Canon Says Goodbye to Film Cameras


Canon's headquarters in Tokyo, Japan. / Photo by: Ueno via Wikimedia Commons


Canon announced that it had discontinued sales of its last film camera model, the EOS-1v. Production of the camera actually ended in 2010 but the Japanese camera maker continued to sell the remaining inventory. Canon will continue to repair existing EOS-1v units until October 31, 2025, but requests for repairs will be denied if parts or inventory run out, according to Dani Deahl, reporting for The Verge.  

Launched in 2000, the EOS-1v is a 35mm single-lens reflex camera, the design of which became the basis for Canon’s future cameras, including the EOS-1D. The v is a reference to the camera as being the first model in Canon’s fifth generation of SLR cameras. Its demise marks the end of an era for Canon which started selling manual film cameras in Japan in the 1930s under the brand name “Kwanon.” When the EOS-1v was first introduced, it gained the distinction of being the fastest moving-mirror film camera ever because it can shoot up to 10 frames per second.

The withdrawal of the EOS-1v from the market is expected to push up the prices of second-hand EOS-1Vs on eBay and other resellers which range from US$350 to US$750, depending on the camera’s condition. Earlier, German camera maker Leica also announced that it had stopped selling its iconic M7 camera.  

Film camera aficionados who mourn the passing of yet another venerable model still have reason to celebrate because Nikon is still selling two film models -- the Nikon FM10 retails for US$ 570 while the Nikon F6 can be had for US$2700. If that does not stop them from grieving, they can get their hands on Leica’s remaining film camera models, the MP and the M-A.