Canon celebrates significant milestone with production of 110 million interchangeable EF lenses
Canon today announced the achievement of a new lens-manufacturing milestone with the production on June 22, 2015, of the Company’s 110-millionth EF-series interchangeable lens for EOS cameras—an EF11-24mm f/4L USM ultra-wide-angle interchangeable zoom lens. The 110-millionth EF lens, an EF11-24mm f/4L USM (launched in February 2015), boasts a minimum focal length of 11 mm to achieve the world’s widest angle of view.
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 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 film cameras began in 1987 at the Company’s Utsunomiya Plant.
Canon EF lens production surpassed 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 110-millionth EF lens in June 2015. Canon’s extensive EF lens-series lineup currently comprises a total of 97 models, including EF Cinema Lenses for digital cinematography.