Canon cuts again EF and EF-S lens ranges – Replace


February 16, 2022

The Canon Japan web site has confirmed that the entire quantity of obtainable Canon EF lenses is now down to only 40, with all the different beforehand obtainable lenses listed in a ‘Discontinued Product Data’ a part of the location.

These 40 lenses listed by Canon Japan as present are 27 EF lenses, six EF-S lenses and 7 EF-M lenses. On a web page headed Merchandise Discontinued by EF Lens the Canon Japan web site lists 55 discontinued EF lenses, 14 EF-S lenses, one EF-M lens and three TS-E lenses, although it needs to be famous that a few of these have been discontinued for a while.


UPDATE: 16 February 2022 – Canon replies on EF lens rumours

Within the wake of the hypothesis about the way forward for Canon’s EF lens vary Newbie Photographer contacted Canon UK to ask in regards to the present discontinuation of EF and EF-S lenses and what plans Canon had for the way forward for the EF lens vary. This was the response:

‘The experiences stating that Canon has ended manufacturing of EF lenses should not true. Whereas we’re certainly increasing our line-up of RF lenses as the worldwide market shifts towards mirrorless merchandise, we proceed to worth our clients who use EF lenses. EF lenses could also be connected to EOS R system cameras by means of the usage of an adapter. In the meantime, because the market continues to shift in direction of mirrorless merchandise, it’s a matter in fact that there might be much less consumer demand from clients for some EF lenses. Canon will contemplate its line-up of lenses in keeping with buyer wants.’


The story is simply very barely totally different close to present lens listings on the Canon UK web site. At present it’s exhibiting a complete of 27 EF lenses, six EF-S lenses and eight EF-M lenses as being in inventory and on sale. When Canon lists a product as being ‘discontinued’ it’s successfully saying it’s not making any extra of them.

In line with the web site PetaPixel the Japanese photographer Kimio Tanaka took to the social media platform Twitter to tweet that he’d in contrast the provision of Canon EF prime lenses from 8 January to 10 February 2022… and that the quantity obtainable had dropped from 21 optics all the way down to 9. Many of those had been already ‘low in inventory’.

The 12 prime EF lenses which were made ‘not obtainable’ since 8 January 2022 are:

• The EF 14mm f.2.8L II USM

• The EF 20mm f.2.8 USM

• The EF 24mm f/2.8 IS USM

• The EF 28mm f/2.8 IS USM

• The EF 40mm f/2.8 STM

• The EF 85mm f/1.2L II USM

• The EF 200mm f/2L IS USM

• The EF 300mm f/2.8L IS II USM

• The EF 300mm f/4L IS USM

• The EF 400mm f/4 DO IS II USM

• The EF 500mm f/4L IS II USM

• The EF 800mm f/5.6L IS USM

An image from photographer Tanaka showing the EF prime lens range on 8 January 2002 (left) compared to the range on 10 February 20002. Previous 'low in stock' lenses are marked with red circles

A picture from photographer Tanaka exhibiting the EF prime lens vary on 8 January 2002 (left) in comparison with the vary on 10 February 20002. Earlier ‘low in inventory’ lenses are marked with purple circles

Manufacturing shifts

The speedy discontinuation of EF and EF-S mount lenses seems to mirror the apparent shift of Canon from DSLR manufacturing to mirrorless digicam manufacturing. Certainly, in January 2022 Canon’s CEO and Chairman, Fujio Mitarai, admitted that the EOS-1D X Mark III can be Canon’s final flagship DSLR digicam.

Nonetheless, Canon Japan didn’t rule out the opportunity of extra DSLRs being produced, stating, ‘Demand for newbie and intermediate SLR cameras is powerful abroad, so we plan to proceed growth and manufacturing in the intervening time.’        


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