To be available from September 2001 ...

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To be available from September 2001 ...

These new products below represents the 1st half of two batches that will be introduced by Canon starting from September -- the 2nd half of them will be announced prior to or during PMA Show 2002 next February. Some of us will be mildly disappointing (including me) but many will be absolutely delighted with these announcements, especially those that have been contemplating whether to buy something right now or wait for a while longer (no need to bother your local Canon reps/offices for more infos).

Those from the 2nd batch have not been disclosed as yet and no, the eagerly-awaited pro digital EOS SLR camera will not be included in either batch since it is a special big-time announcement that can only be officially unveiled by either the chairman or CEO of Canon Inc of Japan, so free agents (like me), independent website owners, product critics and reviewers need not bother to be the first in the world to do so ...

To be available from September (or is it "to be announced") will be these products:

1) PowerShot S30
2) PowerShot S40
3) Prima Zoom 60 (Sure Shot Zoom 60)
4) Canon EOS 66 (replacement for EOS 3000)
5) EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS USM*
6) EF 400mm f/4 DO IS USM

Initially, there were several prototypes before Canon finalizing it to this one -- the usual case of having several options to choose from and only one will make it to commercial production. Those items that failed to see the light of day will probably be highlighted in future Canon publications under the title of "Brilliant ideas that never make it to production".

Yes, there were plans for an EF 15-35mm f/2.8L USM and EF 50-200mm f/2.8L USM to replace the existing EF 17-35mm f/2.8L USM and EF 70-200mm f/2.8L USM as these focal lengths will come in handy for a pro digital SLR that utilizes a 1.3X multiplier like most 6megapixel versions from competitors that are available today ...

But Canon does things via its own "The Canon Way" motto and its products will always be something different or opposite what the competitors are offering, so a "1.3x pro digital EOS is out of the question" and a full-frame is the one to go for. Yes, both Contax and Pentax have shown prototypes of their respective 6megapixels digital SLRs but they remained that ... just prototypes with no confirm launch dates as yet and Canon is aiming for the first to release a working commercial unit to the market. After all, Sony was the first to show a prototype still video camera (ancestor to digital cameras) in 1984 but Canon became the first to market one back in 1986.

This new zoom lens will complement the existing f/4L and non-IS f/2.8L versions, and won't be replacing the latter. Features of the new EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS USM are:

Four UD elements (same as existing one) for correction of residual chromatic aberration.

High image quality equivalent to the EF 70-200mm f/2.8L USM (still nothing new here).
IMPROVED IMAGE STABILIZER CAPABILITY (something new here):

Image Stabilizer available immediately (after approx. 0.5 seconds) after SW1-ON (about 1 second for existing EF-L IS lenses) and Image Stabilizer effectiveness is equivalent to approximately 3 stops in terms of shutter speed.

Inner-focus design plus Ring USM for silent, high-speed AF (same as existing version).
Substantially improved dust- and moisture-resistant construction (Yes!!)
Circular aperture blades for attractive defocusing (Another Yes!!)

Improved minimum focusing distance down to 1.4m (1.5m with current one) and maximum magnification of 0.17x (0.16x with the existing version).

WARNING: At the end of the notes that were given to me, there is the usual standard fine print that states:

"Specifications are subject to change without prior notice" which means whatever I have posted above can still be tweaked and changed by September -- so don't believe everything you read here ... yet.

As for how the new lens look like, 98% of it is exactly like the current version, including a 77mm filter thread and the same slim package. The inclusion of the IS mechanism does not make it any larger. In addition to the AF/M and focusing distance limiter switches, there are the new IS On/Off and Mode 1 & 2 switches. Basically, to get an idea of how it look like, just cut and paste the side switches from an EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS USM zoom lens to an existing EF 70-200mm f/2.8L USM lens and that is how the newer one's appearance will be like. It even use the same user-removable tripod mount as the existing lens. And yes, the rubber protector at the mounting area.

Kai Pin

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