Revolution of Canon EF lenses Over The Years: Canon’s 110 millionth EF Lens Celebration

Canon 110 Million EF Lenses

Canon will celebrate the achievement of a new lens-manufacturing milestone with the production of the Company’s 110-millionth EF-series interchangeable lens for Canon EOS cameras on June 22, 2015 -an EF 11-24mm f/4L USM ultra-wide-angle interchangeable zoom lens.

Revolution of Canon EF lenses Over The Years

Model name

Main features and technologies

Launch date

EF 300mm f/2.8L USM

World’s first use of a lens-based Ultrasonic Motor (USM)

USM technology delivers fast autofocusing thanks to its high torque and responsiveness. By converting ultrasonic vibrations into rotational energy, the technology makes it possible for quiet, smooth AF drive performance.

Nov. 1987

EF 75-300mm f/4-5.6 IS USM

World’s first use of Image Stabilizer (IS) technology

Users can see the results of IS technology through the viewfinder. Delivering high precision and stability for exceptional image stabilization results, this technology expands the possibilities for handheld photography.

Sept. 1995

EF 400mm f/4 DO IS USM

World’s first use of a diffractive optical (DO) lens element

Diffraction is an optical phenomenon in which light waves bend as they pass around the edges of an object. DO lens elements use this phenomenon to correct for a variety of aberrations by controlling the path that light travels.

Dec. 2001

EF 24mm f/1.4L II USM

World’s first use of Subwavelength Structure Coating (SWC)

SWC technology minimizes reflections by aligning countless wedge-shaped structures more minute than the wavelength of visible light on the surface of a camera lens.

Dec. 2008

EF 100mm f/2.8L Macro IS USM

World’s first use of Hybrid IS, which compensates for both angle camera shake and shift camera shake

Employing a newly-developed algorithm, Hybrid IS optimally adjusts for camera shake based on information gathered by two sensors located in the lens. By precisely driving the optical correction system, the technology simultaneously corrects for angle and shift camera shake.

Oct. 2009

EF 8-15mm f/4L Fisheye USM

World’s first fisheye lens to deliver both 180-degree diagonal angle of view and 180-degree circular fisheye

The EF 8-15mm f/4L Fisheye USM lens enables the capture of images with dramatic deformations, exaggerated perspectives and extreme depths of field, making possible images that are significantly distorted, similar to what a fish might see were it to look skyward from under the water surface.

July 2011

EF 200-400mm f/4L IS USM Extender 1.4x

World’s first super-telephoto zoom lens to employ an internal extender

Featuring a built-in 1.4x extender, the EF 200-400mm f/4L IS USM Extender 1.4x’s lens zoom range can be expanded with a simple one-touch operation even in locations where users are unable to switch lenses.

May 2013

EF 11-24mm f/4L USM

World’s first lens offering ultra-wide-angle 11mm minimum focal length

In addition to achieving the world’s widest angle of view starting at a minimum focal length of 11mm, the EF 11-24mm f/4L USM effectively corrects for aberrations commonly associated with ultra-wide-angle lenses, delivering superior image-quality performance.


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