Canon discontinues one-third of its DSLR lenses

Over the previous decade, there’s been a virtually industry-wide shift away from DSLR cameras to mirrorless fashions. Due to their much less complicated mechanical design, which forgoes the clunky reflex mirror, mirrorless cameras are cheaper to design and manufacture. Additionally they deliver advantages like real-time publicity previews, swifter efficiency, higher autofocus, and extra AI smarts.

However the tradeoff of this shift additionally means fewer of us are shopping for DSLR lenses, and in consequence, manufacturers are scaling again manufacturing. Canon, as an example, simply discontinued roughly a 3rd of its EF-mount lineup within the US market, and precise retail availability within the US is much more restricted.

Solely 9 Canon EF primes can be found in Japan

This story bubbled to the floor per week or so in the past on the again of a tweet by Kimio Tanaka, a Japanese automotive photographer, and creator. Tanaka-san’s tweet compares two screenshots taken simply 5 weeks aside, exhibiting Canon Japan’s EF-mount prime lens lineup.

Within the first screenshot, a minimum of ten of 21 obtainable lens fashions are proven as being in “brief provide.” 5 weeks later, all ten have vanished together with two additional fashions for good measure, leaving a collection of simply 9 DSLR primes remaining. (And so they’re virtually completely Canon L glass, suggesting that demand for consumer-grade DSLR primes has fallen off a cliff.) 

Canon USA counsel a better choice is on the market stateside

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In fact, Tanaka-san’s info is particular to the Japanese market and the state of affairs differs globally. With that being the case, we rolled our sleeves up and did some digging. As of now, within the US market, Canon claims way more merchandise to be present than does its Japanese web site. Presently, the corporate says that some 27 EF-mount zoom lenses and 31 primes can be found for buy, together with 7 specialised primes (tilt-shifts, macros, and so on.).

To get a way of how the state of affairs has been altering over time, we took a glance again and in contrast the corporate’s present lens choices to previous choices, recorded prior to 2 significantly salient moments. The primary was the introduction of Canon’s mirrorless RF lens mount in 2018, and the second was the beginning of the Covid-19 pandemic. Helpfully, archived Canon’s lens lineup just some months previous to each occasions in April 2018 and October 2019, respectively.

5 months previous to the RF-mount’s debut, Canon listed a whopping 40 zooms and 46 primes, in addition to two EF-mount teleconverters. And 18 months later, at the beginning of the Covid-19 pandemic, just a few lenses had been dropped from the checklist, however the debut of some others meant that general, the state of affairs nonetheless remained fairly static. A complete of 38 zooms, 44 primes, and two teleconverters had been listed on Canon’s web site at that time.

Canon USA’s data suggests a one-third discount throughout the board


Examine that to right this moment and the distinction is stark. Based mostly on the obtainable merchandise listed by Canon USA, the variety of DSLR-oriented zooms and primes has now fallen by round one-third because the arrival of the RF-mount, and most of that has occurred in simply the previous 18 months.

Even simply taking Canon’s data at face worth, it’s fairly apparent that the model has been working to wind down its DSLR lens line. (However after all, it has to take action whereas attempting to not scare off its remaining DSLR clients within the course of).

The state of affairs at retail tells a somewhat totally different story

And the scope of the downside is just bolstered for those who check out the state of affairs in retail. Of the 27 zooms and 31 primes listed as at present obtainable by Canon, an additional seven zooms and 7 primes are now not listed in any respect by licensed supplier Adorama. And amongst these it does nonetheless checklist, one other seven zooms and 17 primes at the moment are solely obtainable as again ordered gadgets which can solely be delivered when (or if) inventory turns into obtainable.

That leaves simply 13 first-party zooms and 7 primes obtainable for speedy buy by Canon’s remaining DSLR shooters within the US market. In fact, inventory for any given mannequin may come again even with out additional manufacturing. (And to show that time, we discovered just a few lens fashions that vanished from Canon’s web site within the 2018 archive, however which had returned once more when archived 18 months later). Moreover, any unsold inventory may additionally doubtlessly be shifted between markets to maximise Canon’s returns.

In the event you’re planning to purchase, strike whereas the iron’s nonetheless there

A photo of Canon lenses.

In all, these are the one Canon DSLR lens fashions that you may purchase new from Adorama right this moment. In the event you plan on doing so, you’d be effectively suggested to make haste or put together your self for a second-hand possession journey!

Prime lenses:

  • EF-S 24mm f/2.8 STM
  • EF 50mm f/1.4 USM
  • EF 50mm f/1.8 STM
  • EF 85mm f/1.4L IS USM
  • EF 85mm f/1.8 USM
  • EF 100mm f/2.8L Macro IS USM
  • TS-E 135mm f/4L MACRO

Zoom lenses:

  • EF-S 10-18mm f/4.5-5.6 IS STM
  • EF-S 10-22mm f/3.5-4.5 USM
  • EF 11-24mm f/4L USM
  • EF 16-35mm f/2.8L III USM
  • EF 16-35mm f/4L IS USM
  • EF 17-40mm f/4L USM
  • EF-S 17-55 f/2.8 IS USM
  • EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS II
  • EF 28-300mm f/3.5-5.6L IS USM
  • EF 70-200mm f/4L IS II USM
  • EF 75-300mm f/4-5.6 III
  • EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS II USM
  • EF 200-400mm f/4L IS USM Extender 1.4x

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