Canon Camera has quietly announced that it has "decided to end sales" of its last available film camera, the once pro-level EOS-1v.
As I understand it (as explained to me by a high level Canon employee a long time ago), when a camera company decides to keep a "legacy" product in stock, what happens is that one last large run is made, and then the product is sold out of NOS (new old stock), with the outflow regulated by gradually raising the price. With demand ebbing at the same time price is rising, the NOS supply can last for quite a long time, meaning that the product remains "available new" for years longer than an ordinary product lifespan. There's no way of knowing when the last "new" EOS 1v's were manufactured, but chances are good is was quite a long time ago.
All things considered, as with Kodachrome, it's quite admirable that the company managed to keep this product available for so long.
Canon also announced (if my reading of the auto-translation is correct) that it will entertain service requests until 2025, but that repairs might have to be refused after 2020 if parts that are needed have been depleted.
Canon, then called Precision Optical Industry Co. Ltd., created its first film camera prototype in 1934. According to Wikipedia, "The name Canon comes from [the] Buddhist bodhisattva Guan Yin (観音, Kannon in Japanese), previously transliterated as Kuanyin, Kwannon, or Kwanon in English."
Canon film cameras are shown and listed at the Camera Hall of the Canon Camera Museum (online).
(Thanks to Canon Rumors via Phil A.)
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Paulo Bizarro: "This was the epitome of the EOS 1 ethos. I remember seeing the camera ina shop and thinking: I got to have it. It was the only camera that elicited this type of reaction with me."
Kenneth Tanaka: "Around 2009 or 2010 I bought a (well) used EOS 1v just to get the idea of how the 1D cameras evolved. I only shot about 5–10 rolls through it but boy it sure felt solid and had that press-camera durability just like the 1Ds I was using in the day. (I still have the 1v, in fact, lying sadly dormant.)
"I’ve read it reported elsewhere that the last 1v was made in 2008."
McD: "My favorite camera...ever."