Nikon Lens Patents

Lens name Patent number Inventors Year Remarks
Fisheye-Nikkor 6mm f/2.8 US 3737214 Yoshiyuki Shimizu 1970  
AF-S Fisheye NIKKOR 8-15mm f/3.5-4.5 E ED JP 2017-068114A Haruo Sato 2015  
AI Nikkor 13mm f/5.6 US 3728011

Also see JP,48-090523,A (1973)

Ikuo Mori 1971

The patent describes a 13mm f/8 lens. An improved 5.6 version was manufactured.

Story of the 13mm f/5.6 Nikkor

AI Nikkor 15mm f/5.6 JP,48-071634,A Ikuo Mori 1971  
PC Nikkor 19mm f/4E JP 2017-161685 IMAJIMA RYOSUKE
2016 Note this one is jointly held by KONICA MINOLTA INC
Nikkor 18mm f/4 US 3572901 Ikuo Mori 1969 AI Nikkor 18mm f/4 story
Nikkor 20mm f/4 US 3549241 Ikuo Mori 1967  
Nikkor AF-D 20mm f2.8 US 4690517A Daijiro Fujie 1984  
AFS Nikkor 20mm f/1.8 JP 2016-021011A FUKUDA YASUNARI
Atsuo Masui
Kosuke Machida
2014 Note this one is jointly held by KONICA MINOLTA INC
AI Nikkor 24mm f/2.8 JP,43-013834,B(1968) tbc 1965 First lens to feature floating elements?
AI Nikkor 24mm f/2 US 4311367A Ikuo Mori 1978 See Fig 2A in the patent.
AFS Nikkor 24mm f/1.4G US 8416512 Harada; Hiroki
Yamamoto; Yasushi
2009 See figures 2 and 3
AFS Nikkor 24mm f/1.8 JP 2017-003807 FUKUDA YASUNARI
2015 Note this one is jointly held by KONICA MINOLTA INC
NIKKOR Z 24mm f/1.8 S JP-2019-090948 YAMADA KEIKO
2017 See EX-3. The actual production lens seems slightly different to the patent.
Note that this patent is jointly held by KONICA MINOLTA INC and NIKON CORP
NIKKOR-H Auto 2.8cm f/3.5 JP,38-026133,B(1963) WAKIMOTO, Zenji 1958 Little lens, Big step, the story of 28mm f3.5
AIS Nikkor 28mm f/3.5 US 4099850A Sei Matsui 1976 This is the revised version of 28mm f/3.5 introduced around 1977.
Nikkor-N Auto 28mm f/2 US 3736049 Yoshiyuki Shimizu 1970  
AI Nikkor 28mm f/2.8 US 3635546 Ikuo Mori 1970 For the AIS version apparently this lens was redesigned by Daijiro Fujie in late 1970s.
Nikon E-series 28mm f/2.8 US 4203653 Ikuo Mori 1977  
AIS Nikkor 28mm f/2.8 Patent number tbc Daijiro Fujie Year tbc The story of Nikkor 28mm f2.8 AIS

The design of this lens may be evident from a different patent by Kenzaburo Suzuki -

Marco Cavina's page on 28mm design appears to depit the design from above patent.

AF Nikkor 28mm f/1.4D US 5315441 Kenji Hori
Wataru Tatsuno
1992 AI AF Nikkor 28mm f1.4D Story
AF Nikkor 28mm f/2.8 US 5557473 Yoshikazu Sugiyama
Haruo Sato
1993 This design is referred to in Marco Cavina's site .
AFS Nikkor 28mm f/1.4E JP 2017-227799 FUKUDA YASUNARI
2016 Note this one is jointly held by KONICA MINOLTA INC
W-Nikkor 3.5cm f/1.8 US 2896506 Azuma Hideo 1956 W-Nikkor 3.5cm F1.8 story
Japanese patent JP,31-005178,B(1956)
Nikkor-O Auto 35mm f/2 US 3507558 Yoshiyuki Shimizu 1965  
Nikkor 35mm f/2.8 US 3731989 Yoshiyuki Shimizu 1970  
AI Nikkor 35mm f/1.4 US 3576360A Yoshiyuki Shimizu 1967 AI Nikkor 35mm f/1.4 story
AFS Nikkor 35mm f/1.4 G US 7663816 Haruo Sato 2007  
Z Nikkor 35mm f/1.8S JP 2019-090947 Yamada Keiko
Haruo Sato

Note this one is jointly held by KONICA MINOLTA INC

Nikkor 50mm f/1.1 (rangefinder) US 2828671A Murakami Saburo 1957 NIKKOR-N 5cm F1.1 Story
Japanese patent JP,39-008149,Y(1964)
Nikkor-S Auto 50mm f/1.4 (F mount) US 3560079 Zenji Wakimoto
Yoshiyuki Shimizu
1964 Nikkor-S Auto 50mm F1.4 Story
Nikkor 50mm f/1.2 (tbc) US 3738736 Yoshiyuki Shimizu 1970 It is possible that this patent describes the 50mm f/1.2 Nikkor, which was only introduced in 1978.
A Japanese patent also applied in 1970 that might be associated is JP,54-043386,B(1979)
AIS Nikkor 50mm f/1.8 US 4234242 Soichi Nakamura 1978 Story of the 50mm f/1.8 AIS
AIS Nikkor 50mm f/1.4 US 4448497 Koichi Wakamiya 1981
AFS Nikkor 58mm f/1.4G JP 2013-019993
Haruo Sato 2011

PROBLEM TO BE SOLVED: To provide a small optical system of smaller number of constituent elements, which has high performance and less coma especially sagittal coma aberration, and spherical aberration

Nikkor 85mm f/1.4 AIS US 4396256A Daijiro Fujie 1980  
Nikkor 85mm f/1.4 D US 5640277 Koichi Ohshita 1993 AI AF Nikkor 85mm f1.4D Story
AF-S NIKKOR 85mm f/1.4 G US 8767319B2 Yoshihito Souma
Satoru Shibata
2010 Held jointly by Nikon Corp
Konica Minolta Advanced Layers Inc
Ai Nikkor 135mm f/2.8 AIS JP,50-062630,A(1975) tbc 1973  
Ai Nikkor 135mm f/2 AIS JP,52-055524,A(1977) tbc 1975  
Ai AF DC Nikkor 135mm f/2 S US 4908639 Masaaki Yanagisawa 1988 Ai AF DC Nikkor 135mm F2S
Nikkor 180mm f/2.8s ED US 4338001 Sei Matsui 1979 AI Nikkor 180mm f2.8s ED Story
Nikkor 200mm f/2.0 ED-IF US 4176913 Soichi Nakamura
Kiyoshi Hayashi
AFS Nikkor 200mm f/2 G VR US 7411745 Mitsuaki Wada 2004 First Nikkor lens to feature Super ED glass vd=91.0, nd=1.44. ED glass is typically vd=82.6, nd=1.49 or vd=81.6, nd=1.49.
Nikkor 300mm f/2.0 ED-IF
Nikkor 400mm f/2.8 ED-IF manual focus
US 4732459 Kiyoshi Hayashi 1987  
Nikkor 400mm f/3.5 ED-IF manual focus US 4113357 Soichi Nakamura 1974 The AI Nikkor 400mm f/3.5 IF-ED story
AF-S NIKKOR 400mm f/2.8 E FL ED VR JP 2015-215559A JP 2019-152887A Kazumasa Tanaka
Toshinori Take
Miwa Tetsushi
AF-S NIKKOR 500mm f/4 E FL ED VR JP 2015-215560A Yamashita Masafumi
AFS Nikkor 500mm f/5.6 E PF VR JP 2018-017857 MIWA TETSUSHI
AFS Nikkor 14-24mm f/2.8 G US 7359125 Yoko Kimura
Haruo Sato
Nikkor Z 14-30mm f/4 S JP 2019-008031A UEHARA TAKESHI 2017 14-30mm f/4S
AFS Nikkor 12-24mm f/4 G US 6940655 Haruo Sato   The story of the first DX format lens
AFS DX Nikkor 10-24mm f/3.5-4.5 G US 8169718

Dayong Li
Hiroshi Yamamoto
Hiroki Harada


Note this one is jointly held by
Nikon Corp
Tamron Co Ltd
AF Zoom-Nikkor 20-35mm f/2.8 D IF US 5276553 Wataru Tatsuno 1991

First of the ultra wide zooms from Nikon.

Also see patents US5668668 and US5798871.

AF-S NIKKOR 18-35mm f/3.5-4.5 G ED US9256059B2 Kana Inoue, Mamoru Terada, Haruo Sato   Jointly held by Nikon Corp
Konica Minolta Inc
Zoom Nikkor 28-45mm f/4.5 US 3771853 Soichi Nakamura 1970 First true wide angle zoom?
Zoom Nikkor 24-50mm f/4 US 4189212 Norio Mizutani
Soichi Nakamura
1976 Story of the 24-50mm
AFS Nikkor 24-70mm f/2.8 G US 7508592 Hiroki Harada
AFS Nikkor 24-70mm f/2.8 E VR US 20180136444 Hiroki Harada   This is the new VR version
AFS Nikkor 28-300mm f/3.5-5.6 G US 20100220400 YAMAMOTO Hiroshi
Miwa Satoshi
Suzuki Takeshi
Sato Haruo
  See figure 4
AF Zoom-Nikkor 24-120mm f/3.5-5.6 D IF US 5734508 Haruo Sato 1994 The almighty normal zoom lens
AFS Nikkor 24-120mm f/4 G US 20100220400 YAMAMOTO Hiroshi
Miwa Satoshi
Suzuki Takeshi
Sato Haruo
  See figure 1
AFS DX Nikkor 18-200mm f/3.5-5.6 G US 20100220400 YAMAMOTO Hiroshi
Miwa Satoshi
Suzuki Takeshi
Sato Haruo
  See figure 10
38-105mm zoom lens in Zoom 700 VR US 5530593A Atsushi Shibayama
Susumu Sato
1992 Nikon's first VR lens appeared in a compact camera Zoom 700 VR
Auto Zoom Nikkor 80-200mm f/4.5 (first version) US 3615125 Takashi Higuchi
Soichi Nakamura
1967 First of the 80-200mm zoom lenses from Nikon; the start of the series that has evolved to the 70-200mm zooms
Nikkor 80-200mm f/4.5 AI (second version) US 4223981 Norio Mizutani
Yoshinari Hamanishi
1977 The 80-200mm f/4.5 lens reputedly established the Zoom lens as a viable tool. This was the second version of the lens.
Nikkor 80-200mm f/4 AIS US 4452513 Yoshinari Hamanishi 1981 Redesigned with f/4 max aperture.
Also contains design for 200-400mm f/4, not sure if this was actually the version produced.
AI Zoom Nikkor 80-200mm f/2.8 ED US 4468097 Yoshinari Hamanishi 1981 First 80-200mm design with f/2.8 max aperture. 2 ED elements.
AI Zoom Nikkor 80-200mm f/2.8 ED US 5579171 Kenzaburo Suzuki
Masahiro Nakatsuji
Keiji Moriyama
1993 The design of the AF-D lens is in figure 3. 3 ED elements. It seems that the design allowed for VR function.
AI AF-S Zoom-Nikkor 80-200mm f/2.8 D IF-ED JP 2000-019398 Susumu Sato 1998 The first lens from Nikon with AFS technology. Five ED elements.
Link to Japan Patent site
AF-S VR Zoom-Nikkor 70-200mm f/2.8 G IF-ED I US 6693750B2 Susumu Sato 2001 The first version of the 70-200mm VR lens, optimized for DX format perhaps. Five ED elements.
AFS VR Nikkor 70-200mm f/2.8 G II US 9091841B2 Tomoki Ito 2011 See figure 26.
This is the second version optimized for FX cameras. Seven ED elements.
AF-S NIKKOR 70-200mm f/2.8 E FL ED VR WO 2019097669A1 Tomoki Ito 2017 Final FX version, with 1 fluorite element.
AF VR Zoom Nikkor 80-400mm f/4.5-5.6D ED US 6141156 Masayuki Aoki 1998 Nikon's first SLR lens with Vibration Reduction.
AF-S NIKKOR 200-500mm f/5.6 E ED VR JP2014209144A Taku Matsuo
Takeshi Suzuki
Haruo Sato
Hisayuki Yamanaka
  Patent appears to be for a lens with variable aperture 4.5 to 5.6. But Nikkor design looks the same as embodiment 2.
Patent held jointly by Nikon Corp and Tamron Co Ltd
Zoom Nikkor 180-800 f/8.0 ED
Zoom Nikkor 360-1200 f/11.0 ED
US 3743384 Soichi Nakamura 1970 Is this the first patent that refers to Nikon's ED glass?
Zoom Nikkor 1200-1700 f/5.6-8.0 US 5442486A Susumu Sato 1992  
PC-E Micro NIKKOR 45mm f/2.8D ED US 7656591B2 Hiroshi Yamamoto 2006  
Micro Nikkor 55mm f2.8 US 4260223A Yoshinari Hamanishi 1978  
AF-D Micro Nikkor 60mm f2.8 US 5751485A Kenzaburo Suzuki 1993  
AFS Micro Nikkor 60mm f/2.8 G US 7898744 Mitsuaki Wada 2007  
UV Nikkor 105mm f/4.5 JP,61-090115,A(1986) Koichi Wakamiya 1984 Nice page on this lens
AF-D Micro Nikkor 105mm f2.8 US 4986643A Keiji Moriyama 1988  
AFS Micro Nikkor 105mm f/2.8 G VR US 7218457 Takayuki Sensui   See figure 9A
AF Micro-Nikkor 200mm f/4D IF-ED US 5402268A Wataru Tatsuno 1992 Also see