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January 13, 2017

2017 marks 100th Anniversary for Nikon

Nippon-K-Logo_SQ_110.jpgWe congratulate our favorite camera, lens and accessory manufacturer on reaching the 100th Anniversary milestone.

Nikon Corporation President Kazuo Ushida will celebrate the 100th anniversary of its establishment on July 25th of this year.

Since its establishment (as Nippon Kogaku K.K.) in 1917, Nikon has provided the world with unique value based on opto-electronics and precision technologies.

Our member are currently discussing this anniversary and we encourage you to join the discussion.

Nikon-100th_300.jpgNikon has established a 100th Anniversary website describing 100-year milestones, starting with the official "birth" of the company:

Nikon began as Nippon Kogaku K.K. (Japan Optical Industries Co., Ltd.) on July 25, 1917, at 120 Haramachi, Koishikawa-ku (present-day Hakusan 4-chome, Bunkyo-ku) in Tokyo, starting domestic production of optical instruments such as rangefinders and microscopes.

Nikon-F_300.jpgIt was many years later (late 30's-early 40's before a Nikon camera surfaced from this new company, and for you trivia buffs, have a look at this historical site which tells us that the first rangefinder camera out of Japan was actually a Canon Hansa, bearing a Nikkor lens.

The historic Nikon 1 didn't debut until ten years later (going in production in 1948) and the first Single-Lens Reflex (SLR) camera from Nikon followed another ten years later (the Nikon F in 1959).

Nikon-Movie-Frame_350.jpgNikon's long history in the world of photography is rich with stunning images captured on Earth and the Moon.

The 1968 Nikon Photomic FTN was the framework for Nikon's entry into space photography when the company entered into an agreement with the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) to support the Apollo Program in the early 70s.

Nikon's 100th Anniversary website includes a short video (less than six minutes) leading off with a nod to their space cameras.

Posted by flashdeadline at January 13, 2017 8:39 AM

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