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Canon rolls out 40m EF lenses


Canon has celebrated a milestone in the history of D-SLR photography, as production of the company’s EF lenses – which began in 1987 with the birth of Canon’s EOS system – reached 40-million this week. Incredibly, a quarter of these were produced within the last two-and-a-half years.

With 67 models, the EF series is the world’s most extensive range of D-SLR lenses.
“The production of the 40-millionth EF lens is testament to the soaring popularity of D-SLR photography,” comments Roger Machin, product manager of Canon Consumer Imaging SA. “With the increasing number of consumer-orientated D-SLR models on the market – including Canon’s market-leading EOS 400D and the new EOS 450D – D-SLR has moved from the professional domain to become a truly mass interest.
“We are delighted that photographers of all levels continue to rely upon Canon EF lenses, and we remain committed to producing the industry’s most extensive, cutting-edge line-up,” he adds.
Canon’s range of EF lenses benefits from a long lineage of forward-thinking design. In 1987, the first EF lenses rewrote the SLR rulebook with their large-diameter, fully electronic lens mount, and the incorporation of a drive motor within the lens. Since then, innovations have included the first lens with an Ultrasonic Motor, the EF 300mm f/2.8L USM  (1987), the world’s fastest aperture interchangeable lens, the EF 50mm f/1.0L USM(1989), and the world’s first lens with Image Stabilizer to compensate camera shake, the EF 75-300mm f/4-5.6 IS USM (1995).
This year will see the addition of two new models to the EF range: the EF 800mm f/5.6L IS USM, the world’s longest image-stabilised telephoto lens, and the EF 200mm f/2L IS USM, another large-diameter telephoto lens.
They join a total of 67 different lenses – ranging from super wide-angle to super telephoto models – which includes standard zoom and telephoto zoom lenses, fast aperture lenses, macro lenses, and "the TS-E lens", equipped with tilt and shift function.