Do You Think Canon Made A Huge Mistake?

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Did Canon make a huge mistake when they told Viltrox not to market auto-focus lenses for the RF mount?

The reason for Canon’s reaction are patent infringements, i.e. violation of Canon’s intellectual property. So, was this a dumb move, besides being an overzealous move? Me thinks third party RF mount lenses would benefit the EOS R system as a whole. But who am I to judge?

Christopher Frost posted a video-essay where he analyses and discusses Canon’s decision. The video lasts 7 minutes and is definitely worth your time.

Share your thoughts in the comment section.

Here Are Some Speculations About Why Canon Doesn’t Want Others To Make RF Lenses

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After the story about Viltrox having told by Canon not to make RF mount lenses broke, some speculations about the reasons surfaced.

What might be the reasons? Canon Germany released a statement to Photographix Magazine (emphasis mine):

“SHENZHEN JUEYING TECHNOLOGY CO.LTD, manufactures auto focus lenses for Canon RF mount under the brand name “Viltrox”. Canon believes that these products infringe their patent and design rights and has therefore requested the company to stop all activities infringing on Canon’s intellectual property rights.”

So, all about copyright and patents, duh? That doesn’t seem to satisfy those who inquire more, and are keen to speculations. It is suggested, Canon does not have any “plans to give permission to third party manufacturers to utilize their RF mount patents as they pertain to electronics and autofocus anytime in the near future.” The reasons for that are listed as follows:

* Canon doesn’t feel the RF lineup is anywhere near maturity, and they want the lineup filled out with their own lenses first. Canon still has lots of work to do in both the non-L and L lineups.

* Canon believes the “more affordable” options are already covered by the hundred and whatever million EF lenses out there that work extremely well on the RF mount with Canon’s line of adapters.

* Canon isn’t done with tweaks and improvements to the RF mount.

This might well be the case. Never the less, it seems a bit of a far stretch to us and we wonder how much of this is just educated guess. What do you think?

Source: Canon Rumors

It Seems Canon Doesn’t Want Viltrox To Make RF Mount Lenses

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Does Canon not want Viltrox to manufacture lenses for the RF mount? Seems so.

It started with a user in the DPReview forum who posted a chat with Viltrox. Apparently, as you can read below, Viltrox has been “told by Canon to stop selling all RF mount products“.

Now, there is a follow up to this. So far Canon did not release any official statement. But now Canon Germany answered to German Photographix Magazine, and Canon said (machine translated):

“SHENZHEN JUEYING TECHNOLOGY CO.LTD, manufactures auto focus lenses for Canon RF mount under the brand name “Viltrox”. Canon believes that these products infringe their patent and design rights and has therefore requested the company to stop all activities infringing on Canon’s intellectual property rights.”

So, it’s about patents and intellectual property. Anyways, not cool at all dear Canon. Change your mind asap, please.

Today Only: Viltrox EF-R2 Canon EF to RF Mount Adapter – $69 (reg. $99)

RF Mount Adapter

Only for today (8/26/2022) B&H Photo has a 30% discount on the Viltrox EF-R2 Canon EF Lens to Canon RF Camera Mount Adapter.

At a glance:

  • Canon EF/EF-S Lens to RF-Mount Camera
  • Customizable Control Ring
  • Maintains AF and Image Stabilization
  • USB Port for Firmware Updates
  • Gold-Plated Contacts Transfer Exif Data

Get the Viltrox EF-R2 Canon EF Lens to Canon RF Camera Mount Adapter on sale at $69. Compare at $99.

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Viltrox Set To Announce Three Lenses For Canon EOS M (and Fuji X & Sony E)

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Viltron will soon announce three new lenses for APS-C mirrorless systems.

The new Viltron lenses will be available for the Canon EOS M, Fuji X and Sony E systems. The lenses have autofocus, and are 23mm f/1.4, 33mm f/1.4 and 56mm f/1.4.

Viltrox 56mm f/1.4

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  • Aperture range: 1.4 – 16
  • 9 aperture blades
  • 9 groups, 10 glasses
  • Filter size: 52
  • Weight 290g

Viltrox 33mm f/1.4

  • Aperture range: 1.4 – 16
  • 9 aperture blades
  • 9 groups, 10 glasses
  • Filter size: 52
  • Weight 270g

Viltrox 23mm f/1.4

  • Aperture range: 1.4 – 16
  • 9 aperture blades
  • 9 groups, 10 glasses
  • Filter size: 52w
  • Weight 290g
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It’s Finally Coming: Viltrox 0.71x Speed Booster For The Canon EOS M System

Speed Booster

This has to be categorised under “good and hot news”.

Viltrox will soon release a 0.71x speed booster for the Canon EOS M system. If you do not know what a speed booster does have a look at the short video below by Kinotika. Spoiler: your APS-C EOS M will perform close to a full frame camera. Who needs a Canon EOS R?

Viltrox products are available on Amazon.