Canon Third-Party AF, RF & RF-S lenses – It’s Happening!

Are you a passionate photographer looking for affordable lens options that can deliver exceptional auto focus performance? Look no further! Canon photographers rejoice as the market now offers a range of third-party auto focus (AF) lenses compatible with Canon camera bodies. Despite Canon’s dominance in the photography industry, third-party manufacturers have stepped up their game to provide budget-friendly alternatives that promise compatibility, excellent image quality, and swift autofocus capabilities. From renowned brands like Sigma, Tamron, and Tokina, the emergence of third-party AF lenses has created an exciting buzz among Canon users. In this blog, we will explore the growing phenomenon of Canon third-party AF, RF, and RF-S lenses, and highlight some popular options for you to consider.

Canon Third-Party AF, RF & RF-S Lenses – It’s Happening!

Are you impatiently waiting for New Canon RF glass for both the RFS and the RF Mount? What about third-party lenses with autofocus? Well, stick around after this short break for all the details.

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The Camera Insider said that Canon is prepared to release RF and RFS lenses at the end of September. Multiple people that we talked to have told us that we’ll see announcements in late September, and they’ll be for new RF and RFS lenses.

The Camera Insider didn’t happen to say what lenses we could expect to see, although they did tease us about some wide open fast Primes. Um, I don’t know, what could we potentially see? What lens is hotly anticipated? Could we see the 35 millimeter F1.2, or what about a 25 millimeter F1.2 or 1.4? Even a 1.8, and of course, an 11 to 24 millimeter. I personally would love to see that one. I’ve actually got the RF, or sorry, not the RFS, the EFS version of that, but boy what I’d love an RFS fast open 11 to 24 millimeter. And yes, L Series. I want it to be an affordable one, but that’s what I’d really love to see. But what about RFS? I think I know what you’d like to see. What about the 22 millimeter F2 or what about the 32 millimeter F1.4? Yep, I think that would be quite interesting. Just I mean if Canon can deliver just those lenses, I think we’d all be pretty impressed and I’d be excited. I think there’s something for everybody there, except for… yeah, you’re right, there’s no mention of a 24 to 70 F4 or some other telephoto or zoom or even tilt-shift. But I don’t know, I’m hopeful that we’ll get something that we’ll be excited about and hopefully it’s not just two lenses. They’ll give us a whole gaggle of them, something like four or five or even six lenses.

As far as camera bodies, The Camera Insider said no one knows if a camera announcement is possible, so that likely means there won’t be. However, these things can change quickly as more people are read in. The Meike 85 millimeter F1.4 was announced at NAB in 2023 earlier this year, and at that event, Meike said they have a third-party lens, the 85 millimeter F1.4, with autofocus. And that’s the big deal because so far, Cosina, everybody else was released and approved RF lens by Canon has been without autofocus. So this was the first one.

And they’ve released the 85 millimeter F1.4 for the Sony E-mount, for the Nikon Z mount, for a whole bunch of other mounts. But there’s been no, nothing at all in the ether about the Canon RF Mount, leading many of us to believe that hey, maybe it was a mistake, maybe they got reined in by Canon.

But this morning, Canon Rumors gave us an update. The Meike RF 85 millimeter F1.4 was shown to the world at NAB Show 2023 all the way back in April, but not much has been seen or heard since. It now appears that Meike is planning to announce the lens at the end of the month. And I hope it’s a big announcement. And when I mean a big announcement, I just don’t mean that they’re going to announce the lens. They’re going to have streamers and dancing girls and ladders and cars and, you know, just an incredible kind of Top Gear kind of festivity around this lens. No, what I’m hoping for is that they’re going to deliver an RF lens roadmap, giving us a glimpse into what they have planned for the future. Not just a single lens alone here in 2023, but a promise of what might come.

I know, I know, I know what you’re thinking. That we’re more likely to get a personal visit by Santa Claus or that the US federal government is going to announce that they have alien craft and alien bodies in their presence. Sorry, what? What, you’re kidding? Oh, um, so apparently the US federal government has already, to Congress, announced that they do have alien craft and bodies in their presence. So that’s rather disturbing that Canon still hasn’t presented us a roadmap regarding third-party lenses other than we have a few like Meike. Huh. You’re sure about that? Okay, so if the US federal government is able to announce, although there is some controversy around this, that they have alien craft and bodies, then what the heck is holding Canon back from approving third-party lenses for both RF and RFS with autofocus for Tamron and Sigma? Wouldn’t that be amazing? Well, that would certainly show up on the front page of the New York Times, The Washington Post, the Toronto Star, and the Evening Herald. Wow, that would be big news. That would be just, that would… that would break the internet, wouldn’t it?

Okay, yes, I’m being a little bit facetious here. Um, but it’s just striking to me that you can see really big news in the world and, you know, Canon is still holding back on announcing Sigma and Tamron lenses. Look, I’ll be the first to say that I love Canon L Series glass. I’ve got a lot of them. Look at this guy right here, this is the 100 to 500 millimeter F4.5 to 7.1. It’s a terrific lens and it’s not cheap. It’s nowhere in the vicinity of the 100 to 300 F2.8 at, what, $9500? But there’s a huge gap missing in Canon’s lineup. The L Series is, it’s, there’s a lot of good lenses there, but that affordable range from $600 up to about $1200, that’s a range that Canon hasn’t really populated much in their lineup. And I think that’s where Sigma and Tamron really come in. It’s not that they’re going to take Canon’s lunch because Canon, what they could do here, and I’ve said this before, they can sign a deal with Sigma and Tamron approving them to make RF lenses with autofocus but then saying, “Okay boys, I want you to stay away from top-level lenses. F1.2, you can do F1.4, but you can’t do F1.2, and you can’t touch 35 millimeters until we release our lens.” And I think that would be a big deal. And you know what? That would make everybody happy. Wow, we have an announcement. It allows me to plan my purchases. I know what’s coming, I know when it’s coming, and they don’t have to be precise. They can say, “Look for 2024, we’re going to release these lenses. For 2025, these lenses.” And I think that would get a lot of people excited. That’s really what I want to see. It’s just a little bit frustrating.

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Frequently Asked Questions about Canon Third-Party AF, RF & RF-S Lenses – It’s Happening!

1. What are third-party AF, RF, and RF-S lenses?

Third-party AF, RF, and RF-S lenses are camera lenses produced by manufacturers other than Canon, specifically designed to be compatible with Canon camera bodies. These lenses offer alternative options to Canon’s original lenses.

2. Why should I consider using third-party lenses?

There are several reasons to consider third-party lenses. They often provide similar or even superior features and image quality compared to Canon lenses. Additionally, third-party lenses are typically more affordable, allowing photographers on a budget to expand their lens collection without breaking the bank.

3. Are third-party lenses compatible with Canon cameras?

Yes, third-party AF, RF, and RF-S lenses are designed to be fully compatible with Canon cameras. They utilize Canon’s lens mount system and electronic connections to ensure proper communication and functionality with various Canon camera models.

4. Which third-party manufacturers produce AF, RF, and RF-S lenses?

Several renowned third-party manufacturers produce high-quality AF, RF, and RF-S lenses compatible with Canon cameras. Some popular brands include Sigma, Tamron, and Tokina, among others.

5. How do third-party lenses compare to Canon lenses in terms of quality?

Third-party lenses have come a long way in terms of quality and performance. While there may be differences in certain aspects, such as build quality and image rendering, many third-party lenses offer comparable or even superior image quality compared to Canon lenses. It’s always recommended to read reviews and do thorough research before purchasing a specific third-party lens.

6. Can I use third-party lenses for professional photography?

Absolutely! Many professional photographers use third-party lenses in their work. The decision to use third-party lenses ultimately comes down to personal preference, specific requirements, and budget considerations.

7. Where can I purchase third-party AF, RF, and RF-S lenses?

Third-party lenses are widely available at camera retailers, both brick-and-mortar stores and online marketplaces. You can browse reputable camera stores or visit official websites of third-party lens manufacturers to find the lens that suits your needs.

8. Are there any drawbacks to using third-party lenses?

While third-party lenses offer many advantages, there may be some drawbacks to consider. For instance, certain third-party lenses may lack the same level of weather sealing found in Canon lenses. Additionally, compatibility issues or firmware updates with newer Canon camera models may occasionally arise. It’s important to stay informed and choose a reputable brand to minimize potential issues.

9. Can I use Canon’s autofocus features with third-party lenses?

Yes, most third-party AF, RF, and RF-S lenses are engineered to support Canon’s autofocus (AF) features. They include autofocus motors and utilize the necessary electronic connections to ensure seamless compatibility with Canon camera autofocus systems.

10. Do third-party lenses come with a warranty?

Yes, most third-party lens manufacturers provide warranty coverage on their products. The duration and terms of the warranty may vary, so it’s essential to read the manufacturer’s warranty policy or contact their customer support for specific details.

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