Turns Out, Photographers Like 3rd Party Lenses

Derrick Story
2 min readSep 19, 2022
Kamlan 50mm f/1.1 lens on an Olympus PEN F

In early September, articles began to surface about Canon putting pressure on 3rd party lens manufacturers regarding the RF mount. Apparently they weren’t keen on the idea of non-Canon optics on their mirrorless cameras.

I’m no longer a Canon shooter, but I am interested in how photographers respond to a world of only OEM glass. So in my weekly newsletter, I asked them. Turns out that most shooters want the option of using optics from a variety of manufacturers.

Source: The Nimble Photographer Newsletter

I mean really, I’m not surprised. In fact I would have been shocked if there was ambivalence about the lack of choice.

Right on the heels of the Canon news, Voigtlander announced the release of two more optics for the Nikon Z mount — the Nokton 40mm D f/1.2 and the Macro APO-Ultron D 35mm f/2.

If these trends hold (Canon locking down the RF mount and Nikon licensing the Z mount), could that in any way tilt the balance of power?

Only time will tell. But for me, I’m sticking with the mounts that allow 3rd party lenses. I have a Voigtlander 40mm f/2 Ultron in a Nikon F mount, and I love it. Like the two recent releases from Voigtlander, my lens includes the electronic contacts, so it’s at home on both my Nikon D610 and my Nikon FG 35mm film camera.

Voigtlander Ultron 40mm f/2 on a Nikon D610

Having this lens makes me want to shoot with these cameras. That seems so logical. Why would anyone approach this issue any other way?