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Canon Passes 70 Million EOS Cameras Produced, Confirms Vast Majority of Lenses Sold are Kit Lenses
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February 6, 2014
3:33 pm
Eric Reagan
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Canon 70 Million Cameras

Canon introduced the EOS 650 35mm camera in 1987. Since then, the company has produced over 70 million cameras (as of February 5, 2014).

That's an astounding number of interchangeable lens cameras. Perhaps even more astounding is the fact that Canon has sold roughly 100 million lenses for those cameras…

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February 6, 2014
6:14 pm
Jim Kendall
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Another reason that the sales of lenses seems to be relatively lower than might be expected, is that people often times are buying camera bodies & utilizing lenses that they already own, & are sharing those lenses among 2 or more cameras. I know for a fact that is what I'm doing.

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February 7, 2014
1:27 am
Eugene
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Or, maybe just maybe Canon sold less lenses because people buy excellent third party lenses?

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February 7, 2014
2:11 am
Ralph Conway
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Since I started into the EOS system I used two analog and 6 digital bodies (I started to shoot Canon EOS late in the 90s). 6 EOS bodies where bought new. Within this time I purchased three third party and 9 EF lenses (6 of them where purchased new, too – one of them as a kit togetehrer with one body. The remaining three where used lenses).

So in my case the EOS lens/body ratio is 1:1

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February 7, 2014
5:43 am
Leo
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As a big Canon fan and a enthousiast of photo gear in general I wish to to congratulate Canon for this success. A Canon lens will last a live time (I even use the Canon FD lenses on a cheap Sony Nex 3) and the DLSR's (in general) are like computers, they beginning to get old fashion the moment you walk out of the store. Digital photography is still developing rapidly and sometimes it is hard not willing to buy the newest model.
I like Canon so much for the fact they build camera's for everybody. I like there products because they are reliable, simply good stuff. I used to like Canon for there creativity to make an concept that was a success with millions of people. I think for example of the Canonet.
But that creativity is long ago, nowadays they seemed to lost that creativity. Now Sony shines in that respect, Sigma doing wonderful things, with lenses ánd Foveon sensors.

Canon still gives you quality products, but I must say that there new lenses are way to expensive. Outside there workhorses of DLSR's they disappoint me, where Fuji comes with a x100, Sony with there RX100 and Sigma with there Merrill camera's. Those are camera's you simply want to have, they are begging you to buy them. That's where the creativity is at the moment.

I still am a Canon man, but only with there DLSR's, they seem to lost a lot of ground with there lenses and on new concepts it is very very quit.

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February 8, 2014
9:38 pm
Pan Jurek
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Canon makes great lenses but the prices are not so great. They are way too expensive. Third party lenses are the way to go.

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