Nikon Introduces New Fluorine Coatings

Posted May. 28th, 2014 by Daniel J. Cox

Nikon introduces new Fluorine coatings made to repel all sorts of offense elements such as muddy water, grease, oil and just bout anything else you could think of. The video below shows paint actually being applied to a piece of Nikon glass that simply beads up and is easily wiped away. Nikon optics have always held legendary status and this new technology will help to continue that perception.

The new Fluorine coating currently is applied to only two of Nikon’s newest lenses – the 800mm F/5.6 and the new 400mm F/2.8. Both lenses come at an extreme cost with the 400mm F/2.8 being just short of $12,000 and the 800mm F/5.6 coming in just shy of $18,000. It’s doubtful it’s the sort of the Fluorine coating that makes these lenses so expensive. Let’s hope so since it would be nice to see this technology makes it’s way on to the smaller lenses Nikon produces as well.


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  1. Marc HesterOn Jun. 2nd, 2014

    Hello Dan,
    Am I correct that Nikon is using the Flourine coating on the new TC-14 EIII teleconverter?

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      Daniel J. CoxOn Jun. 3rd, 2014

      Good Question? Let me put this to some of my friends at Nikon. Maybe they would like to join the discussion.

  2. Michael AlbanyOn May. 29th, 2014

    I personally would like to see this on the sensor glass. My D3s is the dirtiest sensor I have ever had and it is driving me nuts half the time.

    As for coatings to make lenses sharper, that isn’t going to happen. Light penetrating a surface of any kind will create a distortion. The trick is to counter distortions to create a clear representation of the original. One of the issues in achieving sharpness with a coating is to remove any glare. That is done with anti-reflective coatings and these coatings that exist today remove 94% in cheap coatings and up to 98% in the Zeiss Gold. Nikon’s A/R lenses block about 97.6% of the glare in the glass. It is difficult to improve on that.

    As for sharpness of Nikkor lenses, in my experience they are the sharpest lenses out there with a few Zeiss exceptions. I actually measured my 24-70 2.8 and it came in at 20/10 at 50mm. That is fighter pilot sharp.

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      Daniel J. CoxOn May. 30th, 2014

      Michael, what a great idea to add this coating to digital sensors. Time will tell but it would certainly seem like a no brainer. Thanks for adding your voice.

  3. William LaxOn May. 28th, 2014

    That’s great for some that are regularly in dirty environments, but I think most of us are not and would like to see coatings that improve sharpness.

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      Daniel J. CoxOn May. 29th, 2014

      William, better sharpness is always a good thing but there is nothing wrong with developing a technology that helps protect such major investments. I think the Nano Coating was the first step to really making improvements in sharpness and flair. It’s good to see Nikon pushing all aspects of bettering their lenses. It goes to prove that they aren’t standing still at least on the lens development front.

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