Canon appears to be rather active in discontinuing their EF and EF-S lenses at fast speed. Latest reports state that more lenses have been retired.
asobinet.com reports a tweet by photographer Kimio Tanaka, stating that Canon is discontinuing EF and EF-S lenses (machine translated):
CANON’s EF / EF-S lenses for SLR cameras are “low in stock” and “discontinued” at a tremendous speed (that is, production has been discontinued, and the rest is only in market stock). Currently, about 70 are “on sale”, but about 25 of them are treated as discons. I don’t want to think of a single-lens reflex camera as a light in front of the wind, but the remaining expectation is PENTAX. I want you to do your best.
Eventually Canon reacted to the ongoing rumor suggesting the company is gradually retiring EF lenses in favor of an RF-mount-only future. However, the answer is somewhat ambiguous.
As Inside Imaging reports, Canon is not so much discontinuing EF lenses but putting some order in the line-up. In other words: Canon is removing redundancy, not discontinuing EF lenses. Sounds weird? Here is Canon Australia’s statement on the issue (emphasis mine):
Canon has around 80 lens options for creators to choose from – only 22 of which are RF at this time. Over the past two years, we’ve been focused on building out our range of RF lenses to expand the creative possibilities of our R-System consumers, however our commitment to supporting our EF lens range is unwavering. It’s true, Canon has recently discontinued select EF lenses in our range, however this is a process of series optimisation, not an indication of us abandoning EF lenses. Lenses that have been recently discontinued are lenses that have multiple versions available; comprise technology that’s been superseded by other available options; or, are low volume lenses. There are still many options for creators to choose from in our EF range, while our RF range continues to expand.
Sounds neither like a clear yes nor like a clear no. Also, keep in mind that for sure Canon has large stocks for most of the lenses rumored to get discontinued, and especially that it does not mean those EF lenses are no longer going to be maintained and serviced by Canon.
Here is the list of the allegedly discontinued EF lenses (release year in parenthesis):
Canon EF-S 10-22 f/3.5-4.5 USM (2007)
Canon EF 14mm f/2.8L USM II (2007)
Canon EF-S 15-85mm f/3.5-5.6 IS USM (2009)
Canon EF-S 17-55mm f/2.8 IS USM (2006)
Canon EF-S 18-200mm f/3.5-5.6 IS USM (2008)
Canon EF 24-70mm f/4L IS USM (2012)
Canon EF 24mm f/2.8 IS USM (2012)
Canon EF-S 35mm f/2.8 IS STM Macro (2012)
Canon EF 40mm f/2.8 STM (2012)
Canon EF-S 55-250 f/4-5.6 IS STM (2013)
Canon EF-S 60mm f/2.8 Macro USM (2005)
Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L USM (1995)
Canon EF 70-200mm f/4L IS USM II (2018)
Canon EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6L IS USM (2010)
Canon EF 85mm f/1.2L USM II (2006)
Canon EF 85mm f/1.8 USM (1992)
Canon EF 100mm f/2 USM (1991)
Canon EF 135mm f/2L USM (1996)
Canon EF 180mm f/3.5L USM (1996)
Canon EF 200mm f/2L IS USM (2008)
Canon EF 300mm f/4L IS USM (2010)
Canon EF 800mm f/5.6L IS USM (2008)
And these lenses are rumored to get retired some time in 2021:
Canon EF 35mm f/2 IS USM (2012)
Canon EF 300mm f/2.8L IS USM II (2010)
Canon EF 400mm f/4 DO IS USM II (2014)
Canon EF 500mm f/4L IS USM II (2011)
The future is RF mount, no doubts about that. But EF mount will still be around for a long time, no doubts on that either.
A report is going around claiming Canon is discontinuing lots of EF mount lenses in favor of upcoming RF lenses. We are not so sure about that.
According to Canon Rumors, Canon is set to discontinue many EF lenses and is planning to cease production of even more EF lenses. The list of EF lenses that allegedly have been or will soon be discontinued in 2021:
Canon EF-S 10-22 f/3.5-4.5 USM
Canon EF 14mm f/2.8L USM II
Canon EF-S 15-85mm f/3.5-5.6 IS USM
Canon EF-S 17-55mm f/2.8 IS US
Canon EF-S 18-200mm f/3.5-5.6 IS USM
Canon EF 24-70mm f/4L IS USM
Canon EF 35mm f/2 IS USM
Canon EF-S 35mm f/2.8 IS STM Macro
Canon EF 40mm f/2.8 STM
Canon EF-S 55-250 f/4-5.6 IS STM
Canon EF-S 60mm f/2.8 Macro USM
Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L USM
Canon EF 70-200mm f/4L IS USM II
Canon EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6L IS USM
Canon EF 85mm f/1.2L USM II
Canon EF 85mm f/1.8 USM
Canon EF 135mm f/2L USM
Canon EF 180mm f/3.5L USM
Canon EF 200mm f/2L IS USM
Canon EF 300mm f/2.8L IS USM II
Canon EF 300mm f/4L IS USM
Canon EF 400mm f/4 DO IS USM II
Canon EF 500mm f/4L IS USM II
Canon EF 800mm f/5.6L IS USM
That’s an impressing list. However, with a few exceptions most of the lenses listed above appear in stock and ready to ship at major retailers. Canon USA also lists most lenses as still available, and hasn’t released any communication regarding the discontinuation of EF lenses. PetaPixel contacted Canon about the issue but didn’t get any answer. It’s rather difficult if not impossible to verify the claim of Canon discontinuing all those EF lenses. So far there is only one source for this.
Should you be worried, or even alarmed? By no way. As we wrote above, most of the allegedly discontinued lenses are still available. Even if they get discontinued tomorrow, Canon would for sure still deliver assistance and service for long time. There is no doubt that EF mount lenses will eventually disappear in favor of Canon’s new RF mount standard. It just will not happen that soon.
Any idea about Canon discontinuing all those lenses?
Canon Celebrates Significant Milestone with Production of 150 Million Interchangeable RF And EF Lenses
MELVILLE, NY, February 3, 2021– Canon U.S.A., Inc., a leader in digital imaging solutions, announced today that its parent company, Canon Inc., reached a new lens-manufacturing milestone with the production in January 2021, of the Company’s 150-millionth RF and EFseries interchangeable lens for EOS cameras1— an RF70-200mm F2.8 L IS USM telephoto zoom lens (released in November 2019).
Production of interchangeable EF lenses for Canon EOS-series AF (Autofocus) single-lens reflex film cameras began in 1987 at the Company’s Utsunomiya Plant. Over the years, EF lenses have gained support from a wide range of users and production has since expanded to a total of four manufacturing bases, including Canon Inc., Taiwan; Canon Opto (Malaysia) Sdn. Bhd.; and Oita Canon Inc. in southern Japan.
EF lens production passed the 10-million-unit mark in 1995 and crossed the 50-million-unit threshold in 2009. In April 2014, the Company celebrated its first-in-the-world achievement of having manufactured 100 million interchangeable lenses, and now, setting a new world record for the most interchangeable lenses produced, Canon manufactured its 150-millionth RF and EF lens in January 2021. Laid end-to-end2, all of the RF and EF lenses Canon has manufactured thus far would measure approximately 7,736 miles in length — nearly equivalent to the Earth’s diameter, which measures approximately 7,917 miles.
Canon’s proprietary EF lenses, launched in March 1987 along with the EOS SLR camera system, have continued to evolve since their introduction, leading the industry through the incorporation of a wide range of innovative technologies, including such world’s firsts3 as the Ultrasonic Motor (USM), Image Stabilizer (IS) technology, and a multilayered diffractive optical (DO) element.
In 2018, Canon introduced the EOS R system and the RF series lenses, which pursues new heights of quality under the core concept of “Speed, Comfort and High Image Quality.” Today, the Company’s extensive RF and EF lens series lineup currently comprises a total of 118 models4, expanding the possibilities for image capture. In addition, thanks to the extensive lineup of lenses, Canon has maintained the number one market share for digital interchangeable-lens cameras since 2003 — a total of 17 years5— and in September 2019, the Company celebrated the production of 100 million EOS-series interchangeable-lens cameras.
Canon will continue refining its imaging technologies centered on its RF and EF lens lineup, striving to cater to the varying needs of photographers — from first-time users to advanced amateurs and professionals — while contributing to expanding the photographic and video imaging culture.
Tokina released a new and rather interesting lens for Canon EF and Nikon F mounts.
The Tokina atx-i 17-35mm f/4 lens sells at $599 and can be preordered at Adorama. Shipping starts December 11, 2020.
Tokina press release:
Tokina atx-i 17-35mm F4 FF is designed to fit Full Frame DSLR cameras and supports Nikon F and Canon EF mounts. With its wide angle properties this lens is a perfect gear for shooting landscapes, street snap, architecture and time-lapse. Constant f/4 aperture, robust design while maintaining a reasonable size and weight provide a new option for professional photographers who are especially active in travel.
Сompact lightweight and robust design – perfect for landscape, architecture , street snap and travel photography.
Precise AF actuated by combination of Tokina GMR sensor and SD-M (Silent Drive-Module).
Low vignetting, extremely low distortion and good sharpness throughout the image.
Tom of BorrowLenses compares Canon lenses for different mount types in this Canon RF vs EF lens comparison.
Canon RF lenses are for the new Canon EOS R full frame mirrorless system, Canon EF lenses fit on Canon DSLRs (APS-C and FF). So, which are better? Are the RF lenses an improvement over EF lenses? For this purpose these lenses have been compared:
Canon RF 50mm 1.2L
Canon RF 24-105mm f/4L
Canon EF 50mm 1.2L
Canon EF 24-105mm f/4L
All tests done on a Canon EOS R (EF lenses mounted via adapter). And here is the video with the Canon RF vs EF lens comparison:
[…] the R lenses are not only entirely new optics, they are also largely new electrical and mechanical systems. There are a lot of different things in here that we haven’t seen in any Canon EF lenses. Some of them we should have expected, like the increased electronics going to the control ring. Others we don’t really understand yet, like the tension spring in the ring USM motor or the increased electrical shielding.[…] We also saw lots of new stuff we don’t completely understand yet and a level of complexity we weren’t expecting.[…] the RF lenses contain some new technology they [Canon, editor’s note] haven’t used before. There’s a lot of engineering that’s gone into these. Things are different inside here. As we’ll see in the next teardown we do, some of that is carrying over to at least some EF lenses. What does this mean? It means Canon has invested very heavily into developing the lenses of the R system. This level of engineering didn’t all happen in the last year, they’ve been working on this for quite a while.
Guess there is definitely a lot of new technology in Canon RF lenses compared to EF lenses.