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130 Million EF Lenses
Produced Worldwide*
130 Million EF Lenses
130 Million EF Lenses
130 Million EF Lenses
* Refers to EF Lenses, EF-S Lenses and Cinema Lenses produced worldwide from 1987 to Second Half of 2017.

Canon has reached another milestone with its production of EF lenses, hitting the 130 Million lenses manufactured mark. Since the first EF lens was introduced in 1987, Canon EF lenses have played an integral role in the world of photography. In fashion, sports and broadcast news, on the cameras of many of the world’s finest photographers and filmmakers, Canon EF lenses have been a leader in innovation, reliability and optical brilliance. By merging superb image quality with cutting-edge technologies, by endlessly pushing for faster, more accurate performance, implementing new materials and optics for robust designs, Canon EF lenses have enabled photographers and filmmakers to create stunning images, time and again.

Canon EF lenses are renowned for their outstanding quality, breadth and scope but, most important, it is the photographers' and filmmakers' realization of the optical genius of EF lenses that has led to the capture of some of the world's most stunning images. Canon places tremendous importance on research and development in order to provide state-of-the-art optics to every level of image-makers, every innovation a step closer toward helping achieve the perfect image.

We at Canon always strive to offer some of the most advanced optical technology to our customers – your enthusiasm and excitement encourage us to go above and beyond. So from everyone at Canon, we thank you for your continuing support.

Seeking the Perfect Image

1946

Seeking the Perfect Image

Motivated by the need to develop lenses to ideally complement their cameras, Canon produced its first in-house camera lens: the Serenar 50mm f/3.5 I. Serenar means “clear,” a perfect representation of the influence behind the first Canon lenses.

Seeking the Perfect Image Seeking the Perfect Image

1969

Canon's first camera lens to use fluorite

FL-F 300mm f/5.6

FL-F 300mm f/5.6

1971

World's first large-aperture aspherical
SLR lens with automatic diaphragm control

FD 55mm f/1.2 AL

FD 55mm f/1.2 AL

1978

Canon's first camera lens to use a UD lens

FD 300mm f/4L

FD 300mm f/4L

1987
Introduction of EF Lenses

1987

Introduction of EF Lenses

As autofocus began to revolutionize photography in the second half of the 1980's, Canon's engineers designed the EOS System around the brilliant EF mount . Capable of transmitting exposure and distance information quickly, the EF mount enabled the first EF lens, combining amazing autofocus speeds with stellar optics in designs that propelled Canon toward the 21st Century.

  • EF 35-105mm f/3.5-4.5
  • EF 35-70mm f/3.5-4.5
  • EF 50mm f/1.8

EF 35-105mm f/3.5-4.5, EF 35-70mm f/3.5-4.5, EF 50mm f/1.8 EF 35-105mm f/3.5-4.5, EF 35-70mm f/3.5-4.5, EF 50mm f/1.8

1987
World's first lens with USM

1987

World's first camera lens with USM

  • EF 300mm f/2.8L USM

EF 300mm f/2.8L USM EF 300mm f/2.8L USM

Ultrasonic Motor (USM)

USM lenses use less power, and their focusing action is much faster and quieter than with conventional motors, making them ideal for tracking fast-moving subjects with minimal camera noise.

Ring-type USM

Ring-type USM

Among interchangeable lenses for SLR cameras

1989
World's largest aperture AF SLR lens

1989

World's largest aperture AF SLR lens

  • EF 50mm f/1.0L USM

EF 50mm f/1.0L USM EF 50mm f/1.0L USM

Among interchangeable lenses for 35mm SLR cameras

1993
World's first 10x zoom lens

1993

World's first interchangeable zoom lens for SLR cameras with a 10x magnification ratio

  • EF 35-350mm f/3.5-5.6L USM

EF 35-350mm f/3.5-5.6L USM EF 35-350mm f/3.5-5.6L USM

EF 35-350mm f/3.5-5.6L USM

Among interchangeable lenses for SLR cameras

1993
Super UD Lens

1993

Canon's first camera lens to use a Super UD lens

  • EF 400mm f/5.6L USM

1995
World's first lens with Optical Image Stabilizer

1995

World's first interchangeable lens for 35mm cameras with an Optical Image Stabilizer

  • EF 75-300mm f/4-5.6 IS USM

EF 75-300mm f/4-5.6 IS USM EF 75-300mm f/4-5.6 IS USM

Optical Image Stabilizer (OIS)

Canon's lens-based Optical Image Stabilizer systems are highly regarded in the industry. They're designed to make possible sharp, virtually blur-free handheld shots at lower shutter speeds, accounting not only for camera shake but to accommodate subject movement and panning with ease.

  • Optical
    Image
    Stabilizer

Among interchangeable lenses for 35mm SLR cameras

1997
First L-series lens with Optical Image Stabilizer

1997

The first L-series lens featuring an Optical Image Stabilizer

  • EF 300mm f/4L IS USM

EF 300mm f/4L IS USM EF 300mm f/4L IS USM

Optical Image Stabilizer

Image Stabilizer unit move to counteract the camera shake

2001
World's first DO lens

2001

World's first camera lens to incorporate DO lens elements

  • EF 400mm f/4 DO IS USM

EF 400mm f/4 DO IS USM EF 400mm f/4 DO IS USM

Correcting Chromatic Aberrations
with a Diffractive Optics (DO) Lens

Refractive Optical
Element

Image formation in the blue, green and red wavelength order

Refractive Optical Element

Multi-Layer
DO Element

Image formation in the red, green and blue wavelength order

Multi-Layer DO Element

Refractive Optical Element and
Multi-Layer DO Element Combined

Refractive Optical Element and Multi-Layer DO Element Combined

Chromatic aberration canceled out

Among interchangeable lenses for 35mm SLR cameras

2003
Introduction of EF-S Lenses

2003

Introduction of EF-S Lenses

As digital SLR photography began to phase out traditional film photography, Canon introduced its first digital-only lens series, EF-S. EF-S lenses take advantage of Canon's digital APS-C sized sensors, resulting in smaller, more lightweight designs with brilliant optical performance.

  • EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6
  • EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 USM

EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6, EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 USM EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6, EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 USM

2008
World's first lens to employ SWC

2008

World's first camera lens to employ SWC

  • EF 24mm f/1.4L II USM

EF 24mm f/1.4L II USM EF 24mm f/1.4L II USM

Subwavelength Coating (SWC)

The Subwavelength Coating (SWC) is a proprietary lens coating that is utilized on large-curvature lens elements that are mainly found in wide-angle lenses to significantly minimize the occurrence of ghosting and flare.

The incident light is guided as if drawn from the top to the base of the wedges

Among photographic lenses

2009
World's first lens with Hybrid IS

2009

World's first interchangeable SLR camera lens to employ Hybrid IS

  • EF 100mm f/2.8L Macro IS USM

EF 100mm f/2.8L Macro IS USM EF 100mm f/2.8L Macro IS USM

Hybrid Image Stabilizer

Canon's Hybrid Image Stabilizer employs a highly sophisticated algorithm that combines the feedback of both the acceleration sensor and angular velocity sensor, and moves the image stabilizer lens elements to effectively compensate for both rotational and linear camera shake. Hybrid IS dramatically enhances the effects of Optical Image Stabilizer.

Rotational camera shake

Rotational camera shake

Linear camera shake

Linear camera shake

Among interchangeable lenses for 35mm SLR cameras

2010
Fluorine coating

2010

Introducing the first EF lens with a fluorine coating

  • EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6L IS USM

Fluorine Anti-smear Coating

The fluorine anti-smear coating helps keep soiling, smears and fingerprints to a minimum for easy cleaning.

EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6L IS USM EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6L IS USM

Fluorine Anti-smear Coating

The fluorine anti-smear coating helps keep soiling, smears and fingerprints to a minimum for easy cleaning.

2011
Introduction of Cinema Lenses

2011

Introduction of Cinema Lenses

As Canon's influence into the world of professional moviemaking became more and more significant, Canon introduced the amazing Cinema EOS System of cameras and optics. Designed to meet the exacting standards of professional cinematographers and videographers, Canon's Cinema Lenses are critical in helping them to realize their creative visions for the big screen.

  • CN-E24mm T1.5 L F
  • CN-E50mm T1.3 L F
  • CN-E85mm T1.3 L F
  • CN-E14.5-60mm T2.6 L S
  • CN-E30-300mm T2.95-3.7 L S

Cinema Lenses Cinema Lenses

2011
World's first lens for circular and
rectangular full-frame fisheye photos

2011

World's first fisheye zoom lens for shooting both circular and rectangular full-frame fisheye photos

  • EF 8-15mm f/4L Fisheye USM

EF 8-15mm f/4L Fisheye USM EF 8-15mm f/4L Fisheye USM

Full-frame fisheye photo

Full-frame fisheye photo

Among interchangeable lenses for SLR cameras

2012
World's first lenses with STM

2012

World's first lenses to drive an AF system with STM

  • EF-S 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM
  • EF 40mm f/2.8 STM

EF-S 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM, EF 40mm f/2.8 STM EF-S 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM, EF 40mm f/2.8 STM

Stepping Motor (STM)

Canon STM lenses deliver stunning autofocus performance with an outstanding level of smooth and quiet continuous autofocus, optimized for video shooting and still image capture.

Gear Type STM

Gear Type STM

Gear Type STM

Lead Screw Type STM

Lead Screw Type STM

Lead Screw Type STM

Among interchangeable lenses for SLR cameras

2012
World's first wide-angle single focal-length
lenses with Optical Image Stabilizer

2012

World's first wide-angle single focal-length lenses with built-in Optical Image Stabilizer

  • EF 24mm f/2.8 IS USM
  • EF 28mm f/2.8 IS USM

EF 24mm f/2.8 IS USM, EF 28mm f/2.8 IS USM EF 24mm f/2.8 IS USM, EF 28mm f/2.8 IS USM

Among interchangeable lenses for SLR cameras

2013
World's first super-telephoto
zoom lens with built-in extender

2013

World's first super-telephoto zoom
lens with built-in extender

  • EF 200-400mm f/4L IS USM Extender 1.4x

EF 200-400mm f/4L IS USM Extender 1.4x EF 200-400mm f/4L IS USM Extender 1.4x

Built-in 1.4x extender

Built-in 1.4x Extender

Among interchangeable lenses for SLR cameras

2014
Production of 100 Million EF Lenses

Production of 100 Million EF Lenses Production of 100 Million EF Lenses

2014

Production of 100 Million EF Lenses ††

†† Refers to EF Lenses, EF-S Lenses and Cinema Lenses produced worldwide from 1987 to First Half of 2014.

2015
Production of 110 Million EF Lenses

2015

Production of
110 Million EF Lenses†††

Production of 110 Million EF Lenses Production of 110 Million EF Lenses

††† Refers to EF Lenses, EF-S Lenses and Cinema Lenses produced worldwide from 1987 to Second Half of 2015.

2016
Production of 120 Million EF Lenses

2016

Production of
120 Million EF Lenses

Production of 120 Million EF Lenses Production of 120 Million EF Lenses

2017
Production of 130 Million EF Lenses

2017

Production of
130 Million EF Lenses

Production of 130 Million EF Lenses Production of 130 Million EF Lenses

EF 101 Series Videos

Canon offers a wide range of EF lenses and lens accessories. In this nine-part video series you'll learn all about lens basics, STM lenses, Macro lenses, Fisheye lenses, Tilt-Shift lenses, Wide-Angle lenses, Telephoto lenses and more. Your host for this informative series is professional photographer and educator Matt Kloskowski.

Canon EF 101: A Beginner's Guide

Canon EF 101: Lens Basics

Canon EF 101: STM Lenses

Canon EF 101: Macro Lenses

Canon EF 101: Fisheye Lenses

Canon EF 101: Tilt-Shift Lenses

Canon EF 101: Wide-Angle Lenses

Canon EF 101: Telephoto Lenses

Canon EF 101: Lens Accessories