Canon is partying big today, the reason being that the company just manufactured their 90 millionth EF lens. Yes, you read that right. Ninety million. That’s a nine with seven zeroes. On average, that means one in every eighty people on this planet owns a Canon EF lens. Quite impressive. The press release states:
The production of interchangeable EF lenses for Canon EOS-series AF (autofocus) single-lens reflex film cameras began in 1987 at the Company’s Utsunomiya Plant. (…) EF lens production surpassed the 10-million-unit mark in 1995, doubled to 20 million lenses in 2001, and went on to reach 30 million units in 2006 and 40 million units in 2008. Afterward, due to the rapid spread of EOS digital SLR cameras, production of EF lenses gained further momentum, crossing the 50-million-unit threshold in 2009, reaching 60 million units in January 2011, and hitting the 70-million-unit mark in October of the same year. In August 2012, lens production reached 80 million units and now, a little over nine months later, the company commemorates its latest manufacturing milestone of 90 million lenses.
Incredible at what kind of pace they churn out lenses theses days, isn’t it. Oh, and in case you were wondering what the 90 millionth EF lens was: an EF 24-70mm f/2.8L II USM.