The news photograph - battle against time
All the products introduced in this series were Nikon's cameras. This time I wish to take it up as it is associated with my old memories, though it is not much related with a camera itself.
The news photograph which Nikon is closely related with was taken up in Part 16. Nikon Still Video Camera "QV-1000C" (1988). As mentioned there, the news (press) photograph is in the more severe competition than we imagine. Regarding ordinary daily newspapers, their full circulation is not printed at a time, but printed in several "editions". For areas far from the printing works, newspapers of the earlier editions are delivered as it takes time for transportation, and for areas near the printing works, the later editions are delivered.
In a report of an event just before the closing time, it is the point of the issue that in which edition the new article can be published. In order to publish it in as early edition as possible, they are struggling with a minute or a second, without exaggeration.
Then, the name of the game is "how to transmit a photograph ?"
At the time of 1981, character information could be sent by telephone or facsimile. The transmission of a photo took the time most, and it was the biggest problem for newspaper companies and news agencies to shorten this time.