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Exactly How Many Canon EF Lens Models Were There? [COMPLETE LIST]

We know that around 140 million Canon EF lenses were produced between 1987 and 2019. At this time, the production of new Canon RF lenses for the EOS R mirrorless system began to ramp up, and EF lens models began to be discontinued one by one. In February 2021, Canon announced that they had produced 150 million EF+RF lenses, but they did not divulge the split between the two lens mounts. Given their new focus on the RF mount, we may never know an EF lens production number more exact than somewhere between 140 and 150 million.

As a Canon shooter for over a decade at the beginning of my professional career, I was aware of these crazy numbers. Still, I wasn’t certain exactly how many different lens models there had been in the life of the EF lens mount from 1987 to 2020. On a rainy Sunday afternoon, I decided to figure it out.

Fact: EF stands for Electro-Focus

What Is the Final Model Count?

It turns out that the answer to this question is a little tricky. Between 1987 and 2020, Canon launched 212 different EF Mount or EF-S Mount lenses to the public. If anyone stopped me and asked me this question on the street, 212 EF lenses is the simple answer.

This number comprises 20 EF-S lenses for APS-C cameras and 192 EF lenses. I decided to combine the two to get to 212 because that is what Canon does when announcing its own numbers. EF-S lenses are a subset of EF lenses, and the “140 million EF lenses sold” includes both EF and EF-S lenses as all of these lenses use the same EF mount.

I have also included all Canon’s Cinema EOS lenses with an EF mount. This comprises 14 prime lenses with an EF mount, two zooms with an EF mount, and ten zoom lenses available with either an EF or a PL mount. Only the EF versions of the zooms were included in the final tally.

canon ef lenses
Canon EF-Mount cinema lenses can be used on any Canon DSLR that has an EF mount, or any RF-Mount mirrorless camera with an EF-RF adapter.

I stopped to think about the decision to include the Cinema EOS lenses in the tally. For many people, it will seem irrelevant because these lenses can be costly (up to $70,000 for the cine zooms). That said, I know of several stills photographers who use the EF mount cine primes which come in at the much more reasonable price of around $4000. Canon also includes the Cinema EOS lenses in their overall EF lens sales figures.

I did not include the six different EF extenders (teleconverters) in this tally of 212 EF lenses. They do not have a focal length, so I do not count them as camera lenses. I don’t think anyone would argue with me, but it’s unclear whether Canon includes them in their EF lens sales figures. They do appear in the promotional images distributed whenever Canon hits notable EF lens sales figures, so perhaps Canon and I disagree on this point.

I ignored the seven EF-M lenses for Canon’s seemingly defunct mirrorless EOS M cameras. Unlike EF-S lenses, which use the regular EF mount, EF-M lenses use a smaller, distinctly different lens mount. I do not consider these lenses to be a subset of EF lenses in the same way as EF-S lenses. I’m also choosing to ignore the incredibly rare EF 300mm f/1.8 lens. We know this lens exists, but the current thinking is that only four were ever made, and crucially, they were not publicly available.

When I compiled the list of lenses and their release dates that you see further down the page, I also discovered that some lenses were only available in certain parts of the world. For example, in the early years of EF lens production, it was common to produce a lens using standard AF motors and then produce a version of the same lens that used more expensive, faster USM AF motors.

In most cases, only one of these versions would be sold in a specific global market. When deciding on the tally of 212 total EF lenses, I did choose to include all of these versions because they were all publicly available. You could purchase any of them if you traveled to that different market or ordered the lens online.

Canon EF Lenses – A Summary

  • 212 publicly available lenses with an EF mount
  • 166 EF intended for stills cameras
  • 20 EF-S intended for stills cameras
  • 188 total EF lenses intended for still cameras
  • 7 EF mount cinema primes
  • 7 EF mount Sumire cinema primes
  • 12 EF mount cinema zooms
  • 1 EF lens not available to the general public (not included in 212 lens tally)
  • 6 versions of EF lens extenders (not included in 212 lens tally)

If you disagree with this or think I have missed something, please leave a comment.

Notable EF Lens Milestones

Canon led the way in many areas of photographic lens design. These are some of the notable, even iconic lenses from the vast EF lens catalogue.

  • March 1987 – First EOS camera and first EF lenses (EF 35-105mm f/3.5-4.5, EF 35-70mm f/3.5-4.5, EF 50mm f/1.8)
  • November 1987 – First lens with an Ultrasonic Motor (EF 300mm f/2.8 L USM)
  • January 1993 – First DSLR lens with 10X zoom factor (EF 35-350mm f/3.5-5.6L USM)
  • May 1993 – First Super UD Ultra Low Dispersion elements for chromatic aberration correction (EF 400mm f/5.6L USM)
  • September 1995 – First lens with image stabilization (EF 75-300mm f4-5.6 IS USM)
  • March 1997 – First L Series lens with image stabilization (EF 300mm f/4L IS USM)
  • September 2001 – First lens with diffractive optics (EF 400mm f4 DO IS USM)
  • August 2003 – First EF-S lenses for APS-C digital SLRs (EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6, F-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 USM)
  • December 2008 – First lens with SWC Sub-wavelength Coating to minimize reflections (EF 24mm f1.4L II USM)
  • October 2009 – First lens with Hybrid IS (EF 100mm f/2.8 L Macro IS USM)
  • August 2010 – First lens with fluorine anti smear coating for easy cleaning (EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6L IS USM)
  • July 2011 – First fisheye zoom lens (EF 8-15mm f/4 L Fisheye USM)
  • April 2011 – First EF cinema primes and zoom lenses
  • February 2012 – First wide-angle lens with image stabilization (EF 24mm f/2.8 IS USM, EF 28mm f/2.8 IS USM)
  • May 2013 – First Super-Telephoto lens with a built-in extender (EF 200-400mm f4L IS USM Extender 1.4x)
  • February 2015 – Fist zoom lens with 11mm focal length (EF 11-24mm f4L USM)
  • August 2015 – First lens with BR Blue Spectrum Refractive Optics to minimize chromatic aberration (EF 35mm f/1.4 L II)
  • August 2017 – First Tilt-Shift macro lenses (EF TS-E Maco 50mm, 90mm, and 135mm)

Canon EF Lens Annual Release Rate

This chart shows the number of Canon EF Mount lenses released annually. It’s interesting to see how the numbers trailed off during the life of the Canon DSLR system. It’s also interesting to compare this lens introduction rate with the rate at which Canon RF mirrorless lenses have been launched for the new RF mount.

EF Stills Lens Release Rate – Full Frame Vs APS-C

The following chart takes the EF mount stills lenses and splits them up into lenses that cover a full-frame sensor and EF-S mount lenses that only cover an APS-C crop-frame sensor. It clearly shows the introduction point of the first EF-S lenses and the expansion of smaller and cheaper crop-frame lenses.

Canon EF and EF-S Lens Release Dates in Order

Canon introduced the final new EF stills lenses in September 2018 but continues to release EF mount Cinema EOS lenses. I’m sharing here a timeline of the EF lens releases below.

Possible Date Discrepancies

As best as I can, I have tried to track down the exact dates these EF lenses were first unveiled to the world. For lenses launched while the internet was thriving, this was relatively easy as press releases can still be unearthed. Earlier lenses were more complex.

While Canon does maintain a useful online museum of its lenses, the listed dates for most of its lenses are demonstrably incorrect. Or at least they do not reflect the launch date of the lens. Their dates may reflect the shipping dates of these lenses to stores. It’s hard to say. Their list omits entire lenses, so perhaps it is simply inaccurate. Nonetheless, I have tried my best to construct the EF lens timeline and prioritize actual launch dates wherever that information is available.

Recommended Reading: If you have ever wondered what all of the additional alphanumeric characters mean in the Canon EF and EF-S lens names, things like USM, A, DO, DC, BR, CN-E I recommend reading our guide to Canon lens terminology and abbreviations for a thorough explanation.

#Lens ModelLaunched (DD/MM/YY)
212CINE-SERVO 15-120mm T2.95-3.909/07/2022
211CN-E 45-135mm T2.412/04/2022
210CN-E 20-50mm T2.412/04/2022
209CINE-SERVO 25-250mm T2.95-3.9520/04/20
208CN-E 14mm T3.1 FP X03/04/19
207CN-E 20mm T1.5 FP X03/04/19
206CN-E 24mm T1.5 FP X03/04/19
205CN-E 35mm T1.5 FP X03/04/19
204CN-E 50mm T1.3 FP X03/04/19
203CN-E 85mm T1.3 FP X03/04/19
202CN-E135mm T2.2 FP X03/04/19
201EF 600mm F/4 L IS III05/09/18
200EF 400mm f/2.8 L IS III05/09/18
199EF 70-200mm f/4 L IS II06/06/18
198EF 70-200mm f/2.8 L IS III06/06/18
197CN-E 20mm T1.5 L F28/03/18
196EF 85mm f/1.4 L IS USM29/08/17
195TS-E 50mm f/2.8 L Macro29/08/17
194TS-E 90mm f/2.8 L Macro29/08/17
193TS-E 135mm f/4 L Macro29/08/17
192CN-E 70-200mm T4.4 L KAS S20/04/17
191EF-S 35mm f/2.8 Macro IS STM04/04/17
190EF-S 18-55mm f/4-5.6 STM14/02/17
189EF 70-300mm F4-5.6 IS II USM15/09/16
188EF 16-35mm f/2.8L III USM25/08/16
187EF 24-105mm f/4L IS II USM25/08/16
186CN-E 18-80mm T4.4L KAS S13/04/16
185EF-S 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS USM18/02/16
184EF 35mm f/1.4L II USM27/08/15
183EF 50mm f/1.8 STM11/05/15
182EF 11-24mm F/4L USM05/02/15
181EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS II USM10/11/14
180CINE-SERVO 50-1000mm T5.0-8.916/10/14
179EF-S 24mm f/2.8 STM15/09/14
178EF 400mm f/4 DO IS II USM15/09/14
177EF 24-105mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM15/09/14
176EF-S 10-18mm f/4.5-5.6 IS STM13/05/14
175EF 16-35mm f/4L IS USM13/05/14
174CINE-SERVO 17-120mm T2.9502/04/14
173EF-S 55-250mm f/4-5.6 IS STM22/08/13
172EF 200-400mm f/4L IS USM Extender 1.4X14/05/13
171CN-E 35mm T1.5 L F03/04/13
170EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM21/03/13
169CN-E 14mm T3.1 L F10/01/13
168CN-E 135mm T2.2 L F10/01/13
167EF 35mm f/2 IS USM05/11/12
166EF 24-70mm f/4L IS USM05/11/12
165EF 40mm f/2.8 STM08/06/12
164EF-S 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM08/06/12
163CN-E 15.5-47mm T2.8 L S14/04/12
162CN-E 30-105mm T2.8 L S14/04/12
161EF 24-70mm f/2.8 L II USM07/02/12
160EF 24mm f/2.8 IS USM07/02/12
159EF 28mm f/2.8 IS USM07/02/12
158CN-E 30–300mm T2.95–3.7 L S04/11/11
157CN-E 14.5–60mm T2.6 L S04/11/11
156CN-E 85mm T1.3 L F04/11/11
155CN-E 50mm T1.3 L F04/11/11
154CN-E 24mm T1.5 L F04/11/11
153EF-S 55-250mm f/4-5.6 IS II13/06/11
152EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS II07/02/11
151EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 III07/02/11
150EF 600mm f/4L IS II USM07/02/11
149EF 500mm f/4L IS II USM07/02/11
N/AExtender EF 1.4X III26/08/10
N/AExtender EF 2x III26/08/10
148EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6L IS USM26/08/10
147EF 300mm f/2.8 L IS II USM26/08/10
146EF 400mm f/2.8 L IS II USM26/08/10
145EF 8-15mm f/4L Fisheye USM26/08/10
144EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS II USM05/01/10
143EF-S 15-85mm f/3.5-5.6 IS USM01/09/09
142EF-S 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS01/09/09
141EF 100mm f/2.8 L Macro IS USM01/09/09
140TS-E 17mm f/4L17/02/09
139TS-E 24mm f/3.5L II17/02/09
138EF 24mm f/1.4L II USM17/09/08
137EF-S 18-200mm f/3.5-5.6 IS26/08/08
136EF 800mm f/5.6L IS USM23/01/08
135EF 200mm f/2L IS USM23/01/08
134EF-S 55-250mm f/4-5.6 IS20/08/07
133EF 14mm f/2.8L II USM20/08/07
132EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS20/08/07
131EF 16-35 mm f/2.8L II USM22/02/07
130EF 50mm f/1.2L USM24/08/06
129EF 70-200mm f/4L IS USM24/08/06
128EF-S 17-55mm f/2.8 IS USM21/02/06
127EF 85mm f/1.2L II USM21/02/06
126EF 24-105mm f/4L IS USM22/08/05
125EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6 IS USM22/08/05
124EF-S 60mm f/2.8 Macro USM17/02/05
123EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 II USM17/02/05
121EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 II17/02/05
121EF-S 10-22mm f/3.5-4.5 USM19/08/04
120EF 28-90mm f/4-5.6 IIISeptember 2004
119EF-S 17-85mm f/4-5.6 IS USM19/08/04
118EF 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6 DO IS USM29/01/04
117EF 28-300mm f/3.5-5.6L IS USM29/01/04
116EF 28-90mm f/4-5.6 IISeptember 2003
115EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.620/08/03
114EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 USM20/08/03
113EF 55-200mm f/4.5-5.6 II USM20/08/03
112EF 17-40 f/4L USM27/02/03
111EF 24-70mm f/2.8 L USM24/09/02
110EF 90-300mm f/4.5-5.6 USMSeptember 2002
109EF 90-300mm f/4.5-5.6September 2002
108EF 28-90mm f/4-5.6 II USMSeptember 2002
107EF 28-105mm f/4-5.6 USMSeptember 2002
106EF 28-105mm f/4-5.6September 2002
105EF 16-35mm f/2.8L USM26/09/01
104EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS USM01/08/01
N/AExtender EF2X IIMarch 2001
N/AExtender EF1.4X IIMarch 2001
103EF 400mm f/4 DO IS USM06/09/00
102EF 28-105mm f/3.5-4.5 II USMOctober 2000
101EF 28-200mm f/3.5-5.6 USMSeptember 2000
100EF 28-200mm f/3.5-5.6September 2000
99EF 28-90mm f/4-5.6 USMSeptember 2000
98EF28-90mm f/4-5.6September 2000
97EF 100mm f/2.8 Macro USMMarch 2000
96EF 70-200mm f/4L USMSeptember 1999
95EF 600mm f/4L IS USMSeptember 1999
94EF 400mm f/2.8L IS USMSeptember 1999
93MP-E 65mm f/2.8 1-5x MacroSeptember 1999
92EF 300mm f/2.8L IS USMJuly 1999
91EF 500mm f/4L IS USMJuly 1999
90EF 75-300mm f/4-5.6 IIIApril 1999
89EF 75-300mm f/4.0-5.6 III USMApril 1999
88EF 28-80mm f/3.5-5.6 V USMApril 1999
87EF 28-80mm f/3.5-5.6 IIApril 1999
86EF 35mm f/1.4L USMDecember 1998
85EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS USMNovember 1998
84EF 22-55mm f/4-5.6 USMMarch 1998
83EF 55-200mm f/4.5-5.6 USMMarch 1998
82EF 28-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS USMFebruary 1998
81EF 24mm f/1.4L USMDecember 1997
80EF 300mm f/4.0L IS USMMarch 1997
79EF 28-80mm f/3.5-5.6 IV USMSeptember 1996
78EF 28-80mm f/3.5-5.6September 1996
77EF 24-85mm f/3.5-4.5 USMSeptember 1996
76EF 17-35mm f/2.8L USMApril 1996
75EF 135mm f/2.0L USMApril 1996
74EF 180mm f/3.5L Macro USMApril 1996
73EF 200mm f/2.8L II USMMarch 1996
72EF 400mm f/2.8L II USMMarch 1996
71EF 28mm f/1.8 USMSeptember 1995
70EF 75-300mm f/4-5.6 IS USMSeptember 1995
69EF 28-80mm f/3.5-5.6 III USMAugust 1995
68EF 75-300mm f/4-5.6 IIJuly 1995
67EF 80-200mm f/4.5-5.6 IIMarch 1995
66EF 75-300mm f/4-5.6 II USMMarch 1995
65EF 70-200mm f/2.8L USMMarch 1995
64EF 35-80mm f/4-5.6 IIIMarch 1995
63EF 38-76mm f/4.5-5.6February 1995
62EF 28-70mm f/2.8L USMNovember 1993
61EF 28-80mm f/3.5-5.6 II USMOctober 1993
60EF 35-80mm f/4-5.6 IISeptember 1993
59EF 1200mm f/5.6L USMJuly 1993
58EF 50mm f/1.4 USMJune 1993
57EF 400mm f/5.6L USMMay 1993
56EF 20-35mm f/3.5-4.5 USMMarch 1993
55EF 35-350mm f/3.5-5.6L USMJanuary 1993
54EF 28-105mm f/3.5-4.5 USMNovember 1992
53EF 85mm f/1.8 USMJuly 1992
52EF 20mm f/2.8 USMJune 1992
51EF 80-200mm f/4.5-5.6 USMJune 1992
50EF 75-300mm f/4-5.6 USMJune 1992
49EF 35-105mm f/4.5-5.6 USMJune 1992
48EF 35-80mm f/4-5.6 USMApril 1992
47EF 500mm f/4.5L USMMarch 1992
46EF 14mm f/2.8L USMDecember 1991
45EF 300mm f/4L USMDecember 1991
44EF 200mm f/2.8L USMDecember 1991
43EF 28-80mm f/3.5-5.6 USMOctober 1991
42EF 100mm f/2 USMOctober 1991
41EF 400mm f/2.8L USMApril 1991
40EF 35-105mm f/4.5-5.6April 1991
39TS-E 90mm f/2.8April 1991
38TS-E 45mm f/2.8April 1991
37TS-E 24mm f/3.5April 1991
36EF 75-300mm f/4-5.6March 1991
35EF 50mm f/1.8 IIDecember 1990
34EF 80-200mm f/4.5-5.6October 1990
33EF 35mm f/2October 1990
32EF 35-80mm f/4-5.6September 1990
31EF 70-210mm f/3.5-4.5 USMJune 1990
30EF 100-300mm f/4.5-5.6 USMJune 1990
29EF 100mm f/2.8 MacroApril 1990
28EF 35-80mm f/4-5.6 PZMarch 1990
27EF 35-135mm f/4-5.6 USMMarch 1990
26EF 20-35mm f/2.8LSeptember 1989
25EF 80-200mm f/2.8LSeptember 1989
24EF 85mm f/1.2L USMSeptember 1989
23EF 50mm f/1.0L USMSeptember 1989
22EF 28-80mm f/2.8-4L USMApril 1989
21EF 100-200mm f/4.5ANovember 1988
20EF 24mm f/2.8November 1988
19EF 200mm f/1.8L USMNovember 1988
18EF 600mm f/4L USMNovember 1988
N/AEF 1.4X ExtenderNovember 1988
17EF 35-70mm f/3.5-4.5AOctober 1988
16EF 35-135mm f/3.5-4.5June 1988
15EF 50-200mm f/3.5-4.5 LJune 1988
14EF 28-70mm f/3.5-4.5 IIJune 1988
13EF 50-200mm f/3.5-4.5December 1987
12EF 50mm f/2.5 Compact MacroDecember 1987
11EF 28-70mm f/3.5-4.5November 1987
10EF 300mm f/2.8L USMNovember 1987
9EF 135mm f/2.8 with SoftfocusOctober 1987
N/AEF 2X ExtenderOctober 1987
8EF 100–300mm f/5.6LJune 1987
7EF 70-210mm f/4May 1987
6EF 28mm f/2.8April 1987
5EF 15mm f/2.8 FisheyeApril 1987
4EF 100–300 mm f/5.6March 1987
3EF 35-70mm f/3.5-4.5March 1987
2EF 35-105mm f/3.5-4.5March 1987
1EF 50mm f/1.8March 1987

Thoughts on this List

When I compiled this list of Canon EF lenses, I found it particularly interesting to go back to the beginning of the EF lens timeline and see the rate at which Canon was releasing lenses for the EF mount in its initial years. It was a rapid expansion!

It’s also interesting to note how what we consider now to be standard zoom ranges, such as 16-35mm, 24-70mm, and 70-200mm, have evolved. At the birth of the EF lens lineup, you were far more likely to find lenses with ranges such as 20-35mm, 28-70mm, and 70-210mm. There were even a few unusual focal ranges, such as a 50-200mm L Series lens that I would love to see again in the Canon lineup and an oddball 38-76mm! Not to mention the legendary 35-350mm L Series zoom.

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8 thoughts on “Exactly How Many Canon EF Lens Models Were There? [COMPLETE LIST]”

  1. Pretty cool listing. Thanks for putting this together, Dan.
    Wasn‘t there also an EF 50 f/0.95L? I could not find that in your list. If I remember well, it was not very successful because what it offered in terms aperture speed it lacked in sharpness to the degree that it was not really usable wide open, which kind of defeted its purpose. It was still a pretty cool record, wasn‘t it?

    • Canon did make a 50mm 0.95, but it was not for the EF mount. I’m not sure exactly what it was, but it was in the 60s or 70s. You might be thinking of the EF 50mm f/1.0 which is on the list in September 1989.

  2. That is some impressive tallying that you have done, here. Comparing the release of Canon lenses to other brands and types, year-to-year, (I only know a little bit and is all about other brands) is quite interesting.

    • At some point, I might get around to compiling a similar list for Nikon’s F Mount. I would be curious to compare the two. As well as comparing the rollout of the EF mount with the rollout of the new RF mount.

  3. If Canon made or sold around 190 million EF mount lenses, I wonder how many EF mount lenses were made and sold by all the other companies that are not Canon?

    • That’s a really good question. In the beginning, not many. The idea of third-party lenses really ramped up in the past ten years. But towards the end, that would be a really interesting thing to know.


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