Canon Cameras, Printers and More at PMA 2006

Canon has introduced a host of new products at the annual PMA Show, including a new DSLR, pro-quality lenses and pro printers. New products include:

EOS 30D Digital SLR: As a step-up from the EOS 20D model, Canon's new EOS 30D Digital SLR incorporates features similar to the higher-priced EOS 5D model, at a lower price. The EOS 30D Digital SLR incorporates a 2.5-inch LCD screen, claimed shutter durability rated to 100,000 cycles; an increased burst rate (five frames-per-second (fps) up to 30 consecutive frames in JPEG mode); an optional RGB histogram function; and ISO adjustment in 1/3-stop increments.

Scheduled for mid-March delivery, the EOS 30D Digital SLR will be available at estimated street prices of $1,399 for the body kit, and $1,499 for the EF-S 18-55mm II zoom lens kit.

EF 85mm f/1.2L II USM: Canon has improved upon its original EF 85mm f/1.2L II lens with a new model that has approximately 1.8X faster autofocusing than its predecessor to meet the needs of demanding professionals. Available in mid-March, the lens has an estimated street price of $2,099.

EF-S 17-55mm f/2.8 IS USM: Professional photographers and advanced amateurs with APS-C size digital SLRs now have access to the fastest Canon EF-S zoom lens yet. Three-stop optical image stabilization along with three aspherical and two UD elements combine. This lens is dedicated to the EOS 30D, EOS 20D, EOS Digital Rebel XT and EOS Digital Rebel SLRs. Scheduled for delivery in mid-March, this lens has an estimated selling price of $1,149.

imagePROGRAF iPF5000 Large Format Printer: This new printer provides a 12-color pigment-based ink set and is designed to produce professional-style prints with outstanding archival image quality, using Canon's new Lucia pigmented inks. The iPF5000 device is ideal for professional photographers looking to have their work stand out in a crowd. This next evolution in Canon's large format portfolio provides one of the industry's largest color gamuts with a new 12-color inkset. Available in April, the printer will carry a manufacturer's suggested list price of $1,945.

PIXMA Pro9500 model: This is the first PIXMA photo printer to use ten pigment ink cartridges with Canon's new Lucia pigmented inks which provide Photo Black, Matte Black, Gray, Photo Magenta, Magenta, Photo Cyan, Cyan, Yellow, Green, and Red for true-to-life color and monochrome prints that are ready for the gallery wall.

More information will be forthcoming on all these Canon products.