In a report from PetaPixel, more information about the discontinuing of Canon EF and EF-S lenses has become apparent. While here at CanonRumors we've already labeled most of these lenses as discontinued. But, investigating this more and it's painfully noticeable that slews of EF and EF-S lenses are now officially on a discontinued page for Canon Japan.
As CanonNews mentions;
Currently, Canon Japan has 27 EF lenses, 6 EF-S lenses, and 7 EOS-M lenses available. Everything else is on a page called “生産終了した商品情報” which machine translates into “Discontinued Product Information”.
Before when I at least looked at this, Canon was tagging these lenses as “not available” or “back ordered”, however, now, there's no doubt that Canon has officially done away with manufacturing these lenses. When Canon Japan lists them as discontinued – They're dead, Jim.
I do believe that while Canon is quietly discontinuing many EF and EF-S lenses, not just due to Canon's desire to move people to RF, even though that most likely figures into a large part of their calculus. However other factors may have contributed to the acceleration of the discontinuations;
- increased labor costs since many of the older lenses are hand-assembled and not assembled mostly by automation
- the supply shortages have led Canon to perform triage on what lenses get the parts – RF or EF lenses.
Interestingly, EOS-M lenses are not being discontinued, and as a matter of fact, there are now more EOS-M lenses manufactured than EF-S lenses. Take that tidbit of information as you will.
As far as the lenses that Canon Japan states are still being produced (for now), the list can be found here: https://cweb.canon.jp/ef/lineup/
It's no surprise to me that M lenses continue to be produced, as the cameras sell extremely well, especially in Asia.
Guys... c'mon... seriously?
Have a look at the top 6 best-selling ILCs in Japan last month:
Two M-series MILCs on top, and three APS-C DSLRs close behind, four of the five kitted with two EF-M or EF-S lenses.
But hey, probably just a flesh wound. :rolleyes:
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24mm F1.4L ii
35mm F1.4L ii
400mm F2.8L iii
600mm F4L iii
I haven't seen any mention of zooms being discontinued.
2. It seems to me, when I read the 'EF-M bodies are dead' comments on this forum, that many of those who hold those opinions WANT the EF-M format buried. I do not understand that logic...at all...unless (leading to #3)
3. ...unless they have never used the M6MkII--which is a marvelous camera. In fact, may I supply the following thought: Most of the EF-M naysayers have never owned any EF-M camera...and probably never will. That's OK with me...and my entire family, including two daughters who have become quite skilled with their M's
4. Even with Canon introducing a cropped-sensor body that accepts RF lenses, there is still a place for updates to the best-selling M's
I can see Canon reusing the optical formula with new body & electronics, but I'd expect a rumor saying Canon is going to release the whole bunch in TS-R.
They still have the TS-E17, 24, 50, 90 and 135mm in production.
it's the older ones that were discontinued.
I'll put that in the article though.
For what it's worth I have the original M50 and a handful of M mount lenses and I think they're brilliant in the right situation. Fantastic value for money. But that doesn't change my opinion that Canon gave up on the M mount 3 years ago. Sales volume and profit are two totally different things unfortunately. I'd love to see them bring the M mount back, but how anyone can be holding out hope at this point is beyond me.
While I would love a 15-50mm F2.8 for it, maybe one day Sigma will put the EOS-M mount on theirs.
While sales and profit are driving factors, so is marketshare and Canon cares a lot about that.
Your post makes it sound like they have discontinued it - they haven't.
With a bunch of EF(-S) lenses and the phenomenal EF-M 32 they deliver if you are fine with 24 MPix and FullHD. And the sparse number of buttons :)