Canon has today unveiled a new Speedlite flash and microphone for DSLR users, plus a new lens for the EOS M-series cameras.

Accessory 2 (12).webThe Canon Speedlite 600EX II–RT (£549.99) has a guide number of 60m at ISO 100, 20-200mm lens coverage – or down to 14mm via the built-in adapter.

Features also include a wireless slave function, enabling the use of up to 15 Speedlites together off-camera (up to 30m away) for ‘dramatic multi-flash photography’.

The kit includes a bounce adapter (SBA-E), allowing the user to bounce flash off walls and ceilings, for a softer more natural result.

Canon has also revealed a new shotgun-style directional stereo microphone for DSLRs – the DM-E1 (£279.99) – billed as one of the smallest and lightest of its kind. It is compatible with EOS cameras thanks to its 35mm audio jack connection.

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The new EOS flash and microphone are due in shops next month.

Next month, Canon will also launch a new 28mm f/3.5 Macro IS STM lens for its EOS M-series of mirrorless system cameras.

Delivering the 35mm equivalent of a 45mm lens, the newcomer is built to focus down to 13mm and features a choice of 1.0x magnification and 1.2x in Super Macro mode.

Hailed as the world’s lightest for compact system cameras, the lens includes Macro Lite technology designed to allow the user to bring the lens as close as needed ‘without compromising on light’.

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Canon adds: ‘Used to illuminate small objects up close, it can be controlled by a switch, letting you change the lighting intensity and direction on one or both sides of the Macro Lite – allowing you to create dramatic lighting, while the design reduces shadows cast by both the camera and lens.

‘For photos that show the sparkle of jewellery or the intricate texture of fabric for a fashion blog post, or even close-up portraiture, the lens helps you capture photos worthy of sharing.’

Features also include a seven-blade circular aperture.

The 28mm f/3.5 Macro IS STM lens carries a price tag of £289.99.