90 – Million Canon Lenses

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.

New Firmware for Discontinued Canons

Canon has updated firmware for both the discontinued EOS-1D Mark IV and the EOS-1Ds Mark III so that they will work correctly with the new EF 200-400 f/4L IS 1.4x lens.

Canon EOS 1D Mark IV - Version 1.1.3 enables the center AF point to autofocus when the camera is used with the EF 200-400mm F4L USM Extender 1.4X lens and an Extender, whose combined maximum aperture is f/8. Also fixes a phenomenon in which abnormal images may result when continuous shooting mode is enabled and the image size is set to “RAW” or “RAW+JPEG.

Canon EOS 1DS Mark III – Version 1.2.2 enables the center AF point to autofocus when the camera is used with the EF 200-400mm F4L USM Extender 1.4X lens and an Extender, whose combined maximum aperture is f/8.


Full Moon Photo Walk from Kirby Cove

With tripods ready, Sandy, Jane and the rest of the group wait for the rising moon .

Thank you to everyone who participated in our moonrise over San Francisco photo walk Friday evening.

The weather was almost too perfect for our full moon shoot as I much prefer having some interesting clouds in the photos but at least the fog stayed away!

Our tripods were set up on Kirby Cove Beach, a beautiful vantage point just west of the north tower of the Golden Gate Bridge where we had a breath-taking water’s edge view of the bridge and the city skyline.

Conrad aims his Canon 300mm f2.8 with a 1.4 converter at a passing container ship.

Right on schedule, the moon made its appearance, here rising above the Bank of America building.

Most of us continued shooting well into the night as the moon rose above the Golden Gate Bridge.

Come join us for future photo walks! Michael from the Walnut Creek store leads one a month which you can access through the Events tab on the left of this page. Sign up early as they all fill up very quickly.