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I have been told that Canon had planned to make some sort of a splash ahead of CP+, which begins February 25, 2021, as a virtual show. The source claims that a new body was scheduled to be announced along with a couple of lenses. It now looks like that isn’t going to happen.
There is always a possibility of a development announcement for a camera or lenses, as those tend not to leak ahead of time. Development announcements don’t occur very often, and probably provide some headaches from the impatient type of consumer.
Below are three lenses that have been confirmed numerous times for the RF mount, and all of which will be significantly delayed due to manufacturing challenges. These are the only lenses that I had a confirmed time for an announcement.
- Canon RF 18-45mm f/4-5.6 IS STM
- This is an interesting lens, especially with its focal range. This tends to be held for APS-C sensor camera kit lenses. It was originally scheduled to be announced in the 1st quarter of 2021. This lens and what it actually is I find intriguing.
- Canon RF 24mm f/1.8 IS STM Macro
- This compact wide-angle macro lens was scheduled to arrive in Q4 of 2021, but it looks like it will be pushed back into 2022.
- Canon RF 100-400mm f/5.6-7.1 IS USM
- This CUSM lens was supposed to be announced at the end of the 2nd quarter of 2021, but it looks like it has been pushed back at least 6 months.
This is going to be a difficult year to pin down announcement dates, and I wouldn’t be surprised to see everything pushed to the second half of 2021 as manufacturing challenges should improve over the coming months.