Melville, NY—Nikon Corporation announced that total production of Nikkor interchangeable lenses for Nikon SLRs reached 65 million at the beginning of October 2011.
In 1959, Nikon (then Nippon Kogaku K.K.) released its first SLR camera, the Nikon F, as well as its first Nikkor interchangeable lenses for Nikon SLR cameras—among them the Nikkor-S Auto 5cm f/2.
In March 2011, total production of Nikkor lenses reached sixty million, and since then Nikon has continued to expand the product lineup by releasing two new Nikkor lenses for FX- and DX-format SLR cameras.
Nikkor lenses released since March 2011 include the: AF-S Nikkor 50mm f/1.8G (June 2011)—a fast FX-format standard fixed focal length (prime) lens that produces bright images and offers blur characteristics and “superior rendering performance” with a focal length of 50mm and fast maximum aperture of f/1.8; and the AF-S DX Micro Nikkor 40mm f/2.8G (August 2011)—a standard DX-format Micro-Nikkor lens with a focal length of 40mm and a maximum aperture of f/2.8. This lens enables extremely close-up shooting with a minimum focus distance of 0.163m and offers blur characteristics.
Announced on September 21, the Nikon 1 J1 and the 1 V1 are the first cameras in the Nikon 1 compact interchangeable-lens system that uses the new Nikon 1 lens mount system. F-mount Nikkor lenses can also be attached to the Nikon 1 J1 and the 1 V1 using the dedicated mount adapter FT1.
The brand name for Nikon lenses, the Nikkor name comes from adding “R”—a common practice in the naming of photographic lenses at the time the name was established—to “Nikko,” the Romanized abbreviation for Nippon Kogaku K.K. nikonusa.com