Canon has increased the base price of several of its RF and EF lenses for the second time in the last five months. The increase is modest in most cases and is likely due to the global shortage of parts.
Spotted by Canon Rumors, the price increase affects five RF lenses and six EF lenses. Most of the price increases are between $100 and $200.
RF Lens Price Increases
Canon is increasing the price of five RF lenses across a range of focal lengths. The RF 24-105mm f/4 L IS USM has jumped $200 to $1,299 and the RF 70-200mm f/4L IS USM has also increased by $200 to $1,799. The RF 100-500mm f/4-7.1L IS USM, RF 600mm f/11 IS STM, and RF 800mm f/11 IS STM all have seen their prices increased by $100 to $2,899, $799, and $999 respectively.
EF Lens Price Increases
Six EF lenses are seeing a price increase and it is here that there is considerably more disparity between how much it is depending on the lens. For example, the EF 85mm f/1.8 USM is seeing a small price bump of $80 to $499. The EF 16-35mm f/4L IS USM, EF 24-105mm f/4L IS II USM, EF 35mm f/1.4L II, and EF 70-200mm f/4L IS II USM are all seeing a $200 increase to $1,299, $1,299, $1,999, and $1,499 respectively.
The last increase at first appeared somewhat more dramatic, but has been corrected. The EF 200-400mm f/4L IS USM with the built-in 1.4x extender briefly was listed with a substantial $1,000 increase, but has settled back down to $11,099, just a $200 increase.
The Second Set of Price Increases in Five Months
Of note, most of these lenses are on backorder through most dealers already, but photographers who are in the market for any of them should jump on the lower prices if they haven’t been updated yet. For example, at the time of publication, Amazon had not yet noted the price increase on the RF 100-500mm f/4-7.1L IS USM.
Canon doesn’t go out of its way to advertise increases in price, and this set of changes is the second time it has implemented such a change in the last five months. In September, Canon increased the prices of several lenses and some cameras. At the time, a PetaPixel source said the changes were due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic and its associated costs, but Canon declined to officially comment. It can likely be assumed that the price increase this time can be attributed to similar reasons.
PetaPixel reached out to Canon with regard to this recent group of price increases, but the company declined to comment.