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Nikon’s nonstick coating keeps camera glass safe from moisture, grit, and grime


A fluorine coating applied to Nikon’s new lens keeps the glass safe from grime. Credit: NikonImagingJapan; YouTube

Water and electronics don’t mix.

But because there are times when the two collide, it helps if your high-priced gadgets come with a coating that can resist water’s way of getting in the way.

So to protect photographers from paint splatters and pop-up showers, Nikon Japan has released a set of lenses that lend their names to the coating that keeps moisture, markers, and more from ruining a good time.

The elements of the 800mm F5.6 FL ED VR and 400mm F2.8 FL ED VR lenses are topped with a fluorine coating (hence the FL) that essentially makes the glass hydrophobic, and therefore resistant to water, mud, permanent marker, ink, and paint.


Credit: NikonImagingJapan; YouTube

According to the camera giant, the fluorine coat “delivers higher durability and is more peel-resistant. Compared to other manufacturers’ coatings of a similar kind, fluorine endures a higher frequency of lens surface wiping and provides longer duration staying power. Its anti-reflective effect also contributes to the capture of clear images.”


Credit: NikonImagingJapan; YouTube

See the coating in action above as Nikon does its best to dirty, dampen, and destroy the lens.

Feature image credit: NikonImagingJapan; YouTube