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History of Nikon Cameras

1960's - 1910's

1968
Nikon Photomic FTN
Shutter speeds displayed in the viewfinder
Semi-automatic maximum aperture indexing
NIKONOS II
Modified version of the NIKONOS (1963) with film rewind crank
1967
Nikon F Photomic TN
Nikon’s first camera with a center-weighted exposure metering system
Nikomat (Nikkormat) FTN
Nikomat FT (1965) with center-weighted metering
Semi-automatic maximum aperture indexing
1965
Nikomat (Nikkormat) FT
SLR with fixed pentaprism having a built-in TTL exposure meter and vertical traveling focal plane shutter
Nikomat (Nikkormat) FS
Simplified version of the Nikomat FT without an exposure meter or mirror look-up
Nikon F Photomic T
Nikon’s first camera with a built-in TTL exposure meter
1964
Nikon AUTO35 (NIKKOREX AUTO35)
First Nikon AE camera with shutter-priority auto [S] mode
Lens shutter SLR (fixed 48mm f/2) with Quick-return mirror
1963
NIKKOREX ZOOM 35
Successor to the NIKKOREX 35/2 (1962); fixed with Zoom-NIKKOR 43-86mm f/3.5
NIKONOS (Calypso/NIKKOR)
Nikon’s first underwater (all weather) camera
Enables picture-taking down to 50 m underwater
1962
Nikon F Photomic
Nikon’s first Photomic finder for the Nikon F (1959); viewfinder includes a built-in external CdS-cell exposure meter coupled to the NIKKOR lens aperture and shutter speed
NIKKOREX 35/2 (35II)
Successor to the NIKKOREX 35 (1960)
Improved lens shutter units
NIKKOREX F (NIKKOR J)
Fixed pentaprism SLR having vertical traveling focal plane shutter; 1/125 s flash sync
Hinged camera back and coupled to NIKKOREX F Meter
1960
NIKKOREX 35
Lens shutter SLR (fixed 50mm f/2.5 lens)
Wide and Tele converters available
Includes a built-in external Selen exposure meter
Nikon S3M
The first 17.5 x 24mm frame RF camera
Accepts the motor drive for continuous shooting up to 6 fps
1959
Nikon S4
Simplified version of the Nikon S3 (1958)
Two viewfinder frames (5 and 10.5cm)
Nikon F (NIKKOR F)
A system oriented, single-lens reflex (SLR) camera with interchangeable viewfinders, focusing screens and motor drive capability, and coupled to Nikon F Meter
1958
Nikon S3
A basic model of the Nikon SP (1957)
Three viewfinder frames (3.5, 5 and 10.5cm)
1957
Nikon SP
Dual viewfinders (5+8.5+10.5+13.5cm and 3.5 and 2.8cm)
Built-in self-timer
The later model features titanium shutter curtains
Coupled to Selen Nikon Meter
Accepts battery-powered motor drive (3 fps)
1954
Nikon S2
24 x 36mm picture format
Lightweight and strong aluminum die-cast body
1.0x magnification viewfinder
The first Japanese camera to incorporate a film advance lever and a rewind crank
S2E accepts the world’s first battery-powered motor drive
1949
Nikon M
The second RF camera with a 24 × 34mm picture format
Nikon S
RF camera, built-in flash synchronization ( ‘F’ and ‘S’ contacts)
1948
Nikon Camera (Nikon I)
Nikon's first compact-size rangefinder (RF), focal plane shutter 35mm (135) format camera
Unique 24 x 32mm picture format ( ‘Nikon-Ban’ )
1917
Nippon Kogaku K.K. (Nikon Corporation) was established on July 25