Nikon has announced that it has made its 50 millionth Nikkor lens since production began in 1959.

The first Nikkor lens was the Nikkor-S Auto ‘5cm f/2’ which was released alongside the Nikon F SLR camera.

‘As a brand name for Nikon lenses, Nikkor has become synonymous with high-performance, high quality SLR lenses,’ said a spokesman.

‘The Nikkor name comes from adding “R” – a common practice in the naming of photographic lenses at that time – to “Nikko”, the Romanised abbreviation for Nippon Kogaku K. K.’

Nippon Kogaku K.K [Japan Optical Co] was formed in 1917 through the merger of three small optical firms.

Nikon’s lens range currently consist of more than 60 models.

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