Celebrating 90 Years of Nikkor Lenses
From the secrets of the solar system to precious family moments, Nikon lenses have captured some of the most important images of our time.
The legacy of Nikon is one of constant innovation. As we mark the 90th anniversary of the Nikkor brand, were celebrating our history, and looking ahead to the future.
A History in 18 Iconic Lenses
Discover the incredible legacy of Nikon optics. Check back for new stories over the coming weeks.
NIKKOR Z 135mm f/1.8 S Plena (2023)
Stunning wide-aperture performance.
The Plena takes full advantage of the unique dimensions of the mirrorless Nikon Z mount to deliver superb image quality for portraiture and low-light imaging. The Plena takes its name from the Latin word plenum, meaning full or complete. It offers excellent peripheral illumination, which ensures beautiful near-circular bokeh across the frame. The Plena also delivers excellent edge-to-edge sharpness, even wide open at f/1.8.
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Explore the history of Nikon lensesfrom 1933 to the present day.
The first Aero-Nikkor lenses are released, marking the birth of the Nikkor brand.
The Nikkor P.C 8.5cm f/2 impresses American photojournalist David Douglas Duncan, who becomes a passionate evangelist for Nikkor optics, bringing Nikon lenses to international attention.
Nikon introduces the fastest wide-angle interchangeable lens in the world, the W-NIKKOR 3.5cm f/1.8.
The F mount Auto-NIKKOR Telephoto-Zoom 8.5-25cm (85-250mm) f/4-4.5 becomes the worlds first telephoto zoom lens for still cameras.
The Fisheye-NIKKOR 6mm f/2.8 has a viewing angle of 220 degrees, meaning that it can actually see behind itself. The 11.5 lb (5.2 kg) lens has its own built-in tripod mount.
The Nikkor-H 300mm f/2.8 ED is the world’s first photographic lens to use extra-low dispersion (ED) glass to reduce chromatic aberrations and increase contrast.
The iconic Noct-NIKKOR 58mm f/1.2 is designed specifically for open-aperture photography in extreme low light conditions. The optical design of the Noct includes an aspherical front element.
The first use of rear focusing elements (RF) appears in the AF Nikkor 85mm f/1.8D to make autofocusing operation smoother and faster.
The AF DC-NIKKOR 135mm f/2 introduces photographers to Defocus Control, enabling precise control over spherical aberration for optimal background and foreground blur.
Nano Crystal Coat is introduced in the AF-S VR Nikkor 300mm f/2.8G IF-ED to reduce internal and external flare and increase contrast.
Nikon releases the AF-S Nikkor 14-24mm f/2.8G ED, which offers the convenience of a zoom with the optical quality of a high-end prime lens.
The AF-S Nikkor 300mm f/4E PF ED VR is the first Nikkor lens to feature a PF (Phase Fresnel) lens element, making it (at the time) the worlds lightest 300mm lens of its type.
Nikon unveils the Nikkor Z 58mm f/0.95 S Noct, designed to take full advantage of the Z mounts unique dimensions. Nikon’s fastest-ever lens, the Noct is a flagship lens for a new era of imaging.
Nikon releases the Nikkor Z 135mm f/1.8 S Plena. The Plena offers unrivaled peripheral illumination for beautiful, circular bokeh across the frame.
A World-class Lineup
Discover the huge range of Nikkor lenses for Nikon Z series mirrorless cameras and DSLRs.