Accompanying the announcement of Rebel T4i (650D in Europe) Canon also unveiled two new lenses – the EF-S 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM and EF 40mm f/2.8 STM – featuring innovative Stepping Motion Technology. Both lenses promise to achieve fast and accurate focuses for still photography and aspiring film makers. With the announcement of the new Rebel (featuring improved video performance) and these two lenses (built with a new focusing technology) it looks like Canon is fully committed in keeping the successful momentum of the popularity of Canon’s 5D Mark II rolling and making the jump to Canon more affordable for videographers on a tight budget.
The new Stepping Motion technology is primarily intended for use in video recording where it promises to maintain silent and smooth focusing. Lenses with STM technology can still be used for still photography but will be able to focus slower than current USM lenses. However, where current USM lenses are having problems with Movie Servio AF by making jerky and noisy focusing movement, STM lenses are built to overcome these shortcomings.
Canon’s new EF 40mm f/2.8 STM Pancake lens is extremely small and lightweight. At only 4.6 oz and less than 1 inch long it can be a perfect companion on any shoot. Filming lengthy clips should now be less of a burden with such a small lens. At f/2.8 this lens is relatively fast and should perform gracefully in low light situation as well as maintain beautiful bokeh. At 40mm this lens falls right in the ‘Standard’ category where it is useful in most general situations. When paired with the new Rebel (which has a crop level of 1.6x) this lens has an effective focal length of 64mm which still falls under ‘Normal’ category by providing a good landscape angle when at a distance and a good portrait angle when moving closer to the subject. Being a prime lens it also promises to maintain good quality and achieve fine details. Once we get our hands on it, we will be able to review this lens and provide you with more detail.
If you are looking for a more versatile ‘All around’ lens, Canon’s new EF-S 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM offers enough range to go from wide landscape to sports and tight portraits. With featured Dynamic Image Stabilizer this lens doesn’t just provide a 4-stop advantage over non-IS models but also helps reduce shaking during video shooting. However, since this is EF-S lens it will not be able to fit cameras with EF mount. But at little over 1lb, this lens is great for travel and sports photography. When paired with the new Canon Rebel T4i to take advantage of STM technology this bundle is all you need to take with you on a trip for great video and still photography.
The new EF 40mm f/2.8 STM lens and the new EF-S 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM will be available at the end of this month at an estimated retail price of $199.99 and $549.99 respectively. Additionally, EF-S 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM lens will also be available with Canon Rebel T4i as a Movie Bundle for $1199.00.