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16 January 2014

Nikon has annnounced it has now produced 85 million Nikkor lenses, including optics for its dSLRs, Nikon 1 system and other advanced cameras. The company produced the first Nikkor lenses in 1959 along with the Nikon F SLR.

The Nikkor name comes from adding an "r" to "Nikko" (the Romanized abbreviation for Nippon Kogaku K.K., the company's original name), which a common practice in the naming of photographic lenses at the time.

Nikon's lineup of interchangeable lenses currently features more than 80 lenses, including ultra wide-angle to super-telephoto lenses, fisheye lenses, zoom lenses, micro lenses, and PC-E lenses that support a wide variety of applications, as well as 1 Nikkor lenses for advanced cameras with interchangeable lenses.

In 2013, Nikon celebrated the 80th anniversary of Nikkor lenses with a variety of activities conveying the advantages of Nikkor lenses, including creation of the Eyes of Nikon photo collection, a collection of images by photographers active globally.

Total Production of Nikkor Lenses for Interchangeable Lens Cameras Reaches 85 Million

TOKYO -- Nikon Corp. has announced that total production of Nikkor lenses for Nikon interchangeable lens cameras including dSLRs, Nikon 1 and Advanced Cameras, reached eighty-five million at the beginning of January 2014.

In 1959, Nikon (then Nippon Kogaku K.K.) released the Nikon F as well as the first Nikkor lenses for Nikon SLR cameras, including the Nikkor-S Auto 5cm f2. The Nikkor tradition has continued over the many years since that first lens was released. Nikon has continued to expand its lineup of interchangeable lenses for Nikon 1 advanced cameras with interchangeable lenses, the first of which was released in October 2011, bringing total lens production to eighty-five million.

Nikon has steadily expanded its lineup of Nikkor lenses incorporating advanced optical technologies cultivated over the years.

In August 2013, Nikon announced the AF-S DX Nikkor 18-140mm f3.5-5.6-GB ED VR, an approximately 7.8x high-power normal zoom lens that covers a broad range of angles of view and is compatible with Nikon DX-format dSLR cameras.

In October 2013, Nikon added the AF-S Nikkor 58mm f1.4-GB, a fast normal lens compatible with Nikon FX-format dSLR cameras that proposes new photographic creativity possible only with Nikkor lenses, to its lineup. Since its release, the AF-S Nikkor 58mm f1.4-GB has been extremely well received for its ability to minimize sagittal coma flare, in which the edges of pinpoint light sources in photos of night landscapes and the like appear distorted to resemble the outspread wings of a bird in flight, for rendering of point light sources as sharp points with no distortion or fringes across the entire frame, even at maximum aperture.

In September 2013, Nikon announced the world's first waterproof and tough 1 Nikkor AW 11-27.5mm f3.5-5.6 (included in the Nikon 1 AW1 waterproof zoom lens kit) and 1 Nikkor AW 10mm f2.8 along with the Nikon 1 AW1 advanced camera with interchangeable lenses. The current 1 Nikkor lineup is comprised of eleven lenses and Nikon will continue to expand and enrich this lineup.

In September 2013, Nikon deployed its Optical Performance and Total Image Analyzer, a new measurement device that is able to measure all forms of aberration in interchangeable lenses for cameras, as well as a dedicated image simulator. Utilization of OPTIA and the dedicated image simulator not only enables greater control over resolution, but also development of lenses with control over varying characteristics of individual lenses, an aspect for which Nikkor lenses have always been so well received.

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