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Nikon Instruments Introduces New Microscopes and Illumination Stand for Education and OEM Markets

July 15, 2008

MELVILLE, N.Y., July 15, 2008 -- Nikon Instruments Inc. (http://www.nikoninstruments.com/) announced its new SMZ-445/460 stereoscopic zoom microscopes, combining a very small size with high performance at a low cost for the Industrial and OEM markets. These microscopes allow observation of a wide range of applications, from routine quality control to semiconductor probing OEM applications.

The SMZ-445, with 0.8x to 3.5x zoom magnification, and SMZ-460, 0.7x to 3.0x zoom magnification, deliver outstanding optical performance in a lightweight, compact design. The multicoatings on the lens surfaces provide clear, bright and high contrast images, and the inside of the zooming body is treated with a mold-resistant finish to maintain the quality of the lenses even in hot, humid environments. In addition, the long working distances of 100mm, allow safe focusing even for specimens with uneven surfaces. The SMZ-445/460 feature a Greenough zooming optical system and ESD protection to prevent electrostatic damage to samples.

"The new SMZ-445/460's small body size will fit on a wider variety of OEM applications and will deliver the outstanding optical performance expected from our cutting-edge series of stereoscopic zoom microscopes," said Mike Metzger, General Manager, Sales and Marketing, Nikon Instruments. "With these new microscopes, Nikon has delivered premium performance in a compact body at a price point suited for the Industrial and OEM markets."

About Nikon Instruments Inc.

Nikon Instruments Inc. is a world leader in the development and manufacture of optical and digital imaging technology for biomedical and industrial applications. Now in its 90th year, Nikon provides complete optical systems that offer optimal versatility, performance and productivity. Cutting-edge instruments include microscopes, precision measuring equipment, digital imaging products and software. Nikon Instruments is the microscopy and instrumentation arm of Nikon Inc., the world leader in digital imaging, precision optics and photo imaging technology. For more information, visit http://www.nikoninstruments.com/. Product-related inquiries may be directed to Nikon Instruments at 800-52-NIKON.

CONTACT: Nicole Mudloff of Peppercom for Nikon Instruments, +1-212-931-6168, nmudloff@peppercom.com

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Products: SMZ445-460