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New enthusiast lenses, Speedlites from Canon

February 7, 2011: Canon has launched two new Speedlites and two compact and lightweight standard zoom lenses, the EF-S 18-55mm f3.5-5.6 IS II and EF-S 18-55mm f3.5-5.6 III, to accompany its new EOS DSLR releases.

Both lenses are equipped with a high-precision aspherical lens, which corrects aberrations. The EF-S 18-55mm f3.5-5.6 IS II also features an Image Stabilizer which Canon says gives the equivalent effect of a shutter speed of approximately four stops faster.

The new flash units are the Speedlite 320EX and 270EXII. For the first time on a Canon Speedlite the new 320EX (pictured right) features a built-in LED light on the front of the flash body making it easy for users to illuminate subjects when shooting movies.

Both the Speedlite 320EX and 270EXII feature a flash release function which enables easier wireless shooting.

The new Speedlites enable photographers to mount the camera on a tripod and manually operate the flash, adjusting the lighting direction whilst also having the capability to activate the camera shutter remotely from the flash unit.

The new accessories will be available in March. Pricing has not been supplied.

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