Yesterday’s announcement from Canon has been a long time coming for fans of the beloved 5D DSLR line. It has been about four years since the photographic community has seen a major upgrade to the 5D line, not including the 5Ds and the 5Ds R. Amidst the hype of the new 30.4 megapixel sensor, Dual Pixel Raw, and what is becoming the infamous 4K debacle; Canon released an updated set of L Series lens and an interesting Wifi adapter.
Starting with the latter, The Canon W-E1 Wi-Fi Adapter is an SD card shaped add-on specifically geared to the 7D Mark II, 5Ds, and 5Ds R. The memoryless adapter sits in the second slot of either one of the models listed (as they only work with them) and adds 2.4 GHz 802.11 b/g/n Wifi to the cameras. Used with the 7D Mark II, images and video can be transmitted wirelessly to an awaiting smartphone, tablet or computer; in the case of the 5Ds and 5Ds R only images can be transferred.
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The W-E1 Wifi adapter will be available in early September. For photographers who already have a 7D Mark II or a 5Ds/R the card is available for pre-order at B&H for $39. The W-E1 also comes in two bundles with a 7D Mark II: Body Only for $1849 and with an 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 STM Lens for $2449.
In addition to all of this Canon has also released 2 new lenses. Clearly, Canon has a thing for Roman numerals in the naming of its products and 24-105mm f/4L IS II USM, and 16-35mm f/2.8L III USM are no exceptions, but they do bring some improvements along to justify those digits.
Canon’s professional kit lens vaunts improved optical performance with Air Sphere Coating (ASC) that is supposed to reduce backlit flaring and ghosting and bring other enhancements in peripheral brightness. The new model also features a 4-stop optical image stabilisation, compared to last generation’s 3-stop stabilisation. The EF 24-105mm f/4 IS II UMS is available for pre-order from B&H for $1,099.
There have also been improvements to the venerable EF 16-35mm f/2.8L II USM, including a revamped optical design, incorporation of two GMO dual surface aspherical elements to reduce distortion, and an ASC coat to justify the Mark III moniker. The EF 16-35mm f/2.8L III USM is available for pre-order from B&H for a cool $2,199.