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Canon’s big day Eleven new products announced on the same day during a pandemic is without precedent, so well done to Canon

The GF30mm f/3.5 R WR is a compact, weather-proof wide-angle lens. Its optical construction of 13 elements in ten groups is designed to deliver edge-to-edge sharpness at all apertures and to minimise wide-angle distortion. It’s compatible with 100-megapixel sensors. Focusing is handled by an internal system that is fast and silent, and focus breathing is reduced to 0.05%, making this lens well suited to video use. This lens’s price is £1649. On the firmware front, there are updates for the X-A7 and X-T200, adding webcam functionality and X Webcam compatibility so both cameras can be used as high-quality webcams. There’s great news for Apple users as a MacOS version of the X Webcam software is due to be released mid-July. There are also significant firmware upgrades for all three current GFX models. The number of Film Simulation modes for all three have increased and they also gain increased camera control when shooting tethered and more photo editing softwares will support in-camera rating data. For firmware downloads Fujifilm’s prime time Fujifilm is in the news again with the launch of an exciting GFX prime lens and a host of firmware updates

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The Canon’s EOS R System is up to five full-frame bodies with the announcement of the EOS R5 and EOS R6, while the RF lens range has gained four lenses and two teleconverters. The EOS R5 is the flagship of the range with a 45-megapixel resolution from a brand-new sensor and has 8K video capability, an 5.76 million dot EVF and 3.2-inch 2.1 million dot vari-

angle monitor. Its price tag is £4199 body only and sales start at the end of July. With a 20-megapixel resolution, a top ISO of 102,400 and 4K video, the EOS R6 is aimed at the all-round photographer. This model is priced at £2499 body only and will be on sale from the end of August. The two new cameras share many features. Both are the first Canons to have in-body image stabilisation

Pro-300 was one of 11 products announced by Canon

(IBIS) and the claimed benefit is 8EV; there’s next-generation Dual Pixel CMOS AF II with face, body and animal detect AF; they can shoot at 12fps (mechanical shutter) and 20fps (electronic shutter) with AE/AF tracking, and they have dual card slots, SD/CFexpress in the EOS R5 and SD UHS-II in the EOS R6. Both also feature a new longer life battery, with the LP-E6NH priced at £114, which replaces the LP-E6N, and it’s backwards compatible. Two grips have been added to the system: the BG-R10 grip costs £419, takes two cells and fits both new cameras, while the WFT-R10 is a Wi- Fi transmitter for the EOS R5 only and costs £1349. New on the lens front is the RF 85mm f/2 Macro IS STM at £649.99, RF 600mm f/11 IS STM at £749.99, RF 800mm f/11 IS STM at £979.99 and RF 100-500mm f/4.5-7.1L IS USM at £2899.99. Two teleconverters have been added, too: the Extender RF 1.4x is £559.99 and the Extender RF 2x is £699.99. Availability varies so check Canon’s website for the latest news. The RF 600mm f/11 IS STM and RF 800mm f/11 IS STM are interesting

in that they both feature f/11 fixed apertures, enabling them to be very lightweight and compact for their focal lengths. Both feature optical image stabilisers and are compatible with the new extenders, and you still get Dual Pixel CMOS AF on Canon mirrorless cameras. The RF 85mm f/2 Macro IS STM is a fast lens, giving 1:2 half life-size magnification and AF is fast and smooth – ideal for still and video shooting. Lovers of telephoto lenses will appreciate the RF 100-500mm f/4.5-7.1L IS USM. As with the two long primes, this lens can be used with the two extenders and has a 5EV benefit image stabiliser and weather sealing. Finally, Canon has introduced the imagePrograf Pro-300, an A3+ pro photo printer that will be available from July at £699.99 . This space- saving printer uses ten Lucia Pro pigment inks for an enhanced colour gamut and includes new photo and matte black inks to give deeper blacks.

Blackrapid at the double Nicole Elliot is an American pro photographer who designed this strap specifically with women in The Delta Sling is a strap that can be personalised to

an individual’s needs while still giving rapid access to their kit. The shoulder pad suits either shoulder and has front and back spring-loaded locks to secure the camera in place while moving around. The Nicole Elliott strap costs £82 and the Delta Sling £75.

mind. It suits right- and left- handed photographers. A key design point is the wide shoulder pad designed to spread weight evenly across a wider area of the shoulder for greater comfort. The shoulder piece itself incorporates two lens cap pockets and zipped memory card pockets, too.

Sony’s wide master Sony’s latest full-frame lens is the FE 12-24mm f/2.8 GM, and its outstanding corner-to-corner performance is thanks to an advanced optical construction that includes three XA (extreme aspherical) lens elements, three ED elements and two Super ED elements. Autofocusing is fast, very quiet and there’s minimal vibration, with the lens using four high-thrust XD linear motors. The Sony FE 12-24mm f/2.8 GM costs £2899 and is available from this August.

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