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Canon clarifies on discontinued EF lenses

Canon is embarking on a wholesale ‘spring clean’ of its EF lens range, rather than signalling an retreat from DSLR support, according to some recent correspondence from  Canon Australia.

The mighty but venerable Canon EF 800mm f/5.6L IS USM is among the list of discontinued lenses.

Inside Imaging reported last week on the long list of Canon EF/EF-S lenses heading for the chop, based on overseas rumours. Some websites have concluded this is some kind of DSLR desertion, but that’s apparently not the case. Some of the discontinued lenses date back to the 1990s.

From Canon Australia: Canon has around 80 lens options for creators to choose from – only 22 of which are RF at this time. Over the past two years, we’ve been focused on building out our range of RF lenses to expand the creative possibilities of our R-System consumers, however our commitment to supporting our EF lens range is unwavering. It’s true, Canon has recently discontinued select EF lenses in our range, however this is a process of series optimisation, not an indication of us abandoning EF lenses. Lenses that have been recently discontinued are lenses that have multiple versions available; comprise technology that’s been superseded by other available options; or, are low volume lenses. There are still many options for creators to choose from in our EF range, while our RF range continues to expand.

Here’s the list of discontinued lenses again, with original release dates added:

Already discontinued:
Canon EF-S 10-22 f/3.5-4.5 USM (2007)
Canon EF 14mm f/2.8L USM II (2007)
Canon EF-S 15-85mm f/3.5-5.6 IS USM (2009)
Canon EF-S 17-55mm f/2.8 IS USM (2006)
Canon EF-S 18-200mm f/3.5-5.6 IS USM (2008)
Canon EF 24-70mm f/4L IS USM (2012)
Canon EF 24mm f/2.8 IS USM (2012)
Canon EF-S 35mm f/2.8 IS STM Macro (2012)
Canon EF 40mm f/2.8 STM (2012)
Canon EF-S 55-250 f/4-5.6 IS STM (2013)
Canon EF-S 60mm f/2.8 Macro USM (2005)
Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L USM (1995)
Canon EF 70-200mm f/4L IS USM II  (2018)
Canon EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6L IS USM (2010)
Canon EF 85mm f/1.2L USM II (2006)
Canon EF 85mm f/1.8 USM (1992)
Canon EF 100mm f/2 USM (1991)
Canon EF 135mm f/2L USM (1996)
Canon EF 180mm f/3.5L USM (1996)
Canon EF 200mm f/2L IS USM (2008)
Canon EF 300mm f/4L IS USM (2010)
Canon EF 800mm f/5.6L IS USM (2008)

To be discontinued ‘some time in 2021’ according to Canon Rumors:
Canon EF 35mm f/2 IS USM (2012)
Canon EF 300mm f/2.8L IS USM II (2010)
Canon EF 400mm f/4 DO IS USM II (2014)
Canon EF 500mm f/4L IS USM II (2011)


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