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Canon updates its pro flash, adds macro EF-M lens

The company's mirrorless camera system gets its first native macro lens.

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Canon's mirrorless system gets a new lens, bringing the total EF-M models available up to 6. The EF-M 28mm f3.5 Macro IS STM is the first macro lens for that mount.

It offers some novel features, including built-in lights around the lens and a switch that increases the magnification from 1x to 1.2x. It also incorporates Canon's Hybrid IS optical image stabilization -- stabilization's rare but useful in a wide-angle fixed focal-length lens and this IS system is optimized for macro shooting -- and uses Canon's stepper motor technology for quiet, fast operation when shooting video. The company will include a lens hood so that you don't get unwanted reflections when using the ring of lights.

It's slated to ship in June for $300 (directly converted, that's approximately £208 and AU$410).

In addition, the company updated its flagship flash. The Speedlite 600EX-RT II has some streamlined operations, including easier to use wireless, plus improved dust-and-splash resistance. There are also a couple of new options, including hard color gels and a bounce adapter, as well as new compact battery pack (CP-E4N, $250) for faster recycle times. It's shipping in June for $580 (directly converted, about £400, AU$790).