New lenses

Canon has also announced two new SLR lenses which are aimed at specialist professional photographers. They are the EF200mm f/2L IS USM and EF800mm f/5.6L IS USM.

With its large f/2 aperture, the EF200mm f/2L IS USM will appeal to photographers who require a brighter lens for indoor sports and portraiture photography. Improvements over the EF200mm f/1.8L USM include a fluorite lens element for better elimination of chromatic aberrations, a circular aperture diaphragm and a significantly lighter, more compact design.

The EF800mm f/5.6L IS USM enhances Canon's super telephoto range with the longest focal distance of any EF lens on the market. Light enough to allow for handheld shooting, it is expected to be popular with sports, news and wildlife photographers.

Naturally such high performance optics don't come cheap. The EF200mm f/2L IS USM will be available from April 2008 priced at £4499.99 (RRP inc. VAT), while the EF800mm f/5.6L IS USM will be available from June 2008 priced at an eye-watering £8999.99 (RRP inc. VAT). Better start saving now!

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