The Utsunomiya lens factory is where all Canon L lenses are made



Both DPReview and Imaging Resource had the rare opportunity to visit Canon’s primary lens factory. The Utsunomiya lens factory – about 80 miles north of Tokyo – is where Canon assembles all its “L” lenses. Both articles offer a pretty interesting journey into the Utsunomiya lens factory, accompanied by plenty of pictures and insights. Definitely worth to have a look.

DPReview also posted an interview with Canon execs taken at the Utsunomiya lens factory. Some excerpts from the interview:

What percentage of L lenses are manufactured in the Utsunomiya lens plant?

Because this is the ‘mother’ factory, 100% of L lenses are made here.

How many different lenses can be manufactured simultaneously in this plant?

Basically, we create all lenses every day [including L-series EF, Cinema EOS and broadcast]. The only exception is some of the broadcast lenses.

Which lenses in particular are the most difficult to manufacture and why?

Any large super telephoto lenses because of the size of the glass elements. In terms of skill required for lens assembly: the TV broadcast lenses are most difficult.

How many lenses are produced at this lens plant every year, both in terms of types of lenses and total units?

We do not disclose total production for this plant. That said, Canon has produced a total of 120 million lenses over the years. Of course, many of those are kit lenses, which are not produced here, but in our facility in Taiwan.


Canon UK launches new merchandise collection to celebrate 30 years of EOS system

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Canon exploring new market domains, starting selling t-shirts and umbrellas? Canon UK announced a new merchandise collection to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the EOS system.

Press release:

United Kingdom, Republic of Ireland, 17th March 2017 – For the first time ever, Canon UK is launching a range of branded clothing and accessories. From vintage camera t-shirts to umbrellas and bibs, you can get fully kitted out this spring.

A selection of the new merchandise has been designed to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the EOS system and features cameras from the EOS archive. Plus, the vintage series includes designs from the original Canon camera “Kwanon” logo, first introduced in 1934.

The new collection includes clothing such as t-shirts, jackets, sweaters and hoodies, as well as accessories like umbrellas, baby bibs, hats and limited edition camera bags.  Camera fans will also be able to get their hands on a miniature Hansa Canon camera model, replicated on Canon’s first production model and Japan’s first high-quality 35mm camera launched in 1936.

The exciting new range will be available from 18th March from Canon’s online store and on display on the Canon stand at The Photography Show (NEC, Birmingham, 18th – 22nd March) for visitors to experience first-hand.

Read more on Canon UK

Canon EOS C700 on the Big Screen – One-Night Event in NYC with R. Carpenter and T. Stableford

Canon EOS C700 On The Big Screen – One-Night Event In NYC With R. Carpenter And T. Stableford

If you happen to be in New York City on March 27 then you may want to attend this. Canon, in partnership with B&H Photo Video, introduces the Canon EOS C700 in New York City for a one-night event. Special guests, cinematographer Russell Carpenter, ASC (Titanic, Ant-Man) and photographer/director Tyler Stableford discuss their experience with the EOS C700 creating their short film, The Calling.
Join them at the beautiful SVA Theatre for a screening of the film and an in-depth look at the EOS C700 from the experience of two incredibly accomplished image-makers. Technical Specialists from both Canon and B&H will be in attendance, along with the EOS C700 and the family of Canon Cinema EOS products. See the gear, hear from the experts, and experience first hand what the EOS C700 is capable of.

Event Date: Monday, March 27, 2017 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM

Speakers: Russell Carpenter, ASC – Tyler Stableford

Location: SVA Theater

Address: 333 West 23rd Street (23rd street between 8th and 9th avenue) New York City

More information and registration link are here


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Vello BG-C9 Battery Grip for Canon deal – $49.95 (reg. 79.95, for EOS 5D3, 5DS & 5DS R

Vello BG-C9 Battery Grip For Canon Deal – $49.95 (reg. 79.95, For EOS 5D3, 5DS & 5DS R

Vello BG-C9 Battery Grip for Canon at a glance:

  • Compatible with Canon 5D Mark III DSLR
  • Compatible with Canon 5DS and 5DS R DSLR
  • Comfort and Control in Vertical Position
  • Vertical Position Shutter Release Button
  • Vertical Position Control Buttons & Dial
  • Holds Up to Two LP-E6 Batteries
  • Also Works with 6 AA/LR6 Batteries
  • Extends Shooting Time
  • Contains Camera Battery Door Holder

B&H Photo’s DealZone deal of today is the Vello BG-C9 Battery Grip for Canon EOS 5D Mark III, EOS 5DS, and EOS 5DS R, on sale at $49.95. Compare to $79.95. Free shipping.

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30 Years of Canon EOS system, interview with Canon UK

30 Years Of Canon EOS System, Interview With Canon UK

Canon is celebrating the 30 years anniversary of the company’s EOS system. Amateur Photographer posted an interview with Canon UK’s David Parry about the 30 years of the Canon EOS system.

In March 1987 Canon took what many viewed as a huge leap into the unknown. They abandoned the FD lens mount, which had been the optical mainstay of the company’s SLRs since 1958 and unveiled its new EOS system with its debut 650 SLR and a trio of new EF mount lenses. At the time this was a controversial move by Canon but we’re pleased to say that thirty years down the line, it was a decision well made.

The EOS System began with three core principles – speed, image quality and ease of use – which still remain at the heart of the system today. Fast forward 30 years from 1987 and the EOS System has seen over 80 million SLRs and 120 million EF lenses sold with the transition from an analogue world to a digital one negotiated along the way.

Don’t miss it!