Well, this one’s a bit of a mixed bag. Over the weekend, Canon has updated its list of products delayed by supply chain issues and there also appear to be rumours of certain products being cancelled completely, to be reintroduced as a “refreshed” version in the future. It’s not much of a surprise that supply chain issues are still hitting Canon hard as the global silicon shortage is hitting a lot of companies and industries hard.
So, let’s tackle the official list from Canon Japan first. They’ve been having products delayed ever since this pandemic started, but now it’s getting pretty drastic with shiny new products like the Canon EOS R3 and the new RF 5.2mm f/2.8L Dual Fisheye lens announced only last week immediately going onto the list.
- RF100-500mm F4.5-7.1 IS USM
- RF100mm F2.8 L MACRO IS USM
- RF400mm F2.8 L IS USM
- RF600mm F4 L IS USM
- Ring type tripod mount E (B)
- RF14-35mm F4 L IS USM
- EOS R3
- Eye cup ER-h
- Eye cup ER-hE
- Strap ER-L1
- RF100-400mm F5.6-8 IS USM
- RF16mm F2.8 STM
- Lens hood EW-65C
- Multi-accessory shoe adapter AD-E1
- Speedlight transmitter ST-E10
- Multi-accessory shoe directional stereo microphone DM-E1D
- Multi-accessory shoe Smartphone link adapter AD-P1
- RF5.2mm F2.8 L DUAL FISHEYE
What’s perhaps a little odd is the accessories on the list that don’t include any kind of silicon in their manufacture at all. Things like the “Ring type tripod mount E (B)”, the ER-L1 strap and the EW-65C lens hood. Of course, when they’re accessories for other items on the list that do require silicon (like the tripod mount is for the RF 100mm f/2.8L macro), it makes sense that Canon would put them on the back burner. After all, if you can’t get the main items, there’s not much point in producing the accessories for them.
Even more interesting, though, is that Canon Rumors is reporting that some unnamed new products have actually been “cancelled”, although it sounds more like a combination of “postponed” and “we’ll work on them a bit more while we’re waiting”.
They say one source has told them that retailers were shown products last year that were never release to market and no longer appear on internal printed documents. Another source believes that the products have been pulled to be “refreshed” to meet higher expectations of the market when the supply chain is restored and will be announced then.
This might be why it’s taken so long to see an official 7D Mark II replacement and why we never saw one for the EOS M system, despite plenty of rumours. APS-C RF mount cameras are expected to be coming in 2022, and it’s possible that one of those could finally be a fast 7D sports & wildlife equivalent camera but unless the silicon issue is resolved by then (and it might not be) then those are likely to go straight onto the “Delayed” list, too.