Canon intends to shift its focus and resources into building a mirrorless catalog. While this entails manufacturing more mirrorless systems, it also includes Canon allocating its resources from EF mount to RF mirrorless mount.
As Canon shifts its focus, it’s discontinuing a few of its DSLR lenses. Namely, the EF 200mm f/2L IS USM is among the DSLR lenses on the chopping block. It’s one of Canon’s top pro lenses. Though it’s a quality lens, it isn’t for Canon’s RF mirrorless mount.
Canon discontinues the 200mm f/2L EF mount lens
Alongside the EF 200mm f/2L IS USM, Canon’s discontinued the 200mm f/2L. Currently, B&H lists the EF mount lens as discontinued on B&H. Canon’s official website lists the lens as unavailable. According to Fstoppers, “other prominent EF lenses are now listed as back-ordered with no ETA.”
Canon focuses its attention on RF mount
While the news is unfortunate for many EF mount users, it isn’t surprising. The market is shifting towards mirrorless systems. As this shift happens, Canon will eventually discontinue its DSLR-related products. Additionally, as FStoppers points out, “it seems reasonable that more esoteric professional lenses would be first to go.” We expect Canon will cease production of all EF lenses eventually.
According to Canon’s lens roadmap, the company plans to release a few replacements for the discontinued EF lenses. For instance, Canon recently patented an RF version of the 200mm f/2L.
You can still purchase all the EF mount lenses Canon discontinuing. However, as it works with all discontinued items, supplies will eventually become scarce. If you have plans on purchasing any of the lenses, it’s best to do it as soon as possible.