25 years of the legendary Canon EOS 1 series, an awesome and powerful SLR and DSLR camera, that stood tall and proud above the rest. I am a happy and proud owner of one their Canon EOS 1 series family, currently using the Canon EOS 1D Mark III and I also reviewed the Canon EOS 1DX in 2012! The Canon EOS 1DX is my planned next upgrade from my current Canon EOS 1D Mark III, although there is a possibility that I might go for the Canon EOS 1D Mark IV first and later go for the Canon EOS 1DX (that means I am able to own 2 x Canon EOS 1 Series DSLR bodies!).

I had great and fun adventures with the Canon EOS 1D Mark III, accompanying me through the past few years and helped me a lot in my photography progression and learning. Although it was a used/second hand DSLR, it was in very mint condition and brought me to greater heights and further opportunities in sports photography! Here’s my sports photography collection on Flickr and 500px that I took over the past few years! The Canon EOS 1 Series is a pedigree family line of powerful SLR and DSLR cameras, a class of its own.

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Photograph taken by Renhao

It’s a mean powerful machine as some photographers might call it, pair the Canon EOS 1 Series with the big primes such as the 300mm f/2.8 and above, the combination of the Canon EOS 1 Series with a big prime telephoto lens makes it a very powerful and strong combination. Being an owner of a Canon EOS 1D Mark III with Canon EF 300mm f/2.8 L USM, it’s heavy in weight (took me a few months to acclimatise to it!), I can testify to its powerful strengths, capabilities and beautiful sporting moments!

What is the history behind the Canon EOS 1 Series that debuted in 1989? Let me share with you the story of the Canon EOS 1 Series courtesy of Canon Singapore

“We are proud to have been a partner to many throughout the history of professional photography. The EOS-1 is a symbol of the commitment to quality and innovation that Canon has made, in employing the latest innovations to help photographers fulfill their desires in achieving the industry’s best shots,” said Edwin Teoh, Assistant Director for Consumer Business Marketing, Canon Singapore.

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Source: Canon Marketing Japan Facebook Page

In 1987, Canon launched EOS, the world’s first AF (autofocus) single-lens reflex camera to employ a fully electronic mount system, using electrical signals to control such functions as autofocusing and aperture adjustment. Two years later, in 1989, the Company introduced the top-of-the-line professional-model EOS-1. Created to satisfy the advanced demands of professional photographers, the camera marked the inaugural model of Canon’s EOS-1 series. Based on the EOS concept of delivering automated performance in accordance with the will of the user, the EOS-1 featured cutting-edge technologies, class-leading levels of performance, high durability, robustness and reliability.

In 1994, as a growing number of professional photographers were making use of the autofocusing capabilities offered by cameras, Canon launched the EOS-1N, featuring an increased number of focusing points and increased predictive focusing when tracking moving subjects. Additionally, in 2000, the Company introduced the EOS-1V, equipped with 45-point high-density Area AF, which contributed to high-speed predictive AF of up to 9 frames per second. In this way, Canon has consistently launched flagship-model SLR cameras designed to satisfy the demands of professionals in step with the changing times.

Upon entering the digital era, Canon launched its first flagship-model professional digital SLR camera—the EOS-1D—in 2001, followed in 2002 by the EOS-1Ds, equipped with a full-frame 35mm sensor. Since then, the Company has reinforced its product lineup through efforts targeting enhanced image quality and continuous shooting performance.

In June 2012, Canon unveiled the EOS-1D X, its latest flagship pro-model digital SLR camera, marking the EOS-1 series’ 13th* model since the launch of the original EOS-1. The 1D X has garnered strong acclaim from professionals working in a wide range of fields, from photojournalism and sports coverage to commercial and nature photography.

* Information Courtesy of Canon Singapore and Ogilvy Public Relations *

It has been a great photography journey with the Canon EOS 1 Series and I am looking forward to progress and grow my photography adventures further in the future with the Canon EOS 1 Series family!