Canon Lens Date Codes

26th November 2014
In: News
Understanding Canon Date Codes

Ever wondered what those date stamps mean? When you unmount your Canon lens from your camera and look at the contacts there are some numbers stamped on the metal surface. If someone asks you when selling s lens or if you are just curious to know when your lovely used lens was made here are some facts to help you.

You’ll typically see on L-glass lenses numbers stamped like this: UU1204. This means that the lens was made in Utsonomiya in 2006 in the month of December.

The first letter of the date code refers to where the item was manufactured. There are only three (3) locations that Canon produces their products.

U = Utsunomiya, Japan
F = Fukushima, Japan
O = Oita, Japan

The next letter of the date code refers to the year the product was manufactured. There are 26 letters. Canon recycles their letter codes.

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

However beware as some recent Canon lenses do not have date codes at all!!

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