Canon Digital Photography
In 1984 Canon started Digital Photography!
Canon digital photography has been at the forefront of photographic developments since 1984 when the company produced its first digital cameras. This is not surprising, since the company, which was founded in Japan in 1937 has led the photographic revolution since the start. Of course Canon digital photography is quite different to the type of photography that relied on the first Canon camera - Japan's very first 35 mm focal plane shutter camera. On top of this, Canon digital photography continues to develop and grow annually, as they launch an ongoing range of cameras, lenses and other photographic equipment.
If you look at the range of cameras offered by the company today, you will see that they still manufacture one 35 mm single lens reflex (SLR) camera that uses film. All the rest are based on digital technology. All their SLR cameras (including the film camera) utilise an electro-optical system, first introduced in 1987, and may be operated with a variety of different lenses including a selection of:
- ultra-wide zoom lenses,
- standard zoom lenses,
- telephoto zoom lenses,
- wide-angle lenses,
- standard and medium telephoto lenses,
- telephoto lenses,
- super telephoto lenses,
- macro lenses, and
- tilt-shift lenses.
The tilt-shift lenses are particularly interesting, illustrating to a large degree how the technology has developed. For example, the TS-E 90 mm/f2.8 lens was the world's very first 35 mm-format telephoto lens that has tilt and shift movements. It can be used for all sorts of subject matter and is great for producing background blur. The TS-E 24 mm f/3.5L II, described as "a true Canon classic" features an angle of view that is 84º on a full-frame camera. But you can tilt and shift within a range of about 90º in the direction of movement. It also has a revolving function and a circular aperture that produces lovely out-of-focus areas.
In addition to SLR cameras, the company also manufactures a popular range of high-end PowerShot models that offer the compact convenience of point-and-shoot cameras, but promise great quality photos. These are a lot cheaper than the SLR models, and so are extremely popular with enthusiastic amateurs who decide to pursue a hobby in Canon digital photography.