News recently broke that Viltrox, a brand known for their affordable lenses, has stopped manufacturing for the Canon RF mount after rumors that Canon had asked them to pull their products. Canon recently confirmed that news, and it certainly raises questions about the future of third-party lenses for their mirrorless cameras.
The German Photografix Magazin published a statement from Canon Germany on the issue:
SHENZHEN JUEYING TECHNOLOGY CO.LTD, manufactures auto focus lenses for Canon RF mount under the brand name “Viltrox”. Canon believes that these products infringe their patent and design rights and has therefore requested the company to stop all activities that infringe Canon’s intellectual property rights.
It is not clear what exactly about Viltrox lenses was infringing upon Canon’s patents and rights or if Canon plans to go after other companies with RF lenses on the market. Both Sigma and Tamron have been noticeably absent from Canon’s RF mount, and it is not clear when or if we can expect lenses from them. Canon has had their foot on the gas when it comes to lens design, with prices to match, and they may be trying to protect their own lineup, but if that’s the case, it isn’t clear just how strictly they plan to do so.