Canon has shared some incredible news! Canon has hit two major production milestones, a cumulative total of 110 million EOS Series interchangeable-lens cameras in March and 160 million RF/EF series interchangeable lenses in May. The 110 millionth EOS series camera was a EOS R6 Mark II, and the 160 millionth interchangeable lens was a RF100mm F2.8 L MACRO IS USM. Talk about a lot of Canon cameras and lenses!
Canon EOS, or Electro Optical System, is also the name of the Greek goddess of the dawn. Canon’s EOS system debuted alongside the EF series of interchangeable lenses in March 1987 with the launch of the EOS 650, the world’s first fully-electronic mount system for silver halide film AF SLR cameras.
As silver halide cameras boomed, Canon launched several models covering a wide range of user needs, including the EOS-1 in 1989, aimed at professionals, and the EOS Kiss (EOS Rebel XS or EOS 500 in other regions) in 1993. Then in 2003, during the early years of the digital camera age, the Canon released the groundbreaking EOS Kiss Digital (EOS Digital Rebel or EOS 300D Digital in other regions), an entry-level digital SLR camera that realized a compact, lightweight body at an affordable price. This move would trigger a massive expansion of the camera market, with the later release of the EOS-1D Series for professionals and the EOS 5D series, which helped popularize video capture using SLR cameras.
In October 2018, Canon launched the EOS R System, which includes the inaugural EOS R and the EOS R5 released in July 2020, along with the EOS R3 and the EOS R100 in November 2021, thus expanding the company’s product lineup. In addition, Canon launched the EOS VR System, designed to record video for virtual reality content, in December 2021. With the launch of these products and technologies, Canon is tirelessly pursuing new possibilities for visual expression!
Launched alongside the EOS series was the release of the first EF lens in March 1987. Since the release, Canon has produced EF lenses featuring world-first technologies, such as the EF75-300mm f/4-5.6 IS USM with image stabilization in 1995, the EF400mm f/4 DO IS USM with a DO lens in 2001 and the EF24mm f/1.4L II USM, treated with highly antireflective Subwavelength Structure Coating (SWC6) in 2008. In 2018, Canon released the RF28-70mm F2 L USM, a standard zoom lens to achieve the world’s first fast f/2 aperture across the entire zoom range, and in May 2023, the released the RF100-300mm F2.8 L IS USM large-diameter telephoto zoom lens that realizes both high image quality and portability.
Today, Canon boasts 115 lenses in its thriving RF and EF lens lineup that comprises such lenses as an ultra-wide-angle 5.2 mm focal length lens, an 1200 mm focal length super-telephoto lens and EF Cinema Series lenses for video production. With a wide selection of lenses for every purpose, including zoom lenses, IS-equipped lenses, fast-aperture lenses, macro lenses, VR lenses and even the TS-E tilt-shift lenses, Canon boasts a stunning collection for every kind of creative!
Congratulations Canon on this incredible feat!
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