Do you need a new EF lens from Canon?


In a recent PetaPixel article, Canon Europe pro product marketing senior manager Richard Shepherd has been quoted to say that “should the market demand it, we are ready to create new EF lenses. But for now, our focus is on RF.”

Ted Forbes recent video in his YouTube channel has brought to my attetion the apparent switch of Canon development to the RF system. As a Canon use for more than 20 years, I have been invested into the EF system and have no inclination to enter the mirrorless in the coming years (Canon, Sony or whatever) so that statement sounds like a not-too-great news at first.

But then I sat back and thought – do I (or anyone photographer) needs more than what Canon has to offer right now (+what’s out there in the second market = more than 100 EF lenses used for SLR bodies)? And with more than 130 million lens pieces produced thus far, there is sufficient lens units for every consumer or professional photographer out there for the next 10-20 years.

And what will happen in 10-20 years? Well, the short answer is that no one really knows (anybody realized the 2000’s will be the digital revolution and that 2010’s will be the mirrorless revolution?) I can only guess that Canon mirrorless technology will mature or might evolve into the next big thing technology wise. By then all my current lens collection will already been well used and if needs be, I will shift to a different system be it Canon, Sony or whoever it will be.

So no problems and no fears on my side. Whatever developes in the coming 10-20 yeats, I’m quite satisfied with what I have now. 🙂


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