Nikon Corporation have announced that they have produced over 90,000,000 lenses for their interchangeable lens cameras since 1959.

That is understandably something to be proud of, and like Canon, these two big brands must be streets ahead in volume terms of the rest.

Particularly noticeable is the 50,000,000 Silent Wave motor optics that contribute to that, showing just how successful the brand has been in recent decades.

I am very fortunate in that I am probably one of very few in the UK who has had a chance to use the vast majority of focal lengths made for film and digital SLR’s from Nikon.

First in my role as the ‘Advisor Of Photography’ for Nikon UK many years ago now, but before and since, I have been interested in their development and actual use so have tried to keep my knowledge levels up in real world and practical terms.

This is very useful when I am asked to support the company at various events, and it is always nice to be able to share some of that knowledge with Nikon users.

Anyway, here are the official details, well done Nikon Corporation:

Total Production of NIKKOR Lenses for Interchangeable Lens Cameras Reaches 90 Million

Amsterdam, 4 November 2014 Nikon Europe today announces that the total production of NIKKOR lenses¹ for Nikon interchangeable lens cameras reached ninety million at the end of October 2014. Additionally, production of NIKKOR lenses equipped with the Silent Wave Motor (SWM), the autofocus motor developed exclusively by Nikon, recently reached fifty million.

In 1959, Nikon (then Nippon Kogaku K.K) released the Nikon F as well as its first NIKKOR lenses for Nikon SLR cameras, including the NIKKOR-S Auto 5cm f/2. Since then, Nikon has continued to build on its reputation for building world-class lenses, adding those produced for the Nikon 1 compact interchangeable lens camera system.

Another milestone for Nikon has been reached with the production of its fifty millionth NIKKOR lens equipped with the Silent Wave Motor (SWM). By converting “travelling waves” into rotational energy to focus the optics, Nikon’s Silent Wave Motor achieves extremely quiet and precise autofocussing. In just eighteen years since the 1996 release of the Ai AF-S NIKKOR 300mm f/2.8D IF-ED, one of the first lenses to employ SWM technology, a total of 72² lenses equipped with a SWM and covering a broad range of focal lengths have been released for both FX and DX-format DSLR cameras.

AFS_20_1.8GIn September 2014, Nikon responded to a variety of user needs by adding the new ultra wide-angle AF-S NIKKOR 20mm f/1.8G ED to its already robust lineup of fast f/1.8 fixed focal length lenses for FX-format cameras. The new 20mm f/1.8 lens utilizes the latest optical design technologies to achieve superior resolution, while the adoption of Nikon’s Nano Crystal Coat controls ghost and flare. Lightweight and extremely portable, Nikon’s newest ultra-wide angle lens is ideal for fulfilling one’s photographic vision.

In June 2014, Nikon announced a new super-telephoto zoom lens for the Nikon 1 system, the 1 NIKKOR 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6, the world’s smallest and lightest³ lens in its class. The 1 NIKKOR lineup consists of twelve lenses with focal lengths ranging from 6.7mm to 300mm (angles of view equivalent to 18mm to 810mm in 35mm format) for coverage from ultra-wide-angle to super-telephoto.

About the NIKKOR Brand

With a comprehensive assortment of FX and DX-format lenses and focal lengths, from the ultra-wide 10-24mm to the super telephoto 800mm VR, Nikon photographers have come to rely upon the NIKKOR core technologies that contribute to their optical superiority. NIKKOR is the brand name for Nikon’s photographic lenses, which are precision crafted to the most exacting standards in Nikon’s own glassworks. In 1933, Nikon marketed its first camera lens under the NIKKOR brand name, the “Aero-NIKKOR” for aerial photography applications. Since then, NIKKOR has been used as a brand name for Nikon’s lenses that symbolizes durability, high image quality and optical excellence.

About Nikon

Nikon is a world leader in digital imaging, precision optics and photo imaging technology; globally recognized for setting new standards in product design and performance for an award-winning array of equipment that enables users to tell their stories through amazing photos and videos.

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

² The total number of NIKKOR lenses equipped with SWM currently available (as of November 4, 2014)

³ Among interchangeable lenses with a focal length that exceeds the equivalent of 600mm in 35mm [135] format for still digital cameras equipped with autofocus functions available as of March 13, 2014. Comparison of the minimum volume with each lens. Statement based on Nikon research

End. (04/11/14).