Chronological list of EF/EF-S lenses since 1987

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Chronological list of EF/EF-S lenses since 1987
Jun 25, 2009

Here is a chronological list of all the EF and EF-S lenses introduced since 1987. The information is all contained on Canon's Lens Museum site, although it's sorted by lens type and focal length there rather than by date, so it's difficult to see what came when.

All up, Canon have introduced 140 lenses since 1987 - 52 primes and 88 zooms. Of these, 129 have been EF mount and the remaining 11 EF-S. About half have since been discontinued (the oldest still in production are the 15mm Fisheye and the 28mm/2.8) but a surprising number of old clunkers are still with us today.

So here is the complete list - year and month (yyyymm) followed by the lens(es) introduced. An asterisk means it's in production as at June 2009:

198703 : EF50mm f/1.8
198703 : EF35-70mm f/3.5-4.5
198703 : EF35-105mm f/3.5-4.5
198703 : EF100-300mm f/5.6
198704 : EF15mm f/2.8 Fisheye *
198704 : EF28mm f/2.8 *
198705 : EF70-210mm f/4
198706 : EF100-300mm f/5.6L
198710 : EF135mm f/2.8 Soft Focus *
198711 : EF300mm f/2.8L USM
198711 : EF28-70mm f/3.5-4.5
198712 : EF50mm f/2.5 Compact Macro *
198712 : EF50-200mm f/3.5-4.5
198806 : EF28-70mm f/3.5-4.5 II
198806 : EF35-135mm f/3.5-4.5
198806 : EF50-200mm f/3.5-4.5L
198810 : EF35-70mm f/3.5-4.5A
198811 : EF24mm f/2.8 *
198811 : EF200mm f/1.8L USM
198811 : EF600mm f/4L USM
198812 : EF100-200mm f/4.5A
198904 : EF28-80mm f/2.8-4L USM
198909 : EF50mm f/1.0L USM
198909 : EF85mm f/1.2L USM
198909 : EF80-200mm f/2.8L
198910 : EF20-35mm f/2.8L
199003 : EF35-80mm f/4-5.6 PZ
199003 : EF35-135mm f/4-5.6 USM
199004 : EF100mm f/2.8 Macro
199006 : EF70-210mm f/3.5-4.5 USM
199006 : EF100-300mm f/4.5-5.6 USM *
199009 : EF35-80mm f/4-5.6
199010 : EF35mm f/2 *
199011 : EF80-200mm f/4.5-5.6
199012 : EF50mm f/1.8 II *
199103 : EF75-300mm f/4-5.6
199104 : EF400mm f/2.8L USM
199104 : TS-E24mm f/3.5L
199104 : TS-E45mm f/2.8 *
199104 : TS-E90mm f/2.8 *
199104 : EF35-105mm f/4.5-5.6
199110 : EF100mm f/2 USM *
199110 : EF28-80mm f/3.5-5.6 USM
199112 : EF14mm f/2.8L USM
199112 : EF200mm f/2.8L USM
199112 : EF300mm f/4L USM
199203 : EF500mm f/4.5L USM
199204 : EF35-80mm f/4-5.6 USM
199206 : EF20mm f/2.8 USM *
199206 : EF85mm f/1.8 USM *
199206 : EF35-105mm f/4.5-5.6 USM
199206 : EF75-300mm f/4-5.6 USM
199206 : EF80-200mm f/4.5-5.6 USM
199211 : EF28-105mm f/3.5-4.5 USM
199301 : EF35-350mm f/3.5-5.6L USM
199303 : EF20-35mm f/3.5-4.5 USM *
199305 : EF400mm f/5.6L USM *
199306 : EF50mm f/1.4 USM *
199307 : EF1200mm f/5.6L USM *
199309 : EF35-80mm F4-5.6 II
199310 : EF28-80mm f/3.5-5.6 II USM
199311 : EF28-70mm f/2.8L USM
199502 : EF38-76mm f/4.5-5.6
199503 : EF35-80mm f/4-5.6 III *
199503 : EF70-200mm f/2.8L USM
199503 : EF75-300mm f/4-5.6 II USM
199503 : EF80-200mm f/4.5-5.6 II *
199507 : EF75-300mm f/4-5.6 II
199508 : EF28-80mm f/3.5-5.6 III USM
199509 : EF28mm f/1.8 USM *
199509 : EF75-300mm f/4-5.6 IS USM *
199603 : EF200mm f/2.8L II USM *
199603 : EF400mm f/2.8L II USM
199604 : EF135mm f/2L USM *
199604 : EF180mm f/3.5L Macro USM *
199604 : EF17-35mm f/2.8L USM
199609 : EF24-85mm f/3.5-4.5 USM *
199609 : EF28-80mm f/3.5-5.6
199609 : EF28-80mm f/3.5-5.6 IV USM
199703 : EF300mm f/4L IS USM *
199712 : EF24mm f/1.4L USM
199802 : EF28-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS USM *
199803 : EF22-55mm f/4-5.6 USM
199803 : EF55-200mm f/4.5-5.6 USM
199811 : EF100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS USM *
199812 : EF35mm f/1.4L USM *
199904 : EF28-80mm f/3.5-5.6 II *
199904 : EF28-80mm f/3.5-5.6 V USM
199904 : EF75-300mm f/4-5.6 III *
199904 : EF75-300mm f/4-5.6 III USM
199907 : EF300mm f/2.8L IS USM *
199907 : EF500mm f/4L IS USM *
199909 : EF400mm f/2.8L IS USM *
199909 : EF600mm f/4L IS USM *
199909 : MP-E65mm f/2.8 Macro *
199909 : EF70-200mm f/4L USM *
200003 : EF100mm f/2.8 Macro USM *
200009 : EF28-200mm f/3.5-5.6 *
200009 : EF28-200mm f/3.5-5.6 USM *
200010 : EF28-90mm f/4-5.6
200010 : EF28-90mm f/4-5.6 USM
200010 : EF28-105mm f/3.5-4.5 II USM *
200109 : EF70-200mm f/2.8L IS USM *
200112 : EF400mm f/4 DO IS USM *
200112 : EF16-35mm f/2.8L USM
200209 : EF28-90mm f/4-5.6 II USM *
200209 : EF28-105mm f/4-5.6 *
200209 : EF28-105mm f/4-5.6 USM *
200209 : EF90-300mm f/4-5.6 USM *
200211 : EF24-70mm f/2.8L USM *
200305 : EF17-40mm f/4L USM *
200309 : EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6
200309 : EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 USM
200309 : EF28-90mm f/4-5.6 II
200309 : EF55-200mm f/4.5-5.6 II USM *
200309 : EF90-300mm f/4.5-5.6 *
200406 : EF28-300mm f/3.5-5.6L IS USM *
200406 : EF70-300mm f/4.5-5.6 DO IS USM *
200409 : EF-S 17-85mm f/4-5.6 IS USM *
200409 : EF28-90mm f/4-5.6 III *
200411 : EF-S 10-22mm f/3.5-4.5 USM *
200503 : EF-S 60mm f/2.8 Macro USM *
200503 : EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 II
200503 : EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 II USM
200509 : EF24-105mm f/4L IS USM *
200509 : EF70-300mm f/4-5.6 IS USM *
200602 : EF-S 17-55mm f/2.8 IS USM*
200602 : EF85mm f/1.2L II USM*
200608 : EF70-200mm f/4L IS USM*
200608 : EF50mm f/1.2L USM*
200702 : EF16-35mm f/2.8L II USM*
200708 : EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS *
200708 : EF-S 55-250mm f/4-5.6 IS *
200708 : EF14mm f/2.8L II USM *
200802 : EF200mm f/2L IS USM *
200802 : EF800mm f/5.6L IS USM *
200809 : EF24mm f/1.4L II USM *
200809 : EF-S 18-200mm f3.5-5.6 IS*
200902 : TS-E 17mm f4/L *
200902 : TS-E 24mm f3.5L II *

Steve H
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