80 million Nikkor lenses produced in 80 years

80 Million Nikkor lenses

Nikon announced the production of 80 million Nikkor lenses since the company introduced their first Aero-NIKKOR lens designed for aerial photography back in 1933:


Aero-NIKKOR 50cm f/4.8 lens

More information on the history of Nikkor lenses can be found or here and here.

Press release:

Total Production of NIKKOR Lenses for Interchangeable Lens Cameras Reaches 80 Million

TOKYO - Nikon Corporation is pleased to announce that total production of NIKKOR lenses for Nikon interchangeable lens cameras reached eighty million in mid June 2013.

In 1959, Nikon (then Nippon Kogaku K.K.) released the Nikon F as well as its first NIKKOR lens for Nikon SLR cameras, the NIKKOR-S Auto 5cm f/2. The NIKKOR tradition has continued over the many years since that first lens was released. What's more, Nikon continues to expand its lineup of interchangeable lenses for Nikon 1 cameras, the first of which was released in October 2011, and bringing total lens production to eighty million.

At the beginning of November 2012, total production of NIKKOR lenses for Nikon SLR cameras reached seventy-five million. Since then, Nikon has continued to actively release new NIKKOR lenses.

In January 2013, Nikon announced the AF-S NIKKOR 800mm f/5.6E FL ED VR, a super-telephoto 800mm lens compatible with the Nikon FX format and offering the longest focal length in the history of NIKKOR autofocus (AF) lenses, and the approximately 385-gram compact and lightweight, approximately 1.9x zoom AF-S NIKKOR 18-35mm f/3.5-4.5G ED ultra wide-angle zoom lens, also compatible with the Nikon FX format. Further, in March of this year, the 5x telephoto-zoom, FX-format compatible AF-S NIKKOR 80-400mm f/4.5-5.6G ED VR, offering one of the fastest AF speeds in its class, was also announced.

In January 2013, Nikon announced two new lenses for Nikon 1, Advanced Cameras with Interchangeable Lenses—the 1 NIKKOR VR 10-100mm f/4-5.6 10x zoom lens, a single lens that covers focal lengths ranging from wide-angle to telephoto, and the ultra wide-angle zoom 1 NIKKOR VR 6.7-13mm f/3.5-5.6, offering the widest angle of view in the 1 NIKKOR lineup at 100°. In addition, the fastest lens in the 1 NIKKOR lineup, the 1 NIKKOR 32mm f/1.2, a mid-telephoto fixed focal length lens with a maximum aperture of f/1.2, was announced in May of this year. The current lineup of interchangeable lenses for Nikon 1 cameras consists of nine lenses, and Nikon will continue to expand and enrich this lineup.

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.

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.

Nikon's lineup of lenses for cameras with interchangeable lenses currently consists of more than 80 types of lenses, including ultra wide-angle to super-telephoto lenses, fisheye lenses, zoom lenses, micro lenses, and PC-E lenses that support a wide variety of applications, 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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  • mikeswitz

    80 years and no D400! Let the whining begin!

    • Sahaja

      If a D400 ever appears some will have grown so old waiting they may risk dying from shock.

  • mikeswitz

    80 Million Lenses and no D400. Let the whining begin!

  • Wow… an f/4.8 air-spaced triplet… How exciting 😀

  • fufu

    What use are 80 million lenses to me if I have no D400?

    • Pat Mann

      Only about 75 million of those will even work on your D400.

  • Sonikon

    Does this mean for their 80yr 80million they will be refreshing the lineup with some hot new glass? Say yes damnit!

    • mikeswitz

      yes damnit!

  • fred

    80 million, and (hint to Nikon) none of them are a 300mm f4 VR AF-S…

  • Davidvictormeldrew Idontbeliev

    Excellent Nikon – next update should be to the already good 300 F4 AFS lens and perhaps Nikon may release a 3rd gen 200-400 F4 AFS VR with improved optics and inbuilt 1.4 TC but charging the same now as Canon’s new version.

  • gly

    Dear Nikon,
    Congratulations on your milestone. For your next 90th year of lenses, could you perhaps update some of those lenses made from your 70th year? Thanks…

  • Pat Mann

    And with 13 years of DX-format cameras, not a single one of those 80 million a rectilinear wide prime for DX DSLRs.

  • African Man

    Yah! Where is the AF-S 20mm f/2G lens? Where is the AF-S 300mm f/4G VRIII lens? Start pushing the primes out already. Or start pushing daisies.

    • smn

      And 16mm f/2.8G non fish-eye, would be great for FX and DX shooters…

  • Mike

    How about that 80 millionth and 1 be an auto focusing FX f/1.2 lens?!

    • That would have been a nice way to celebrate this milestone.

  • AM

    80 million lenses and I can’t find an AF-S 85mm f/1.8 G unless it’s from a scalper.

      • AM

        Did you read the line that says “Usually ships within 1 to 2 months”?

        • I did not notice that, thanks for pointing it out. Usually an item says temporarily out of stock if unavailable as in the case with the 1.4 G: http://www.amazon.com/Nikon-85mm-1-4G-Nikkor-Digital/dp/B003ZSHNE0/

          If it’s not temporarily out of stock, why does it usually ship within 1 to 2 months?

          In any case the one vendor Photo4Less is offering a brand new copy and has very good feedback, 99% positive reviews with over 1000 ratings. I would consider them personally: http://www.amazon.com/gp/offer-listing/B006TAP096/sr=/qid=/ref=olp_tab_used?ie=UTF8&colid=&coliid=&condition=used&me=&qid=&seller=&sr=

          • AM

            That’s actually a brand new used lens that looks like new. With such description I don’t need to look at any ratings to have an idea what kind of company Photo4Less is. And they are asking retail price for an used lens? No thanks.

            • Royl

              Photo4less is actually a pretty good outfit. I don’t think you understand how Amazon works. Sometimes when you sell an item there, the shipping and Amazons cut is based on condition. So if they select Used-Like New, Amazon charges less. They can tell you the true condition in the description, as they did. I sold a pistol sight tool on Amazon that could only be listed as New. So in the description I told the buyer it was used one time to put night sights on a M&P 9C. It is the only thing I could do. You might want to go back and get that lens. I own one, and it is an absolute “must have”. Fantastic.

  • gramps

    Sure puts it into perspective when the “experts” talk about Nikons bad business decisions. Obviously Nikon does more than just this too. I probably won’t even take 80 million pictures in my life.

    • Considering how most shutter mechanisms are rated for somewhere around 200,000 actuations, you would wear out around 400 cameras on your way to 80 million shots.

      • 400 mechanical shutters… not necessarily entire cameras.

  • Dweeb

    I thought it was just me: 300 f4 VR, 16mm, any prime under 20, any f2.8 WA, real 2 axis shift … anyone know of any other industry that can get away with selling 15 year old merchandise? How about a new Bondi Blue iMac?

    • Would it be better if they take one of these old lenses. re-housed it in a newer barrel and sold it?

  • Nikonuser

    How about the 58/1.2 AF-S this year. Will it be ready for the anniversary? TIme will tell.

  • Photo-Jack

    Fine, and Nikon probably have another 80 million patents in their drawers. But actual they rather seem to be in hibernation, resting on their success of earlier years.
    But the truth is, especially the high resolution bodies D800/E and the D7100 need some updated lenses. Where are new PC-E lenses? Especially a 17mm is missing. Where are actual wide angle primes? Hurray, they got the 24/1.4 which is in diffraction mode at f 8.0 already. The 24-70/2.8 is up for retirement, especially in the corners and the 16-35 is hardly usable without postprocessing because of distortion. But post reduces angle of view and resolution. The 17-35 was already overwhelmed on the D3x.
    Heavy focus breathing coined most of the recent telephoto (about down to 135mm on the 70-200/2.8 and about 105mm on the 28-300 [compare it to the angle of view of the 105/2.8 macro]) If one would want a fast 135mm one either is thrown back on the age old 135/2.0 DC or on the Zeiss 135/2.0 without AF. Like mentioned here already, an updated 300/4.0 is missing as is a 400/5,6. (Good Lord, some have to carry the stuff to the point they shoot at!)
    Congratulations to the anniversary – congratulation to the ignorance!

    • Davidvictormeldrew Idontbeliev

      True Nikon may update the 24-70 f2.8 in terms of optics and charge similar or higher price as Canon 24-70 f2.8 MK 2. Hope the next lens we see is the 300 F4 AFS VR.

      • Aldo

        24-70 2.8 VR ftw!

        • Neopulse

          Think there would be a 24-70mm f/4 VR III in the works before the 2.8 version.

          • Aldo

            that wokrs too… if it’s f4 that means it will be cheaper!!!

            • Neopulse

              Yeah, considerably cheaper. Although I myself am not a fan of VR in short-distance zooms. It raises costs of those lenses unnecessarily. Better IQ and build design > Latest VR Technology

    • “Hurray, they got the 24/1.4 which is in diffraction mode at f 8.0 already. ”

      I see you’re waiting until you know what you’re talking about to register your alias.

      • Photo-Jack

        First of all I don’t have to be registered anywhere to have an opinion.
        Second, as a matter of fact, the peak resolution of the 24/1.4 is at 4.0. Stoppling down further resolution gets lower as you can see in several publications if you think I’m wrong. At f 11 res is lower than at f 1.4
        In most of my work, I try to max DOF, thus this is a factor to me.

        Your contributions on NR are known for either being nonsense or picking something out, to make others down. Get constructive or shut it down.

        • “Hurray, they got the 24/1.4 which is in diffraction mode at f 8.0 already. ”

          First of all there’s no “diffraction mode” LOL You speak as if it’s a thing that you do by flicking a button somewhere.

          “the peak resolution of the 24/1.4 is at 4.0. Stoppling down further resolution gets lower ”

          The resolution of the 24 1.4G reducing beyond f/4 has very little to do with diffraction until around f/8. This again depends on the camera. So why are you making stuff up when you don’t know what’s going on?

          “At f 11 res is lower than at f 1.4”

          What rubbish! At f/1.4 it’s a really soft lens even on a 2MP camera. f/11 is not going to show softness from diffraction unless on a 20MP+ camera.

          “In most of my work, I try to max DOF, thus this is a factor to me.”

          The 24 1.4 is not the right lens for that. Get the right lens without whining.

          “In most of my work, I try to max DOF, thus this is a factor to me…”

          I’m here expose lying jokers like you who don’t know the subject but talk about it as if they do to mislead others.

          • Guest

            Oh wow what a great service you are doing genotypwriter. If only there were more intelligent people like you on this earth. How much better would it be.

  • n11

    Maybe a good way of celebrating would be to introduce some sort of FF 15-20mm F2.8/F4 lens to the market for a reasonable price!

    • Jon Ingram

      Already some good options in this range, especially if f/4 is OK with you. The 14-24 2.8 and 16-35 are in this range, but expensive. The new 18-35 is in this range and affordable. However, what I would really like to see is an 18 or a 20 f/1.8 prime. This would be awesome for night-scapes, and I would buy it in a heartbeat. Sigma has these lenses but they aren’t very sharp wide open.

  • Sahaja

    I wonder if they include the Nikon lenses used in point & cameras, binoculars, etc. in that figure?

    • AR22

      the titel says interchangeable, hence there not inclouded

  • VivaLasVegas

    Canon’s EF glass hit 90 million few weeks ago S I N C E 1987, 80 million is no big deal.

  • Neopulse

    Is it me, or is the VR III technology only going to be exclusive to the 70-200mm f/4 this year? Not on the 80-400mm or 800mm apparently :S

  • lorenzo

    That means 3,000 lenses per day…. no wonder the quality stinks!

    • pan

      Try to repeat the math 🙂

      • lorenzo

        It was a rough average as they made less lenses at the beginning than what they make today, however do you agree that 80M in 80 years is 1M per year?

        Unless math is an opinion in a year there are about 270 working days, excluding holidays and sick time – but Japanese never get sick and have vacations 🙂 -, so:

        1,000,000 / 270 = 3,703 lens per day

  • GerardP

    You have – obviously – turned into a commercially driven – fanboy. SAD.

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