NIKKOR achieves its significant 100 million mark

Nikon Nikkor 100 million milestone logo

NIKKOR lenses for interchangeable lens cameras reach a total production of 100 million

SYDNEY – Nikon Australia is proud to announce a historic milestone achievement of 100 million in total production for NIKKOR lenses*1 designed for Nikon interchangeable lens cameras.

The NIKKOR Brand
Since the launch of the first NIKKOR lens in 1959, Nikon has proudly crafted over 90 types of high-quality lenses that respond to the strict demands of users. These include fixed focal length (prime) lenses covering ultra wide-angle to super-telephoto angles of view, fisheye lenses, zoom lenses, Micro lenses, and PC-E lenses that support a wide variety of applications, as well as 1 NIKKOR lenses, Advanced Cameras with Interchangeable Lenses.

Nikon also hosts the NIKKOR.com global branding site www.nikkor.com, which shares the appeal of NIKKOR lenses around the world with a wide variety of captivating contents, including photo and video galleries containing works recorded with NIKKOR lenses, video interviews with lens designers and many more. While in Asia Pacific and Middle East regions, I AM MY NIKKOR mynikkor.com inspires the passion and adventure of Nikon photographers.

Nikon F mount, running parallel to NIKKOR lenses for more than 50 years
Nikon has used the Nikon F mount for its SLR cameras and interchangeable lenses for more than half a century. Since the introduction of the Nikon F mount in 1950, a bayonet mount has been adopted with the use of stainless steel, a property known for its superior durability and corrosion resistance, and the mount’s basic design foresaw the increase in lens diameters. Throughout its history, the cutting-edge technologies of the time (including aperture control and autofocus) have improved the F mount and Nikon will continue to adopt these new technologies in the future to support the latest digital cameras and lenses.

NIKKOR lens characteristics achieved with OPTIA
In addition to development of the latest optical technologies and commercialisation of products utilising these technologies, Nikon continues its work in the research and development of evaluating optical performance. In 2013, Nikon began development and deployment of OPTIA*2, a device for measuring all forms of aberration*3 occurring with photographic lenses that was originally developed as a means for measuring aberration in IC steppers and scanners, as well as a dedicated image simulator that is used with OPTIA. OPTIA and the dedicated image simulator are still used to evaluate and verify NIKKOR lens characteristics today.

In addition to resolution, camera lens performance is also indicated by characteristics such as “bokeh”, reproduction of textures and sense of depth. The application of OPTIA’s aberration measurement to Nikon lenses has always been highly reputable.

The image simulator, a software developed alongside OPTIA, enables simulation at the design stage that is equivalent to actual photography with lens prototypes. With this, lenses can be developed with greater control over not only resolution, but also a wide variety of lens characteristics.

Adoption of the new design concept formulated with the use of OPTIA and the image simulator will enable more effective development of high-performance lenses with unique characteristics, thus allowing Nikon to provide customers with interchangeable lens experiences that offer new forms of value.

One of the lenses designed using OPTIA is the new AF-S NIKKOR 105mm f/1.4E ED, released today. This lens embodies the “three-dimensional high-fidelity” design concept where the constructional design of the lens makes three-dimensional subjects appear more life-like in two-dimensional photographs. It enables photos with a natural sense of depth and in which the primary subject is impressively rendered, while expressing beautiful bokeh characteristics that change gradually as the distance from the focus position increases.
Nikon will celebrate its 100th anniversary in 2017 with expectations to continue developing high-quality, appealing products that exceed expectations with more advanced technologies and even stricter quality control, and to offer the services our users need.

1 Interchangeable lenses for Nikon SLR cameras and Nikon 1 Advanced Camera with Interchangeable Lenses
2 Optical Performance and Total Image Analyzer
3 Aberration occurs when light from one point of an object does not converge into a single point after transmission through an optical system, causing image “bleed” or “blur”. Aberration may also cause the image of an object to be formed in a different shape from that of the object