I think they screwed up the lens rollout.
They should have, from day one, offered a viable MILFF-native line for SOME kind of shooter,.
They could have started with reportage/general, with a trinity of some kind, but only gave us the mid zoom of an f/4 trinity.
They could have also started with a street outfit of lenses that prioritize small size, sturdiness, and IQ above spec and cost: awesome 21/2.0 24/2.0 28/1.8 35/1.4 50/1.4 90/2 and 135/2.8. But nada.
They could have started with halo lenses, ones with specs so high or novel they almost don't make sense, and did so with the 28-70/2.0 (still looks like a typo to me), 85DS, and 50/1.2 the resolution king. It could also include 35/1.0, 135/1.4, etc. But it was odd to go overboard offering even two of these on day one.
They could have started with amateur lenses that prioritize cost and fun features over size, sturdiness and IQ, like the 35/1.8 macro.
Finally they could target sports or nature shooters with teles.
Instead they offered one reportage/general lens, two halos, and an amateur. What amateur would buy a camera for which they could only get one lens? What reporter would buy a camera for which they could only get the middle of a trinity? What street photog would buy into RF even today? And while moneybags enthusiasts might buy every halo lens that comes out, that's not a lot of buyers.
I still shoot with the R, and am waiting for something to exceed 50MP for landscape work before upgrading. The R's lack of huge sales isn't down to the camera. The camera's OK for serious amateur use and delivers fantastic images. The problem, instead, is that NO TYPE OF BUYER COULD REALLY CONSIDER THE R FOR A YEAR BECAUSE NO TYPE OF BUYER HAD THE LENSES THEY'D NEED AVAILABLE.