Canon opens up about licensing third-party RF lenses – but it's not plain sailing

Canon EOS R5 mount with a Lensbaby Spark 2.0
(Image credit: James Artaius)

Canon has opened up about why it’s made things so difficult for third-party manufacturers to produce RF-mount lenses. Up until recently, few existed and their absence meant Canon EOS R users were having to spend often huge amounts of money on RF glass. 

The best Canon RF lenses include the versatile Canon RF 24-70mm f/2.8L to the much more affordable Canon RF 24-105mm f/4-7.1 to the super high-quality (and very expensive) Canon RF 85mm f/1.2 USM. The one thing all these lenses have in common is they’re Canon-branded – and frustration has arisen among EOS R users as they yarn for more lens choices from other manufacturers to complement their photographic needs. 

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Hannah Rooke
Staff Writer

Having studied Journalism and Public Relations at the University of the West of England Hannah developed a love for photography through a module on photojournalism. She specializes in Portrait, Fashion and lifestyle photography but has more recently branched out in the world of stylized product photography. For the last 3 years Hannah has worked at Wex Photo Video as a Senior Sales Assistant using her experience and knowledge of cameras to help people buy the equipment that is right for them. With 5 years experience working with studio lighting, Hannah has run many successful workshops teaching people how to use different lighting setups.