Speedlite 580EX IIWireless File Transmitter WFT-E2Original Data Security Kit OSK-E3Canon EF 16-35mm f/2.8L II USM
Canon today releases its latest L-series EF lens along with several
accessories optimised for its new professional SLR, the EOS-1D Mark III.
The EF 16-35mm f/2.8L II USM is set to become the ultra wide-angle zoom
of choice for professionals. With vastly improved peripheral sharpness,
it replaces the popular EF 16-35mm f/2.8L II USM as Canon’s
leading wide-angle zoom. A constant f/2.8 aperture ensures exceptional
low light performance and depth-of-field control throughout the zoom
In combination with the EOS-1D Mark III, Canon expands the
professional EOS system with the following accessories:
Speedlite 580EX II – When connected to the EOS-1D Mark III,
the Speedlite 580EX II allows for weather resistant flash shooting and
flash control via the camera’s menu system. Replacing the
Speedlite 580EX, it offers faster, silent recycle times and a more
durable build quality. A new Off-Camera Shoe Cord, Compact Battery Pack
and Speedlite Bracket (also released today) maintain moisture and dust
resistance for off camera shooting.
Wireless File Transmitter WFT-E2 – Smaller, lighter
and more versatile than its predecessor, the unit enables wireless
image transfers to computers and remote FTP servers. Support for HTTP
means that picture editors can connect to the EOS-1D Mark III over the
internet – allowing them to view, select and download images
from the camera’s memory card moments after capture. PTP
connection mode enables two-way communication between the EOS-1D Mark
III and a computer for wireless remote shooting with the supplied EOS
Original Data Security Kit OSK-E3 – Like the Data
Verification Kit DVK-E2, the Original Data Security Kit OSK-E3 can
detect whether an image has been changed since it was captured by the
camera. In addition to data verification, Original Data Security Kit
OSK-E3 supports image encryption for protection of critical images.
EF 16-35mm f/2.8L II USM – Superior
Canon’s engineers have completely redesigned the optics on
the EF 16-35mm f/2.8L II USM to deliver higher contrast levels and
improved resolving power. To ensure corner-to-corner sharpness and
contrast throughout the focal range, the lens includes three types of
aspherical lens elements (ground, replicated and glass moulded). Two UD
lens elements virtually eliminate chromatic aberration, while Super
Spectra lens coatings suppress flare and ghosting.
Rapid auto focus is driven by a virtually silent Ring-type
Ultrasonic Motor (USM) incorporating Canon’s latest auto
focus algorithms. Full-time mechanical manual focus override is also
provided. As with all L-series lenses, the EF 16-35mm f/2.8L II USM is
weather sealed to protect against dust and moisture.
There's a full spec of the lens here
A new 82mm Protect filter for the EF 16-35mm f/2.8L II USM
has been released to coincide with today’s launch.
Speedlite 580EX II – increased
The Speedlite 580EX II improves on many of the specifications of its
predecessor. Recycling is silent and up to 20% faster. Weather seals
ensure that when attached to the EOS-1D Mark III, the Wireless File
Transmitter WFT-E2 achieves the same level of dust and moisture
resistance as the camera itself. A redesigned metal flash foot plate
and connector pins allow more stable communication between the camera
and flash, while a quick release mechanism minimises wear and tear on
both units. The flash head zoom covers the range 24mm to 105mm and an
integrated diffusion panel allows extended wide-angle coverage to 14mm.
The new Off Camera Shoe Cord OC-E3, Compact Battery Pack CP-E4
and Speedlite Bracket SB-E2 also allow sealing against dust and
moisture, giving photographers a complete system to achieve off-camera
lighting effects in difficult weather conditions.
Wireless File Transmitter WFT-E2 –
Responding to feedback from Wireless File Transmitter WFT-E1 users,
Canon has expanded the functionality of the Wireless File Transmitter
WFT-E2 to also support two-way communication via peer to peer (PTP) and
HTTP protocols. Remote users can trigger the shutter button or download
images from the camera via an internet browser window, dramatically
reducing the time it takes from capture to publication. The Wireless
File Transmitter WFT-E2 offers users a greater degree of security by
allowing up to 4 types of WEP encryption as well as WPA2-PSK, which
supports high security AES encryption.
USB host functionality means photographers can shoot directly
to external storage media on longer shooting assignments. The unit also
supports recording of GPS data - when connected to a portable GPS
device, the location and time of capture is automatically added to each
image as EXIF data.
Requiring no additional batteries, the Wireless File Transmitter WFT-E2
fits neatly onto the side of the EOS-1D Mark III and offers the same
degree of weather resistance as the camera body.
Original Data Security Kit OSK-E3 –
new encryption feature
The Original Data Security Kit OSK-E3 supports advanced image
encryption when used with the EOS-1D Mark III, answering a need in the
market for a secure way to transmit electronic images. The system works
by writing captured images to a standard CF memory card, while the SD
card slot contains the Original Data Security card (supplied with the
kit) which acts as the encryption key. Encrypted images can be
decrypted only by a computer with the same encryption key, allowing
photographers to send images over public networks – such as
wireless LANs or the internet – with the assurance that only
the intended recipient can view them.
The Original Data Security Kit OSK-E3 is capable of detecting
the slightest (single bit) discrepancy in image data. For images shot
with the EOS-1D Mark III and a GPS-connected Wireless File Transmitter
WFT-E2, it can also be used to verify that GPS data recorded at the
time of capture has not been altered – an increasingly
important consideration for news publications.
Listening to photographers
Developed with valuable feedback and advice from EOS photographers,
today’s releases underline Canon’s commitment to
the professional market. Canon’s policy of listening closely
to its users has been central to the success of EOS over the last 20
years and will continue to be a cornerstone of future development.