Updating a legend: Canon Releases 70-200 f/2.8 IS II USM

Canon’s new L Series lens, the 70-200 f/2.8 IS II USM was announced January 5. The highly anticipated announcement offers photographers new features and an improved IS system.

The updated lens features a re-designed optical system, with 23 elements in 19 groups, with a fluorite element and no fewer than five ultra-low dispersion (UD) elements. These changes, says Canon in their media release, drastically reduces chromatic aberration through the zoom range and produces edge-to-edge definition in high contrast images.

The lens’s new autofocus system is geared towards Canon’s new DSLRs, the 1D Mark IV and 7D. This updated model features a ring-type USM AF motor. When combined with a new high-speed CPU and AF algorithm, focusing is both faster and quieter.

Each frame is precious: Photog Cameron Fong

After a two week holiday hiatus Photog Friday is back. This week we travel to the land down-under to meet shooter Cameron Fong. He started his life behind the lens at 9 and has since amassed an arsenal of Nikon DSLR gear. He’s set some ambitious goals for 2010. What’s Cameron’s philosophy? How does he shoot? Read on…

Name: Cameron K. Fong

Country of residence: Australia

Brief Bio:
Born 1987 in Australia, met my first SLR when I was 7 or 8, got my first camera (35mm Kodak compact) when I was about 9, went on to learn to shoot SLR using Nikon FM2’s and Pentax K1000’s in high school. I started to own my SLR’s in 2007 when I bought my Nikon D40x (since sold) and have been shooting heavily ever since.

How did you first get interested in photography?
I first came into contact with SLR’s at a young age, and just knew from then onwards that photography would be something that I would pursue. I can’t draw or paint very well, so I borrow the camera to capture the things to see.

What do you like to shoot?
In many ways I will shoot almost anything, but I am most comfortable shooting landscape and macro.

What’s your approach to photography, your philosophy? What do you look for? How do you set-up a shot?