Canon has officially announced the discontinuation of their last remaining film camera, the EOS-1V. Thus, the sun sets on Canon’s film camera business, which has spanned more than 80 years.
The origins of modern day Canon can be traced to 1937, when the Precision Optics Company created the “Kwanon,” a 35mm focal-plane-shutter camera. At the time, Precision Optics (aka Canon) didn’t make lenses, so the camera used those produced by Nippon Kogaku K.K—a precursor of Nikon.
For the next eight decades, Canon dominated much of the film SLR market along with Nikon, before producing their first digital cameras in the 1980s. The final film survivor – the 1V – was the fifth generation of Canon SLRs and aimed at professional film photographers.
RIP, Canon film photography.
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