Canon has announced two new lenses ahead of Photokina, unveiling an updated EF 70-300mm with an LCD panel and a versatile EF-M 18-150mm for its mirrorless line.

The EF 70-300mm F4-5.6 IS II USM updates a lens from 2005 with a Nano USM motor, offering USM motor focusing for stills and a quieter STM stepping motor for video AF. It's the second Canon lens to offer this type of motor; the first was the 18-135mm F3.5-5.6 IS USM introduced in February.

The 70-300mm II's information panel can be used to display focusing distance, focal length and 'shake amount'. The lens claims four stops of shake correction, uses one UD element to reduce chromatic aberration and offers a close focusing distance of about 1.2m/4ft.

The EF-M 18-150mm F3.5-6.3 IS brings a 29-240mm equivalent zoom to Canon's mirrorless system. Its image stabilization also claims 4 stops of shake correction.

The Canon EF 70-300mm F4-5.6 IS II USM will go on sale in November for $550. The Canon EF-M 18-150mm F3.5-6.3 IS STM will sell for $500 in December in graphite and silver.

Press release

Capture High-Quality Action Shots and Video From Afar with the New Canon EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6 IS II USM Lens

Affordable Lens Features NANO USM Technology, Enhanced Image Stabilizer and Information Display

MELVILLE, N.Y., September 15, 2016 – Having the right tool for the job has long been the mantra for professional photographers and hobbyists alike. Canon’s wide array of lenses provide users with a variety of creative options to help capture dynamic photos and videos with their DSLR cameras. Canon U.S.A., Inc., a leader in digital imaging solutions, announced today the new Canon EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6 IS II USM lens featuring NANO USM technology for high-speed and near-silent focusing in both still and video modes. The lens also features a new LCD information display and four-stop* image stabilization.

“To help photographers that are striving to create the most amazing pictures and videos possible, Canon is dedicated to developing the best tools to help them with their goal,” said Yuichi Ishizuka, president and COO, Canon U.S.A., Inc. “Having this new EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6 IS II USM lens in a photographer’s camera bag will surely help them achieve their creative vision.”

Designed with the user in mind, this affordable new lens includes technology to spark creativity and deliver excellent image and video quality from afar. This is the second Canon lens equipped with NANO USM technology, a focusing motor that combines the benefits of a ring USM (ultrasonic motor) for high-speed AF during still photo shooting and lead-screw type STM (stepping motor) for smooth and quiet video autofocusing (AF)

Features for the Canon EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6 IS II USM lens include:

  • High-speed autofocus for shooting stills and smooth, near-silent autofocus when shooting video is achieved by incorporating NANO USM technology.
  • New Lens Information Display shows focusing distance, focal length and shake amount.
  • One UD Lens helps reduce chromatic aberration and delivers outstanding high resolution and high-contrast results.
  • Image Stabilizer effect at up-to-4* stops of shake correction helps capture sharp images.
  • Circular aperture (9 blades) helps deliver beautiful, soft backgrounds.
  • Full-time manual focus allows manual focus adjustment while in AF Mode.

The Canon EF 70-300mm F/4-5.6 IS II USM lens is scheduled to be available in November 2016, for an estimated retail price of $549.99**.

* Based on CIPA (Camera & Imaging Products Association) standards. Testing performed using the EOS-1D X digital SLR camera at a focal length of 300mm.

** Availability, specifications and price are subject to change without notice. Actual prices are set by individual dealers and may vary.

Key Features of the Canon EF-M 18-150mm f/3.5-6.3 IS STM Lens Include:

  • Canon’s first EF-M high-zoom power lens covering a broad range of shooting scenes with a high-zoom ratio of up to 8.3x (29–240mm equivalent).
  • Compact and lightweight design allows for easy portability.
  • Optical design helps provide excellent image quality across a broad zoom range comparable to the EF-S 18–135mm f/3.5–5.6 IS USM lens.
  • Maximum magnification of 0.31x at focal length 150mm.
  • Image Stabilizer effect at up to 4 stops of shake correction helps capture sharp images.

Canon EF 70-300 F4-5.6 IS II USM / EF-M 18-150mm F3.5-6.3 IS STM specifications

 Canon EF 70-300 F4-5.6 IS II USMCanon EF-M 18-150mm F3.5-6.3 IS STM
Principal specifications
Lens typeZoom lens
Max Format size35mm FFAPS-C / DX
Focal length70–300 mm18–150 mm
Image stabilizationYes (4 stops)
Lens mountCanon EFCanon EF-M
Maximum apertureF4–5.6F3.5–6.3
Minimum apertureF32–45F22–40
Aperture ringNo
Number of diaphragm blades97
Special elements / coatingsUD element2 aspherical + 1 UD element
Minimum focus1.20 m (47.24)0.25 m (9.84)
Maximum magnification0.25×0.31×
Motor typeNano ultrasonicStepper motor
Full time manualYes
Focus methodRear
Focus notesNano USM motor combines best of STM and ring-type USM
Distance scaleNo
DoF scaleNo
Weight710 g (1.57 lb)300 g (0.66 lb)
Diameter80 mm (3.15)61 mm (2.4)
Length146 mm (5.75)87 mm (3.43)
ColourBlackGraphite or silver
Zoom methodRotary (extending)
Power zoomNo
Zoom lockYesNo
Filter thread67 mm55 mm
Hood suppliedNo
Tripod collarNo
NotesLens Information Display shows focusing distance, focal length and shake amount.