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Canon Releases Two New L-Series Lenses And An Unusual WiFi Adapter

By Justin Heyes on August 26th 2016

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.


Canon W-E1 Wi-Fi 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.

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Canon EF 24-105mm f/4 IS II UMS

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.


Canon EF 16-35mm f/2.8L III USM

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.

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Justin Heyes wants to live in a world where we have near misses and absolute hits; great love and small disasters. Starting his career as a gaffer, he has done work for QVC and The Rachel Ray Show, but quickly fell in love with photography. When he’s not building arcade machines, you can find him at local flea markets or attending car shows.

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  1. Liam Douglas

    I want to see the review on the 16-35mm F/2.8 III when it comes out as both of the previous models were crap lenses for the price. They had issues with color aberration and were very soft at the edges. For my money, I got the 17-40mm instead and that is an awesome lens. I recently warned another photographer against getting the 16-35mm II, he bought it anyways, test shot with it and sent it back, he said it was crap and bought the Tamron 15-30 instead.

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    • adam sanford

      Yep, prior 16-35 2.8s were soft in the corners.

      If you need IS and f/2.8, get the Tamron now as it’s the only option. Kiss front filtering goodbye, though.

      If you are only shooting non-astro landscapes, get the 16-35 f/4L IS — you don’t need f/2.8 and that lens is spectacular.

      If you want a workhorse events/sports/reportage lens, you need speed / build quality / front-filtering –> you’d probably get this new 16-35 f/2.8L III.

      If you shoot astro, you sit and wait for reviews. We need coma testing on this 16-35 f/2.8L III.

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  2. adam sanford

    1) “It’s not un-u-su-al…” –> Canon is effectively giving that wifi card away to 7D2 users to extend the lifecycle of the camera. They had a similar ‘unlock’ of new functionality with the 7D1. Most would read this release and new firmware as a confirmation that a 7D3 isn’t coming for a couple years.

    2) The 24-105L II will sell. like. hotcakes. Many folks feel like a 24-70 zoom is not enough, but the first 24-105L was a LINO (L-series In Name Only) — it was not terribly sharp and was an unqualified budget-lens-quality mess at 24mm. I believe people will spend $1,099 on it even before reviews come out. (Hotcakes, I say!)

    3) The 16-35 f/2.8L III is a different animal. Either you are a careful purchaser of gear and will wait to see if the lens is worth it (like for the astronomical starting prices of the 35L II or 24-70 f/2.8L II)… or you work reportage, events, sideline sports, etc. and you’ve already pre-ordered 2 of them :-). This is a staple pro tool many workhorse professionals have been waiting for.

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