We shouldn’t be too surprised at Canon’s announcement that it’s planning to build an EOS-1D X Mark III. This, of course, follows Nikon’s reveal of a D6 for sometime in the future, but neither camera will signal a revival in the D-SLR’s fortunes. These high-end D-SLRs where already niche products – primarily aimed at press and sports photographers (who are still wedded to an optical viewfinder) – even when the D-SLR market was booming, so they still don’t mean very much in terms of the interchangeable lens camera (ILC) market overall. The mainstream is still going to be all about mirrorless models, with Canon’s EOS 90D, good as it is, possibly the last hurrah for mid-range D-SLRs.

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As with the Nikon D6, details about the EOS-1D X Mark III are sketchy, but Canon has outlined a few key elements. It will have a newly-developed CMOS sensor and image processor for higher image quality and faster continuous shooting speeds. It gets more precise autofocusing due to a “newly developed AF sensor and AF algorithm", and there will be “enhanced data transmission functionality”.

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Meantime, in the main game of its full-35mm mirrorless camera system, Canon has announced the availability of two new RF lenses – the 70-200mm f2.8L IS USM and the 85mm f1.2L USM DS. These expand the total number of Canon-made lenses in the RF system to ten.

Completing Canon’s f2.8 L series ‘trinity’ series for the RF mount, the RF 70-200mm f2.8L IS USM is its shortest and lightest interchangeable lens to date with a focal range of 70-200mm and a maximum constant aperture of f2.8. The new 85mm f1.2 model is virtually identical to the existing model, but has Canon’s ‘Defocus Smoothing’ (DS) coating which is designed to give “soft bokeh look” without compromising image quality. For more information visit http://www.canon.com.au