Canon has announced the achievement of a new lens manufacturing milestone – production of the company’s 90-millionth EF-series interchangeable lens. This new milestone comes just over nine months since Canon announced the production of the 80-millionth lens in August 2012, highlighting the significant demand and continued popularity of the EF lens range.
Over the past 26 years Canon has been at the forefront of the imaging industry, driving demand with cutting-edge innovation. Production of Canon’s signature interchangeable EF lens series began in 1987 at the Utsunomiya Plant, Japan, when the series was introduced together with the EOS SLR camera system.
Since then, the global demand for Canon’s EOS products and lenses has continued to gather pace and in 2011 there was only nine months between the increase from 60 to 70 million units manufactured. In order to meet this demand, Canon scaled up its production with facilities across Taiwan, Malaysia and Japan.
Since production of Canon EF lenses began in 1987, the following lens production milestones have been reached:
- 1995: Production of EF lenses surpasses 10 million units.
- 2001: Production of EF lenses surpasses 20 million units.
- 2006: 30 million EF lenses produced.
- 2008: 40 million-unit milestone reached in April.
- 2009: 50 million units produced.
- 2011: 60 million units reached in January.
- 2011: Production of EF lenses rises by 10 million in just nine months to reach the 70 million mark in October.
- 2012: 80 million units reached in August.