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Nikon to axe most of 35mm product range

Nikon to axe most of 35mm product range - Following the success of our digital line-up over the last seven years, which has resulted in more than 95% of Nikons UK business being within the digital area, Nikon Corporation has made the decision to focus management resources on digital cameras in place of film cameras.

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This decision will allow Nikon to continue to develop products that match the demands of an increasingly competitive market place.

Despite this growing competition Nikon Corporation has continued to outperform the market, and has recently reported positive financial results which saw group net profit climb by 20% in the fiscal first half which ended in September. Group sales also increased by 9.8% to 342.85 billion yen in the same period. Sales of high end digital SLR cameras and the success of products like the D70s and D50 have helped contribute to these positive figures.

As the film camera market shrinks and the popularity of compact digital cameras increases, demand for products that offer advanced features and extra value is continuing to grow. High performance digital SLR cameras are performing well as users shift from film-based SLR cameras or upgrade from compact digital cameras to digital SLR cameras.

As a result of the new strategy Nikon will discontinue production of all lenses for large format cameras and enlarging lenses with sales of these products ceasing as soon as they run out of stock. This also applies to most of our film camera bodies, interchangeable manual focus lenses and related accessories. Although Nikon anticipates that the products will still be in retail distribution up to Summer 2006.

In recognition of Nikons commitment to professional photographers we will continue to manufacturer and sell the F6, our flagship film model, as well as a number of manual interchangeable lenses. Sales of the manual FM10 will also continue outside Europe.

Nikon will continue to sell the F6 film body and the manual FM10 Nikon along with the following interchangeable manual lenses

  • Nikkor 20mm f/2.8
  • Nikkor 24mm f/2.8
  • Nikkor 28mm f/2.8
  • Nikkor 35mm f/1.4
  • Nikkor 50mm f/1.2
  • Nikkor 50mm f/1.4
  • Micro-Nikkor 55mm f/2.8
  • Micro-Nikkor 105mm f/2.8
  • PC Micro-Nikkor 85mm f/2.8D

After-sales service will continue to be provided as before, according to the policy for each product.

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Comments


12 Jan 2006 2:57AM
I've thought of something. Can't say what it is, but the thought includes the following words.

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Consulo 10 763 9 Scotland
12 Jan 2006 3:08AM
A terrible shame in a way. I still use film, like lots of others, but it really does seem as if this is another nail in the coffin for the fomat.

On the plus side, however, perhaps this might mean that in the field of digital photography, Nikon are finally going to try and match Canon and perhaps develop full frame sensor technology?
mattw 10 5.2k 10 United Kingdom
12 Jan 2006 3:31AM
How does binning most of their full frame lenses suggest that Nikon are planning a full frame digital???


Mattw
Ycmah e2
9 4 Australia
12 Jan 2006 3:49AM
Regarding 35mm lenses, does it mean that "ALL the auto-focus lenses are still going to be continued or even upgraded". As all these AF lenses are stll capable of manual focus, I can't see any lost for 35mm users.
Simon
ahollowa 10 1.1k England
12 Jan 2006 4:51AM
It could mean the oposite. They could slowly phase out all current lenses and replace them with lenses with smaller image circles to match the digital bodies. OR it could be the precursor of dropping the current backward compatable lens mount in favor of a larger one which would allow them to go full frame.

cheers

Al.
Ade_Osman 11 4.5k 36 England
12 Jan 2006 6:23AM
Another nail in the coffin for film???
sillyconguru 9 4.4k
12 Jan 2006 6:37AM
Where does it say that Nikon are discontinuing their full-frame lenses? They're ceasing production of most of their manual focus lenses, not the auto-focus ones.
wing 10 453 United Kingdom
12 Jan 2006 7:43AM
There is a strong rumour that Nikon is developing a full frame digital sensor at the moment.
Personally I won't bother buying any more 'DX' lenses for the foreseeable future, as they seem to be making the newer digital models backward compatible with the 'Ai' 'Ai's' series of lenses "as far as metering is concerned".
If the full frame Nikon does see the light of day soon, I would risk a bet that Nikon might also be planning a successor to the 'F' mount in the not too distant future.
wing 10 453 United Kingdom
12 Jan 2006 7:45AM
There is a strong rumour that Nikon is developing a full frame digital sensor at the moment.
Personally I won't bother buying any more 'DX' lenses for the foreseeable future, as they seem to be making the newer digital models backward compatible with the 'Ai' 'Ai's' series of lenses "as far as metering is concerned".
If the full frame Nikon does see the light of day soon, I would risk a bet that Nikon might also be planning a successor to the 'F' mount in the not too distant future.
wing 10 453 United Kingdom
12 Jan 2006 7:57AM
Oops, now how did that happen, I'm sure I didn't double click!
wolf666 8 497 England
12 Jan 2006 8:53AM
What happened to Nikons "Dedicated to film" stance then? Yet another U-turn down to the mighty dollar.
peterjones e2
12 3.9k 1 United Kingdom
12 Jan 2006 1:02PM
what a surprise
perrism 9 6
12 Jan 2006 3:02PM
There's a lot of rumour about "full frame" sensors, but my guess is they'll concentrate on DX-format with a range of DX zooms rather than the old plethora of primes (the sensor-size is great for prints up to about A3) and maybe release medium-format digital cameras under the parent Fuji brand for those that want "full" frame. My 2p's worth!
User_Removed 10 17.9k 8 Norway
13 Jan 2006 9:53AM
Best I get out there and grab an FM3 and a 'winder' a.s.a.p! S'gonna push the second hand prices up!
tonyheps 11 6 1
13 Jan 2006 10:39AM
The digital revolution approaches the end game-long live film
perrism 9 6
13 Jan 2006 1:19PM
Mike Otley - best of luck getting an FM3 (FM3a) - that was my first thought and they're on back-order (at B&H) already! Not even sure I need one, but I WANT one! I wish I'd never sold my FM2N.

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