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Nikon to further reduce film camera and accessories production  
Wednesday, January 11, 2006 | by Eamon Hickey

Nikon U.K. has published a press release announcing that Nikon Corporation (Japan) has decided to cease manufacturing most 35mm film SLR bodies, all large-format lenses and enlarging lenses, most manual focus 35mm lenses, and related accessories.

Remaining stocks of these items will be sold until they run out. The press release contains a general statement estimating that discontinued products will remain in distribution until summer 2006, but it doesn't offer a product-by-product breakdown of estimated availability, which will presumably vary.

This is the result of a decision by Nikon to concentrate its resources on digital cameras and accessories, the press release says. It also notes that 95% of Nikon U.K.'s business is "within the digital area", although it doesn't specify the time period for which that figure applies.

Nikon will continue to manufacture and sell the F6 35mm film body worldwide, and will market the FM10 in certain regions of the world. A handful of manual focus 35mm lenses will also continue to be made.

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