Canon EF Dead? Hardly…

The news hit like a ton of bricks. Especially for folks who read only headlines. 

There it was, “Canon is no longer going to develop new EF lenses, choosing instead to focus their efforts towards their mirrorless RF lineup.” 

The horror! The death of DSLR and the rise of Mirrorless is complete! They’re admitting it! THE HORROR!!! 

Not so fast. They didn’t really say that.  

The truth is that while Canon has announced it has no plans to develop new EF lenses, they will still build, sell, and support the glass they’ve already developed. You know, all of our favorites! And before we get too worked up, let us recall that Canon already took the entirety of 2019 off from EF development.

The focus going forward is towards the company’s mirrorless RF lenses, which were introduced in 2018. Photographers who bought into the first round of Canon mirrorless currently have in the neighborhood of ten lenses to choose from. Likely these folks will be happy with a continued focus on RF development. 

Some might argue this is the beginning of the end for DSLR. Like back when EF lenses killed off FD. And maybe it is. But, is it really that big of a deal at this time? Canon’s EF line has over 30 years worth of quality lenses. 

Canon left the proverbial door open, too, stating that market demand could change this decision. 

And, it might. Want to help make some noise? 

Kenton Krueger








Kenton Krueger has spent the past several years guiding backpackers, hikers and photographers into the wild places of the American West such as Grand Canyon, Yellowstone, Yosemite, Glacier, Katmai, Zion and Bryce Canyon National Parks, as well as internationally in Costa Rica & Brazil. In addition to backpacking and camping, his adventures include rock climbing, exploring the slot canyons of southern Utah, mountain biking, and bagging 14ers in Colorado’s San Juan Mountain Mountain Range. Kenton is a trail runner, former pilot, and has had several of his writings and photographs published in the Omaha World-Herald newspaper. Kenton looks forward to utilizing his years of guiding experience, combined with his passion and experience behind the lens to provide memorable and unforgettable experiences at the wild places we will visit together.