Canon announces four new lenses: three tilt-shift optics & an 85mm f/1.4L IS, alongside macro flash


posted Tuesday, August 29, 2017 at 12:00 AM EDT


It's lenses galore for Canon today. The company has announced three new tilt-shift lenses and a new fast portrait prime. Let's first take a look at the tilt-shift lenses.

Canon introduces trio of new TS-E macro lenses ranging from 50mm to 135mm

The new tilt-shift macro lenses, the Canon TS-E 50mm f/2.8L Macro, Canon TS-E 90mm f/2.8L Macro and Canon TS-E 135mm f/4L Macro, all have enhanced optical construction and in the case of the 50mm and 135mm, new focal lengths too. The 50mm is replacing the T-E 45mm f/2.8 and the 135mm is similar in intended use to the 90mm but offers more working distance. As for closest focusing distance, the 50mm, 90mm and 135mm lenses produce half-size macro images at 0.27, 0.39 and 0.49 meters, respectively.

Canon TS-E 50mm f/2.8L Macro

The TS-E lenses have two anti-reflective coatings, SubWaveLength Structure Coating (SWC) in the 50mm and 135mm lenses and Air-Sphere Coating in the 50mm and 90mm optics. The SWC is designed to reduce flare and ghosting and the all new Air-Sphere technology is designed to provide better anti-reflective performance.

Another improvement is seen with the tilt and shift knobs, which are now larger and there's a new lock-release button and tilt-locking mechanism. All three of the new TS-E macro lenses are scheduled to start shipping in November, and will each cost just under US$2,200.

Canon TS-E 135mm f/4L

Canon Macro Twin-Lite MT-26EX-RT Flash

Alongside the new macro lenses, Canon has also announced a new Macro Twin-Lite MT-26EX-RT flash. The twin-lite can be adjusted and shifted to offer enhanced lighting control and can be rotated up to 60°. Further, the twin flashes are detachable.

Canon Macro Twin-Lite MT-26EX-RT flash


The flashes have increased brightness compared to previous Macro-Twin Lites and produce less noise during charging. The Twin-Lite MT-26EX-RT Flash is set to start shipping in November, like the lenses, and will sell for just under US$1,000.

Canon 85mm f/1.4L IS USM: A fast portrait prime

For portrait shooters, the new Canon 85mm f/1.4L IS USM lens is said to offer as good, or even better, performance when compared to Canon's 85mm f/1.2L II lens, which will continue to be offered. The 85mm f/1.4L IS USM offers a reported 4-stops of image stabilization, Air-Sphere coating for reduced resistance to reflections, and Canon promises that it's one of the sharpest lenses available.

The lens features high-speed autofocus, which has an algorithm designed especially for portraits and wedding photography, weather-sealing and a design much like Canon's 35mm f/1.4L II prime. The 85mm f/1.4 uses a large diameter molded glass aspherical lens and a circular 9-blade aperture for smooth bokeh potential.

Canon 85mm f/1.4L IS USM

You won't have to wait long to get your hands on this fast prime, as it will also be available this November for an estimated retail price of around $1,600.