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Canon celebrates 120 million interchangeable EF Lenses

Canon celebrates another key milestone in their photography, with the production of the company’s 120 million EF interchangeable lens for EOS cameras. Over the past few years, using Canon photography equipment and covering Canon photography topics, I had shared about their EF lenses growth from 80 million, 90 million, 100 million, 110 million and now 120 million EF interchangeable lens production!

My personal Canon EF lenses and EOS cameras had went through some changes recently, with some additions to my Canon EF Lenses line up while there were transactions (in and out) to my EOS cameras line up. I might share about my new line up of Canon EOS camera and EF lenses line up in the near future when things are a bit more settled down.

Do check out this interesting and useful Canon website to learn and know more about Canon EF Lenses – “The Eyes of EOS” Canon EF lens portal site at  www.canon.com/the-eyes-of-eos/

As I look forward ahead to more photographer explorer story telling with my Canon EOS cameras and EF Lenses, let me share with you more about Canon’s 120 million EF interchangeable lens for the EOS cameras from the press release information below –

Press Release 14th September 2016

Canon today announced the achievement of a new lens-manufacturing milestone with the production on August 26, 2016, of the Company’s 120-millionth EF-series interchangeable lens for EOS cameras—an EF100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS II USM telephoto zoom lens.

Production of interchangeable EF lenses for Canon EOS-series AF (Autofocus) single-lens reflex film cameras began in 1987 at the Company’s Utsunomiya Plant. Over the years, EF lenses have gained support from a wide range of users and production has since expanded to a total of four manufacturing bases, including Canon Inc., Taiwan; Canon Opto (Malaysia) Sdn. Bhd.; and Oita Canon Inc. in southern Japan.

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Source: Canon USA

EF lens production passed the 10-million-unit mark in 1995 and crossed the 50-million-unit threshold in 2009. In April 2014, the Company celebrated its first-in-the-world achievement of having manufactured 100 million EF lenses, and now, setting a new world record for the most interchangeable lenses produced, Canon manufactured its 120-millionth EF lens in August 2016. What’s more, Canon’s interchangeable-lens digital cameras (digital SLR and compact-system cameras), which utilize EF lenses, have maintained the No. 1 share of the global market for 13 consecutive years since 2003.1

Canon’s proprietary EF lenses, launched in March 1987 along with the EOS SLR camera system, have continued to evolve since their introduction, leading the industry through the incorporation of a wide range of innovative technologies, including such world’s firsts as the Ultrasonic Motor (USM), Image Stabilizer (IS) technology, a multilayered diffractive optical (DO) element, and Subwavelength Structure Coating (SWC) anti-reflection technology. The Company’s extensive EF lens-series lineup currently comprises a total of 97 models,2 including EF Cinema Lenses for digital cinematography.3

Canon will continue refining its imaging technologies centered on its EF lens lineup, striving to cater to the varying needs of photographers—from first-time users to advanced amateurs and professionals—while contributing to expanding the photographic and video imaging culture.

1 As of March 29, 2016, based on a Canon survey.

2 Including two EF lens extenders and three models available outside of Japan. As of September 7, 2016.

3 For more information visit “The Eyes of EOS” Canon EF lens portal site at  www.canon.com/the-eyes-of-eos/

Canon EF lenses equipped with world’s-first technologies

Model name Main features and technologies Launch date
EF300mm f/2.8L USM1 World’s first2 use of a lens-based Ultrasonic Motor (USM) Nov. 1987
USM technology delivers fast autofocusing thanks to its high torque and responsiveness. By converting ultrasonic vibrations into rotational energy, the technology makes possible quiet, smooth AF drive performance.
EF75-300mm f/4-5.6 IS USM3 World’s first2 use of Image Stabilizer (IS) technology Sep. 1995
Users can see the results of IS technology through the viewfinder. Delivering high precision and stability for exceptional image stabilization results, this technology expands the possibilities for handheld photography.
EF400mm f/4 DO IS USM4 World’s first2 use of a diffractive optical (DO) lens element Dec. 2001
Diffraction is an optical phenomenon in which light waves bend as they pass around the edges of an object. DO lens elements use this phenomenon to correct for a variety of aberrations by controlling the path that light travels.
EF24mm f/1.4L II USM World’s first5 use of Subwavelength Structure Coating (SWC) Dec. 2008
SWC technology minimizes reflections by aligning countless wedge-shaped structures more minute than the wavelength of visible light on the surface of a camera lens.
EF100mm f/2.8L Macro IS USM World’s first2 use of Hybrid IS, which compensates for both angle camera shake and shift camera shake Oct. 2009
Employing a newly developed algorithm, Hybrid IS optimally adjusts for camera shake based on information gathered by two sensors located in the lens. By precisely driving the optical correction system, the technology simultaneously corrects for angle and shift camera shake.
EF8-15mm f/4L Fisheye USM World’s first2 fisheye lens to deliver both 180-degree diagonal angle of view and 180-degree circular fisheye Jul. 2011
The EF8-15mm f/4L Fisheye USM enables the capture of images with dramatic deformations, exaggerated perspectives and extreme depths of field, making possible images that are significantly distorted, similar to what a fish might see were it to look skyward from under the water surface.

 

EF200-400mm f/4L IS USM Extender 1.4x World’s first2 super-telephoto zoom lens to employ an internal extender May 2013
Featuring a built-in 1.4x extender, the EF200-400mm f/4L IS USM Extender 1.4x’s zoom range can be expanded with a simple one-touch operation even in locations where users are unable to switch lenses.
EF11-24mm f/4L USM World’s first2 lens offering ultra-wide-angle 11 mm minimum focal length Feb. 2015
In addition to achieving the world’s widest angle of view starting at a minimum focal length of 11 mm, the EF11-24mm f/4L USM effectively corrects for aberrations commonly associated with ultra-wide-angle lenses, delivering superior image-quality performance.
  1. As of September 7, 2016, production for this lens has already been discontinued. Successor: EF300mm f/2.8L IS II USM (launched in August 2011).
  2. Among interchangeable SLR camera lenses.
  3. As of September 7, 2016, production for this lens has already been discontinued. Successor: EF70-300mm f/4-5.6 IS USM (launched in September 2005).
  4. As of September 7, 2016, production for this lens has already been discontinued. Successor: EF400 f/4 DO IS II USM (launched in November 2014).
  5. Among photography lenses.

 

90-millionth Canon EF Lenses

On 26th August 2012, I wrote and shared an article – 80-millionth Canon EF Lenses. Today, I am sharing with my readers here, 90-millionth Canon EF lens! On 23rd May 2013, Canon turned out its 90th million EF lens, an EF 24-70mm f/2,8 L II USM.

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Photo Courtesy of Canon Singapore

Let me share some information on the Canon EF lenses with my readers. Canon’s EF lens series was first introduced together with the EOS SLR camera system in March 1987, and has over the years led the industry through the incorporation of a number of innovative technologies, including such world’s firsts* such as the Ultrasonic Motor (USM) for use in lenses, Image Stabilizer (IS), a multi-layered diffractive optical (DO) element, and Subwavelength Structure Coating (SWC) anti-reflection technology. Production of interchangeable EF lenses for Canon EOS-series AF (autofocus) single-lens reflex cameras began in 1987 at the company’s Utsunomiya Plant, and has since expanded to a total of four production facilities including Canon Inc., Taiwan; Canon Opto (Malaysia) Sdn. Bhd.; and Oita Canon Inc. in Japan.

With the recent introduction of the Canon EF 200-400mm f/4 L IS USM with 1.4x Extender that I recently shared, the world’s first super-telephoto zoom lens with a built-in 1.4x extender that makes possible a 200–560 mm focal length range, along with EF Cinema Lenses for digital cinematography, Canon’s extensive EF lens-series lineup now comprises a total of 84 models.

Looking back between August 2012 and May 2013, I added something new to my current Canon DSLR and EF Lenses lineup too! Here’s my updated list –

Canon DSLRs

  • Canon EOS 1D Mk III
  • Canon EOS 30D w / BG-E2
  • Canon EOS 300D w / BG-E1 (Out on Loan)

Canon EF Lenses and Canon Accessories

  • Canon EF 17-40mm f/4 L USM
  • Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 II
  • Canon EF 28-80mm f/3.5-5.6 USM (On Loan)
  • Canon EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 (Out on Loan)
  • Canon EF 70-200mm f/4 L USM
  • Canon EF-S 55-250mm F4-5.6 IS
  • Canon EF 300mm f/2.8 L USM
  • Canon EF Extender 1.4x
  • Speedlite 580EXII

There are (still) some (more) Canon EOS DSLRs, Canon EF Lenses and accessories that I am planning (hopefully) to add on into my current setup

  • Canon EOS 1DX
  • Canon EOS 6D
  • Canon EOS 100D
  • Canon EF 200-400mm f/4 L IS USM with 1.4x Extender
  • Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8 L IS USM
  • Canon EF 40mm f/2.8 STM
  • Canon EF Extender 2.0x

The journey to complete the rest of my dream (planned) setup would take a longer time due to the investment costs involved, hopefully I am able to share my more stories along the way!

80-millionth Canon EF Lenses

The introduction of the Canon EOS M was a milestone achievement in Canon‘s illustrious and long history. On the 3rd August 2012, Canon achieved another milestone with the production of the 80-millionth Canon EF Lenses. I am a avid Canon user and adding quality Canon lenses is always on my mind to my current lineup of Canon EF Lenses.

Photo Courtesy of Canon Singapore 

Let me share some information on the Canon EF lenses with my readers. Canon’s EF lens series was first introduced together with the EOS SLR camera system in March 1987, and has over the years led the industry through the incorporation of a number of innovative technologies, including such world’s firsts* such as the Ultrasonic Motor (USM) for use in lenses, Image Stabilizer (IS), a multi-layered diffractive optical (DO) element, and Subwavelength Structure Coating (SWC) anti-reflection technology. Production of interchangeable EF lenses for Canon EOS-series AF (autofocus) single-lens reflex cameras began in 1987 at the company’s Utsunomiya Plant, and has since expanded to a total of four production facilities including Canon Inc., Taiwan; Canon Opto (Malaysia) Sdn. Bhd.; and Oita Canon Inc. in Japan.

What’s my current Canon DSLR and EF Lenses lineup ? Here’s my list –

Canon DSLRs
Canon EOS 1D Mk III
Canon EOS 30D w / BG-E2
Canon EOS 300D w / BG-E1 (Out on Loan)

Canon EF Lenses and Canon Accessories
Canon EF 17-40mm f/4 L USM
Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 II
Canon EF 28-80mm f/3.5-5.6 USM (On Loan)
Canon EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 (Out on Loan)
Canon EF 70-200mm f/4 L USM

Canon EF-S 55-250mm F4-5.6 IS

Speedlite 580EXII

There are some Canon EF Lenses and accessories that I am planning to add on into my current setup

Canon EF 300mm f/2.8 L USM

Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8 L IS USM

Canon EF Extender 1.4x

Canon EF 40mm f/2.8 STM

I am looking at a second hand Canon EF 300mm f/2.8 L USM lense since I am planning to go more active into sports photography and along with a Extender 1.4x, I can be versatile in both sports and wildlife photography. Let’s see how it goes, looking forward to share my story of getting another Canon EF Lense someday!