NIKKOR Lens Total Production Reaches 50 Million Mark


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Extract from Nikon Press Released:

"Total Production of NIKKOR Lenses for Nikon SLR Cameras Reaches
Fifty Million
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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. "
 

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how does that compare to Canon's numbers, any idea?
 

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how does that compare to Canon's numbers, any idea?
They only reach 40 million last year

TOKYO, April 23, 2008—Canon Inc. today announced the achievement of a new lens-production milestone as production of the company’s EF lenses passed the 40-million mark.
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They only reach 40 million last year



Canon Lens
If I read correctly, it's EF lenses which reached 40M. What about the FD lenses? That's going to exceed Nikon's figure. What about the Nippon Kogaku lenses they used before making their own lenses?
 

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If I read correctly, it's EF lenses which reached 40M. What about the FD lenses? That's going to exceed Nikon's figure. What about the Nippon Kogaku lenses they used before making their own lenses?
Well, they kinda abandoned the FD users back then. So :dunno:

At least Nikon users can use all those old lenses up till now. :thumbsup:
 

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Well, they kinda abandoned the FD users back then. So :dunno:

At least Nikon users can use all those old lenses up till now. :thumbsup:
But the fact that they abandoned the FD lenses and still hitting 40M lenses is impressive. Strong marketing strategy. Most likely people will buy back the EF version of the FD lenses they used to own or switch system completely.
 

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wow.
amazing...! that's a lot of lenses made.

and didnt know 50mm was known as 5cm long time agoo.
haha! it'll be weid to call a 35mm , 3.5cm f/1.8G HAHA..
 

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wah... tt's incredible lots... congrts to nikon for that feat, but well, i think out of the 50million, perhaps 1/5 of it are dump in wastelands and buried in landfills... just like old phones and technology chips..
:)
 

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But the fact that they abandoned the FD lenses and still hitting 40M lenses is impressive. Strong marketing strategy. Most likely people will buy back the EF version of the FD lenses they used to own or switch system completely.
Technically, it is possible to buy an FD to EOS adapter or mod the lens mount to EOS. So in a way, the FD lenses are never truly abandoned :D

Ofcourse the mileage varies... but it is possible.

On top of that, one can buy a Nikon lens to EOS adapter, so effectively the EOS mount now have at least 50 million Nikkor lenses plus whatever Canon produced. wow! ;)

...albeit not all with AF capability.

It is just my guess anyway, btw does anyone know if all the Nikkor lenses will fit the Nikon to EOS adapters?
 

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Seems to me Canon hit 40m in 2008, counting from 1987. Nikon hit 50m in 2009 counting from 1959.
 

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But the fact that they abandoned the FD lenses and still hitting 40M lenses is impressive. Strong marketing strategy. Most likely people will buy back the EF version of the FD lenses they used to own or switch system completely.
Well, there's no lack of marketing attempts for Nikon on CS too.....
 

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Seems to me Canon hit 40m in 2008, counting from 1987. Nikon hit 50m in 2009 counting from 1959.
Reason:1

Nikon started in 1959 reached to 2009 but hit 50 million lenses.:nono:

Reason: 2

Canon has started in 1987 only to 2008 but hit 40 million.

The difference of amount and years:

Can you check in math of years and million?

Maths:

(Nikon's years) 50 Years >50 million Lenses ( Nikon)
(Canon's years) 21 Years > (answer of Nikon's lenses)
= ....21 million of Nikon's lenses (1987 to 2008 between 2009)

In explain you all understand what difference years.
 

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