Realize your creative vision with Canon’s RF 135mm F1.8L IS USM and SPEEDLITE EL-5 – African Business | Episode Movies

Canon Europe today announces the launch of the RF 135mm F1.8L IS USM, a prime telephoto lens ideal for portraiture in low light, and the SPEEDLITE EL-5, a high-performance Speedlite for wedding and event photography. A fast, bright f/1.8 aperture and built-in Optical Image Stabilizer enable the RF 135mm F1.8L IS USM to capture crisp images with soft backgrounds, while the longer focal length produces flattering portraits. With the same intuitive design as the EL-1 and advanced performance at a competitive price, the SPEEDLITE EL-5 is the perfect accessory for professional photographers. Canon ( also announces that it is adding a neural network image processing tool to its DPP software, allowing photographers to improve the quality of the images they capture.

Capture outstanding portraits with the RF 135mm F1.8L IS USM

As the successor to the popular Canon EF 135mm f/2L USM, the RF 135mm F1.8L IS USM achieves impressive portraits thanks to the combination of a fast f/1.8 maximum aperture, a 9-blade aperture and a 135mm focal length that produces a gorgeous Create bokeh effect. while subject features are compressed for more flattering shots. This also creates a more comfortable and relaxed shooting environment for natural-looking photos, whether it’s close-up head shots or full-body shots, thanks to the added distance between subject and photographer. The RF 135mm F1.8L IS USM is also perfect for close-up photography, with a focusing distance of 0.7m that gives a magnification of 0.26x. The RF 135mm F1.8L IS USM also uses optical image stabilization for up to 5.5 stops of stabilization, which increases to 8 stops with coordinated stabilization[i]which is ideal when shooting in low light or handheld.

Like Canon’s entire range of RF lenses, the RF 135mm F1.8L IS USM delivers exceptional image quality across the entire frame. The advanced optical design features three UD elements to ensure high resolution, accurate color reproduction and reduced chromatic aberration. With ASC and Super Spectra Coating, the RF 135mm F1.8L IS USM also benefits from minimal ghosting or flare, while Fluorine Coating helps keep the lens dirt-free and ensure sharp images at all times.

The RF 135mm F1.8L IS USM offers effortless operation and handling to assist photographers in high-pressure scenarios such as weddings or live sporting events. A Nano USM motor enables fast and quiet AF operation, coupled with Canon’s Eye AF function[ii], ensures the RF 135mm F1.8L IS USM focuses precisely on the subject’s eye, allowing the photographer to focus on the composition – useful when shooting with shallow depth of field. The RF 135mm F1.8L IS USM is Canon’s first lens, alongside super-telephoto lenses, to have dual lens function buttons that can be used for AF stop or other functions. A control ring can also be adjusted to change various settings of the lens such as shutter speed, aperture or ISO. Dust- and water-resistant seals around the lens mount ensure reliability in all shooting conditions.

SPEEDLITE EL-5: Powerful yet easy-to-use Speedlite

Packed with professional features, the SPEEDLITE EL-5 is a powerful, reliable Speedlite that is a must-have for any event photographer’s kit. With a guide number of 60[iii] and a lightning fast recharge time of 0.1-1.2 seconds [iv]It has never been easier to illuminate action-packed events such as parties or weddings. Likewise, the LP-EL rechargeable lithium-ion battery pack enables long continuous flash counting with up to 85 flashes at full power and up to 350 flashes in a single charge at full power[v]. For more subtle lighting needs, the advanced manual power setting allows users to set the flash to 1/1024th energy[vi].

Canon’s first Speedlite with a multi-function stand compatible with the latest EOS R-series cameras[vii], the SPEEDLITE EL-5 uses gold-plated contacts to ensure a reliable connection with the camera and improved communication. For reliable performance even during longer flash exposures, the SPEEDLITE EL-5 is equipped with an efficient passive cooling system that enables faster heat dissipation. When shooting in adverse weather conditions, the dust and waterproof seals give photographers confidence in their gear.

Designed for professional workflows, the SPEEDLITE EL-5 offers a range of features such as wireless radio control for up to 15 additional Speedlites and a Camera Link feature that allows photographers to trigger external cameras connected to those Speedlites. The Dual White LED light acts as a modeling light or AF assist light to help focus in low-light situations. Custom Flash Mode (C.Flash) allows users to register flash settings (C1, C2, C3) on the Speedlite and also “link” them to the camera’s custom modes.[viii], which serve as a default to speed up workflows in more complex environments. Sharing the same intuitive design and menu system as the EL-1, the SPEEDLITE EL-5 offers a familiar joystick and button layout, as well as a new (flash) menu hotkey for easy access to the on-camera Speedlite settings menu.

DPP cloud upgrade

Canon has also enhanced its Digital Photo Professional software for advanced photographers with a new subscription-based neural network image processing tool that improves image quality through the power of cloud computing and Canon’s advanced AI technology. Photographers can reduce noise, recover detail and sharpness previously not possible at such a high ISO, improve color accuracy and benefit from lens optimization.

Also launching today is the EOS R6 Mark II, a full-frame mirrorless camera that offers hybrid shooters innovative ways to express their creativity – without compromise and whatever the subject. Capable of continuous shooting at 40fps, the EOS R6 Mark II features Canon’s Dual Pixel CMOS AF to identify and track more subjects faster. She sets new speed records. A true hybrid, it can also capture superb oversampled 4K 60p video or 6K RAW.

For more information on the RF 135mm F1.8L IS USM, visit:

Further details on the SPEEDLITE EL-5 can be found here:

Key features of the RF 135mm F1.8L IS USM:

  • Bright f/1.8, circular aperture with 9 blades
  • 135mm focal length
  • 5.5 stops stabilization (8 stops with IBIS)
  • Advanced optical design with three UD elements, ASC and Super Spectra Coating
  • Nano USM motor for fast and quiet AF

SPEEDLITE EL-5 Key Features:

  • Guide number 60, with integrated modeling light
  • Fast flash recycle time of 0.1-1.2 secondsIV
  • Rechargeable lithium-ion battery pack LP-EL
  • Canon’s first Speedlite with a multi-function stand
  • Wireless radio control for up to 15 additional Speedlites

[i] With compatible cameras with built-in image stabilization.

[ii] With compatible cameras.

[iii] When the camera is set to ISO100 and zoomed to 200mm.

[iv] Using a fully charged battery under Canon’s test conditions.

[v] Using a fully charged battery under Canon’s test conditions. Continuous flash counting at full power up to flash release limit level 1.

[vi] Minimum flash output is 1/128 for high speed sync.

[vii] For use with compatible cameras with Canon Multi-Function Shoe. Note that not all features may be supported by all cameras (the EOS R5 C and camcorders with multi-shoe are not supported).

[viii] With compatible cameras.

Distributed by APO Group on behalf of Canon Central and North Africa (CCNA).

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Canon Central and North Africa
May Youssef
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APO Group – PR agency
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About Canon Central & North Africa:
Canon Central and North Africa (CCNA) ( is a division of Canon Middle East FZ LLC (CME), a subsidiary of Canon Europe. The formation of CCNA in 2015 was a strategic move aimed at strengthening Canon’s business in the African region – by strengthening Canon’s presence and direction in the country. CCNA also demonstrates Canon’s commitment to working closer to its customers and meeting their needs in the rapidly evolving African market.

Canon has been present on the African continent for more than 15 years through distributors and partners who have successfully built a solid customer base in the region. CCNA ensures the provision of high quality, technologically advanced products that meet the demands of the rapidly developing African market. With over 100 employees, CCNA manages sales and marketing operations in 44 countries in Africa.

Canon’s corporate philosophy is Kyosei ( – “living and working together for the common good”. CCNA strives for sustainable business growth by focusing on reducing its own environmental impact and helping customers reduce theirs with Canon’s products, solutions and services. At Canon, we are pioneers and are constantly redefining the world of imaging for the greater good. Through our technology and spirit of innovation, we push the boundaries of what is possible – and help us see our world in ways we’ve never seen it before. We help bring creativity to life, one image at a time. Because if we can see our world, we can change it for the better.

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