Canon responded to claims that it is within the strategy of discontinuing its EF lenses for DSLRs, telling TechRadar that the lens vary remains to be in its plans – for now.
The hypothesis began following a tweet from Japanese photographer Kimio Tanaka (opens in new tab), picked up by Petapixel (opens in new tab), which in contrast pictures of Canon’s EF lens lineup in Japan on Jan. 8 and Feb. 10.
In line with the comparability, the variety of EF prime lenses in Japan dropped from 21 lenses to 9. In truth, the overall variety of EF lenses on Canon Japan’s web site, together with these for its EOS-M cameras, is 42 lenses, with greater than 70 lenses now discontinued.
That is comprehensible, on condition that new Canon DSLRs are actually a rarity, with the digicam large confirming earlier this yr that it has stopped making flagship DSLRs. However the EF lens experiences generated some extra sweeping headlines that the corporate is within the strategy of discontinuing all EF lenses, and Canon says this is not the case.
A Canon spokesperson advised us: “The experiences stating that Canon has ended manufacturing of EF lenses should not true. Whereas we’re certainly increasing our lineup of RF lenses as the worldwide market shifts towards mirrorless merchandise, we proceed to worth our prospects who use EF lenses.”
A part of the rationale for this, it appears, is as a result of some photographers see older EF glass as a good-value companion for newer mirrorless EOS R cameras, with Canon eager to emphasize to us the existence of the EF-EOS R adapter.
Naturally, Canon will not preserve making EF lenses indefinitely, and it did counsel that the system is winding down. Canon advised us: “Because the market continues to shift in the direction of mirrorless merchandise, it’s a matter in fact that there can be much less consumer demand from prospects for some EF lenses. Canon will contemplate its lineup of lenses in keeping with buyer wants.”
The state of affairs varies by area and we requested Canon if the lenses which might be at the moment listed as ‘out of inventory’ on the Canon UK retailer are discontinued. We’ll replace this story after we hear again, however the underlying message appears to be that the system will turn out to be progressively shrink – discuss of whole EF lens discontinuation, although, remains to be a bit untimely.
Evaluation: The ultimate act for DSLRs and their lenses
It is simple that the overall variety of EF lenses which might be available for purchase new is declining – that is definitely the case in Japan, as Canon’s web site reveals, and it is a sample that is more likely to proceed in different areas. Within the US, solely 11 prime EF lenses are at the moment available for purchase new, whereas within the UK that quantity is 13 lenses.
However Canon takes difficulty with the conclusion that it is quickly discontinuing all EF lenses. It nonetheless has a big base of DSLR homeowners to maintain completely happy and, as the corporate advised us, some EF lenses could make good companions for its newer EOS R mirrorless cameras.
Nonetheless, regardless of this diplomatic response, the truth is that Canon’s focus and funding are in its RF Mount lenses, and the results of the pandemic definitely appear to be accelerating the pattern in the direction of a mirrorless-only world, for brand new merchandise a minimum of.
This time final yr, Nikon made the shock choice to discontinue its Nikon D3500 and D5600 DSLRs in Japan, with different areas to comply with “primarily based on the wants of the market.” Extra just lately, the Nikon D500 DSLR was given the ax in Asia, making it a superb time to purchase one in different areas.
DSLR cameras and their lenses are definitely of their ultimate act, even when Canon says it is too early to tug the curtain on them simply but.