Canon Launches EF 8-15mm f/4L Fisheye USM Zoom Lens

Canon today announces the latest addition to its renowned L-series of professional lenses, the Canon EF 8-15mm f/4L Fisheye USM Zoom Lens, the world’s first fisheye zoom lens that offers both circular and full frame images, thanks to an extreme wide-angle focal range of 8-15mm and allows performance excellence with a versatile zoom range and superb image quality in a robust and compact design.

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Replacing the Canon EF 15mm f/2.8 fisheye, the new Canon EF 8-15mm f/4L Fisheye USM Zoom Lens is the latest addition to Canon’s L-series range of professional lenses, providing outstanding image quality, constant aperture throughout the zoom range and a robust design for reliable shooting in challenging weather conditions.

When Canon EF 8-15mm f/4L Fisheye USM Zoom Lens is paired with Canon’s full-frame DSLR bodies, such as the Canon EOS 5D DSLR Mark II Camera or the EOS-1Ds Mark III camera, professional photographers can choose to capture circular or full-frame fisheye images, allowing them to view a scene in a completely new and unique way.

The Canon EF 8-15mm f/4L Fisheye USM Zoom Lens offers, either full frame or circular fisheye images when used with cameras with a 24x36mm (full frame) sensor behaving like two separate specialist lenses. For photographers shooting with DSLR’s with a smaller sensor, full frame fisheye images are possible.

This new level of choice provides enhanced creative flexibility when shooting scenes such as the night sky, where the full 180º horizontal and vertical fields of view (FOV) allow every detail to be captured with incredible clarity in one single image.

When used with EOS bodies featuring APS-C or APS-H sensors, the Canon EF 8-15mm f/4L Fisheye USM Zoom Lens produces a more traditional, full frame fisheye view.

A zoom-lock mechanism on the lens body allows the range to be limited to the focal length that ensures the best possible full-frame view without unsightly vignetting around the edge.

Canon EF 8-15mm f/4L Fisheye USM Zoom Lens has ‘C’ and ‘H’ markings which can be found next to the zoom operation ring, indicating the wide-angle zoom position where vignette-free shooting is possible with either sensor, allowing photographers to achieve optimum results with any EOS body.

The Canon EF 8-15mm f/4L Fisheye USM Zoom Lens boasts 14 lens elements in 11 different groups, including one aspherical and one Ultra-low Dispersion (UD) element to correct chromatic aberration and produce high-quality, high-contrast shots with excellent colour reproduction.

All lens elements in Canon EF 8-15mm f/4L Fisheye USM Zoom Lens have been covered with Canon’s Super Spectra Coating the effectively curb ghosting and flare caused by strong light sources .

The inner surface of the front element also features Canon’s SubWavelength Structure Coating (SWC), which uses tiny cone-like structures, shorter than the wavelength of visible light on the surface of the lens element, to gradually slow light down until it is at the same speed as it travels through glass, removing the risk of flare occurring before the light reaches the sensor.

To maintain optimum image quality, the front and rear lens elements also feature a Fluorine Coating which actively repels water, dust and dirt, making it easier to clean the lens and leaving it unobstructed by particles.

The ultra-wide angle zoom of the Canon EF 8-15mm f/4L Fisheye USM Zoom Lens offers a fresh take on sporting action or architecture shots, while the constant f/4.0 aperture allows faster shutter speeds to be employed for natural-looking images in low light.

The Canon EF 8-15mm f/4L Fisheye USM Zoom Lens features a ring-type ultrasonic motor (USM), that provides quick and accurate focusing when shooting and enables a full-time manual focus functionality allowing photographers to adjust the focus of any shot, even when the AF system is activated, for even greater control over image capture and improved creative flexibility.

The Canon EF 8-15mm f/4L Fisheye USM Zoom Lens also offers exceptional build quality and it includes environmental protection, allowing photographers to shoot in harsh conditions, including in the extremes of the desert or rain-forest.

As part of the all L-series range from Canon, the Canon EF 8-15mm f/4L Fisheye USM Zoom Lens too is supplied with a lens hood ET-73B and lens case LP1424 as standard.

In addition, an optional, dedicated tripod mount C (WII) can be directly attached to the lens allowing it to be stabilised easily and the camera switched quickly from vertical to horizontal and back, without having to reposition the camera body on the tripod, perfect for fast-paced action with a variety of subjects.

The Canon EF 8-15mm f/4L Fisheye USM Zoom Lens is also supplied with a dedicated lens cap, lens pouch and a felt-lined lens hood EW-77 for use when using the zoom at the 15mm setting, preventing lens flare.

“Canon’s core has always been our optics, and we are constantly challenging ourselves to produce better and more advanced optical systems for our customers. These six new products advance the state of the art in Canon lens technology and provide new and innovative tools for professionals and advanced amateur photographers,” stated Yuichi Ishizuka, executive vice president and general manager, Consumer Imaging Group, Canon U.S.A.

Key Featues

  • 14/11 Lens construction (elements/groups)
  • 7 diaphragm blades
  • Circular or full frame Fisheye zoom lens
  • Part of Canon’s acclaimed L series
  • Durable and rugged design
  • Quiet and fast autofocus
  • Full-time manual focusing
  • Easier lens cleaning
  • Weight – 540 gms

Price and Availability

The new Canon EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6L IS USM Telephoto Lens would be available starting next year January 2011 for an approximate retail price of $1,400.00 or Rs. 65,800 approx.

Please visit www.canon.co.uk/For_Home/Product_Finder/Cameras/EF_Lenses/Zoom_Lenses/EF_815mm_f4L_Fisheye_USM/index.aspx for details about this product.

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