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Canon Debuts Pro DSLRs, Lenses, Speedlite New Imaging Products Enhance Canon Pro Fleet
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EOS-1D Mark II N
New Canon products: EOS-1D Mark II N
Canon EOS 5D
EF 24-105 f/4L IS USM lens
Canon EF 24-105 f/4L IS USM lens
Speedlite 430EX
Canon Speedlite 430EX

Canon launched 24 new imaging products last month, including a pair of professional digital SLRs—the 12.8-megapixel Canon EOS 5D, which features a full-frame sensor; and the 8.2-megapixel Canon EOS-1D Mark II N model, an upgrade to the lightning-fast EOS-1D Mark II, popular with sports and news photographers.

Other professional products in the Canon launch include two high-end EF lenses: the EF 24-105mm f/4L IS USM and EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6 IS USM Image Stabilizer zoom lenses; along with the Speedlite 430EX.

The Canon EOS 5D will appeal to wedding and portrait photographers, who have been seeking a full-frame digital SLR that won't break the bank—or their backs.

The world's smallest and lightest full-frame digital SLR will be available at the beginning October for an estimated selling price of $3,299. The camera features a 9-point AF system with six supplemental AF points for fast, precise focusing and a 2.5-inch LCD/TFT screen with 230,000 pixels, viewable even at extreme angles.

The EOS 5D features Picture Styles settings, which give users an easy way to adjust in-camera processing parameters, almost like choosing a particular film.

The Canon EOS-1D Mark II N digital SLR is designed with the news and sports photographer in mind. The camera fires at 8.5 frames per second for up to 48 full-resolution JPEG images in a burst. The 1D Mark II N adds a 2.5-inch, wide-angle view LCD/TFT monitor for crisp playback. Startup time has dropped to 0.2 (from 0.3) with the help of Canon's DIGIC II Image Processor.

The EOS-1D Mark II N shares with the EOS-1 series its all-metal body, chassis, and weather-resistant construction, with its shutter durability-tested at 200,000 exposures. Perhaps best of all, the price of the camera, $3,999, is actually $500 less than the initial price of its predecessor.

Typical of a "L" series lens, the Canon EF 24-105 f/4L IS USM features superb correction for distortion and other aberrations encountered while zooming over its focal length range. Since shooting under perfect conditions isn't always possible, the lens is engineered with dust and water droplet resistance, and advanced Image Stabilization compensates for camera shake by up to three full shutter speeds. The EF 24-205 sells for an estimated street price of $1,249.

The Canon EF 70-300 f/4-5.6 IS USM lens replaces the EF 75-300 f/4-5.6 IS USM lens, with improvements including an enhanced Image Stabilizer, which compensates for camera shake by approximately three full shutter speeds. Photographers will appreciate several new features on the lens, such as two selectable IS modes to match subject movement, and a zoom ring lock mechanism that keeps the lens barrel from extending unintentionally. The EF 70-300 sells for an estimated street price of $649.99.

The Canon Speedlite 430EX flash unit replaces the Speedlite 420EX flash model as one of the most functional and powerful flashes in its class. In addition to having the maximum guide number increased to 43/141 (ISO 100, in meters/feet), the 430EX becomes even more versatile with a built-in wide panel, which increases the minimum focal length coverage from the previous 24mm limit to 14mm. The Speedlite 430EX flash is compatible with Canon's E-TTL II (Evaluative Through The Lens) auto exposure technology. It sells for an estimated price of $299.99.

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