Canon announced the release today of the EOS M100 Mirrorless Camera, 85mm f/1.4L IS USM lens, three new TS-E Macro Lenses, and the MT-26EX-RT flash. The lenses range from a popular portrait-length prime that has been elevated to L-series status to a trio of macro tilt-shift optics for perspective control. Complementing the new macro lenses, the flash has been updated with radio triggering and improved power. Finally, there will be a new mirrorless camera, elevating the entry level in Canon's growing EOS M platform.
A long-awaited lens for many, the EF 85mm f/1.4L IS USM could be considered an update to the venerable 85mm f/1.2L; however, this new version trades in the f/1.2 maximum aperture for an updated optical design and image stabilization. Despite the new version being 1/3 of a stop slower, its optical image stabilization system compensates for up to four stops of camera shake for more effective handheld use in low-light conditions. It also features a ring-type Ultrasonic Motor for quick, quiet autofocus performance and full-time manual focus override to suit shallow-depth-of-field shooting. Its optical layout uses one glass-molded aspherical element to control spherical aberrations and distortions, and all elements feature an Air Sphere coating to suppress flare and ghosting. Additionally, as an L-series lens, it is also weather-sealed for working in harsh environmental conditions, and the new ET-83E Lens Hood comes with the lens.
Next in the list of optics is a trio of specialized tilt-shift lenses, which are prized for their perspective and focus control capabilities that simply cannot be matched by traditional lenses. The widest of these three is the TS-E 50mm f/2.8L Macro, which pairs a normal focal length and 10.6" minimum focusing distance with the ability to tilt +/- 8.5° and shift +/- 12mm for adjusting the plane of focus and straightening converging lines. Two UD elements control chromatic aberrations for high clarity and color accuracy, and optimized coatings reduce flare.
Next in line is the short-telephoto TS-E 90mm f/2.8L Macro, which, with its longer focal length and 1.3' minimum focusing distance, is well suited for product and tabletop shooting. It features a slightly greater +/- 10° tilting range and the same +/- 12mm shift range. This lens uses one UD element, too, to control color fringing and chromatic aberrations. Both of these lenses also feature 0.5x magnifications, making them particularly appropriate for close-up shooting, and both include the same ES-84 Lens Hood.
Finally, a wholly new and rather unique tilt-shift lens, Canon has also announced the telephoto TS-E 135mm f/4L Macro. Like the 90mm, this lens offers +/- 10° of tilt and +/- 12mm of shift and it also uses two UD elements to reduce chromatic aberrations and color fringing. Like the other two new TS-E lenses, the 135mm is an L-series lens, deeming it weather sealed, and its physical design incorporates a tilt-locking mechanism for greater stability while shooting. Additionally, this lens includes the ET-88 Lens Hood.
Pairing well with the three new TS-E Macro lenses, as well as all other Canon Macro lenses, is the new MT-26EX-RT Macro Twin Lite. Updated with the 2.4 GHz wireless triggering system found in the 600EX/ II-RT and 430EX III-RT Speedlites, this close-up dedicated flash system uses two detachable, rotatable heads for more controlled lighting of nearby subjects. With both heads in use at full power, a guide number of 85.3' at ISO 100 is possible, and extensive manual control lets you dial-down the power to just 1/512 output. Additionally, the MT-26EX-RT supports high-speed sync, both flash heads include removable diffusers, and a dot matrix LCD screen is featured for easy settings adjustment.
Canon is also updating its mirrorless system with the new entry-level EOS M100. This new camera effectively takes the sleek, compact shape of the previous EOS M10 and updates it with many of the technologies of the EOS M6, including the 24.2MP APS-C CMOS sensor and DIGIC 7 image processor. Combined, the sensor and processor afford improved sensitivity, to ISO 25600, and quality when working in low-light conditions, as well as faster shooting—up to 6.1 fps with AF lock or 4 fps with AF for working with moving subjects. Full HD 1080p video recording is also supported at 60 fps, and Dual Pixel CMOS AF benefits both video recording and stills shooting with faster, smoother autofocus performance.
The M100's svelte form factor incorporates a 3.0" 1.04m-dot touchscreen LCD, for intuitive settings and playback control, and has a tilting design to suit working from high and low angles. Built-in Wi-Fi with NFC and Bluetooth connectivity is also available for sharing your images wirelessly with a mobile device or for shooting remotely from your smartphone or tablet.
The EOS M100 will be available in black or white finishes, and in a kit with just the EF-M 15-45mm f/3.5-6.3 IS STM lens or in a kit with the 15-45mm and EF-M 55-200mm f/4.5-6.3 IS STM lenses.