Nikon announces 60 millionth Nikkor lens

Somewhat behind the announcement from Nikon US earlier in the month, Nikon UK has today announced the company has achieved production of its 60 millionth Nikkor SLR lens since 5cm f/2 'tick-marked' standard lens for the Nikon F in 1959. Back then, it was delivered fitted to the camera complete with an every-ready case in a nondescript grey box, with barely a 'Nikon' or 'Nikkor' trade-name to be found.

Incidentally, arch-rival Canon announced its 60 millionth EF lens in February, the range started in 1987. Before that though there was the manual focus FDn, FD and FL lenses. I wonder how many of those were made?

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Press release:

Nikon announces the production of its 60 millionth NIKKOR interchangeable lens for Nikon SLR cameras

London, UK, April 2011 – Nikon celebrates a significant milestone this month, with the production of its 60 millionth NIKKOR interchangeable lens. The landmark figure is the culmination of over 50 years of Nikon’s commitment to supplying professional and amateur photographers alike with the best possible equipment.  

Five million lenses have been produced in the last seven months alone, after total production of NIKKOR lenses reached 55 million in August 2010. Since then, Nikon has continued to expand the product lineup by releasing six new NIKKOR lenses for FX- and DX-format SLR cameras. The popularity of the six new releases, which satisfy the needs of a wide variety of photographers, has helped production surpass expectations.

NIKKOR lenses released since August 2010:
-            AF-S NIKKOR 28-300mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR (released September 2010)
An ultra high-power zoom lens with magnification of approximately 10.7× that covers a broad range of focal lengths from the wide-angle 28 mm to the telephoto 300 mm; equipped with Nikon's latest vibration reduction system, VR II, which provides image stabilization equivalent to an approximately four-step increase in shutter speed. This lens is compatible with the FX format. 
-            AF-S NIKKOR 85mm f/1.4G (released September 2010)
A fast, mid-telephoto, fixed focal length (prime) lens that offers pleasing blur characteristics and superior resolution with a focal length of 85 mm and fast maximum aperture of f/1.4. This lens is compatible with the FX format. 
-            AF-S DX NIKKOR 55-300mm f/4.5-5.6G ED VR (released September 2010)
An ultra high-power zoom lens with magnification of approximately 5.5× that covers the 55 mm to 300 mm range of focal lengths; equipped with Nikon's latest vibration reduction system, VR II, and high refractive index (HRI) lens elements. This lens is compatible with the DX format. 
-            AF-S NIKKOR 24-120mm f/4G ED VR (released September 2010)
A 5× standard zoom lens with a fixed maximum aperture of f/4 throughout the entire zoom range; utilizes Nano Crystal Coat and is equipped with Nikon's latest vibration reduction system, VR II. This lens is compatible with the FX format. 
-            AF-S NIKKOR 200mm f/2G ED VR II (released October 2010)
A fast, telephoto, fixed focal length (prime) lens with a focal length of 200 mm and maximum aperture of f/2 that is equipped with Nikon's latest vibration reduction system, VR II, and utilizes Nano Crystal Coat. This lens is compatible with the FX format.    
-            AF-S NIKKOR 35mm f/1.4G (released November 2010)
A fast, wide-angle lens that exhibits superior image quality with shooting at f/1.4 maximum aperture; utilizes Nano Crystal Coat and is equipped with Nikon's Silent Wave Motor (SWM). This lens is compatible with the FX format. 
 
The history of NIKKOR lenses began in 1959, when Nikon (then Nippon Kogaku K.K.) released its first SLR camera, the Nikon F. At the same time, Nikon also released its first NIKKOR interchangeable lenses for Nikon SLR cameras, among them the NIKKOR-S Auto 5cm f/2. The current lineup of more than sixty NIKKOR lenses for Nikon SLR cameras offers a rich variety of lenses, including fisheye lenses, super wide-angle to super telephoto lenses, micro lenses and PC-E lenses. 

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