In the vast realm of photography, one name is synonymous with unparalleled optical quality and precision - NIKKOR. As we celebrate the 90th anniversary of this iconic brand, it's not just a reflection of decades past, but a testament to the relentless pursuit of excellence by Nikon, the visionary force behind NIKKOR.
1. The birth of NIKKOR: 1932
In 1932, the NIKKOR brand found its place in history when it was officially registered by Nikon, then known as Nippon Kogaku K.K. What began as a brand name would become a symbol of optical brilliance and innovation in the world of photography.
2. Taking to the skies: 1933
One year later, in 1933, the first shipment of Aero-Nikkor aerial photography lenses took flight, marking Nikon's pioneering step into the specialized field of aerial photography. This early foray demonstrated Nikon's commitment to pushing the boundaries of optical technology.
3. The lens that graced LIFE: Nikkor P-C 8.5cm F2 (1948)
The year 1948 marked a significant milestone for NIKKOR with the release of the Nikkor P-C 8.5cm F2. Photographs taken with this lens found their way into the pages of the world-renowned LIFE magazine, elevating NIKKOR's reputation on the international stage. This was a turning point that solidified NIKKOR as a name to be reckoned with in the world of photography.
4. Pioneering Zoom Technology: Zoom-NIKKOR Auto 43-86mm f/3.5 (1963)
In 1963, NIKKOR once again led the way with the introduction of the Zoom-NIKKOR Auto 43-86mm f/3.5. This standard zoom lens was a trailblazer, offering practical performance that paved the way for the evolution of zoom lenses in the years to come.
5. The speed of light: NIKKOR Z 58mm f/0.95 S Noct (2019)
Fast forward to 2019, and NIKKOR reached new heights with the release of the NIKKOR Z 58mm f/0.95 S Noct. This flagship lens made history as the fastest lens in Nikon's arsenal, boasting an extraordinary aperture of f/0.95. This lens not only pushed the boundaries of what was optically possible, but also demonstrated Nikon's commitment to innovation and pushing the boundaries of technology.
NIKKOR lenses have been the eyes through which countless stories have been told, and as we look to the future, we anticipate even more milestones in the ongoing saga of NIKKOR optical brilliance.