Nikon Passes 85 Million Lens Milestone

Nikon Lenses

Earlier this month, Nikon reached a total production number of 85 millions NIKKOR and 1 NIKKOR lenses – just seven months after it hit the 80 million lens milestone.

Nikon has been making lenses for over 80 years and is clearly at the peak of the company’s lens production volume. Some of the most recent NIKKOR lenses include the:

Canon reached the 90 million lens mark in May 2013. Any day now, I expect to see an announcement from Canon that it has reach the 100 million lens milestone in less than 30 years since the EF mount was introduced in 1987. It seems that Canon is cranking out 10 million lenses every 8-9 months, while it takes Nikon about a year to do the same. While Canon clearly has the edge, it is mind-boggling to think about just how big these giants are in the world of photography.

Nikon AF-S 70-200mm f/4G ED VR Lens Unveiled

Nikon AF-S 70-200mm f/4G ED VR Lens

As previously rumored, Nikon announced its new AF-S 70-200mm f/4G ED VR lens today.  The new lens is the first Nikkor lens to feature third generation of Nikon’s Vibration Reduction (VR) technology and the first to offer five stops of image stabilization.

The Nikon 70-200mm f/4G VR lens will be available in November for $1399.95 and is available for pre-order here at B&H Photo.

Complete details in the press release below. [Read more...]

Nikon 70-200mm f/4 VR Lens Coming Next Week?

The Nikon version of the famous 70-200mm f/4L IS from Canon is expected to arrive next week – just in time for PhotoPlus 2012.  Nikon Rumors received word that the lens will be the first to feature Nikon’s next-gen VR system.

Given that the Canon equivalent runs $1350 at retail, I’d say that would be a good starting point to look toward for the Nikon lens – possibly up to $1400 or $1500.

Stay tuned for all the news from PhotoPlus next week.

New Nikon AF-S 800mm f/5.6 VR Lens Coming Soon?

Nikon 600mm

Nikon Rumors picked up word that a new AF-S 800mm f/5.6 VR Lens should arrive in September around the time of Photokina 2012.  The longest current lens in Nikon’s line up is the 600mm f/4G ED VR AF lens.  Given that this lens is priced at $9800, I would expect to see the 800mm lens in the same $14k ballpark as Canon’s 800mm f/5.6L.