The Rotoloni Report 5: More Nikon Prototypes

Earlier this year I visited Robert at his home and we had an extensive conversation about Nikon rangefinder prototypes.  I was particularly interested in the Nikon SP2 and SPX as they are fascinating examples of cameras that showed a direction Nippon Kogaku did not continue in.  But as usually happens …

My Favorite SLR Showdown: Nikon EL2 vs Minolta XE-7

Choosing your favorite camera is not an easy task.  Much like parents who have more than one child, picking which one you like better isn’t an easy thing to do.  Thankfully, much like parenting, there’s no reason you can’t have two favorite cameras.  But this is the Internet and people …

The Rotoloni Report 4: Nikon Rangefinder Prototypes

This is the fourth in a series of posts based on personal conversations I’ve had with Mr. Robert Rotoloni, author, Nikon historian, and president of the Nikon Historical Society.  If you’d like to know more, I recommend reading parts 2 and 3 as they cover a tremendous amount about Nippon …

Nikon EL2 (1977)

This is a Nikon EL2, a 35mm Single Lens Reflex camera produced by Nippon Kogaku K.K. of Tokyo, Japan in 1977.  The Nikon EL2 was a replacement for the earlier Nikkormat EL/ELW from 1972.  Like it’s predecessor, the camera featured a Copal Square electronic shutter with aperture priority automatic exposure, …

Nikon SP (1957)

This is a Nikon SP, a 35mm rangefinder camera made by Nippon Kogaku of Tokyo, Japan between the years of 1957 and 1962.  It was the 5th model in Nippon Kogaku’s line of S-series rangefinders, and was the most advanced in the entire series.  It was designed to compete directly …

Nikon and the Sponsorship of Japan’s Optical Industry by the Imperial Japanese Navy, 1917 – 1945

The following article was written by Dr. Jeffrey Alexander as his masters thesis while he was studying at the University of British Columbia in 2001.  It originally appeared on the university’s web portal in text format but has since transformed into a PDF only that can be read in the …

Nikon M (1949)

This is a Nikon M 35mm rangefinder made by Nippon Kogaku starting in 1949.  The Nikon M was the followup to the original Nikon rangefinder from a year earlier and was produced in very limited numbers.  The “M” increased the exposed image size to 24mm x 34mm and increased frame …