Three new Canon RF lenses slated for release are delayed: report

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A purported internal Canon document shows that at least three additional RF lenses should have been in production at this point, but manufacturing issues and parts shortages delayed their release. The document further shows some goals that should be dropped.

Canon Rumors reports that several RF lenses that should have been announced and production started have been delayed and that a new release schedule is unknown as “announcement dates are likely a moving target within Canon themselves”.

An internal document obtained by Canon Rumors shows several lenses with an initial focus of an announcement in 2020 but which have clearly been delayed.

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The red rectangles, translated, indicate the objectives that must be “launched” within a certain time. As a result, the 600mm and 800mm f/11 lenses that were announced earlier this year have clearly moved away from the original 2020 timeline, as seen in the document above. Similarly, the Canon RF 18-45mm f/4-5.6 IS STM, RF 24mm f/1.8 IS STM Macro, and RF 100-400mm f/5.6-7.1 IS USM all had delays that initially indicated a target launch circa 2020. , but have been pushed much further into 2021. Chances are that if a more updated version of this document were to be seen today, these three goals would now show a 2021 to 2022 launch window.

Canon Rumors reports that while initial reports stated that these lenses would be available sooner, it is clear that the company was forced to postpone their launch. As it stands, Canon is already having issues with previously announced lenses, and on July 6 announced that several were experiencing demand exceeding production:

  • RF100-500mm f/4.5-7.1 IS USM
  • RF100mm f/2.8 L MACRO IS USM
  • RF400mm f/2.8L IS USM
  • RF600mm f/4 L IS USM
  • RF14-35mm f/4 L IS USM

Also of note and not mentioned in the Canon Rumors The report is the bottom section of this internal document shows the goals that are, translated, “destined to be abandoned”. This includes the Canon EF-S 18-200mm f/3.5-5.6 IS USM, EF-S 55-250mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM and EF-S 18 -135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM. As the chart shows, all three of these goals were scheduled to be dropped at the start of 2020, and all three have been.

Although the chart is cut, several other goals are listed in the same blue color, indicating that if they haven’t been dropped yet, they soon will be. This includes the Canon EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS II and the EF-S 10-18mm f/4.5-5.6 IS STM, both of which are currently available. The blue line seems to indicate the availability of these two lenses until 2021, so they probably won’t be discontinued anytime soon.


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