SINGAPORE, 02 March 2012 – Canon, a world leader in digital imaging, is proud to announce a slew of accessories for its DSLR range to expand the convenience and functionality of the EOS System for serious photographers. New accessories include Speedlite 600EX / Speedlite 600EX-RT, the GP-E2 GPS receiver, and the WFT-E7 Wireless File Transfer unit.
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A new flagship Speedlite
The Speedlite 600EX-RT is Canon's new flagship flash designed for professional photographers, especially those who frequently use multi-flash photography in the studio. Its high intensity and wide distribution of light makes it highly suitable for all kinds of shooting conditions, from wide-angle to telephoto shots.
The Speedlite 600EX-RT features improved guide number (approx 60) and a wider flash coverage range from 20 to 200mm. It is also able to support 14mm with the extendable panel pulled out. When shooting in low-light situations, the phase detection AF-assist beam facilitates autofocusing with the AF frame of all EOS cameras including the full 61-point area of AF in EOS-1D X and EOS 5D Mark III.
With its ability to use radio transmissions to communicate with other Speedlites, the Speedlite 600EX-RT supports both radio and optical communication for maximum versatility. Radio transmissions offer many advantages over traditional optical communication, as it has a much longer range, does not require line-of-sight, and can be used under sunlight. It can be planted inside a soft box, face away from the camera, and be placed up to 30m away.
The AF-assist beam of the Speedlite 600EX-RT supports the new 61-point AF system of the new EOS-1D X and EOS 5D MARK III cameras, and is effective up to 10 meters away. It also makes use of a new dot-matrix LCD that provides detailed information on settings and features with a more intuitive user-interface and thus easier to view. The buttons are also backlit allowing for easier adjustments in dark studios. Extremely reliable, the new flagship Speedlite is dust-and water-resistant. It is also bundled with a filter holder and two color filters. For photographers who do not require the use of radio transmission, the Speedlite 600EX is a non-radio variant of the Speedlite 600EX-RT.
Complementing the Speedlite 600EX-RT is the ST-E3-RT Speedlite transmitter. The ST-E3-RT uses the same radio transmission functions as the Speedlite 600EX-RT, and can control 5 groups and up to 15 Speedlite 600EX-RT slave units. The ST-E3-RT is also similar to the Speedlite 600EX-RT in terms of durability, and the use of the new dot-matrix LCD panel.
Currently, the only cameras to natively support the radio capabilities of the Speedlite 600EX-RT and ST-E3-RT are the EOS-1D X and EOS 5D MARK III cameras. For cameras released before the EOS-1D X and EOS 5D MARK III, Canon has released the SR-N3 release cable. With this cable, EOS cameras with the N3 remote control terminal (e.g. EOS-1D series, EOS 7D, EOS 60D) will be able to make use of the new Speedlite 600EX-RT and ST-E3-RT.
GP-E2 GPS receiver
Geotagging, or the appending of location data to images, was previously only available through a complicated and expensive set up. Canon's answer to this challenge is the GP-E2, a compact and affordable GPS receiver unit designed to be used with new EOS cameras from the EOS 5D MARK III and EOS-1D X onwards. The EOS 7D can make use of the GP-E2 too, after the firmware update.
Under favorable conditions, the GP-E2 is able to acquire GPS satellite signals in 30-60 seconds. As the GP-E2's GPS receiver is highly-sensitive, satellite reception is possible even in less favorable areas such as between tall buildings. The GP-E2 can be mounted either through the camera's hot shoe or via a mounting bracket (AB-E1) if the hot shoe is required for a Speedlite.
WFT-E7 Wireless File Transfer unit
Some professional photographers prefer to transfer images directly into their PCs while shooting. The new WFT-E7 is an advanced Wireless File Transfer accessory designed for midrange EOS cameras, increasing the photographer’s mobility by transferring image files via wired or wireless LAN.
The WFT-E7 supports the new IEEE802.11n wireless network standard, which enables high-speed Wi-Fi transfer speeds that are three times faster than before. By supporting Gigabit Ethernet, wired LAN transfer speeds are also three times faster than before.
The LAN functions provided by the WFT-E7 include FTP transfer, controlling linked cameras via the EOS Utility, transferring images to compatible media players (such as iPods, new model TVs and digital photo frames) and linked shooting.
Bluetooth connectivity also allows the WFT-E7 to receive and transfer location data from a GPS receiver. The WFT-E7 can be connected directly onto a camera, or via a mounting bracket should a battery grip be in use.
AB-E1 Accessories bracket
As mentioned above, should the GP-E2 GPS receiver be used together with an external flash, or should the WFT-E7 Wireless File Transmitter be used in conjunction with a battery grip, an accessories mounting bracket will be required. The AB-E1 is designed for this purpose, and is able to mount the GP-E2 and WFT-E7 on a camera when their primary connections are in use.
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