Canon Unveils Top-of-the-Line Speedlite and 28mm f/3.5 Macro Lens With Built-in Micro Lites

Canon today unveiled two products offering photographers enhanced creativity and versatility: The new flagship Speedlite 600EX II-RT Flash and the EF-M 28mm f/3.5 Macro IS STM lens. Both products will be available next month through authorized Canon dealers.

Speedlight 600EX II-RT
This new unit replaces the 600EX-RT and boasts enhanced recycling times of 1.1-1.5X during continuous shooting with AA batteries, and up to 2X with the new Compact Battery Pack CP-E4N. It also offers wireless support for radio and optical transmission and support for up to five groups of compatible Canon Speedlites, The 600EX II-RT is dust proof and water resistant and features a simplified, illuminated dot matrix LCD panel for enhanced display information. The unit’s maximum guide number of 197 ft./60m at ISO 100 makes it Canon’s most powerful flash. The zoom head covers focal lengths from 20-­200mm.

EF-M 28mm f/3.5 Macro IS STM
The compact, lightweight EF-M 28mm f/3.5 Macro IS STM is Canon’s first macro lens designed for their EOS M system. This innovative unit features two built-in curved Macro Lite flash units for illuminating close-up subjects and freezing motion. Canon says these miniature flash units also improve color accuracy and provide enhanced depth to your images.

With normal operation the 28mm f/3.5 Macro offers a 1:1 reproduction ratio, and a Super Macro mode provides increased magnification up to 1:2 times. The unit offers Hybrid IS and a tapered to edge to help prevent casting shadows on subjects when shooting at close range. The lens is designed with one UD element and two aspherical lenses to enhance image quality and reduce chromatic and spherical aberrations.

The EF-M 28mm f/3.5 Macro IS STM has an estimated retail price of $299.99, and the Speedlight 600EX II-RT has an estimated retail price of $579,99.