Nikon Celebrates Optics Milestone: Total Production of Nikkor Lenses Hits 95 Million

Nikon Celebrates Optics Milestone: Total Production of Nikkor Lenses Hits 95 Million


Tokyo, Japan—Nikon Corporation announced that the total production of Nikkor lenses for Nikon interchangeable-lens cameras reached the 95 million milestone in mid-July 2015. In 1933, Nikon marketed its first camera lens under the Nikkor brand name, the Aero-Nikkor for aerial photography. Since then, Nikkor has been used as the brand name for Nikon interchangeable lenses.

The company continues to introduce Nikkor lenses utilizing proprietary technologies, including its Nano Crystal Coat. Acting as an antireflection coating, Nano Crystal Coat is built to reduce ghosting and flare. Nikkor lens technologies also combine Phase Fresnel (PF) elements with a chromatic aberration capability, making lenses smaller and lighter. Additionally, incorporating fluorite lens elements has allowed telephoto lenses to be much more compact. And a fluorine coat now helps repel contaminants such as dust, dirt, water, oils and grease.

The most recent Nikkor introductions include the AF-S Nikkor 300mm f/4E PF ED VR. Announced in January 2015, it is a lighter weight, full-frame, 300mm fixed focal length AF lens. Compatible with Nikon FX-format DSLR cameras, the telephoto lens incorporates Phase Fresnel (PF) optical technology to help correct chromatic aberration and reduce its overall size and weight.

Additionally, Nikon recently announced the AF-S Nikkor 500mm f/4E FL ED VR and AF-S Nikkor 600mm f/4E FL ED VR FX-format super-telephoto lenses. Each boasts a maximum aperture of f/4, offering photographers the ability to fill the frame and create separation between subject and background. With two fluorite lens elements, both lenses are said to be the lightest lenses in their respective classes.

Another new offering is the AF-S DX Nikkor 16–80mm f/2.8–4E ED VR lens. It features a 5x zoom range for Nikon DX-format camera users and incorporates the latest optical design technologies, including Nikon’s fluorine coat.