February was indeed an exciting month for Canon, with the announcement of the EOS 80D coming hot on the heels of the EOS 1DX Mk II. This new camera will be arriving in SA in April and is a good addition to the range. While on paper it looks to be a replacement for the EOS 70D, we have decided that there is sufficient spec and price difference between the two models to have them both on the market simultaneously.
Of even greater interest is the new EF-S18-135mm IS USM lens, that will be coming in kit form with the new EOS 80D. This lens is the first to feature our brand new Nano-USM motor that allows very fast auto focus in photo mode and fast, silent focus for video. In addition, we also launched a special accessory for this lens. It is our first power zoom adapter for an EF-S lens. This device will allow a very smooth zoom capability for the lens – with two speed settings – ideal for video. The added bonus when this is connected to the lens on an EOS 80D, is that you also get Wi-Fi control of your zoom and focus via the Canon Camera Connect app.
We are certainly not done with announcements yet, but we are excited to show these new cameras and accessories to you soon on our upcoming roadshows in the three major cities.
One final note about Click magazine. We have been running the magazine in its current format for over 5 years now and we are quite keen to go a little further with it in the future. Our plan is to launch a Click magazine video channel on YouTube in the very near future with some advice, first looks, photographer interviews, opinion pieces and useful tips etc. This will not replace the online magazine, but will add to the content in a more visual way. I hope you’re as excited about this as we are.
Until next time – keep “Click”ing away.