Nikon have today announced that in a combined ‘F’ mount and ‘Z’ mount terms, they have produced 110 million Nikkor lenses.
I am lucky, as I have used so many designs from the earliest to today’s latest during my career, both as a professional photographer, and technical advisor for the corporation in the UK.
In fact I am flattered that even today, I meet people who refer to my book (now very out of date) on AF Nikkor lenses with so many compliments.
And while we are very lucky today to have so many high quality optics from an increasing range of manufacturers, there is undoubtedly an amazing optical system in the ‘F’ mount options past and present. Something for the new ‘Z’ mount lenses to develop from.
Here we go with the official announcement.
London, United Kingdom, 20th November 2018: Nikon today announces that the total production of NIKKOR lenses for its interchangeable lens cameras has reached 110 million* as of October of 2018.
While Nikon has produced NIKKOR F lenses for SLR cameras since 1959, earlier this year it introduced the new NIKKOR Z lenses for mirrorless cameras to further enrich the NIKKOR lens line-up.
Nikon will continue to lead imaging culture by providing products that stimulate the creative intent of photographers around the world, while responding to the latest advances in imaging technologies.
The NIKKOR brand
NIKKOR is Nikon’s brand of photographic lenses. Currently, Nikon offers NIKKOR F lenses for digital SLR cameras, and NIKKOR Z lenses for mirrorless cameras. The full line-up currently consists of approximately 100 types of lenses that support a wide variety of applications, including fixed focal length (prime) lenses and zoom lenses that cover ultra-wide-angle to super-telephoto angles of view, fisheye lenses, and Micro lenses.
Since the initial introduction in 1959, NIKKOR F lenses have incorporated the cutting-edge technologies of the time, with features such as aperture control, autofocus, and vibration reduction (VR). The new, larger-diameter mount of the Nikon mirrorless cameras has unlocked further possibilities in lens design and increase capabilities in optical performance with its NIKKOR Z lenses. The variety of high-performance lenses on offer includes the fastest lens in Nikon history**, with f/0.95.