Canon unveils new professional accessories


New Canon accessories announcedCanon has extended its range of accessories for use with both its professional and mid-range EOS cameras.

The new releases follow the Canon announcement of the long-awaited Canon EOS 5D Mark III full frame DSLR.

Sitting at the top of Canon’s range, the Speedlite 600EX-RT is Canon’s first flash unit to feature inbuilt wireless radio connectivity and replaces the advanced Speedlite 580EX II. Partnering with the new Speedlite Transmitter ST-E3-RT, this new model offers enhanced opportunities for photographers wishing to explore creative lighting techniques.

Canon is also launching the BG-E11 battery grip, Wireless File Transmitter WFT-E7 and GPS Receiver GP-E2, which complement the newly-announced Canon EOS 5D Mark III.

The Speedlite 600EX-RT is a high-performance TTL flash unit designed for professionals. Integrated radio frequency triggering, in addition to standard infra-red wireless flash control, allows photographers to use complex on-and-off-camera lighting set-ups.

Using one master 600EX-RT or the new ST-E3-RT radio-frequency wireless Speedlite transmitter, up to 15x 600EX-RT flash units, positioned up to 30m away, can be remotely triggered.

Canon EOS cameras with a connected Speedlite 600EX-RT can also be triggered remotely by either model, allowing photographers to explore more extreme shooting angles to produce surprising and inspiring creative results.

The Speedlite 600EX-RT and Speedlite Transmitter ST-E3-RT also feature a weatherproof design with a clear LCD display making it easy to select settings and switch between normal flash mode and wireless modes.

The WFT-E7 is a new wireless file transmitter for a wide range of EOS models. For those who need to transfer their images quickly, the WFT-E7 provides enhanced versatility through high-speed Wi-Fi and support for wired connectivity over Gigabit Ethernet.

Featuring 802.11a/b/g/n support for file transfer speeds of up to 150mbps, and Bluetooth for linking to external GPS units, the WFT-E7 offers super-fast image transfer direct to an FTP server or even to a DLNA (Digital Living Network Alliance ) -enabled HDTV.

Also introduced is the GPS receiver GP-E2 – a new compact, lightweight, high-performance hot shoe GPS unit which makes it easy for photographers to geo-tag their images.

Compatible with the EOS-1D X, EOS 7D (Via firmware update – connection via cable only) and new EOS 5D Mark III, the GP-E2 tags photos with longitude, latitude and altitude data as well as the direction in which the shot was taken, adding information to the EXIF file of the image.

Finally, for photographers who want to shoot for longer with the new Canon EOS 5D Mark III, the new ergonomic battery grip BG-E11, doubles the battery life with two additional LP-E6 batteries, with the added flexibility of using AA batteries as an emergency back-up.

For those who frequently shoot vertically, such as sports or portrait photographers, duplicate AF start, Focus point and AE-lock controls in addition to a second Multi Controller and Control Dial make shooting vertically more comfortable and intuitive.

In keeping with the premium design of the EOS 5D Mark III, the BG-E11 is made of durable magnesium alloy and offers the same weather-proofing.

Speedlite 600EX-RT Key features
Guide number 60 (m, ISO 100, at 200mm)
Radio triggering with 30m range
Use up to 15 units together
Infra-red wireless functionality
Remote camera triggering
Bounce-and-swivel head with zoom control
White-balance correction filters
Fast, quiet recycling

Speedlite Transmitter ST-E3-RT Key features
Radio frequency remote flash trigger.
Fire selected Speedlites from 30m away.
Controls up to 15 flashguns.
Remote camera triggering.
Weather sealed against dust and moisture.

Wireless File Transmitter WFT-E7 Key features
Supports IEEE 802.11n
Built in Bluetooth
Versatile design
Easy Wi-Fi protected Setup
FTP server transfer
Remote control functions
DLNA media server compatible
Linked shooting

GPS Receiver GP-E2 Key features
Hotshoe-mounted GPS unit for compatible EOS cameras.
Embeds location and altitude data into each file’s metadata.
Digital compass records heading information.
Data logging mode.
Portable design, powered by 1xAA battery.
Accurately set camera’s time using UTC time.

Battery Grip BG-E11 Key features
Improved handling for EOS 5D Mark III
Duplicate controls for vertical shooting.
Larger grip for bigger hands.
Use two LP-E6 batteries, or four AA/LR6 cells as an alternative.

Pricing and Availability
The SpeedLite 600EX-RT is available from end of March 2012, priced at £679.99 / €809.99 RRP incl. VAT.
The SpeedLite 600EX is available from the end of March 2012, priced at £639.99/€761.99 RRP incl. VAT.
The SpeedLite Transmitter ST-E3-RT is available from the end of March 2012, priced at £309.99/€369.99 RRP incl. VAT.
The Wireless File Transmitter WFT-E7B is available from the end of April 2012, priced at £789.99/€939.99 RRP incl. VAT.
The Battery Grip BG-E11 is available from the end of April 2012, priced at £329.99/€389.99 RRP incl. VAT.
The GPS Receiver GP-E2 is available from the end of April 2012, priced at £299.99/€356.99 RRP incl. VAT.