Among lenses of the new DX Nikkor series specially designed for Nikon digital SLR cameras, the first is small and light, with ultra-wideangle zoom capability. Here, the optical designer behind its development reveals the inside story.
- SATO, Haruo
- 2nd Design Section, 2nd Development Department,
Development Division,Imaging Company
- After joining Nippon Kogaku K.K. (now Nikon Corporation) in 1985 for assignment to what was then the Optical Design Group, Mr. SATO has focused on optical design for cameras. The lenses which he has helped design and develop cover a versatile range, including fisheye, telephoto and high-power zoom lenses. Among them, the AF 28-70mm f/3.5-4.5D, AF 24-120mm f/3.5-5.6D and AF 28-80mm f/3.3-5.6G have made the most lasting impression in his memory. Not surprisingly, he has a passion for photography, and he is enough of an enthusiast to have set up a darkroom at home for developing and enlarging his work. Having enjoyed shooting since the days of the Nikon F2, he has more recently been a devotee of the D100 and COOLPIX 2500, although he has a strong attachment to rangefinder cameras such as Nikon SP. Music is another hobby. He plays trumpet as a member of a band. Aside from design work, he writes the "Nikkor - The Thousand and One Night" series that appears in the "Nikkor Club Quarterly" magazine and website. His analysis and evaluation of various camera lenses makes him a highly credible expert in his field.