Nikon India, 100% subsidiary of Nikon Corporation Tokyo, is pleased to announce that total production of NIKKOR lenses*1 for Nikon interchangeable lens 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 f/2. The NIKKOR tradition has continued over the many years since that first lens was released. Since then, Nikon continues 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.
Speaking on the announcement, Mr. Hiroshi Takashina, Managing Director, Nikon Indiasaid “Nikon’s endeavor has always been providing customers with new offerings which encourages them towards photography and helps them pursue their passion with utmost commitment. The history of Nikon cameras has always gone hand in hand with the history of NIKKOR lenses and we have always sworn to bring in innovative technologies which incubates photography ecosystem.”
He added, “With the total production of NIKKOR lenses reaching 85 million, we are setting new benchmarks and are proactively working towards bringing new technologies enabling photographers to enhance their photographic experience.”
In August 2013, Nikon announced the AF-S DX NIKKOR 18-140mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR, anapproximately 7.8x high-power normal zoom lens that covers a broad range of angles of view and is compatible with Nikon DX-format digital SLR cameras.
In October 2013, Nikon added the AF-S NIKKOR 58mm f/1.4G, a fast normal lens compatible with Nikon FX-format digital SLR cameras that proposes new photographic creativity possible only with NIKKOR lenses, to its lineup. Since its release, the AF-S NIKKOR 58mm f/1.4G has been extremely well received for its ability to minimize sagittal coma flare*2 for rendering of point light sources as sharp points with no distortion or fringes across the entire frame, even at maximum aperture.
In January 2014, Nikon added the AF-S NIKKOR 35mm f/1.8G ED*3, a portable lens that offers a bright viewfinder image of a fast fixed focal length lens and the beautiful blur characteristics of a shallow depth of field. In addition, adoption of an ED lens element and an aspherical lens element, which ensure superior image quality, and optical design that controls sagittal coma flare*2 for excellent point image formation make the lens capable of maximizing the distinctive characteristics of high pixel-count digital SLR cameras with expression of the finest details.
In September 2013, Nikon deployed its Optical Performance and Total Image Analyzer (OPTIA), 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.