Personal View site logo
Nikon Made 110 million lenses, how many millions till bankrupcy left, 5 or 10?
  • November 20, 2018 TOKYO - Nikon Corporation (Nikon) is pleased to announce that the total production of NIKKOR lenses for Nikon interchangeable lens cameras has reached 110 million* as of October, 2018.

    By providing NIKKOR F lenses for SLR cameras, produced since 1959, as well as NIKKOR Z lenses for mirrorless cameras, newly introduced in 2018, Nikon continues to further enrich the NIKKOR lens lineup.

    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.

    Total number of interchangeable lenses for SLR and mirrorless cameras produced by Nikon.

    The NIKKOR brand

    NIKKOR is Nikon's brand of photographic lenses. The NIKKOR name arose from taking "Nikko", the Romanized abbreviation for Nippon Kogaku K.K., Nikon's original name from when the company was first established, and adding "r" — a common practice in the naming of photographic lenses at the time. The NIKKOR trademark was registered in 1932, and in 1933, the large-format lens for aerial photography was introduced with the name Aero-Nikkor.

    In 1959, Nikon released the Nikon F SLR camera, as well as the first NIKKOR lenses for Nikon SLR cameras, including the NIKKOR-S Auto 5cm f/2.

    Currently, Nikon offers NIKKOR F lenses for digital SLR cameras, and NIKKOR Z lenses for mirrorless cameras. The total lineup 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.

    NIKKOR F lenses, since their initial introduction in 1959, have throughout their legacy of more than half a century incorporated the cutting-edge technologies of the time, for features such as aperture control, autofocus, and vibration reduction (VR). NIKKOR Z lenses are designed for Nikon mirrorless cameras for which a new, larger-diameter mount has been adopted. Further possibilities in lens design have been unlocked with the adoption of this new mount, greatly increasing capabilities in optical performance. This has allowed us to offer a variety of high-performance lenses, including the fastest lens in Nikon history*, with f/0.95.

    From the initial design and development to the production and final inspection, the entire process leading to the release of a NIKKOR lens is managed in accordance with Nikon's own strict quality standards, ensuring every NIKKOR lens is of the highest quality.

  • 6 Replies sorted by
  • It is quite bad rumors going about Nikon.

    Dealers not happy with Z6 and Z7, and lenses especially. Ask Nikon to change mirrorless strategy.

    We can see big top management changes in early 2019 or right after Photokina.

  • Ask Nikon to change mirrorless strategy.

    To what though??

    I'm happy with their direction for now. So long as next they bring out a DX Mirrorless camera (and hopefully an adapter for screw drive F mount lenses as well).

  • @IronFilm

    You are not their dealers, this guys just see issues as Nikon sell much worse than competing Sony bodies and they are not happy. I am not even talking about lenses, they are just stuck.

  • I am sitting on the sidelines waiting to see what Panasonic brings to to the table before I totally switch systems. I am sorry but the Z6/7 just doesn't cut in comparison to what Sony & Fuji already have out in the market. IMO they should just drop an F mount mirrorless with DUAL CARD slots whilst still developing their new Z series of cameras and lenses. An F mount mirrorless would generate a lot of camera sales right away for Nikon. IMO Nikon will continue to lose more market share to Sony, Fuji and possibly even Panasonic when Panasonic come out with their FF mirrorless.

    Interesting times that we live in.... Sears Roebuck filing for bankruptcy after being in business for so long but not adapting fast enough to the current environment. I have a bad feeling that if Nikon doesn't watch their step perhaps they might find themselves in the same boat as Sears Roebuck.

    People are not going out in droves to buy the Nikon cameras because quite honestly it is not worth the price of admission for both cameras full stop!

  • An F mount mirrorless would generate a lot of camera sales right away for Nikon.

    Would be a very bad idea. (unless it is a D3x00 model, that might be an exception)

    As this would hopelessly muddy up the marketing message Nikon is trying to get across

  • @IronFilm

    Nikon F mount lenses are not made for mirrorless bodies and contrast FF.