• Daniyar Kylyzhov

Canon has canceled more optics for SLR cameras in its latest large-scale mirrorless promotion?

A new report claims that the production of two more Canon EF lenses will be discontinued, bringing the total to five.


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There are new rumors that Canon is discontinuing EF lenses, adding two more optics for SLR cameras to the three that were apparently discontinued earlier this year.


Now it turns out that a pair of short telephoto lenses - the Canon EF 70-200mm f / 4L IS II USM and the Canon EF 85mm f / 1.2 L USM II - are on the chopping block. That's according to a report by Canon Rumors, which claims that two Canon "workhorse" lenses, along with a popular pancake, have joined the list of discontinued ones.


Announced back in 2006, it wouldn't come as much of a surprise if the rumors were true for the EF 85mm f / 1.2 L. But it would be much more shocking and eye-opening if the 70-200mm f / 4L were really ruled out, as this lens is considered by many to be a workhorse for professional portrait and wildlife photographers - and it was only announced in 2018. this means that he did not have a very long term in office.


It's worth noting that if the lenses are taken out of production, you'll still be able to pick them up from retailers for some time until they sell all their new stock, and of course there's a used market.


Canon EF 70-200mm f / 4L IS II USM (Image courtesy of Canon)


Canon EF 85mm f / 1.2 L USM II (Image courtesy of Canon)

In February 2021, we saw Canon discontinue the Canon EF 40mm f / 2.8 STM, one of the best pancake lenses, and the Canon EF-S 60mm f / 2.8 Macro USM, announcing last month that Canon EF was joining them. The lenses are 200 mm f / 2L IS USM. If the two latest rumored opticians are truly noteworthy, it might seem that Canon is taking very big steps to push users towards mirrorless models.


This is potentially not a bad thing, as the new mirrorless technology provides better performance, image quality, and features such as internal image stabilization. But mirrorless lenses and cases are often much more expensive and will require SLR camera users to sell their existing kit and start over, which many don't want to do.


We've already seen Canon roll out mirrorless counterparts for both of the recently reported discontinuation rumors. The Canon RF 70-200mm F / 4L IS USM and Canon RF 85mm F / 1.2 L USM are groundbreaking and impressive opticians who consider themselves as a true boost from their digital SLR equivalents. There's even a Canon RF 85mm f / 1.2 L USM DS option, which has a defocusing anti-aliasing feature to produce one of the most buttery bokeh we've ever seen.


However, both the RF 70-200mm f / 4L and RF 85mm f / 1.2 L lenses are about 30% more expensive than their SLR counterparts, which is 50% more expensive for a DS lens. So is this a way for Canon to leave users no choice but to clear their throat and pay a premium for mirrorless cameras? With the advent of a large number of Canon patents for mirrorless lenses, this could certainly seem like it.

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