Canon has officially produced its 110-millionth EF lens

by Gannon Burgett

posted Friday, July 10, 2015 at 1:33 PM EDT

In 1987, Canon started production of its very own lenses for its Canon autofocus EOS SLRs. Almost thirty years later Canon has announced it’s reached an impressive milestone in its lens manufacturing.

On June 22, 2015, Canon produced its 110-millionth EF-series lens for Canon EOS cameras, an EF 11–24mm f/4L USM.

In the press release announcing the achievement, Canon notes it’s currently producing its EF-series lenses at four separate factories in Taiwan, Malaysia, and Japan. Additionally, Canon provided past numbers, showing just how quickly it’s lens production has increased in the past decade alone.

In 1995, Canon produced its 10-millionth lens, meaning since it started producing lenses Canon sold, on average, 5.5 million lenses per year for the first 18 years. From there, it took until 2009 to produce its 50-millionth lens. It only took five years to double that number to 100 million EF lenses.

From these numbers, it’s clear Canon has been steadily producing lenses at a rate of roughly 10 million per year, with little sign of that slowing down anytime soon. Canon’s current EF-series lineup include 97 models,3 including EF Cinema Lenses for digital cinematography.

For more information, you can read Canon’s full press release by clicking here.