Yesterday Canon celebrated the production of their 60 millionth Electro Focus lens, achieved 4 weeks ago during the production of an EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6L IS USM.
Starting 24 years agon in 1987 Canon had already produced 50 million EF lenses until December 2009, adding the additional 10 million lenses in just 13 months time – the current lineup consists of 65 lenses.
There have been many advances in EF lens technology:
In 1987 the first lens with Ultrasonic Motor – the 300mm f2.8L USM – was introduced for professional sports and wildlife photographers.
In 1995 Canon launched the first interchangeable Image Stabilized lens – the 75-300mm f4-5.6 IS USM for sports and wildlife enthusiasts.
In 2001 the first lens to incorporate Canon’s multi-layered diffractive optics elements launched – the 400mm f4 DO IS USM for professional sports and wildlife photographers on the move.
2008 saw the first lens to use SWC (Subwavelength Structure Coating) – the 24 mm f1.4L II USM for professional landscape photographers.
The world’s first lens with Hybrid IS was launched in 2009 – the 100mm f2.8L Macro IS USM for close-up macro photography.
Most recently, in 2010, Canon unveiled the world’s first fisheye zoom lens, the 8-15mm f4L Fisheye USM, offering both circular and full frame images.