs and one for its D-SLRs with the full-35mm size sen­sors.

The new EF-S 10-18mm f4.5-5.6 IS STM model has an ef­fec­tive fo­cal range of 16-29mm and is the lat­est ad­di­tion to Canon’s line-up of lenses with step­ping mo­tors de­signed to pro­vide smoother aut­o­fo­cus­ing when shoot­ing video. It has a 14-el­e­ment op­ti­cal con­struc­tion and em­ploys both aspher­i­cal and ul­tra-low dis­per­sion (UD) types to cor­rect for dis­tor­tion and chro­matic aber­ra­tions re­spec­tively. It also has a built-in op­ti­cal im­age sta­bil­i­sa­tion which is claimed to give up to four stops of com­pen­sa­tion for cam­era shake when shoot­ing hand-held. The min­i­mum fo­cus­ing dis­tance is 22 cen­time­tres. The new EF-S 10-18mm zoom weighs in at 240 grams and ac­cepts 67 mil­lime­tres di­am­e­ter screwthread fil­ters.

The new EF 16-35mm f4.0L IS USM zoom is Canon’s first wide-an­gle zoom for use with ful­l35mm sen­sors which has built-in op­ti­cal im­age sta­bil­i­sa­tion. Again, the cor­rec­tion range is put at four stops. The 16-el­e­ment op­ti­cal con­struc­tion in­cludes three aspher­i­cal types (cre­ated via glass mould­ing) and two made from UD glass. Other fea­tures in­clude a nine-blade di­aphragm to give smoother out-of-fo­cus ef­fects, Canon’s USM ul­tra­sonic AF drive and flu­o­rine coat­ings on both the front and rear lens sur­faces to min­imise ghost­ing and glare. The new EF 16-35mm wide-an­gle zoom weighs in at 615 grams and ac­cepts 77 mil­lime­tres di­am­e­ter fil­ters.

For the record, the 100 mil­lionth EF lens was an EF200-400mm f4.0L IS USM Extender 1.4x. While the mount was in­tro­duced in 1986, the last ten mil­lion EF lenses were pro­duced in just 11 months.

For more in­for­ma­tion visit www.canon.com.au

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