Canon has set a new lens-manufacturing milestone with the production of the company’s 110-millionth EF-series interchangeable lens for Canon EOS cameras. And if you’re keeping track, it was an EF 11-24 mm f/4L USM ultra-wide-angle interchangeable zoom lens.
Production of interchangeable EF lenses for Canon EOS-series AF single-lens reflex film cameras began in 1987 at the Company’s Utsunomiya Plant. Production expanded to a total of four manufacturing bases, including Canon Inc., Taiwan; Canon Opto (Malaysia) Sdn. Bhd.; and Oita Canon Inc. in southern Japan.
EF lens production surpassed the 10-million-unit mark in 1995 and crossed the 50-million-unit threshold in 2009. In April 2014, Canon celebrated its first-in-the-world achievement of having manufactured 100 million EF lenses.
The company’s lens-series lineup currently comprises a total of 97 models, including EF cinema lenses for digital cinematography.