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Canon Debuts New Lens

Ultra-wide angle L-series prime lens.

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Canon has introduced the EF 14 mm f/2.8L II USM lens, ideally suited to the EOS-1Ds Mark III’s full-frame capability and designed specifically for landscape and architectural photographers. The ultra-wide angle L-series prime lens is corrected for rectilinear distortion, provides a 114? diagonal angle of view, delivers high-speed auto focus, and has a flare and ghost-reducing lens coating. Additionally, the lens features improved dust and water resistance around the mount, switch panel, and focus ring. Estimated price: $2199.

Canon has also upgraded the firmware for its EOS-1D Mark III camera to version 1.0.9. The updates to the firmware for its 10.1-Mpxl DSLR include: the application of a stronger sharpness setting to the LCD monitor when images are enlarged; improvements in the consistency of the AI Servo AF to reduce the tendency of the camera to auto focus on high-contrast backgrounds; countermeasures for Main Dial function response errors; and corrects errors in Italian and Simplified Chinese menu screens. The upgrade is available for download on the company website.


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