It’s been more than three years since Nikon and Canon unveiled their first full-frame mirrorless cameras—the Z7/Z6 and EOS R, respectively—as well as the corresponding new lens mounts: Nikon’s Z mount and Canon’s RF mount. Simultaneously, of course, both companies introduced adapters to allow F-mount (Nikon) and EF-mount (Canon) lenses to be used with the newly announced camera bodies—and underwater housing manufacturers obligingly accommodated both the new and the old. But the writing was on the wall: A fresh army of mirrorless-mount lenses would eventually replace the venerable made-for-DSLR lenses of the “Big Two” camera companies.
The list of discontinued lenses has just grown a little longer this week, with Nikon Rumors reporting the demise of Nikon’s AF-S 105mm f/2.8 macro lens—at least according to Nikon Canada, who notified retailers. The AF-S 60mm f/2.8 macro is already listed as an “old product” on Nikon’s Japanese website, as is the DX-format AF 10.5mm f/2.8 fisheye. It’s a similar story for Canon, which has retired lenses such as its EF-S 60mm f/2.8 macro for cropped-sensor bodies, though the company seems to be phasing out its EF-mount lenses a little more slowly than Nikon.
Of course, none of this means that you won’t be able to get your hands on great underwater lenses for your Nikon DSLR or Canon DSLR from retailers such as Backscatter—at least for the time being. Still, if you’re sticking with your DSLR setup and there are one or two lenses you need to complete your kit, now wouldn’t be a bad time to invest.
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