Canon is rumored to be developing a new RF-S lens similar to the EF-M 11-22mm f/4-5.6 IS STM, which would be an ultra-wide angle lens that Canon’s APS-C mirrorless cameras desperately need to reach their full potential. While the Canon EOS R7 is one of the most capable APS-C cameras for wildlife and sports photography, and the EOS R10 is a great choice for beginners, their limited lens options are holding them back. Currently, only three RF-S lenses are available, and they are all moderate zoom lenses with modest maximum apertures. Canon needs to develop prime lenses and premium zooms to excite photographers and improve their game.
Nikon’s Z-mount mirrorless camera system is in a similar position to Canon’s, with only four APS-C lenses available. Both companies need to show more enthusiasm for APS-C by developing a broader range of lenses. Sony, on the other hand, has created a formidable choice of proprietary glass for both sensor formats, with 22 APS-C lenses and 46 full-frame options.
At the time of writing, Canon has 28 RF lenses for full-frame cameras and three RF-S lenses for APS-C cameras, while Nikon has 30 full-frame lenses and four APS-C lenses. Canon released the EOS R7 and EOS R10 only one year ago, so it can be excused for having only three APS-C lenses so far. However, Canon has a history of modest investment in this sensor format, and its EF-M mirrorless system has effectively been discontinued.
Nikon’s APS-C system was announced much earlier than Canon’s, in October 2019, with the Z50 and since then the Z fc and Z30 cameras, but still only has four lenses. Nikon has opened its arms to third parties, and a trio of excellent Sigma prime lenses for Z-mount recently hit the shelves, while Canon has remained closed.
An ultra-wide lens is crucial for APS-C cameras because full-frame lenses are compatible with them, but they are disproportionately large when attached to an APS-C camera. The crop also hampers those who want to shoot wide, which is why it’s essential to have a native ultra-wide angle lens that matches the sensor format with no crop. Canon’s rumored RF-S 11-22mm lens would be a great addition to their APS-C lens lineup.
In conclusion, Canon and Nikon need to show more enthusiasm for APS-C by developing a broader range of lenses. An ultra-wide angle lens is crucial for APS-C cameras, and Canon’s rumored RF-S 11-22mm lens would be a great addition to their APS-C lens lineup. With more lenses available, photographers can reach their full potential and improve their game.