Move over dinosaurs and dodos, film cameras may soon be joining you on the extinct list. Iconic camera maker Canon has declared they are officially ending production of their last film camera: the EOS-1v. This is yet another sign that digital is the way to go for photography, and that the drive-up Fotomat booth is never coming back.
The news was oddly announced on Google’s translate. The statement went: “Thank you very much for your continued patronage of Canon products. By the way, we are finally decided to end sales for the film single lens reflex camera EOS – 1v.”
The EOS-1v first started production back in 2000. Canon actually stopped making them ten years later, but had plenty of stock to sell. The company will still repair existing models, which is great news for film camera purists. However, repairs will not be done after October of 2025. Canon also warns that request for repairs may not be honored after October of 2020, because parts may not be available.
The EOS-1v is a professional 35mm SLR camera. It was Canon’s 5th generation of SLRs. SLR stands for single lens reflex, which is how the camera works. Digital technology has been taking over both photography and videography for about a decade now. Consumer consumption of the tech was slow at first. Nowadays, everyone and their mother has a digital device—most in the form of an iPhone or Android cell. The quality, compactness, decreasing cost, and ease of use has helped expedite the demise of old-school film cameras.
Canon Isn’t The Last Of The Film Camera Makers
Though Canon has thrown in the towel on film cameras, competitor Nikon is still in the fight. They still offer their F6 and FM10 film cameras for those who long for the halcyon days of photography. However, it’s only a matter of time before they too follow Canon’s path.