Canon EF 35mm f/1.4L II USM
The new Canon EF 35mm f/1.4L II USM is a completely redesigned lens of what might be the most versatile focal length. It has been redeveloped to be a better fit for today’s high-resolution cameras, where the high megapixel images are unforgiving of optical imperfections of older lenses. And with a maximum aperture of f/1.4, it gives both excellent low-light performance as well as the ability to blur out the background–something that’s helped by the rounded 9-blade diaphragm.
With 14 elements in 11 groups, it also includes a special element that Canon calls its Blue Spectrum Refractive element. It’s designed to reduce chromatic aberrations and color fringing, which in turn increases clarity. It’s also weather sealed, which comes in very handy for travel photography.
Like other 35mm f/1.4 lenses, it’s not exactly tiny and light, but for the excellent image quality and low-light performance it’s a small price to pay.
It comes wit a dedicated lens hood and will retail for $1799. It’s available for pre-order from B&H Photo.
Canon EOS M3
The Canon EOS M3 has been available in some countries before now, but this is the first time it will be available in the US. It’s a mirrorless camera with detachable lenses. With it’s high-resolution sensor, compact form factor, competitive price point, and typical Canon quality, it’s another very good option for travel photography.
It has a 24.2MP APS-C CMOS sensor with Canon’s new DIGIC 6 image processor and has a native ISO sensitivity range to ISO 12800, which can be expanded to ISO 25600. Other improvements over its predecessors include reduced noise, faster shooting with up to 4.2 fps for up to 1,000 JPEGs, and full HD 1080p 30fps video.
It has a 3-inch tilting LCD screen and has built-in wifi connectivity.
The camera is available as kits with either an 18-55 or 55-200 lenses or as body only.
They’re also available for pre-order from B&H Photo.