New Delhi, July 27, 2016: – Creating a historic milestone for the NIKKOR brand of lenses since its inception in 1932, an impressive production of 100 million NIKKOR lenses*1 has been produced as of June this year, as proudly announced today by Nikon India, the 100% subsidiary of Nikon Corporation Tokyo, leaders in imaging technology.
NIKKOR's illustrious history began in 1932 with Nikon's, then Nippon Kogaku K.K., registration of the NIKKOR trademark. It soon followed in 1933 with the release of Aero-Nikkor aerial photographic lenses. In 1959, Nikon released the Nikon F SLR camera as well as its first NIKKOR lenses for Nikon SLR cameras including the NIKKOR-S Auto 5cm f/2.
“This is a momentous milestone for NIKKOR as Nikon has always believed in supporting its cameras with superior quality lenses. Our lenses cater to various requirements of photography. The 100 million production mark is a testimony of Nikon’s ability to cater to the ever growing demands of the NIKKOR lenses without compromising on the quality of the end product. We are confident that our customers will keep providing us the constant support and will continue to trust our efforts, like they always have,” said Kazuo Ninomiya, Managing Director, Nikon India.
• 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 entire length of the road that leads to the release of new NIKKOR lenses, from initial design and development to production and final inspection, is managed in accordance with Nikon's exclusive and exacting quality standards. All of these come together to craft high-quality NIKKOR lenses that respond to the strict demands of users.
Nikon's line-up of NIKKOR lenses currently consists of more than 90 types of lenses, including 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, 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
The mount used by Nikon for its SLR cameras and interchangeable lenses in more than half a century that has passed since Nikon released its first SLR camera in 1959, the Nikon F, has been the Nikon F mount. Since the introduction of the Nikon F mount in 1950, a bayonet mount has been adopted, with the usage 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 been adopted for the F mount, and Nikon will continue to do so, ensuring support for the latest digital cameras and lenses.
• NIKKOR lens characteristics achieved with OPTIA
While developing the latest optical technologies and commercialisation of products utilising these technologies, Nikon continues its work in the research and development of means 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 of 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 lenses experience 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”, superior reproduction characteristics, design concept that represents Nikon's ideal with more natural three-dimensional reproduction of three-dimensional objects on the two-dimensional field known as a photograph. 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
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Nikon India distributes markets and services the complete range of Nikon imaging products, the Nikon Sport Optics & Nikon Instruments. The Nikon Imaging includes its Nikon D-SLR as well as its compact camera, the Nikon COOLPIX, the Nikon 1 camera system, a range of NIKKOR lenses & accessories. With offices in Mumbai, Kolkata, Bengaluru, Delhi and Gurgaon, Nikon is strengthening its Sales & Services network all across India. The company has established total of five Nikon owned Service Centres (5 Branches), 32 ASCs (authorized service centres), 60 Nikon Collection Centres and over 4500 dealer base for complete service & support of Nikon customers. Nikon has also set up over 120 COOLPIX and D-SLR zones pan India which showcases the entire range of D-SLR cameras, COOLPIX cameras, Nikon 1, an elaborate range of NIKKOR lenses and Nikon Sport Optics.
Founded in 1917 as Nippon Kōgaku; the company was renamed in 1988 as Nikon Corporation. Nikon has truly evolved as an institution of creativity in imaging arena, Semi-conductors, Industrial equipment and specialized in optics as well. Nikon technologies are active not only in Nikon’s core products such as cameras, microscopes and IC steppers/scanners, but they also squarely support innovation in leading-edge science, and they contribute to the development of society and industry as a whole.