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Canon Achieves a World First as Production of EF Interchangeable Lenses Surpasses 100 Million Mark
|By Business Wire
|April 30, 2014 09:16 AM EDT
Canon U.S.A. Inc., a leader in digital imaging solutions, today
announced that its parent company, Canon Inc., is celebrating an
impressive lens-manufacturing milestone with production on April 22,
2014 of the Company’s 100-millionth EF-series interchangeable lens for
EOS cameras*—an EF 200–400mm f/4L IS USM Extender 1.4X.
Canon EF lens-series lineup (Photo: Business Wire)
Production of interchangeable EF lenses for the Canon EOS-series AF
(autofocus) single-lens reflex (SLR) cameras began in 1987 at the
Company’s Utsunomiya Plant and now includes manufacturing bases at Canon
Inc., Taiwan; Canon Opto (Malaysia) Sdn. Bhd.; and Oita Canon Inc. in
southern Japan. In May 2013, EF lens production surpassed the
90-million-unit mark and now, approximately eleven months later, Canon
is commemorating its first-in-the-world1 achievement of
having manufactured 100 million interchangeable lenses.
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 world’s firsts2 such as
the Ultrasonic Motor (USM), Image Stabilizer (IS) technology, and a
multi-layered diffractive optical (DO) element. In May 2013, aiming to
further expand the realm of photographic expression, the Company
introduced the EF 200-400mm f/4L IS USM Extender 1.4X, the world’s first3
super-telephoto zoom lens with a built-in 1.4X extender allowing for a
continuous zoom range from 200mm to 560mm (f/5.6).
In recent years, in addition to updating such models as super-telephoto
lenses ideal for sports and nature photography along with zoom lenses
that offer a bright f/2.8 maximum aperture throughout the entire zoom
range, Canon has launched multiple entry-level interchangeable lenses
equipped with stepping motor (STM) technology that help deliver smooth
and quiet autofocus performance during video recording. As a result, the
Company’s extensive EF lens-series lineup currently comprises a total of
89 models.4 To further enhance its lens offerings, Canon has
expanded the optical technologies incorporated in its EF lenses into new
categories, launching EF Cinema Lenses for digital cinematography in
Furthermore, during the 11-year period from 2003 to 2013, Canon
maintained the No. 1 share worldwide within the interchangeable-lens
digital camera market and, in February 2014, marked another
manufacturing milestone as combined production of its film and digital
EOS-series interchangeable-lens cameras surpassed the 70-million-unit
Canon will continue refining its diverse imaging technologies based on
its core optical technologies, striving to produce outstanding and
reliable lenses and cameras that cater to the varying needs of
photographers - from first-time users to advanced amateurs and
professionals - while contributing to expanding the photographic and
video imaging culture.
For more information on this milestone, please visit: http://www.usa.canon.com/cusa/consumer/standard_display/lens_ef100mill_miscpage
About Canon U.S.A., Inc.
Canon U.S.A., Inc., is a leading provider of consumer,
business-to-business, and industrial digital imaging solutions. With
approximately $36 billion in global revenue, its parent company, Canon
Inc. (NYSE:CAJ), ranks third overall in U.S. patents registered in 2013†
and is one of Fortune Magazine's World’s Most Admired Companies in 2014.
In 2013, Canon U.S.A. has received the PCMag.com Readers’ Choice Award
for Service and Reliability in the digital camera and printer categories
for the tenth consecutive year and for camcorders for the past three
years. Canon U.S.A. is committed to the highest level of customer
satisfaction and loyalty, providing 100 percent U.S.-based consumer
service and support for all of the products it distributes. Canon U.S.A.
is dedicated to its Kyosei philosophy of social and environmental
responsibility. To keep apprised of the latest news from Canon U.S.A.,
sign up for the Company's RSS news feed by visiting www.usa.canon.com/rss
and follow us on Twitter @CanonUSA.
* Refers to EF Lenses, EF-S Lenses and Cinema Lenses produced worldwide
from 1987 to First Half of 2014.
1 Among interchangeable lenses as of April 21,
2014. Based on a Canon survey.
2 Among interchangeable lenses for SLR cameras,
based on a Canon survey.
3 Among interchangeable lenses for interchangeable
lens cameras (SLR cameras, compact-system cameras), based on a Canon
4 Including two EF lens extenders and three models
available outside of Japan. As of April 30, 2014.
Photos/Multimedia Gallery Available: http://www.businesswire.com/multimedia/home/20140430006000/en/
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