Extract from Nikon Press Released:
"Total Production of NIKKOR Lenses for Nikon SLR Cameras Reaches
September 9, 2009
Nikon Corporation (Michio Kariya, President) is pleased to announce that as of August
2009 total production of NIKKOR lenses, interchangeable lenses for Nikon SLR
cameras, reached fifty million. Total production of NIKKOR lenses reached forty-five
million in August 2008 with production of an additional five million over the past year.
Nikon (then Nippon Kogaku K.K.) released its first NIKKOR lens for Nikon SLR
cameras, the NIKKOR-S Auto 5cm f/2, in 1959 along with its first SLR camera, the
Nikon F. In the fifty years since then, NIKKOR lenses have been extremely well
received by a great number of photo enthusiasts and professional photographers.
The current lineup of more than sixty NIKKOR lenses for Nikon SLR cameras offers a
wide variety of lenses, including fisheye lenses, super wide-angle to super telephoto
lenses and micro lenses.
●The NIKKOR brand
As the brand name for Nikon lenses, NIKKOR has become synonymous with
high-performance, high-quality SLR lenses. The NIKKOR name comes from adding “R”—a
common practice in the naming of photographic lenses at that time—to “Nikko”, the
Romanized abbreviation for Nippon Kogaku K.K. In 1933, the large-format lens for aerial
photography was released with the name Aero-Nikkor, making last year the 75th
anniversary of the NIKKOR brand. "