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28-07-2015

NIKKOR Lenses Mark another Milestone; Accomplish 95 Million in Total Production

Nikon crosses a new threshold of achievement in Optical Excellence

New Delhi, July 28, 2015 – Nikon India, the 100% subsidiary of Nikon Corporation Tokyo, leader in imaging technology, is proud to announce that the total production of NIKKOR lenses*1 for Nikon interchangeable lens cameras has reached a significant amount of 95 million in mid-July 2015.

Beginning with the first NIKKOR lenses for Nikon SLR cameras in 1959, Nikon has since actively released a vast range of lenses that utilises the superior optical technologies including those developed exclusively by Nikon. Among the Nikon-developed technologies are its Nano Crystal Coat, an anti-reflection coating, Phase Fresnel (PF) lens elements with superior chromatic aberration compensation capability that also makes lenses smaller and lighter, fluorite lens elements that provide both superior chromatic aberration compensation and a compact build for telephoto lenses, and the fluorine coat for easy lens maintenance.

Mr. Kazuo Ninomiya, Managing Director, Nikon India Pvt. Ltd. said, “We are elated to announce the production of 95 million NIKKOR lenses, which have been pushing the boundaries of imaging possibilities ever since the early days of camera. At Nikon we have a history of producing best in the class products that symbolize our spirit and today’s milestone is a testament of constantly innovating and providing world-class experience to our consumers, suited for their photographic needs.”

Mr. Sajjan Kumar, Vice President – Imaging Division, Nikon India Pvt. Ltd. said, “I am delighted to state that, we have propelled to 95 million NIKKOR lenses, which is the result of several years spent in R&D to transform each photographer’s experience. Maintaining our legacy of producing technologically advanced cameras and accessories, we have introduced elements like Nano Crystal Coat, anti-reflection coating, Phase Fresnel lens and many more to make the NIKKOR lenses compact, lighter and way ahead of the technology curve.”

The latest releases from Nikon include the AF-S NIKKOR 300mm f/4E PF ED VR, released in January as the first NIKKOR lens with the adoption of the PF lens element. The PF lens element elevated the AF-S NIKKOR 300mm f/4E PF ED VR as the world’s lightest lens in its class*2, while providing the lens with an unparalleled portability and usability even as a fixed focal length telephoto lens.

Earlier this month also saw the releases of AF-S NIKKOR 500mm f/4E FL ED VR and AF-S NIKKOR 600mm f/4E FL ED VR, both FX-format compatible super-telephoto lenses with a maximum aperture of f/4. Both lenses adopted two fluorite lens elements which significantly reduce the lenses’ weight, making them the lightest in their respective classes*3. The AF-S DX NIKKOR 16-80mm f/2.8-4E ED VR, a high-performance 5× normal zoom lens compatible with the Nikon DX-format DSLR, was also introduced to the range. Naturally, the latest optical design technologies and Nikon's exclusive and highly durable fluorine coat were also adopted for these lenses.

1 Interchangeable lenses for Nikon SLR cameras and Nikon 1 Advanced Camera with Interchangeable Lenses

2 Among 300mm fixed focal length (prime) autofocus lenses compatible with FX-format DSLR cameras and available as of announcement in Jan 6, 2015. Statement based on Nikon research.

3 AF-S NIKKOR 500mm f/4E FL ED VR: Among 500mm fixed focal length (prime) autofocus lenses with a maximum aperture of f/4 compatible with DSLR cameras equipped with a full-size image sensor and available as of announcement in July 2, 2015. AF-S NIKKOR 600mm f/4E FL ED VR: Among 600mm fixed focal length (prime) autofocus lenses compatible with DSLR cameras equipped with a full-size image sensor and available as of announcement in, July 2, 2015. Both statements based on Nikon research.

About NIKKOR.com

NIKKOR.com (http://www.nikkor.com) is a part of the global NIKKOR branding project for which full-scale operation started in 2013 when Nikon celebrated the 80th anniversary of NIKKOR lenses. This global branding site spreads the appeal of NIKKOR lenses for interchangeable-lens cameras around the world. With the constant addition of new contents in a variety of angles, the website continues to provide users of NIKKOR lenses with information to experience the enjoyment, and expand the possibilities available with photos and videos.

About the NIKKOR brand

NIKKOR (http://www.nikkor.com) 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.

High-quality standards are applied to all stages, from initial design and development to the final product release, alongside a highly controlled production system and inspections, to ensure the superior quality of NIKKOR lenses and for a design that responds to user needs.

Nikon's line-up of lenses for cameras with interchangeable lenses currently consists of more than 90 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 camera with interchangeable lenses.

In 2015, Nikon continues to promote the appeal of NIKKOR lenses with a range of activities. Among these are the addition of new contents, such as video imaging works, to its global branding site, "NIKKOR.com" (http://www.nikkor.com) that started as part of its NIKKOR global branding project to commemorate NIKKOR's 80th anniversary, as well as the development and release of the NIKKOR & ACC app (exclusively for iPad), which introduces NIKKOR lenses and accessories.

About Nikon India

Nikon India distributes markets and services the complete range of Nikon imaging products, the newly introduced 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 Centers (5 Branches), 32 ASCs (authorized service centers), 62 Nikon Collection Centers and over 3000 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.

Nikon Corporation

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.

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