Tuesday, August 26, 2008

New Canon 18-200mm f3.5-5.6 IS EF-S is finally announced

Canon EF-S users had been frustrated by the absence of an "affordable" "house" superzoom lens, but today they are finally getting their lens! But it's not as "affordable" as one would want. The starting price is $700 with an estimated October release date. This puts it about half a price stop above the already existing Nikon 18-200 DX VR.

Coverage on the Net
dpreview has a press release from Amstelveen, Amsterdaam, so if the lens is spaced out, give it a few hours, and it will recover ;-) A hands-on preview of the lens is included organically in the 12-page EOS 50D preview at d-preview.

It's a swiss army knife, says Ryan Brenizer. Ryan goes on to point out why such a lens is popular but also explains why some people go for bright primes that cost more dimes.

Canon USA press release at the Imaging Insider.

Bob Atkins compares and contrasts the prices between this and the TamTokSigs.

PS> "TamTokSigs" is a new term we just came up with to refer to "3rd party lenses" and it is a silly blend of the names of Tamron + Tokina + Sigma. Or perhaps "TokTamSigs" or "SigTamToks" or "SigTokTams". Or perhaps "TokSigTams" or "TamSigToks". Ok, ENOUGH!

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