Canon has made over 150 million lenses – nearly enough to wrap around the planet

Canon makes 150 millionth EF/RF lens – nearly enough to wrap around the planet
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Canon has just celebrated an astonishing milestone: it has now produced its 150th millionth EF / RF lens. 

Production of EF lenses began in March 1987, with the original launch of the EOS SLR system. The RF lens line was introduced in October 2018, with the launch of the Canon EOS R – and the 150 millionth lens to roll off the production line was the Canon RF 70-200mm F2.8 L IS USM, in January 2021.

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James Artaius

The editor of Digital Camera World, James has 21 years experience as a journalist and started working in the photographic industry in 2014 (as an assistant to Damian McGillicuddy, who succeeded David Bailey as Principal Photographer for Olympus). In this time he shot for clients like Aston Martin Racing, Elinchrom and L'Oréal, in addition to shooting campaigns and product testing for Olympus, and providing training for professionals. This has led him to being a go-to expert for camera and lens reviews, photo and lighting tutorials, as well as industry news, rumors and analysis for publications like Digital Camera MagazinePhotoPlus: The Canon MagazineN-Photo: The Nikon MagazineDigital Photographer and Professional Imagemaker, as well as hosting workshops and talks at The Photography Show. He also serves as a judge for the Red Bull Illume Photo Contest. An Olympus and Canon shooter, he has a wealth of knowledge on cameras of all makes – and a fondness for vintage lenses and instant cameras.