Recently, Canon banned the production and sales of some third-party lenses for its RF mount cameras. Many photography enthusiasts bemoaned the decision and claimed Canon would lose out because of it. Now that Canon has confirmed the prohibition, what does the future look like for its RF mount cameras and lenses?
Economics was never a particularly strong subject of mine when I was in high school, but I do remember some basic concepts such as supply and demand, cost-benefit analysis, and the impact of competition on the market. On that final point, the last decade or so has been wonderful for lens collectors, as many high-quality third-party lens manufacturers really started having an impact on the market. Companies such as Sigma, Tamron, Samyang, and Viltrox, to name a few, offered consumers cheaper options compared to native lenses, often with minimal loss in image quality. However, in Canon's case, the manufacture and sale of lenses for RF mounts has now been dramatically slowed, for reasons relating to patent infringement.
So, now that Canon has banned third-party lens manufacturers from making and selling lenses for Canon's RF mount cameras, what does the future look like for Canon and cameras that use this mount? That question brings us to this great video by Dave McKeegan, in which he discusses Canon's recent decision, the specific reasons behind it, and some of Canon's responses to the controversy. He also provides his view on where that leaves Canon and what its possible roadmap might look like heading into the future. It's a good watch and deserves your attention if you've been affected by this decision, as I have. What are your thoughts on all this?