Nikon reaches Nikkor lens milestone

September 10, 2009

Nikon has announced that it has made its 50 millionth Nikkor lens since production began in 1959.

The first Nikkor lens was the Nikkor-S Auto ‘5cm f/2’ which was released alongside the Nikon F SLR camera.

‘As a brand name for Nikon lenses, Nikkor has become synonymous with high-performance, high quality SLR lenses,’ said a spokesman.

‘The Nikkor name comes from adding “R” – a common practice in the naming of photographic lenses at that time – to “Nikko”, the Romanised abbreviation for Nippon Kogaku K. K.’

Nippon Kogaku K.K [Japan Optical Co] was formed in 1917 through the merger of three small optical firms.

Nikon’s lens range currently consist of more than 60 models.

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