OK I don’t normally post about gear but I’ll make an exception for this & doff my hat in respect as Canon have been a big part of my digital shooting.
Canon has just hit a massive milestone is producing it’s 80 Millionth Eos camera (80,000,000th Go Canon!). The camera model that marked that number was their 50 megapixel Full Frame 5DS R. Canon first started producing their Eos (or Electro-Optical System, no you know) line of interchangeable lens cameras in early 1987 so in the last 28 and a bit years they have averaged about 2.797 million eos ilc cameras a year. That is a lot of picture potential in the making. I bought my first DSLR in 2006, an 8.2 megapixel eos 350D. A remarkable little camera for it’s time but far departed from the tech we see in todays image capture devices, as they now sometimes feel like. I still use it, occasionally, today though and it’s every bit as good (once the light is right) but not anyway near as good as my more up to date Canon 5D Mark-III. It goes to work and gets the job done like the true heavy weight that it is.
The press release from Canon is below.
Canon commemorates production of 80 millionth EOS-series interchangeable-lens camera United Kingdom, Republic of Ireland, 18 November 2015 – Canon Inc. today announces it has reached a new camera-manufacturing milestone as combined production of its film and digital EOS-series interchangeable-lens cameras surpassed the 80-million mark on November 10, 2015. The 80-millionth EOS camera produced was an EOS 5DS R, which boasts the world’s highest pixel count in its class¹.
EOS_5DS_RThe EOS 5DS R
Production of Canon EOS SLR cameras began in 1987 and rapidly increased following the spread of digital SLR cameras in the early 2000s, bringing the company to the present day and the production of its 80-millionth EOS camera.
Introduced in March 1987 as a new generation of AF SLR cameras, EOS cameras were the world’s first to incorporate an electronic mount system enabling complete electronic control throughout the entire camera, not just the lens and body.
Canon manufactures all key components employed in the EOS series, enabling the Company to achieve an even more robust product line-up by selecting the optimal sensor for each model. Drawing from this strength, Canon has helped to pioneer a new age for cameras, launching innovative products including the compact, lightweight EOS 500, which helped significantly expand Canon’s user base, and the iconic EOS 5D series, which this year celebrates its 10 year anniversary.
As a result of these manufacturing practices and consistent product innovation Canon has successfully maintained the No. 1 share worldwide² within the interchangeable-lens digital camera market for the 12-year period from 2003 to 2014.
This new milestone comes after Canon’s EF interchangeable lenses, launched alongside the EOS SLR camera system, celebrated a new manufacturing milestone in June 2015 with the production of the 110-millionth EF-series interchangeable lens for EOS cameras, setting a new world record for the most interchangeable lenses produced².
Canon will continue to refine its diverse imaging technologies based on its core optical technologies, striving to produce exceptional and reliable lenses and cameras that cater to the varying needs of photographers—from first-time users to advanced amateurs and professionals—while continuing to pioneer technology and create new experiences in photographic and video imaging.
Kim is a professional photographer & Official Fujifilm X-Photographer living in Celbridge Co Kildare, Ireland. When not shooting Portraits and Weddings or Gigs and Editorials he can be found searching out the best coffee shops or running round after his two kids.