Canon has manufactured 110 million EOS system cameras... and counting

canon lenses for rf mount
(Image credit: Canon)

Canon might have been in the camera game since 1933 but the now-legendary EOS range of cameras – and matching EF lenses didn't launch until March 1987. If it were a person, it'd be a millennial!

The EOS stands for Electrical Optical System, though it is not a coincidence it is also named after Eos, the goddess of dawn. The debut camera was the Canon EOS 650, which launched alongside the EF 50mm f/1.8 lens. In the 36 years since Canon has gone on to manufacture a jaw-dropping 110 million EOS cameras and 160 million EF and RF mount lenses. 

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Hannah Rooke
Staff Writer

Having studied Journalism and Public Relations at the University of the West of England Hannah developed a love for photography through a module on photojournalism. She specializes in Portrait, Fashion and lifestyle photography but has more recently branched out in the world of stylized product photography. For the last 3 years Hannah has worked at Wex Photo Video as a Senior Sales Assistant using her experience and knowledge of cameras to help people buy the equipment that is right for them. With 5 years experience working with studio lighting, Hannah has run many successful workshops teaching people how to use different lighting setups.