Canon’s new Macro lens has built-in ring light

by Haadi Bakar
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Macro shooters know this: the ring light accessory is a very handy tool for any close-up photography.

So Canon thought it would be a great idea to slap a ring light onto its new macro lens for its DSLRs.

The Japanese company’s new EF-S 35mm f/2.8 Macro IS lens, announced yesterday, has a built-in LED light at the end the lens barrel, which is a world’s first for a DSLR lens.

It’s not the first time Canon implemented a ring light on its lens however, as the company’s EF-M 28mm f/3.5 Macro lens introduced last year also has a built-in ring light. But that lens was designed for Canon’s mirrorless EOS-M cameras.

Ring lights, or ring flashes, not only serve to illuminate the subject, but in most cases in close-up photography, they also help eliminate the shadow of the lens casting on the subject.

The ring light on Canon’s new EF-S 35mm lens has the same functionality as the one on the aforementioned EF-M 28mm lens: it’s a split semi-circle, so either side (left or right) can be activated independently to simulate directional light or the entire ring powered up.

Canon’s new macro lens uses a hybrid image stabilisation system which eliminates camera shake at up to four stops. Camera shake is a bane in close-up photography, so this feature is definitely a win for bug shooters and water droplet snappers.

This lens also has built-in STM, Canon’s Stepping Motor tech that allows for quieter and smoother focus.

The 35mm focal length (56mm equivalent) on this Macro lens lets photographers capture subjects real close at a minimum 30mm focus distance. It also gives photographers that life-size one-to-one magnification.

Serious macro photographers (team Canon) should definitely put the new EF-S 35mm f/2.8 Macro lens in their wish list.

This lens will be available in June, with a retail price of US$349.99 (around B$490).

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