Optics

Optics

Each Nikon microscope objective is precision-crafted to provide the highest level of clarity and overall optical performance. World-class Nikon objectives, including renowned CFI60 infinity optics, deliver brilliant images of breathtaking sharpness and clarity, from macro- to nano-scale.

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Our objectives help you focus on yours

Objective lenses are arguably the most important element in the microscope. Nikon has been developing optical technologies since 1917 with the establishment of Nippon Kogaku KK (Japan Optics). The JOICO microscope with interchangeable objectives and revolving nosepiece was first introduced in 1925. With over 100 years of dedication to the development of optics, Nikon continues to innovate and produce breakthrough optical technologies to help accelerate scientific research.

Nikon’s first microscope, released in 1925

In tireless pursuit of the highest quality

Nikon has been developing optical glass since its inception in 1917, and to this day, wholly owns and formulates all of its glass.

The initial melting process after blending glass raw materials

It Starts with the Glass

Optical glass starts as an ingot (shown on right) which is formed by blending rare earth elements and repeated melting, shaping and slow cooling to achieve a target refractive index. The glass ingots are precision-cut, polished and coated to produce lens elements for the objective.

Mastering Excellence

The front lens of high-performance objectives is hand-polished by Nikon's most highly skilled experts (shown on right), a technique requiring more than a decade to master. By controlling the entire manufacturing process from glass formulation to assembly and alignment of lens elements, Nikon ensures the highest quality and performance of its objectives.

Objectives Inspired by Your Science

Produced to exacting standards, Nikon’s objectives provide exceptional detail and clarity. The highest level of image quality can be achieved whether it be for routine tasks or cutting-edge research.

Algae imaged with a CFI Apochromat LWD Lambda S 40XC WI

A tool for finding the right objective

Nikon's online Objective Selector tool enables you to quickly and easily find the right objective for your application. Refine your search based on application, technique, objective class, immersion type, etc. Specifications for multiple objectives can be displayed in a single window for easy comparison.

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For OEM and DIY

With over 100 years of experience in developing optical technology, Nikon offers a wide range of components that can fulfill almost any optical requirement.

Nikon develops products to the highest standards, from design to manufacture, to ensure we meet the needs of a wide variety of customers.

For detailed specifications including dimensions and transmission information, please refer to the following website.

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As individual as you

Nikon offers a broad portfolio of objectives to meet your individual application needs. Explore some of the different objective series in the following pages.

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Silicone Immersion Series

Objective lenses that provide superior depth and resolution performance for biological imaging by more closely matching the refractive index of cells and tissues.

  • Research
  • Biotech

Super-Resolution Series

Objective lenses designed to provide the highest quality point spread functions for super-resolution imaging.

  • Research

CFI Apochromat TIRF Series

Microscope objectives designed specifically for Total Internal Reflection Applications, featuring the highest N.A. of all Nikon objectives.

  • Research
  • Biotech

Objectives for imaging cleared specimens

Compatible with various optical clearing agents which have a wide range of refractive indices. Designed for ultra-deep, large-scale imaging.

  • Research

CFI75 Water Dipping Series

With exceptionally high numerical apertures and ultra-long working distances, these lenses are designed for multiphoton imaging and electrophysiology applications.

  • Research

CFI60 Water Dipping Series

Objectives with long working distances and high numerical apertures. Ideal for electrophysiology, IR-DIC imaging, and multiphoton applications.

  • Research

CFI Apochromat Lambda S Objective Series

Microscope objectives optimized for live cell and confocal imaging. These objectives offer superior chromatic aberration correction and high transmission rates thanks to Nikon's exclusive Nano-Crystal Coat technology.

  • Research
  • Biotech

CFI Plan Apochromat Lambda Series

Exclusive Nikon Nano-Crystal Coat technology produces bright, sharp and high contrast images perfect for multi-color fluorescence live-cell imaging.

  • Research
  • Biotech

CFI Plan Apochromat Lambda Series for Phase Contrast

Phase contrast objectives with superior image flatness, chromatic correction, and high numerical apertures.

  • Research
  • Biotech

CFI Plan Apochromat VC Series

With extended chromatic aberration correction (including the violet range), these objectives are ideal for multi-spectral confocal applications.

  • Research
  • Biotech

CFI Plan Fluor Series for Phase Contrast

Multi-purpose microscope objectives suitable for phase contrast, brightfield, and fluorescence observations.

  • Research
  • Biotech
  • Clinical

CFI Plan Fluor Series

A microscope objective which features an exceptionally high transmission from the ultra-violet to the infra-red, and flatness across the entire field of view. Ideal for critical fluorescence applications.

  • Research
  • Biotech
  • Clinical

S Plan Fluor ELWD Series

These objectives feature high transmittance from near-ultraviolet to near-infrared wavelengths and extra-long working distance (ELWD) to accommodate large samples and culture vessels of variable thickness.

  • Research
  • Biotech
  • Clinical

S Plan Fluor LWD Series

These objectives are effective in research utilizing stem cells and drug design research. They are capable of a long working distance and provide a high numerical aperture.

  • Research
  • Biotech

CFI Super Fluor Series

Microscope objective providing exceptional UV transmission, high NAs, and superior chromatic correction. Ideal for Ca2+ imaging and caged compound work.

  • Research
  • Biotech

Nikon Advanced Modulation Contrast Objective Series

Objectives designed for ICSI and microinjection applications. Enables high-contrast observation of stain-free samples through plasticware.

  • Research
  • Biotech
  • Clinical

Objective for IMSI

Dry objective for high-magnification and high-resolution brightfield and DIC microscopy, optimal for intracytoplasmic morphologically selected sperm injection (IMSI) and related applications.

  • Clinical

CFI Plan Achromat Series for Phase Contrast

Phase contrast objectives with incredible flatness and corrected for chromatic aberration across the entire visible spectrum, including the violet wavelength.

  • Clinical
  • Education

CFI Plan Achromat Series

Microscope objectives providing incredible image flatness over the entire 25mm field of view, with chromatic aberration correction throughout the entire visible spectrum.

  • Clinical
  • Education

CFI Achromat Series for Apodized Phase Contrast

Phase contrast objectives incorporating Nikon's proprietary apodization technique to reduce halo effects in thick samples.

  • Clinical
  • Education

CFI Achromat Series for Phase Contrast

Phase contrast objectives corrected for chromatic aberration across the entire visible spectrum.

  • Clinical
  • Education

CFI Achromat Series

Microscope objectives corrected for chromatic aberration across the entire visible spectrum.

  • Clinical
  • Education

No Cover Glass (NCG) Series

Objectives that do not use a cover glass, suitable for observation of specialized samples.

  • Research
  • Biotech
  • Clinical

Dispersion Staining Series

Dispersion Staining (DS) includes a number of related techniques for identifying materials based on their dispersive properties. Identification of asbestos is a common application of DS microscopy.

  • Materials Science