Canon has announced the achievement of a new lens-manufacturing milestone with the production of the company’s 150-millionth RF and EF series interchangeable lens for EOS cameras—an RF70-200 mm f/2.8 L IS USM telephoto zoom lens (released in November 2019). According to reports, the production of interchangeable RF and EF lenses for Canon EOS-series AF (Autofocus) single-lens reflex film cameras began in 1987 at the Company’s Utsunomiya Plant and has since, expanded to a total of four manufacturing bases, including Canon Inc., Taiwan; Canon Opto (Malaysia) Sdn. Bhd.; and Oita Canon Inc. in southern Japan. The company reveals that its EF lens production passed the 10-million-unit mark in 1995 and crossed the 50-million-unit threshold in 2009. In April 2014, the company celebrated its achievement of having manufactured 100 million interchangeable lenses.
Canon’s RF and EF lens series lineup currently comprises a total of 118 models. The company says that it will continue ‘refining its imaging technologies, centred on its RF and EF lens lineup, while contributing to expanding the photographic and video imaging culture’.