Canon Lens Rumors

Backorders telling tales?

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Here’s the skinny
As most of you may know, I am behind Lens Rentals Canada along with the “Bank of Peter”.  Things have been going so well, that we’re ordering new stock almost daily.

This is a list of lenses that are nearly impossible to get from Canon and have followed the same stock issue path as the EF 70-200 f/2.8L IS before it was replaced. Heavy backorders, then most get filled. Then eternally backordered until an announcement.

24-70 f/2.8L
We need about 3 of these lenses a day, no joke. There was a few weeks in April that this lens was tough to get. Then a small flurry of stock came about and most backorders were filled in May. Now in June, folks all over Canada and other places around the globe have not been able to get the lens. Some backorders are going on 3 weeks.

I currently have a few on order from Canon Canada and will keep an eye on whether or not we get allocation of stock.

50 f/1.4
This lens has also been backordered in a lot of places. We cannot get our hands on any. I’m not overly upset about that, but I’d love a new one.

TS-E 24 f/3.5L  II :)
This lens takes about 2 months to get everytime I order it. It’s not being replaced, but it must be super popular.

All of this may mean nothing, or it could be the signs a lot of people are hoping for.


17 responses to “Backorders telling tales?”

  1. Just had a quick look around UK online retailers… the 24-70L seems to be indicated available in about 50% of places, and the 50mm f/1.4 is available everywhere. I wouldn’t say no to an update of both…

  2. I would take a guess that the TS-E is so special that production is only initiated when a number of orders have been collected.

  3. I agree with Welinder – it a niche lens with rather large elements (one of two lenses to have 82mm filter), so it’s production rate is probably low.

  4. Not that it necessarily means anything in terms of a replacement, but the 5D mkII is backordered in the UK right now too

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