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Canon production delays to be resolved by March?

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UPDATE: We previously reported that Canon was experiencing production delays that had caused the company to push back a new camera announcement that was originally planned for the CP+ 2021 trade show. With the events of 2020 having hit many major manufacturers, we were expecting these issues to continue for quite a while.

However, it seems Canon might be able to resolve these manufacturing delays sooner than we initially thought. Canon Rumors has reported that Canon has spoken to multiple retailers across Europe, Canada and the United States, informing them that "the camera and lens inventory issues will likely be resolved by the end of March". 

While it's not likely that this means that we'll be seeing a new camera launch from Canon within the next couple of months, Canon Rumors does state that we could look forward to new "major" camera and lens announcements around June. 

ORIGINAL STORY (16 Feb): Throughout 2020, multiple camera companies were hit with manufacturing delays and difficulties that made fulfilling demand a little trickier. Unfortunately, it seems that this is extending into 2021, with new reports suggesting that Canon is having to delay a new camera announcement that was originally planned for the CP+ show. 

Apparently, Canon was originally planning to announce a new camera body and a couple of lenses at CP+, which was due to begin on 25 February. However, due to "manufacturing challenges", these plans have now had to be cancelled.

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According to rumor website Canon Rumors, there is a possibility that the announcement could still go ahead, with Canon announcing the development of the product, rather than the release. However, as Canon Rumors states ,"development announcements don't occur very often, and probably provide some headaches from the impatient type of consumer". 

While there isn't any concrete information on the camera body that was rumored to be announced at CP+, there were a few lenses that had been previously confirmed for the Canon RF roadmap that could have the rumored pieces of glass at CP+.

Apparently, we could have seen the Canon RF 18-45mm f/4-5.6 IS STM, the Canon RF 24mm f/1.8 IS STM Macro or the Canon RF 100-400mm f/5.6-7.1 IS USM. However, it seems that we might have to wait until later in the year until we see once of these lenses appear.

Canon Rumors goes on to say that they "wouldn't be surprised to see everything pushed to the second half of 2021, as manufacturing challenges should improve over the coming months". Essentially, it seems that we will still be seeing some new Canon kit in 2021 – but it might just be a little later than originally planned.

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