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 …

Nikon F (1966)

This is a Nikon F single lens reflex camera which was made by Nippon Kogaku in Japan from 1959 through 1973.  It was Nippon Kogaku’s first attempt in the SLR market and was aimed at the professional photographer.  The Nikon F both raised the bar for what a professional camera …

Nikon FA (1983)

This is a Nikon FA 35mm SLR camera which was one of the most technologically advanced cameras of it’s day.  Upon it’s release in 1983, Nikon advertised it as the “Technocamera” due to it’s many innovative electronic features.  Several of the FA’s features are still considered relevant today like it’s CPU controlled matrix metering …

Nikon EM (1979)

What is it? This is a Nikon EM 35mm SLR camera, which is the Rodney Dangerfield of Nikon SLRs.  It came out at a time when the amateur market was exploding and various companies were designing cameras catering to them.  Nikon was known for high end pro-level cameras, and when this …