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Canon Adds Image Stabilization to EF 85mm f/1.4 Lens, Rolls Out New Tilt-Shift Lenses

August 29, 2017

By Greg Scoblete

Canon shooters will have four new lenses to choose from come the fall: a new 85mm prime lens and three new tilt-shift lenses.

Canon’s newest portrait-friendly prime, the EF 85mm f/1.4 IS USM, will be its first EF 85mm lens with image stabilization. You’ll get up to four stops of shake correction, per CIPA standards.

The 85mm lens has nine aperture blades The lens is weather-sealed with fluorine coating on the front lens element to make it easier to clean. It can focus on objects as close as 33.5 inches.

The Canon EF 85mm f/1.4 L IS USM is set to ship November 2017 for $1,599. It’s available for pre-order now.

Also due in November are three new tilt-shift macro lenses: the TS-E 50mm f/2.8L Macro lens, TS-E 90mm f/2.8L Macro lens and TS-E 135mm f/4L Macro lens.

Canon went back to the drawing board for its new tilt-shift lenses, adding features like anti-reflective and Sub-wavelength Structure coatings and molded aspherical elements that the company claims improves image quality over earlier iterations of the lenses.

The outer designs have also been tweaked with larger tilt, shit and lock knobs, a larger lock-release button and a strengthened tilt-lock mechanism to prevent accidental tilting. You can rotate the axis of tilt to better position the lens for the shoot you want.

The TS-E 50mm has an 8.5-degree tilt angle, a shift range of +/- 12mm and a minimum focusing distance of 10 inches. It has a magnification of 0.5x. It will retail for $2,199 and is available for pre-order now.

The TS-E 90mm boasts a tilt range of +/- 10 degrees, a shift range of +/- 12mm and a minimum focusing distance of 16 inches. You’ll enjoy a maximum magnification of 0.5x. The lens will retail for $2,199 available for pre-order now.

Finally, the TS-E 135mm lens features the same tilt and shift parameters as the 90mm lens but with a slightly more distant close-focusing range of 19 inches. It will retail for $2,199.

Don’t Miss: Tips for Shooting with a Tilt-Shift Lens

And if you’re into macro shooting, Canon is releasing a new twin macro light in November. The Macro Twin-Lite MT-26EX-RT flash features a pair of detachable flashes that can be rotated up to 60 degrees. It will retail for $990 and is available for pre-order now.