Canon has today announced a new EF lens-manufacturing milestone with the production of the company’s 80-millionth lens on August 3.


This lens, an EF-S 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM, was produced just over nine months after the 70-million mark was reached at the end of October 2011. Canon’s EF lens series was first introduced with the EOS SLR camera system in March 1987. Since then, the range has introduced a number of innovative technologies, including such world’s firsts as the Ultrasonic Motor (USM) for use in lenses, Image Stabilizer (IS), a multi-layered diffractive optical (DO) element, and Subwavelength Structure Coating (SWC) anti-reflection technology. Most recently, the EF series newly added the EF Cinema Lens series for digital cinematography and the EF-M series for the EOS compact system cameras. As a result, Canon’s current EF lens lineup comprises 76 models.