Nikon Corporation Celebrating 100 years of innovation and design

Nikon will be celebrating 100 years on July 25, 2017, 100 years of innovation and precision. Over these 100 years, they have created some of the world's most innovative technologies, like the first continuous drive SLR and the world's longest lasting lens mount, the Nikon F mount, the father of which is pictured below.

Nikon F, the first SLR introduced by Nikon corp.

In 1917, Nikon was formed with the merging of two of Japan's leading optical manufacturers. In 1933, Nikon made the first Aero-NIKKOR lens, the first lens designed exclusively for aerial photography. In 1959, Nikon introduced the Nikon F, the first of a series of cameras that continues today in the form of the Nikon F6 and the Nikon FM10. In 1999, Nikon introduced the D1, the first professional DSLR marketed at the general consumer. This line continues today with the Nikon D5, one of the world's most advanced cameras.

The D5, arguably one of the most versatile Nikon cameras, establishing many firsts, including a fully implemented touchscreen in a professional DSLR, and the first Nikon camera to feature 4K recording.

Nikon also has an extensive line of enthusiast and entry level DSLRs, beginning with the Nikon D3300 on the lower end of the spectrum, and ending on the high end at the Nikon D810.

Nikon D810, Nikon's "prosumer"/ enthusiast DSLR with one of the most comprehensive sets of features in a compact body.

This video was created documenting the history of Nikon's development:

In 2016 Nikon reached the mark of 100 million Nikkor Lenses manufactured. From the first NIKKOR 50mm f/2 in 1959 to the Nikon AF-S Nikkor 70-200mm F2.8E FL ED VR and the widest perspective control lens in the world, the Nikon PC Nikkor 19mm F4E ED, Nikon holds roughly 190 lenses in its lineup. In comparison, Canon's lineup only includes 93 lenses. Nikon also has the only lens to use Phase Fresnel Lens elements, and the first Macro lens with Vibration Reduction technology. Nikon also owns 6 of the top 14 cameras of 2016 and 2 of the top five lenses. In comparison, the next biggest brand also has 2 in the list, but one of the lenses is a kit lens that feels very poorly built.

Nikon's Holy Trinity of Lenses, the 70-200 2.8, the 24-70 2.8 and the 14-24 f/2.8.


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Morgan Chu


Created with images by maurobrock - "Nikon" • belseykurns - "entrepreneur tech selfie" • Henry Söderlund - "Nikon D810"

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