Canon EF-S 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS USM lens announced

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Canon EF-S 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS USM lens announced

In addition to the new EOS 80D DSLR camera, Canon has announced the EF-S 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS USM nano lens, PZ-E1 power zoom adapter, and DM-E1 directional stereo microphone.

One of the main selling points of the 70D consisted of its videography capabilities. To this day, the DSLR remains a good device for video enthusiasts, but now Canon has replaced it with an even better device, called 80D.

Nevertheless, the new camera has not come alone. It is accompanied by three new accessories that will certainly look appealing to videographers. The list includes the EF-S 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS USM lens, the PZ-E1 power zoom adapter, and a directional stereo microphone named DM-E1.

Canon EF-S 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS USM lens is world’s first optic with a Nano USM drive

A new lens has been added to the EF-S-mount line-up. It consists of the Canon EF-S 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS USM lens, otherwise known as the first lens to feature a Nano USM focusing drive.

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Canon EF-S 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS USM lens is the world’s first lens with a Nano USM focus drive.

The new AF motor brings out the best of two worlds: USM and STM. The company says that it offers the advantages of an USM motor (quick autofocusing technology when shooting stills) and the ones of an STM system (smooth, silent AF when shooting videos).

All things considered, the new optic promises to deliver 2.5 times faster autofocusing at wide-angle focal lengths and up to 4.3 times faster AF at the telephoto end. Its built-in image stabilization system will provide up to 4 stops of stabilization.

Canon EF-S 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS USM lens will become available for $599.99 this March and will be shipped alongside the new EW-73D hood.

PZ-E1 power zoom adapter unveiled by Canon

The second accessory of the day consists of the PZ-E1 power zoom adapter. Canon has been flirting with PZ technology for a long time, but it looks like it has finally happened.

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Canon PZ-E1 power zoom adapter is capable of operating the zoom levels of the EF-S 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS USM lens in a silent and smooth manner.

The product has been built for the EF-S 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS USM lens and it will come in handy when shooting videos. The company says that its zoom speed has 10 levels and that users can control everything via the Camera Connect application.

The PZ-E1 power zoom adapter will be able to offer smooth and silent zooming as of June 2016 for a price of $149.99.

Canon reveals its first directional stereo microphone for EOS cameras: DM-E1

Since we are talking about videography features, Canon has also unveiled the DM-E1 directional stereo microphone. It is said to be the company’s first external microphone for EOS DSLRs that bears the Canon brand.

Its main purpose is to improve the audio quality when recording movies. It can be rotated between 90 and 120 degrees in order to face the speaker or the towards any subject that the users are videotaping.

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Canon’s DM-E1 directional stereo microphone will provide better audio quality when shooting videos.

The DM-E1 directional stereo microphone cut downs any noises made by camera operation thanks to its solid build that is resistant to shocks. Its frequency ranges between 50Hz and 16kHz, while featuring a so-called wind screen that protects it from any background noises.

This accessory will be released by Canon in June with a $249.99 price tag.

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