Looking back over Nikon models !?
Compared to other Japanese camera manufacturers, Nikon Corporation has considerably more to discuss --- for its history extends from the Nikon I (originally "Nikon Camera") to the Nikon F5.
Starting with the official history of Nikon Corporation*, there is an unending flood of books and magazine specials written by researchers specializing in different fields.
Even though Nikon Corporation was a late starter in camera development after World War II, the superiority of its products was soon recognized by the camera industry. The dramatic expansion of Nikon into a global company is a fascinating story, and provides the fuel for this range of historical works.
The Nikon camera story begins with the release of the Nikon I in 1948, while the F5, its direct descendant, made its appearance in April 1996. I think that taking a chronological look over these 50 years of history and various model changes is a fascinating task.
But what happens if you trace backwards ?
That's what I've done with this article --- review Nikon camera history in reverse chronological order, examining the links between models and the characteristics of each product.
I would like to focus on the Nikon F4, rather than the F5, because the latter is too new to discuss from a historical perspective.
- *Before April 1988, Nikon Corporation was known as Nippon Kogaku K.K.