Canon’s production of EF interchangeable lenses surpasses the 100 million mark


The world’s first lens-manufacturing milestone, Canon Inc. celebrates another proud achievement; producing its 100 millionth EF-series interchangeable lens for EOS cameras—an EF200–400mm f/4L IS USM Extender 1.4x.

Canon’s proprietary EF lenses was launched in March 1987 along with the EOS SLR camera system. Years after its first production, Canon continues to improve, leading the industry through the incorporation of a wide range of ground-breaking technologies

Currently, the company’s EF lens-series lineup comprises a total of 89 models. Aside from its enhanced lens offering, Canon has expanded the optical technologies incorporated in its EF lenses into new fields. The EF Cinema Lenses for digital cinematography was introduced in January 2012, and EF-M lenses for compact-system cameras in September 2012.

According to a survey conducted by Canon, from 2003 to 2013, Canon maintained the No. 1 market share worldwide within the interchangeable-lens digital camera market. In February 2014, marked another manufacturing milestone as combined production of its film and digital EOS-series interchangeable-lens cameras surpassed the 70-million-unit mark.