For al of you who prefer non-Canon lenses on Canon R-mount bodies:
Kind regards, Wim
Gear: Canon EOS R with 3 primes and 2 zooms, 4 EF-R adapters, Canon EOS 5 (analog), 9 Canon EF primes, a lone Canon EF zoom, 2 extenders, 2 converters, tubes; Olympus OM-D 1 Mk II & Pen F with 12 primes, 6 zooms, and 3 Metabones EF-MFT adapters ....
Licensing policy isn't very clear, however it seems they give a license for a specific lens, for instance Viltrox wants to sell Viltrox 16mmf1.8 in RF mount, they apply and might/might not get it and for this specific lens, for another lens they will have to go through the same process again.
It's not clear if Canon will give them the algorithm or not and it's not clear what would happen if Canon upgrades the autofocus algorithms, will they be automatically upgraded or at least get access to upgrades ?
Basically, they will only allow lenses that aren't in competition with their own offerings.
Which is quite pointless from a customer perspective. After all, customers want cheaper alternatives to their L-glass.
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"They may consider applications if it doesn't hurt their business" to me sounds extremely vague and NOT encouraging. So no reason to get any hopes up.
It may be irrational but the RF system does have a dead end feeling for me. Not like the EF-M system, mind you, but not healthy as well, and I'm kind of surprised that many people embrace it.
I'll also stay with my EF gear, though two items will have to go (still can't find the heart to put them up for sale, even though I need money).