Canon calls time on the film camera 佳能底片相機走入歷史

Tue, Jun 05, 2018 - Page 14

Japanese camera manufacturer Canon Inc, in business for 81 years, has announced it has stopped sales of the only film camera model left in its catalogue, citing the widespread popularity of digital cameras and collapsing demand for film cameras. The announcement lowers the curtain on traditional film cameras for the company.

According to Japanese broadcaster NHK, Canon has sold film cameras since its foundation in 1937. The company’s sole surviving film camera model was the EOS-1v single-lens reflex camera, but the model was discontinued by Canon last week.

Information from the Japan Camera Industry Association shows that shipments of film cameras peaked in 1990 at around 5.38 million units. As digital cameras became more widespread, shipments of film cameras gradually declined year-on-year. By 2007, shipments had declined to 54,000 units, just 1 percent of the quantity shipped during the heyday of film camera sales.

The Canon EOS-1v, introduced in 2000, was Canon’s top-of-the-line film camera. Production of the model ceased at the end of October, 2010 and Canon now no longer has any of the model left in stock.

While rival Japanese camera manufacturer Nikon Corp continues to sell a film camera model, Fujifilm Holdings Corp announced in March that it will discontinue its Neopan 100 Acros black-and-white photographic film in October, citing the continued contraction of the film camera market.

In related news, renowned German camera maker Leica Camera AG last month announced it has discontinued production of its M7 film camera. The Leica M7 is a 35mm rangefinder camera, introduced in 2002 to replace the M6. Leica still produces several models of film camera.

The M7 was a departure from Leica’s traditional, fully-mechanical designs and included more modern features including an electronic shutter. Other models in Leica’s M range of cameras use entirely mechanical shutters and all-manual operation, and are more popular with Leica “purists,” which may be the reason why the company decided to discontinue the M7.

(CNA, translated by Edward Jones)





日本的另一家相機大廠尼康仍持續出售底片相機,但富士軟片公司三月宣布,今年十月以後將不再販售Neopan 100 Acros黑白底片,底片相機的市場有持續縮小之勢。


M7機型脫離了徠卡傳統的全機械式設 計,並加入較新穎的功能,例如電子快門等特色。相較之下,徠卡M系列相機的其他型號則使用機械快門和全手動控制模式,較受徠卡的「基本教義信徒」歡迎,這也許是該公司決定停止生產M7機型的原因。




Reading Comprehension

Leica Cameras

The company known today as Leica Camera AG was founded by Ernst Leitz in Wetzlar, Germany in 1913 and was originally called Ernst Leitz Optische Werke. In addition to making cameras, today the company also produces lenses, binoculars and rifle scopes.

The original 35mm Leica camera prototypes were built by Oskar Barnack in 1913 and were designed as compact cameras to be used for landscape photography. Following testing of the prototypes, the company’s first production model, the Leica I, was introduced to the public in 1925 at the Leipzig Spring Fair and was an instant success.

The Leica II and Leica III models, developed during the 1930s, further refined the design of the Leica camera and these models continued in production through the 1950s.

In 1954 Leitz released the classic Leica M3 rangefinder design, updated versions of which are still being produced by the company to this day.

(Edward Jones, Taipei Times)