Canon's new macro lens has built-in LED lights

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Canon's new macro lens has built-in LED lights

Post by melek » Mon May 16, 2016 3:06 pm

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Canon has a new macro lens that has two built-in LED lights. It's a rather novel idea, and you can turn on one or both lights.

It's a 28mm lens intended for its EOS M mirrorless cameras, which converts to a full-frame equivalent of 45mm. It's a true macro lens with 1:1 reproduction.

I have written an article here:
http://photographytoday.net/?q=news/can ... s-m-system

There is a promotional video that shows how it works.

I would expect that it contains plastic lens elements, because it weighs just 4.6 ounces (130 grams).

It makes me want to try it.
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Post by Bennybee » Tue May 17, 2016 6:00 am

Thanks Mike for the info. I watched the promotional video and it has won me over for this lens. I like the built-in lights and the super macro mode. But then I'd also need to buy a Canon EOS-M then. Hopefully Olympus will come up with something like that soon.
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Re: Canon's new macro lens has built-in LED lights

Post by PFMcFarland » Tue May 17, 2016 10:52 am

Sort of like the old Yashica Dental models, and the Medical Nikkor.

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Re: Canon's new macro lens has built-in LED lights

Post by melek » Wed May 18, 2016 10:12 am

I moved this to the "Mirrorless" category. You'd think that I would know that. :oops:

I think this lens has a lot of good ideas. And the fact that it isn't just a flash makes it easier to use, particularly with Live View or an electronic viewfinder.
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Post by P C Headland » Sun May 22, 2016 5:26 am

There was one of the smaller Japanese (I think) lens makers that had a similar lens, though it was a true macro. IIRC, there was a micro 4/3 mount for it.

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Post by Bennybee » Mon May 23, 2016 3:50 am

Indeed, I think you mean the Yasuhara Nanoha 5x Macro lens ($500)? That looks like a very fine lens if you are into real macro.
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Re: Canon's new macro lens has built-in LED lights

Post by LarryD » Fri May 27, 2016 7:59 pm

I am really shocked that no one did this before as Lomography was selling LED Macro ring lights years back.
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