Nikkor celebrates its 80th anniversary

80 years Nikkor lenses

This year Nikon celebrates the 80th anniversary of the Nikkor lenses:

Nikon Corporation celebrates the 80th anniversary of the launch of its NIKKOR photographic lenses this year

In commemoration of NIKKOR's 80th anniversary, Nikon hopes to strengthen and increase awareness of the historic and reliable NIKKOR brand with various promotions in 2013. The first step toward achieving this objective is the creation of a NIKKOR 80th anniversary logo that will be used in Nikon product brochures, advertisements, and various other forms of communication. The anniversary logo will embody NIKKOR's image of taking the lead in every age based on optical technologies developed over its long history.

NIKKOR's history began in 1932 with Nikon's (then Nippon Kogaku K.K.) registration of the NIKKOR trademark, soon followed in 1933 with the first shipment of Aero-Nikkor aerial photographic lenses. Since then, Nikon has continued to develop lenses for both film and digital cameras. Always loaded with cutting edge optical technologies of the times, NIKKOR has grown to be a brand known for high-performance lenses.

In 1959, Nikon (then Nippon Kogaku K.K.) released its first SLR camera, the Nikon F as well as its first lens for Nikon SLR cameras, the NIKKOR-S Auto 5cm f/2. The Nikon F mount, adopted for the Nikon F, continues to be the mount used in the latest Nikon digital-SLR cameras. In addition, with the release of the new Nikon 1 series of advanced cameras with interchangeable lenses incorporating the new 1 mount, Nikon has steadily released dedicated 1 mount lenses developed with optical technologies cultivated over the years, advanced technologies, and offering the superior image quality users have come to expect since 2011. As a result, total production of NIKKOR lenses for cameras with interchangeable lenses reached 75 million in November 2012.

NIKKOR lenses are not limited to use by cameras with interchangeable lenses but are also integrated into Nikon's COOLPIX series of compact digital cameras. Thus, NIKKOR lenses have been well received by a broad range of users, from entry-level to professional photographers. Nikon's lineup of lenses for cameras with interchangeable lenses currently consists of more than 80 types of lenses, including fisheye lenses, ultra wide-angle lenses, super-telephoto lenses, zoom lenses, micro lenses, PC-E lenses, and 1 NIKKOR lenses for advanced cameras with interchangeable lenses. Nikon will continue to develop high-quality NIKKOR lenses that attract a wide variety of photographers.

The NIKKOR brand

NIKKOR is Nikon's brand of photographic lenses. The NIKKOR name arose 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., the original name used when the company was established.

The OP Fisheye-Nikkor 10mm f/5.6 fisheye lens for SLR cameras, released in 1968, was the world's first lens to incorporate aspherical lens elements. The Ultra Micro-Nikkor 105mm f/2.8, released in 1962, served as the template for projection lenses employed in Nikon IC steppers and scanners that currently boast some of the highest resolutions in the world. What's more, NIKKOR lenses for the latest SLR cameras utilize a number of cutting-edge technologies that originated with the development of IC steppers and scanners, including Nano Crystal Coat, which virtually eliminates internal lens element reflections across a broad range of wavelengths.

From initial design to final packaging, production and quality is controlled in accordance with Nikon's strict standards. The superior quality of NIKKOR lenses that respond to the needs of users is ensured with the highest quality designs and manufacturing, as well as very strict quality inspections.

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  • Eric

    50 1.2 ~ come to papa~

    • You think they’ll make an AF-S version?

  • Allen_Wentz

    Keep the new logo and instead give us a decent pancake lens. Either DX or FX would be fine, 35-45 mm.

    • benjamin

      45/2.8P is a fine lens…

  • Smudger

    Another b#####y yogo is exactly what we need good to see that folk at Nikon have thier priorities right.

  • tertius_decimus

    What? No Nippon Kogaku limited edition lenses? Leica, take a look.

  • alvix

    ..time for 80mp fx body and lenses …

  • zoetmb

    Wow! A logo! How thrilling. I bet some PR firm sold them a bill of goods on how wonderful a new logo would be and charged them a fortune for it.

    How about some commemorative lenses or cameras or a new lens that harkens back to Nikon’s history, like a sharp 50 1.2 that Eric asks for below? The last time Nikon did commemorations was in 2005 when they released the SP2005 Black Nikon “Eye Candy”, although only in Japan and only 2500 units. In 2000, they released replicas of the S3s and an FM2n “Year of the Dragon Millennium Edition” along with lenses.

    How about a Nikon endorsed book listing complete specs and pics on every lens ever made, like an update of the Stafford Nikon Compendium or the Braczko Complete Nikon System books, or a new book that combines the best attributes of both entitled, “80 Years of Nikon Lenses”. Those other books haven’t been updated in over 10 years.

    It’s not even a nice logo. Is that even the font that Nikon uses these days? It looks like a stock logo that you get free with Microsoft Word or something similar that simply had the text changed.

  • Funduro

    Happy birthday Nikkor ! Nikkor will reduce the price of the 300MM f/2.8 by 63%. Order two and get

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