Canon announces ultra-wide angle EF 14MM f2.8L II USM

Canon announces ultra-wide angle EF 14MM f2.8L II USM
Press release
EMBARGO: 20 August 2007, 06:00 CET
Canon announces ultra-wide angle
EF 14MM f2.8L II USM
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Amstelveen, The Netherlands, 20 August, 2007: Canon today releases its ultra-wide
EF 14MM f/2.8L II USM lens. With the shortest focal length in Canon’s renowned
professional L-series range, the lens boasts a 114° angle of view; exceeded only by
Canon’s EF15mm f/2.8 Fisheye.
The newly designed lens incorporates aspherical and UD elements to achieve the very
highest standards of image fidelity. With the latest Ultrasonic Motor for fast and
accurate auto focus and the addition of dust and moisture sealing, it replaces the
enormously popular EF14mm f/2.8L USM.
The EF 14MM f/2.8L II USM features:
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Extreme resolving power, superb contrast and sharpness across the frame
through the use of aspheric and UD lens elements
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Large f/2.8 aperture for low-light shooting
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Latest Ring-type Ultrasonic Motor (USM) for fast and near silent auto focus with
excellent holding torque
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Full-time manual focus override via a large rubber ring that does not rotate
during auto focus
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Super Spectra coatings and optimised lens element shaping to suppress flare
and ghosting
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Large circular aperture diaphragm for good background bokeh and ‘removal’ of
distracting backgrounds at wide apertures
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Lens hood and pouch included in the box
L-series construction
The L-series is Canon’s flagship professional lens range, designed and built to meet the
needs of the most demanding professional photographers. The optics of the
EF 14MM f/2.8L II USM and other L-series lenses represent the pinnacle of optical
performance, enabling focal length/speed/quality combinations not readily attainable
using traditional optical technologies.
New perspectives
The lens’ ultra-wide 114° angle of view can be used by photographers to dramatic
effect. Effective for photographing buildings and other large subjects where the
photographer cannot get enough distance to include everything in the frame, the
EF 14MM f/2.8L II USM is also ideal for small interiors. The lens’ closest focusing
distance of just 20cm allows photographers to get remarkably close to subjects for
creative wide-angle shots.
Aspherical and UD elements
The EF 14MM f/2.8L II USM incorporates two aspherical lens elements to ensure high
corner-to-corner sharpness throughout the focus range and at wide apertures. Pristine
image quality is further assured through the incorporation of two Ultra-low Dispersion
(UD) elements, used to suppress chromatic aberration and associated colour fringing.
Super Spectra coatings
In addition to optimised lens shaping to reduce reflections and the use of anti-reflective
material inside the lens barrel, the EF 14MM f/2.8L II USM employs Canon’s patented
Super Spectra lens element coatings. These suppress flare and ghosting – more prone
to occur with digital cameras due to reflection off the image sensor. By increasing light
absorption, coatings reduce reflections off lens element surfaces to deliver crisp,
undistorted images with natural colour balance.
The EF 14MM f/2.8L II USM includes an integrated petal hood and redesigned lens cap.
In keeping with Canon’s Kyosei philosophy of living in harmony with the environment,
the lens features only lead-free glass.
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About Canon Consumer Imaging, Canon Europe
Canon Europe is a subsidiary of Canon Inc. of Japan, a world-leading innovator and
provider of photographic and imaging technology. Canon Inc. was founded in 1937 and
has a heritage of 70 years in optics research and development.
The Consumer Imaging division incorporates the following product groups: photo, video,
ink jet and laser printers and multifunctional devices, projectors, scanners and fax
machines.
Further information about Canon Europe is available at: www.canon-europe.com
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