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Canon Lens Date Code

1988 Canon EF 70-210mm f/4 Date Code.

 

Canon Lens Date Code

UC1204: The C means 1988 and 12 is December.

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Canon has been stamping date codes on cameras and lenses since about 1960.

The first letter, "U," means Canon's 3,000 employee, 750,000 sf (75,000 m^2) lens plant in Utsunomiya, Japan, founded in 1977.

"F" would mean Canon's 1,200 employee, 1,300,000 sf (125,000 m^2) Fukushima plant founded in 1970.

"O" will mean Canon's new (production starting May 2007) Oita lens plant with 600 people and 160,000 sf (15,000 m^2), and so on.

Canon uses the second letter for the year. Canon started with A in 1960 and made it to Z by 1985.

In 1986 they started again at A and today, in 2007, have made it back up to V.

The next two digits are the month.

No one has decoded the last two digits.

Early date codes may have had the first letter (the factory code) on the end, so the first letter would be the year.

Canon Year Codes

A
1986
1960
2012
B
1987
1961
2013
C
1988
1962
2014
D
1989
1963
2015
E
1990
1964
2016
F
1991
1965
2017
G
1992
1966
2018
H
1993
1967
2019
I
1994
1968
2020
J
1995
1969
2021
K
1996
1970
2022
L
1997
1971
2023
M
1998
1972
2024
N
1999
1973
2025
O
2000
1974
2026
P
2001
1975
2027
Q
2002
1976
2028
R
2003
1977
2029
S
2004
1978
2030
T
2005
1979
2031
U
2006
1980
2032
V
2007
1981
2033
W
2008
1982
2034
X
2009
1983
2035
Y
2010
1984
2036
Z
2011
1985
2037

 

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