Viltrox consultant stories Canon instructed the corporate ‘to cease promoting all RF mount merchandise’: Digital Pictures Overview


Two weeks in the past, DPReview discussion board member Stig Nygaard made a put up within the Canon EOS R Speak discussion board inquiring why the product web page and all accompanying info surrounding Viltrox’s AF 85mm F1.8 lens for RF mount cameras was not accessible.

Over the next days, numerous discussion board members speculated the explanation all point out of the product was eliminated, with many coming to the identical conclusion – that Canon should’ve instructed Viltrox to stop promoting the product or face some type of authorized consequence. Because it seems, that seems to be precisely what occurred, in accordance with a Viltrox consultant.

The unique discussion board put up from Stig Nygaard.

Two days in the past, on August 27, DPReview discussion board member lowkeyguyo shared a put up with a picture exhibiting a dialog he had with a Viltrox consultant on Instagram. In it, the Viltrox consultant stated the corporate has ‘been instructed by Canon to cease promoting all RF mount merchandise.’ As such, it ‘won’t launch RF associated info on the official [Viltrox] web site’ and suggests individuals who want firmware updates for Viltrox’s RF mount lenses electronic mail ‘data@viltrox.com’ as an alternative.

The consultant went on to say it’s ‘not the primary firm to be stopped’ and says it will rethink ‘if Canon opens up permissions sooner or later.’ In a remark to DPReview, a Canon consultant stated ‘No remark right now.’ We’ve got additionally contacted Viltrox for additional info

The follow-up put up from lowkeyguyo with a screenshot exhibiting the Instagram DM dialog he had with a Viltrox consultant.

Assuming the knowledge from the consultant is true, it’s nonetheless unclear why Canon would challenge such a warning. Previous stories have prompt Samyang acquired an identical discover from Canon after saying its 14mm F2.8 and 85mm F1.4 AF RF-mount lenses. It’s unclear whether or not third-party lens producers utilizing digital connections with Canon’s RF-mount alone is the difficulty or whether or not it’s the code, reverse-engineered or in any other case, enabling AF that’s inflicting the difficulty.

Because it stands, with Viltrox’s 85mm F1.8 AF lens out of the dialogue, solely handbook RF-mount lenses stay accessible to buy from third-party producers (barring second-hand gross sales elsewhere). This alone suggests some type of limitation with both the code required to energy the AF performance contained in the lenses or a problem with utilizing {the electrical} contacts in any respect.

The Viltrox 85mm F1.8 AF lens makes use of the 12-contact array utilized by first-party Canon RF mount lenses.

DPReview discussion board member antonio-salieri notes the lens’ metadata exhibits it as a Canon EF 85mm F1.8 in captured photos, which may recommend Viltrox is illegally utilizing older EF-mount code from Canon’s personal 85mm F1.8 lens to energy the AF protocols in its AF lens. This, nevertheless, has by no means been confirmed and sure by no means will likely be, until Canon or Viltrox explicitly come out and say as a lot.

What is evident is that until Canon reverses course and begins licensing its AF protocol expertise to third-party producers, it seems as if any third-party lenses with native RF-mount AF help received’t be making it to market.

Apparently, the Viltrox AF 85mm F1.8 RF II Lens for Canon RF continues to be accessible to buy from B&H Picture for $399, though it’s not clear how for much longer you’ll be capable to buy it.

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