The 80th anniversary of the NIKKOR lens

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

NIKKOR is Nikon's brand of photographic lenses. This year, the NIKKOR camera lens celebrates its 80th anniversary since the first lens was introduced in 1933. 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.

Since the release of the first NIKKOR lens, Nikon has continued its long tradition of developing and incorporating cutting-edge technologies into its lenses. 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, and Nano Crystal Coat, originally developed for IC steppers and scanners, virtually eliminates internal lens element reflections across a broad range of wavelengths.

Nikon's own high-quality standards are applied to all stages from initial design and development to final product release for design that responds to user needs, and production system and inspections that ensure the superior quality of NIKKOR lenses.

In October 2011, the first 1 NIKKOR interchangeable lens for Nikon 1 cameras was released. The new 1 NIKKOR mount continues over half a century of Nikon's tradition of excellence with the development of interchangeable lenses that began with the Nikon F mount.

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 to super-telephoto lenses, zoom lenses, Micro lenses, and PC-E lenses for SLR cameras, as well as 1 NIKKOR lenses for advanced cameras with interchangeable lenses. Nikon will continue to develop and release high-quality products that appeal to users the world over.

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  • Teak

    Perfect time to bring 300mm AFS VRII to celebrate 80 years. 🙂

  • Fred Flintstone

    Soon it will be the 10th anniversary for those waiting for a DX wide prime 🙂

    • Fred Flintstone

      Made by Nikon, that is

      • def

        Hopefully another 10 years or never another DX. Keep putting out great FX lenses. Nobody needs DX, except for poor people. And poor people shouldn’t mess around with photography, instead they should work harder, or simply kill themselves.

        • patto01

          I shoot FX and you, sir, are an idiot!

        • Suicide is not a topic for jokes. Grow up.

        • Barney

          Fred, you forgot all the weaklings. These people just cannot carry all the heavy FX lenses they need for that club-organised photoshoot! They need to work harder – but in the gym 🙂 …

  • Cesar

    Time for a nice cashback action. Oh wait Nikon don’t do that.

  • Greg Heller

    80 years? Doesn’t that mean everyone gets a free lens of their choice?

  • Spy Black

    The once leading camera maker in the world.

    • Nikoniastu

      I don’t know if is the leading camera maker or not in the world, but it has worked for me for over 28 years.

      • Spy Black

        It’s worked for me for ~40. Just a bit sad for me however.

  • Thylmuc

    What they forgot to mention: lenses for underwater cameras, for 16 mm cine cameras with c-mount, for Zenza Bronica MF cameras, and for LF cameras. Forget your glorious past, mh?

    • Evan Grover

      Don’t forget enlarging lenses!

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