In celebration of 80 years of Nikkor lenses, Nikon has released a video showing the process of making modern Nikkor lenses.
To celebrate the 80th anniversary of Nikkor lenses, Nikon released a beautifully shot video showing the manufacturing process of modern lenses – from making the glass to adding the finishing touches.
Here’s a few interesting facts about Nikkor lenses:
- Nippon Kogaku K.K., today known simply as Nikon, released their first Nikkor lens in 1933 – a large format aerial photography lens called the Aero-Nikkor.
- The Nikkor brand comes from the Romanised abbreviation of Nippon Kogaku K.K., i.e. Nikko, with an additional ‘R’ at the end, as was popular in lens nomenclature at the time.
- One of Nikon’s earliest customers was a new camera manufacturer known as Canon, who required optical lenses and viewfinders for their early rangefinder cameras. Canon’s first commercial camera, the Hansa Canon rangefinder, shipped with a standard 50mm Nikkor lens.