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Canon L-Series Gets 4 New Prime Lenses

Canon has expanded the L-Series range with four new lenses.

|  Canon MT-26EX-RT Macro Twin Lite in Interchangeable Lenses
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Canon has introduced four new lenses into its premium L-series range along with a new macro flash.

The four lenses joining the L-series lens range are the EF 85mm f/1.4L IS USM, TS-E 50mm f/2.8L MACRO, TS-E 90mm f/2.8L MACRO and TS-E 135mm f/4L MACRO. All of the new lenses are weather-sealed, dustproof and feature a fluorine coating.

Created following feedback from photographers around the world, the EF 85mm f/1.4L IS USM is a portrait lens photographers, have quite literally, been asking for. It features a new 14 elements, 10 group, lens design as well as Air Sphere Coating (ASC) technology and the ultra-low refractive index layer on the EF 85mm eliminates image flare and ghosting. The EF 85mm is equipped with an Electro Magnetic diaphragm, which uses a wide f/1.4 aperture comprised of nine blades and 4-stop image stabilisation, which prevents camera shake from ruining images. 

We go hands-on with the new Canon lenses here.

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Other features found in the EF 85mm include a high-speed ring type silent Ultrasonic Motor (USM) driven Auto Focus (AF), which works with the lens CPU and the camera’s AF algorithms. The AF also features a full-time manual override and is compatible with the entire family of Cinema EOS cameras.

Up next are the TS-E 50mm f/2.8L MACRO, TS-E 90mm f/2.8L MACRO and TS-E 135mm f/4L MACRO lenses which have been introduced after photographers asked for a range of longer focal length lenses that feature tilt, shift and rotate movements, similar to those found on the TS-E 17mm f/4L and TS-E 24mm f/3.5L II.


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The minimum focusing distance of the three lenses has also been optimised for macro photography, producing half-life size images with a maximum magnification of 0.5x. For example, the TS-E 135mm allows photographers to be 49cm away from the subject and still obtain this magnification.


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Canon says all three lenses produce very low levels of distortion, cut down refracted light, which can impinge on accurate focusing and they all feature UD (ultra-low dispersion) lens elements to produce sharper images. The lens coating found on all three models also ensures colours are balanced and ghosting is reduced.

The TS-E 50mm and TS-E 90mm will be replacing the TS-E 45mm f/2.8 and TS-E 90mm f/2.8 lenses, respectively.

All the lenses will be available from November 2017 and here's how much each new lens will cost: 

  • EF 85mm f/1.4L IS USM - £1,569.99
  • TS-E 50mm f/2.8L MACRO - £2,499.99
  • TS-E 90mm f/2.8L MACRO - £2,499.99
  • TS-E 135mm f/4L MACRO - £2,499.99

The new Macro Twin Lite MT-26EX-RT features Macro Twin Lights with moveable flash tubes, which can be positioned at five-degree intervals around the lens. They can be rotated upwards or downwards, plus pivoted inwards or outwards, depending on the lighting requirements of the shot. The MT-26EX-RT also features high-brightness white LED focus lamps and the combined guide number (the flash’s ability to illuminate the subject at a specific sensor sensitivity and angle) for both tubes has been increased over the MT-24EX to 26/78 (ISO 100 in meters/feet).


Canon Macro Twin Lite Flash MT 26EX RT (1)

 The MT-26EX-RT is supplied with new clip-on diffusers for each flash head and the flash now includes a lower output flash power option to ensure the correct exposure when used with fast lens apertures or at close distances. The MT-26EX-RT also features a 5.5 second flash recharge time, or as fast as 2.5 seconds using the optional CP-E4N compact battery pack.

Radio Wireless Master functionality has now been added to the MT-26EX-RT allowing it to control other Speedlite flash units wirelessly (up to 15 in a group) and the unit also features many of the new hot shoe reliability features introduced in the 600EX II-RT, including the ability to attach and detach the camera via a one-touch lock level on a metal mounting foot.

The MT-26EX-RT is available from November 2017 with an SRP of £1,079.99.

Canon has also launched a new mirrorless camera today which you can learn more about in our announcement: New Canon EOS M100.


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