New EF 75-300mm f/4-5.6 II USM, EF 35-80mm f/4-5.6 III
and EF 80-200mm f/4.5-5.6 II Offer Economical Design
and Lead-Free Glass for Moderately-Priced Quality Optics
Based on advanced design and manufacturing techniques, the newest additions to
Canon's line of EF lenses each incorporate the use of lead-free glass for
achieving higher environmental safety standards. The new designs have also
made it possible to reduce the overall cost of manufacturing the lenses while
maintaining the highest optical quality.
The EF 75-300mm f/4-5.6 II USM is a 4X zoom lens that provides photographers with a variety of picture-taking opportunities including portraits, nature and landscapes, and close-up action shots when extended to its maximum focal length of 300mm. Enhancements to the rubber pattern on the exterior of the lens barrel is designed for a more secure hold when shooting. A special matte exterior coating has been applied to achieve overall continuity within the entire EF line of lenses.
The EF 35-80mm f/4-5.6 III zoom lens is comprised of 8 elements in 8 groups, with a 3-group zooming system. The first lens group in the zoom system is responsible for focusing and moves to compensate for the zooming action while the second group, which contains the aperture unit, moves to compensate for changes in magnification. The third lens group is fixed and consists of a plastic molded aspherical lens. Collectively, these lens groups allow photographers the luxury of a wide zoom range in a light and compact format. The lens also uses a DC motor as the AF actuator, replacing the micro USM (Ultra-Sonic Motor) traditionally found in Canon EF lenses. To keep the AF operation silent, a rubber belt drive is used for a single step reduction in the focusing gear unit.
The EF 80-200mm f/4.5-5.6 II, an economical compact zoom lens, is an attractive addition to the accessory line-up for EOS Rebel X and Rebel XS cameras. Like the EF35-80mm f/4-5.6 III, the EF80-200mm f/4.5-5.6 II uses a DC belt drive motor to reduce noise as well as manufacturing costs.
The new additions to Canon's line will be available at Authorized Canon Dealers in late February or March and will have the following suggested list prices:
EF 75-300mm f/4-5.6 II USM ($ 430)
EF 35-80mm f/4-5.6 III ($ 170)
EF 80-200mm f/4.5-5.6 II ($ 280)
Specification EF35-80 III EF75-300 USM II EF80-200 II ----------------------------------------------------------------------------- Focal Length Range 35-80mm 75-300mm 80-200mm Maximum Aperture f/4.0-5.6 f/4.0-5.6 f/4.5-5.6 Optical Formula (groups/elements) 8/8 9/13 7/10 Focusing Motor Type DC Belt Drive Micro USM DC Belt Drive Lens Mount Type Molded Metal Molded Distance Scale No No No Inner Focusing Type No No No Full-Time Manual Focusing No No No Non-rotating filter thread No No No Closest Focusing Distance 0.4m/1.3 ft. 1.5m/4.9 ft. 1.5m/4.9 ft. Filter size 52mm 58mm 52mm Length 65mm 122.1mm 78.5mm Weight 6.1 oz. 17.3 oz. 8.8 oz. Suggested List Price $170 $430 $280