Nikon Reaches Lens Milestone with 75 Million Nikkor Lenses Produced

Nikon Reaches Lens Milestone with 75 Million Nikkor Lenses Produced


Melville, NY—Nikon Corporation announced that total production of Nikkor lenses for Nikon SLR cameras and Nikon 1 compact cameras with interchangeable lenses reached 75 million in November 2012.

In 1959, Nikon, then Nippon Kogaku K.K., released its first Nikkor lens for SLR cameras, the Nikkor-S Auto 5cm f/2, along with its first SLR, the Nikon F. Since its initial release, Nikon has cultivated a strong Nikkor tradition and expanded its lineup of interchangeable lenses to bring total production to 75 million. Nikon reached the 70 million milestone in May 2012, and over the past six months has continued to release new Nikkor lenses for its DSLR and Nikon 1 cameras.

The company recently introduced the AF-S Nikkor 70-200mm f/4 telephoto zoom lens, the latest addition to it series of f/4 lenses and the first Nikkor lens to feature the third generation of Nikon’s Vibration Reduction (VR) technology with up to five stops of image stabilization.

Also recently introduced were several lenses for Nikon 1 shooters, including the 1 Nikkor 11-27.5mm f/3.5-5.6 zoom lens and 1 Nikkor 18.5mm f/1.8 fixed focal length lens.

The Nikkor lens lineup features more than 80 lenses built for a variety of users, from beginners to professional photographers. The current line features zoom lenses, ultra-wide-angle, super-telephoto, specialty fisheye, Micro and PC-E lenses. Nikkor, the brand name for Nikon lenses, 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.