Geek out to this video tribute on how Nikon makes its Nikkor lenses


posted Thursday, February 7, 2013 at 12:06 PM EST


This year marks the 80th anniversary of Nikon's coveted Nikkor brand of camera lenses, and the company has served up the following, loving video tribute to how its precious photographic glass is made.

Yes, it's pretty much an advertisement for Nikon's lenses, but it's hard not to be mesmerized by the craftsmanship and care displayed in this short video, which was shot in a Nikkor factory in Japan.

For those keeping score at home, the Nikkor story began in 1933, with the first shipment of Aero-Nikkor aerial photographic lenses. The latest chapter was written last month, when the company unveiled a new AF-S NIKKOR 800mm f/5.6E FL ED super-telephoto lens and a 18-35mm f/3.5-4.5 zoom lens.

As of last November, Nikon had produced approximately 75 million Nikkor lenses.

(Via Gear Patrol)