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Nikon has officially produced its 95-millionth Nikkor lens

The milestone comes eight months after announced it had produced its 90-millionth lens, keeping with roughly the same production rate from the previous five milestones (Nikon announces milestones at each 5 million mark.

 

Unlike , Nikon doesn’t tell what lens was the 95-millionth produced. Instead Nikon’s press release announcing the milestone focuses on mentioning a number of new technologies and lenses that have made an appearance over the past year or so.

 

Most notably, Nikon mentions new coating technologies, its Phase Fresnal technology, its use of lighter and smaller fluorite elements and more. A few of the lens mentioned include Nikon’s AF-S NIKKOR 500mm f/4E FL ED VR, AF-S NIKKOR 600mm f/4E FL ED VR, and its AF-S DX NIKKOR 16–80mm f/2.8–4E ED VR, all three of which we covered earlier this month.

 

Considering Nikon’s current pace, it looks like May or June of 2016 will be the centennial mark in terms of millions of lenses sold. We’ll be sure to keep you updated. To see the full press release, head on over to Nikon Rumors’ post by clicking here.

 

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Earlier this month Canon announced it had produced it’s 110-millionth EF lens. Today, Nikon reached a similar milestone, announcing the Tokyo-based company has produced its 95-millionth Nikkor lens.

 

 

Could this 20mm f/2.8 lens patent be Canon’s next pancake lens?

Originally filed back in December of 2013, Patent Publication No. 2015–111192 (translated) shows a 20mm lens made up of six elements in five groups. Focusing for the lens is done through ’s Stepping Motor Technology (STM), enabling smooth focus transitions when shooting in video mode, which all Canon APS-C DSLRs are now capable of.

As pointed out by Canon Rumors, this lens is very similar in focal length to Canon’s current 24mm f/2.8 STM, which packs quite the punch in a small form factor. Thus, it could be nothing more than a left over patent from the 24mm’s design.

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