Canon is beginning to let third events make RF mount lenses

In a latest interview at CP+ 2023, the crew from DPReview spoke with Canon about a variety of subjects. Two of them stick out specifically. First is that the Canon EOS R3’s Eye Management Autofocus system is coming to extra cameras. It’s unlikely it’ll come to present cameras, as I think about it requires particular {hardware} to have a look at your eye, however it is going to be coming sooner or later.

The opposite is that Canon seems to be stress-free its place somewhat on third-party lenses. Beforehand, it appeared that Canon was simply reducing all third events off. Now, it appears that evidently Canon just isn’t solely hinting that it’s going to license its mount know-how however particularly calls out Cosina as an authorised third-party producer capable of make RF mount lenses.

The information that Canon was reducing off third events upset a whole lot of photographers. I’d been contemplating switching to Canon’s RF Mount mirrorless system myself after over 20 years as a Nikon F mount shooter. However the lack of third-party native (which means not tailored) lenses and Canon’s obvious need to close them down put me off. And judging from the feedback after we coated Canon’s motion in the direction of Viltrox, I’m not the one one.

DPReview requested Canon how they plan to enchantment to customers who desire a wider number of lenses, together with third events:

Q: We regularly hear from readers who say they like Canon mirrorless cameras however desire a wider number of lenses, together with third celebration choices. How will Canon enchantment to those customers?

Canon: At any time when a 3rd celebration presents a request to us, we’ll think about it, based mostly on our enterprise technique. In reality, we’ve been speaking with some exterior firms, and you might already bear in mind that right here at CP+, Cosina has introduced that they are going to be creating RF lenses of their very own.

So, it appears like Canon is prepared to license the tech in any case. Perhaps this implies there’s some hope that we’ll truly see a few of that Sigma DG DN Artwork glass coming to RF mount in some unspecified time in the future. They might, and it seems like they’ve, take an analogous place to Nikon – who is just licensing lenses that don’t compete with their very own – however the truth that they’re letting any third events make lenses in any respect is an efficient begin.

On the subject of the Eye Management Autofocus discovered on the EOS R3, Canon says that it’s coming to extra cameras however that it’s going to take a while. Additionally they say that they wish to enhance the efficiency and value too.


Q: Many customers had been excited to see the return of eye-controlled autofocus on the EOS R3. Has the brand new eye-controlled AF met Canon’s expectations, and may we anticipate to see it on extra our bodies sooner or later?

Canon: It’s our mission as a digital camera producer to determine methods to make any digital camera system simpler and extra comfy to function. So, by way of the attention management system, or eye-controlled focus, we intend to deploy this to numerous different fashions as properly. On the similar time, we’d like to enhance the efficiency and value.

Nevertheless, the attention management system is one thing that takes a very long time to develop. It’s additionally a pricey machine to develop and manufacture, so we don’t want for purchasers to have overexcited expectations for speedy deployment to different fashions.

I can’t see this coming to present Canon our bodies, so don’t get your hopes up. The truth that it’s a “pricey machine to develop and manufacture” tells us that this isn’t one thing they’ve simply added into their cameras as commonplace, ready for them to jot down the code later – though, I suppose, it’s doable. Greater than probably, it will solely be coming to Canon’s future skilled and higher-end prosumer our bodies and never commonplace throughout the vary.

I believe it’s nearly definitely going to be coming within the legendary EOS R1 when it lastly will get introduced. Will it’s coming in an EOS R5 Mark II? An EOS R7 Mark II? Maybe, over the following few years, however I assume time will inform.

[via DPReview]