Canon’s new 650D, 18-135mm STM, and 40mm Pancake

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Canon hit the photoverse with an exciting announcement today. No big full frame guns or L lenses or things of that nature – but some good stuff for photographers on a budget (most of us!) and those who are getting started in video.

First up is the new 650D.

It’s picked up where the old models left off, but packs some impressive new features. Most notable are the following:

  • Touch screen LCD
  • Autofocus during video
  • 18mp “hybrid” CMOS sensor
  • Digic 5 processor
  • AF module from the XXD line (all points cross-type)
  • 5fps continuous shooting
  • 1080p 30fps video recording
Overall, pretty impressive for Canon’s flagship consumer camera. The most exciting feature for the film-makers out there may be the new hybrid AF which enables autofocus during video recording. DSLRs have had trouble integrating this technology thus far, but there is a sense that this new system may make a significant stride forward. It’s also impressive that they’ve increased the fps from 3.7 to 5. This just might be my backup camera in the near future…

Canon EOS 650D / Rebel T4i

Next up is the Canon 40mm f/2.8 pancake lens.

At first it seems a bit surprising – but if you think about it, makes  a lot of sense. 40mm is actually very close to what the human eye sees (which is actually 41mm, and not 50mm). Paired on a full frame camera, you’ll have the ultimate lightweight tool. But I think they should’ve included IS even if that made it slightly bigger. On a crop camera – it will be an odd 64mm, which kind of sits between normal and portrait territory. Anyways, for a price tag of $199, you can’t go wrong with this one. I just may pick one up for my new 5D3 for maximum portability…

Canon EF 40mm f/2.8 STM Pancake Lens

Finally, we have the new 18-135mm, which is optimized for video.

This seems like a very smart move from Canon, given the rise of video lately. The lens features a new Dynamic IS system which activates automatically when shooting videos, in order to compensate for the shooters movements. It can also detect when you are shooting normally or panning, and use the appropriate IS method. I can see adding one of these to my bag for video making.

Canon EF-S 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM

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