by Ted Dillard, posted Jan 9, 2010 at 3:33PM


Well, I'm just a little underwhelmed by CES.  Although I would have liked to see Lady Gaga (she doesn't return my calls anymore... ) there's been just little or no real earth-shattering news coming out for the pro photographer.  Here's the new improved workhorse of a lens from Canon, though, the 2nd gen. EF 70-200MM f/2.8L IS II USM.  How could I not have Lens Envy? 

Here's the press release from Canon, and here's the down and dirty:

"Along with its redesigned optical elements, the new lens design features improved AF speed due to a new focusing algorithm and has reduced the minimum focusing distance to 3.9 feet (1.2 meters) through the entire zoom range, allowing photographers to capture tighter portraiture shots in a small studio space. The previous lens model's minimum focusing distance was 4.6 feet (1.4 meters), whereas now photographers can stand nearly 8 inches closer to their subject and achieve sharp focus and tight crops. Canon has also enhanced the Image Stabilization allowing it to compensate for shutter speeds up to four steps slower than 1/focal length, a one step improvement over the previous lens model."