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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
OP Fisheye-NIKKOR 10mm f/5.6 World's Firsts
World's Firsts
Aspherical lens elements adopted for use with SLR cameras. World's only orthographic projection fisheye lens.

1967

Nikon F Photomic TN World's Firsts
World's Firsts
Center-weighted exposure metering system.
  • 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
Nikkor Auto 24mm f/2.8 World's Firsts
World's Firsts
Featuring the Close-Range Correction (CRC) system.

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
Nikon F (NIKKOR F) World's Firsts
World's Firsts
SLR with 100% frame coverage and large-diameter bayonet mount.
  • 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 World's Firsts
World's Firsts
28mm-135mm universal finder.
  • 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
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’ )
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