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Nikon has passed the 100 mil­lion mile­stone in Nikkor in­ter­change­able lenses pro­duc­tion. The first was in­tro­duced in 1959 along with the leg­endary F 35mm SLR sys­tem and there have sub­se­quently been over 90 mod­els in­clud­ing tilt-shift types, macros and fish-eyes. Al­though the Nikkor brand dates back to 1932, the first ‘main­stream’ in­ter­change­able lens is con­sid­ered to be the Nikkor-S Auto 5.0cm f2.0 from 1959 (Nikon didn’t switch to des­ig­nat­ing fo­cal lengths in mil­lime­tres for quite a while). The Nikkor brand was cre­ated by ad­ding the let­ter “r”– a com­mon prac­tice in the nam­ing of pho­to­graphic lenses in Ja­pan – to “Nikko”, the Ro­man­ised ab­bre­vi­a­tion for Nip­pon Ko­gaku K.K., which was Nikon’s orig­i­nal com­pany name. Nikon now has a Web­site ded­i­cated to all things to do with Nikkor lenses; it can be found at

2016 Sony win­ner Doc­u­men­tary Cat­e­gory, Con­tem­po­rary Is­sues: As­ghar Kham­seh, Iran.

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