Canon produces its 40 millionth EF lens

Canon has announced that after 21 years and 67 models, they have just smashed the 40 million lens production milestone with their EF range of DSLR lenses.

Interestingly, a quarter of that 40 million were made within the last 2 and a half years, something that Canon suggests is testament to the soaring popularity of DSLR photography within a wider market.

"With the increasing number of consumer-orientated D-SLR models on the market – including Canon's market-leading EOS 400D and the new EOS 450D – D-SLR has moved from the professional domain to become a truly mass interest", said Mogens Jensen, head of Canon Consumer Imaging, Europe.

He added: "We are delighted that photographers of all levels continue to rely upon Canon EF lenses, and we remain committed to producing the industry’s most extensive, cutting-edge line-up".

Two new lenses are set to join the 67-strong family in 2008 – the EF 800mm f/5.6L IS USM, the world's longest image-stabilised telephoto lens, and the EF 200mm f/2L IS USM, another large-diameter telephoto lens.

We'll bring you more news when they launch.