PMA 2009 was a show distinctly light on noteworthy announcements, but one of the most technically interesting developments may well have slipped under the radar of many enthusiast photographers. Canon introduced two new perspective control lenses to its TS-E (‘Tilt and Shift for EOS’) range, in the shape of the TS-E 24mm F3.5 L II and the TS-E 17mm F4L. But while the latter quite naturally grabbed the limelight as the widest-angle perspective control optic ever made for an SLR system, both feature a significant improvement over existing mainstream designs.
Canon celebrated the 25th year anniversary of the EF 50mm f/1.8 II Lens with … the announcement of its replacement,
the Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 STM Lens.
The 50mm f/1.8 II was an extremely popular lens, primarily because of its introduction-to-prime-wide aperture and good stopped-down image quality at a very low price.
Many had long been waiting for a new 50mm lens from Canon and the 50mm STM Lens appeared to be a significant upgrade while retaining essentially the same ultra-small size and weight.
That the new lens remained Canon’s lowest-priced definitely produced smiles.
The Canon EF-S 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS Lens is designed as a step up from the standard-at-review-time 18-55mm IS kit lens.
The 18-135’s most attractive features are a wide (7.5x) focal length range, a low price, a relatively light weight/small package,
and a very nice IS (Image Stabilization) implementation.
The Canon EF-S 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM Lens is a significant upgrade from the standard-at-review-time 18-55mm IS kit lens.
It is an upgrade in many ways, but the 18-135’s most attractive features are a wide (7.5x) focal length range, a relatively light weight & small
package, a good IS (Image Stabilization) implementation and a low price (a great value in a DSLR kit – medium price otherwise).