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EDITOR’S NOTE DEAR ALL, It seems like just yesterday I was writing the first Ed’s letter for the first issue of Click Magazine for 2018 – now I’m already on the third! As usual, we always complain that time is flying by when we hit February – mostly due to stores clearing out “back- to-school” promotions to quickly throw Valentine’s Day at us before the full Easter bombardment. Every year seems to be earlier than the last. Canon has been a little quiet so far, but as you can see from this issue – we’ve just announced 3 brand new EOS cameras and a pretty great new Speedlite. The new EOS 2000D is a model launched to replace the existing EOS 1300D and will take over as one of the top selling DSLR’s in South Africa. The new baby addition to the line-up is the EOS 4000D, coming in below the 2000D and set to be the ideal camera for first-time buyers wanting to get into DSLR photography. Check out the latest Click Video Magazine episode for a look into these models by my colleague, Abri Kriegler. Probably the most anticipated release is the new EOS M50 – adding to the growing EOS Mirrorless line-up and the first ML model from Canon to feature 4K video capability, this is the perfect on-the-go lightweight travel companion for exceptional stills and epic high-resolution video for the photographer who wants the power of a DSLR in a smaller package. There is already a growing range of ML lenses, but the option to add (with the EFM to EF adapter) any of the 70+ lenses in the EOS arsenal makes this even more attractive. Maybe not as exciting as a new EOS camera, but certainly very interesting, is the brand new Speedlite 470 EX Ai. This is a world first from Canon in a flashgun that now features an automatic bounce capability. This is a really useful feature for wedding and portrait photographers looking for a more natural feel with flash. Bounce flash is normally quite difficult to get right and often a lot of light is wasted by photographers not quite seeing where the flash will go. This is pretty much always guesswork for photographers. Well – not any more with the auto bounce on this speedlite. The flash fires a small burst forward to the subject, followed by a burst directly upwards and measures both distances automatically before deciding on the best angle to set itself to for perfect bounce flash. With a simple double-tap on the shutter release, the flash position changes as you move from horizontal to vertical camera holding to ensure that the bounce is identical. There are also semi-automatic and full manual controls as well. Again – please check out the latest click Video Magazine episode for more info and some hands-on opinions. Until next time – keep Clicking away Roger Machin Product Manager PVDVC Products Canon SA 2