Canon’s New Flagship Flash Is Faster Than Ever

By // May 11, 2016 // Posted in Cameras & Lenses, Gear & Equipment, Hardware, Lighting

Canon’s newest flagship Speedlite puts the emphasis on “speed.”

The Canon Speedlite 600EX II-RT clocks in between 1.1 and 1.5 times faster than its predecessor in continuous flash firing when using  AA batteries and up to 2 times faster when using the new Compact Battery Pack (CP-E4N, sold separately).

The zoom flash head covers a focal length range of 20–200mm with maximum guide number of 197 ft. at ISO 100. It supports radio and optical wireless control along with control of up to five groups of compatible Canon Speedlites. The body is dust and water resistant and features a built-in bounce adapter.

The flash will work with several new accessories including the SCF-E3 hard-type color filter set, a soft case and the CP-E4N battery pack.

It is available for preorder now for $580. It ships in June.

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Canon also rolled out its first macro lens for its mirrorless M-series camera system.

The EF-M 28mm f/3.5 Macro IS STM lens is not only the first in the company’s mirrorless lineup, it also sports two built-in LEDs that wrap around the front lens element. They can be turned simultaneously or individually and you’ll have the option to adjust their intensity between “bright” and “dim.” According to Canon, this is also the first interchangeable autofocusing macro lens that can autofocus to infinity.

The lens has a 35mm equivalent focal length of 45mm and a magnification of 1.2. It using a stepping for quiet autofocus and image stabilization. You’ll be able to manually override AF to make your own manual tweaks and can focus on objects up to 0.3 feet from the lens.

The EF-M 28mm is available for preorder now for $300. It will ship in June.

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If you’re in the market for a tiny point-and-shoot, the new PowerShot SX620 HS packs a 25x optical zoom and a 20-megapixel CMOS sensor. It has built-in Wi-Fi and NFC, image stabilization, Full HD video recording and a 3-inch display. It will be sold in black, red and silver and is available now for $280.

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