Canon 600D/T3i & more

In coherence with the CP+ Camera and Photo Imaging Show in Japan this weekend, Canon announced several additions to their camera, lens and flash product lines today. Most of them are not on my list for now, thus a quick rundown: 

Lenses

EF-S 18-55mm f3.5-5.6 IS II
EF 500mm f4.0L IS II USM
EF 600mm f4.0L IS II USM
EF 200-400mm f4L IS USM Extender 1.4x

600D/T3i

The successor of the 550D/T2i from 1 year ago. It is essentially the same technology as before in terms of sensor and metering, with some nice to have upgrades:

– Speedlite Transmitter off camera flash
– 3″ Vari-Angle display with higher res
– Redesigned body elements/buttons
– Bigger RAW continuous buffer
– Comes with new version of the kit lens
– Digital in video zoom up to 5x
– Creative filters like fisheye, tilt/shift
– Video snapshots of 2, 4 and 8 sec.
– New EOS Feature Guide for beginners
– New Basic+ function for beginners
– Enhanced A+ mode for beginners

I really loved my 550D until I lost my backpack, and a lot of the changes make sense in the beginner to amateur level – the image quality is great – if you are planning on spending 700€ on a camera body I highly recommed the 600D to you, in my book the upgrades, especially the flash transmitter and swivel display, are well worth spending the extra money over buying a 550D now – those two alone will make your photography a lot more flexible, add the new kit lens with 1 more stop of image stabilization and probably a bit better image quality and your deal is set.

1100D/T3

The 1000D has been a very popular beginners camera during the past 2.5 years and was well due for an upgrade, now inheriting a lot of the features that have prooven themselves in other models since then:

– 12.2 MP over 10.1 MP
– 9 point AF over 7 point
– 63 zone meter over 35
– 6400 ISO over 1600
– 2.7″ diplday over 2.5″
– 720p video over none
– DIGIC 4 CPU vs. DIGIC 3
– New kit lens version
– Int. Cleaning System
– Feature Guide
– Basic+ function
– A+ mode
– many more tweaks

If you can’t afford the new 600D this will still give you a lot of room to grow at around 2/3 of the price.

320EX flash

A new flash with a permanent LED video light that can automatically turn on/off depending on the exposure needed, a logical step with video becoming more important in DSLRs. The 320EX is sitting between the 270EX2 and 430EX2 in terms of output: Guide number 32 (meters divided by the f-stop at ISO 100) vs. the 27 and 43. It has the same zoom capibilites as the 270EX meaning you can choose between a 24mm and 50mm setting manually (compared to the 24-105mm auto mode of the 430EX2 and 580EX2). Another new feature is the Remote Release button to trigger your EOS camera from the flash, which will give you more creative ways to move around with the flash when the camera is on a tripod/fixed location.

270EX II flash

The two major upgrades to my first flash are the new Remote Release button as well as a welcome option to slave the flash off camera. If you are on a really tight budget and absolutely can’t afford a 430EX2 or the new 320EX, this will still enhance your flash photography by a big step, the option to bounce the flash off ceiling devastates any in camera flash. It has to be noted though that there is still no infrared focus grid, which I deem essential for proper autofocus in any dim light situation.

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