Login or Join Now

Upload your photos, chat, win prizes and much more

Remember Me

Can't Access your Account?

New to ePHOTOzine? Join ePHOTOzine for free!

50 years of Canon SLR's

Join Now

Join ePHOTOzine, the friendliest photography community.

Upload photos, chat with photographers, win prizes and much more for free!

55% OFF new PortraitPro 12 - use code EPHZROS414.
Category: Industry News

Canon celebrates 50 years of SLR cameras - It is 50 years to the day since Canon launched its first SLR camera.

Print Article Add Comment Add CommentJargon Buster: Off Jargon Buster: Off

Press Release:
Canon Logo
Canon today announces a milestone with the 50th anniversary of Canon SLR (single lens reflex) cameras. Canon has been building and selling SLR cameras since the launch of the Canon Flex in May 1959. Today, Canon SLR cameras have been accepted as the benchmark standard for amateur and professional photography and, to date, over 50 million Canon SLRs have been sold worldwide.

The EOS series was born in 1987 with the EOS 650 and the EF-series (Electro focus) lens system where the camera and lens communicate through electrical contacts rather than mechanically, as was previously the case. The EOS series and EF lenses have proved incredibly popular with more than 40 million EF lenses sold worldwide. Incredibly, 10 million of these have been produced within the last 3 years, thanks to the most radical change in photography and the biggest boom – the move from film to digital.

It was the debut of the EOS 300D in September 2003 that really shook things up. The EOS 300D was the first affordable digital SLR aimed at general consumers and it took the world by storm while professional EOS-1 series cameras and EF lens are chosen by the majority of the world’s news and sports photographers.

And Canon continues to innovate to this day. The new EOS 5D Mark II is the first camera to record Full HD movies and opens a multitude of new possibilities for photojournalists and news photographers. Through ongoing investment in research and development and by listening to its users, Canon will continue to offer photographers the very best tools available and lead the image culture for the next 50 years.

For more information please visit the Canon website.

View Directory Page

Canon (UK) Ltd

Explore More

Datacolor Introduces SpyderHD

New Datacolor Calibration Suite

Datacolor introduces a new top-of-the-line calibration suite...

JVCKENWOOD Declares Support For Micro Four Thirds Standard

JVCKENWOOD Join Micro Four Thirds Standard

JVCKENWOOD corporation has declared support for the Micro Fo...

Mary Ellen Mark To Receive Outstanding Contribution To Photography Award

Mary Ellen Mark To Be Awarded At SWPA 2014

Mary Ellen Mark is to be honoured at the Sony World Photogra...

Join ePHOTOzine and remove these ads.


6 Jan 2009 - 1:50 PM

50 years to the day since Canon launched it's first SLR.

Deliveries are expected to start in early March Smile

Last Modified By User_Removed at 6 Jan 2009 - 1:51 PM
Sponsored Links
Sponsored Links 
6 Jan 2009 - 5:41 PM

Join ePHOTOzine for free and remove these adverts.

Little Jo
Little Jo e2 Member 122272 forum postsLittle Jo vcard United Kingdom
6 Jan 2009 - 5:41 PM

Yes, you have to laugh!

There was also a very long wait for the 9500 Pro printer, the media storage devices too and you can't help wonder why.

Wakey wakey Canon! Smile


- Original Poster Comments
- Your Posts

Add a Comment

You must be a member to leave a comment

Remember me:
Un-tick this box if you want to login each time you visit.