Since the story broke last week that Viltrox was told by Canon to cease making any auto focus lens for the RF mount, there has been a lot of chatter for obvious reasons. The lack of RF native auto focus third party lenses has become a growing concern amongst shooters.
One of the good things to come from multiple folks covering this issue, is people begin to talk a bit more candidly about the topic at hand.
I have spoken to two quality sources on the topic, from completely different geographical locations and they both have said very similar things.
The big one being, Canon has no plans to give permission to third party manufacturers to utilize their RF mount patents as they pertain to electronics and auto focus anytime in the near future.
We have been told that there are a few reasons for this, and please don't shoot the messenger.
One of the sources said not to expect anything from the third-party manufacturers until late 2024 at the earliest, and that not every manufacturer is going to be given the opportunity to make RF lenses.
Until Canon releases an official statement, please take the above report accordingly. We're hoping that this run of stories will push Canon to be more transparent on the topic in the near future. More to come in the future !!!!!!!
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