Canon Inc. has recently achieved two significant production milestones in the world of photography.
In March, Canon reached a cumulative total of 110 million Electro Optical System (EOS) Series interchangeable-lens cameras, and in May, it surpassed 160 million RF/EF series interchangeable lenses.
The 110 millionth EOS series camera produced was the EOS R6 Mark II, which was released in December 2022. This particular model exemplifies Canon’s pursuit of “Speed, Comfort, and High Image Quality.” On the other hand, the 160 millionth interchangeable lens was the RF 100mm F2.8 L MACRO IS USM, introduced in July 2021.
The EOS Series debuted in March 1987 alongside the EF series of interchangeable lenses. It marked the world’s first fully-electronic mount system for silver halide film AF SLR cameras. Since then, Canon has been at the forefront of digital SLR camera innovation, starting with the groundbreaking EOS 300D (EOS Digital Rebel or EOS Kiss Digital) in September 2003. This model revolutionized the industry and paved the way for digital SLR video recording.
Canon’s dedication to expanding the boundaries of visual expression led to the introduction of the next-generation EOS R System in October 2018. By continuously expanding its lineup of attractive products that meet diverse needs, Canon has maintained its position as the world’s number one share leader in digital SLR cameras for over 20 years, from 2003 to 2022. This achievement was further solidified with the production of the 110 millionth EOS series camera in March 2023.
Since the release of the EF lenses in March 1987, Canon has continuously pushed the boundaries of imaging technology. The EF lens lineup has incorporated numerous innovative technologies, including the Ultrasonic Motor (USM), Image Stabilizer (IS) technology, and a multilayered diffractive optical (DO) element.
With the addition of the RF Lens, introduced as part of the EOS R System in 2018, Canon’s lens offerings have expanded to include a total of 115 models. These lenses leverage a large aperture and short-back focus, along with a high-speed signal transmission system, to achieve unprecedented high image quality. The recent celebration of the production of 160 million EOS series interchangeable lenses highlights Canon’s commitment to advancing imaging technology.
Canon remains committed to refining its proprietary imaging technologies and expanding its EOS series along with its RF and EF lens lineup. The company aims to push the boundaries of imaging and contribute to the further development of photographic and video imaging culture.
The EOS series has evolved over the years, with each new model catering to a wide range of user needs. From professionals with the EOS-1 series to entry-level photographers with the EOS 500 (EOS Rebel XS or EOS Kiss), Canon has consistently delivered innovative products. The company’s dedication to visual expression led to the launch of the EOS R System in 2018, which opened new possibilities in photography and video capture.
Canon’s RF and EF lens lineup continues to impress with world-first technologies. The lenses offer exceptional image quality, whether it’s the fast f/2 aperture across the entire zoom range of the RF 28-70mm F2 L USM or the high image quality and portability of the RF 100-300mm F2.8 L IS USM telephoto zoom lens.
With 115 lenses in its RF and EF lineup, Canon caters to a wide range of photography needs. From ultra-wide-angle to super-telephoto lenses, and even lenses for video production, Canon ensures that users have access to the perfect lens for their creative endeavors.
As Canon celebrates these production milestones, the company remains dedicated to advancing imaging technology and meeting the diverse needs of photographers and videographers worldwide.