Along with the announcement of the EOS 7D, Canon introduces the new EF 100mm f/2.8L Macro IS USM lens, which is the first camera lens featuring Canon’s new Hybrid Image Stabilization (Hybrid IS) technology to compensate for both angle camera shake and shift camera shake, up to four shutter speed steps. It is compatible with all EOS cameras.
Also announced are the EF-S 15-85mm f/3.5-5.6 IS USM lens offering a zoom range of equivalent to 24-136mm on a full-frame camera and the EF-S 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS lens with a zoom range of equivalent to 29-216mm on a full-frame camera.
The EF 100mm f/2.8L Macro IS USM and EF-S 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS lenses will be available at the end of September for $1,049.00 and $499.99, respectively while the EF-S 15-85mm f/3.5-5.6 USM will be released in late October for $799.99.
The Hybrid IS includes an acceleration sensor in addition to the conventional angular velocity sensor (vibration gyro). Based on the amount of camera shake detected by the two sensors, a newly developed algorithm calculates the amount of blur on the image plane, after which lens elements in the IS are positioned to compensate for the two types of shake – a first in an interchangeable lens for SLR cameras and an excellent way to solve the problem of camera shake in macro photography.