Tele-extenders are terrific tools for increasing the focal length of your current lenses without taking up valuable space or adding additional weight to your camera bag, and if you're a Canon shooter, you might be interested to know about the new Extender EF 1.4x III and Extender EF 2x III tele-converters.
Even though fast super-telephoto lenses are known to be notoriously heavy, the new Canon EF 400mm/f/2.8 IS II USM, even at 8.49 lb, is more than 28% lighter than its predecessor, making it one of the lightest in it's class.
According to Canon, the new Canon EF 300mm f/2.8L IS II USM is 8% lighter and measurably faster than its predecessor, with improved image-stabilization characteristics, which should capture the attention of sports and action shooters alike.
For shooting on the ultra-wide side, Canon has announced the Canon EF 8–15mm/4L Fisheye USM, a rather unique lens in the sense that the wide end of its zoom range produces a circular 180-degree true fisheye image when used on a full-frame DSLR, and a full-field rectangular 180-degree fisheye image when used on a compact (APS-C format) DSLR.
Sony continues to forge a mighty path into the increasingly competitive world of DSLRs in the form of the Sony Alpha a560. The big news about the a560 is that after pushing off video capture in their DSLRs until they (Sony) felt it was genuinely user friendly, the a560 records 1080p HD video with stereo sound. And while they were at it, they threw in still capture at burst rates of up to 7 frames per second. Heavens love ya', Sony!
Canon's newest D-series DSLR— the Canon EOS 60D — features a slew of updates and improvements for shooting stills and video that should warm the cockles of the hearts of pros and serious amateurs alike.
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