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Nikon, Official Partner of the 13th FINA World Championships, will provide equipment including Nikon D3 digital-SLR cameras and NIKKOR lenses such as the AF-S VR Nikkor 300mm f/2.8G IF-ED, to press photographers covering the events


Nikon Corporation (Michio Kariya, President) is pleased to announce its official partnership with the Fédération Internationale de Natation (FINA) at the 13th FINA World Championships to be held July 17 through August 2, 2009 in Rome, Italy. This will be the third major event that Nikon has partnered with FINA. The first was the 12th FINA World Championships held in Melbourne Australia in 2007, and the second the 9th FINA World Swimming Championships (25m) held in Manchester UK in 2008.

The FINA World Championships is a prestigious biennial aquatic sports event hosted by FINA, which has 201 member federations. This time more than 2,500 top athletes from over 190 countries and territories will participate in the Championships which feature 65 events in 5 aquatic sports—swimming, open water swimming, diving, water polo, and synchronized swimming.

To date, Nikon has sponsored a variety of major international sporting competitions in addition to aquatic sports, including football and track and field competitions. In addition to the assistance our support provides athletes who are continuously challenging their own limits , Nikon believes that sporting events offer great opportunities for capturing stunning photos of truly special and unique moments, which allows us an excellent means for introducing people to the possibilities in imaging expression.

As an Official FINA Partner, the Nikon logo will be included on men’s bibs as well as on poolside signs. In addition, we will be undertaking a variety of promotional activities. Among these, we will be offering support services for which Nikon is known with establishment of service depots where accredited photographers can have their own equipment inspected, cleaned and repaired (emergency repairs), or they can borrow Nikon equipment. This depot will have a number of Nikon products that include the Nikon D3, which supports high-speed continuous shooting of high-resolution images even in dim-lighting conditions whether outdoors or indoors, and a variety of high-performance lenses such as the AF-S VR Nikkor 300mm f/2.8G IF-ED with built-in vibration reduction.

June of this year marks the 50th anniversary since the introduction of the Nikon F mount, the mechanism that forms the link between Nikon SLR cameras and NIKKOR interchangeable lenses. Unchanged in 50 years, the Nikon F mount has been making it possible for professional photographers working on the front lines of all news-worthy events to capture the most historical and moving moments in their photos. The Nikon F mount continues to bring generations of users of Nikon SLR cameras and NIKKOR lenses together, offering them countless special moments in this new digital age.


The FINA Official Photo Gallery, which records the exciting games of 13th FINA World Championships—Nikon is an official partner—is open and updated daily. All pictures are taken by official photographers withNikon cameras and photographic equipment.


Nikon products expected to be actively used at the 13th FINA World Championships

Nikon D3
Released in 2007 as the Nikon FX-format flagship model, the D3 has been extremely well received for its innovative high performance and advanced functions including support for high sensitivities up to ISO 6400, autofocus using a high-density array of 51 focus points, the Scene Recognition System, and high-speed continuous shooting at 9 fps (FX-format image area), by advanced amateur and professional photographers, especially professional sports and press photographers.

AF-S VR Nikkor 300mm f/2.8G IF-ED In addition to its built-in vibration reduction function, this was the world's first fast, super-telephoto lens to utilize Nano Crystal Coat. The new optics utilizing 3 ED lens elements offers excellent compensation for chromatic aberration, and high-resolution images exhibiting very little ghost or flare are made possible by the superior anti-reflective effects of Nano Crystal Coat.