Nikon Museum holds uniquely themed special exhibitions and events relating to Nikon products and businesses.
Special Exhibition “Ultra-Micro-NIKKOR — a Genealogy of the World’s Highest Resolution Lenses”
Dates: April 3, 2018 (Tue) – June 30, 2018 (Sat)
Nikon Museum will hold a special exhibition entitled “Ultra-Micro-NIKKOR — a Genealogy of the World’s Highest Resolution Lenses” from April 3 to June 30, 2018.
Ultra-Micro-NIKKOR lenses were developed in 1960s by Nikon (then Nippon Kogaku K.K.) especially for use in the production of transistors and ICs. They evolved into projection lenses for semiconductor lithography systems, considered “the most precise equipment in history”, and contribute greatly to the semiconductor industry.
About 40 lenses are on display in this exhibition, including Ultra-Micro-NIKKOR lenses, their forerunners the Printing NIKKOR lenses, and projection lenses for semiconductor lithography systems, illustrating the progress and evolution of such lenses.
Lens performance testing systems are also exhibited, including the system for testing the Ultra-Micro-NIKKOR 29.5mm f/1.2, which had the world’s highest resolution at the time of its launch in 1964.
Furthermore, under the corner title “The History of Electronic Devices and Semiconductors”, radios, calculators, game machines, mobile phones, word processors and other devices that developed alongside such semiconductors as the transistors produced in the 1960s, ICs and LSIs in the 1970s and system LSIs in the 2000s are displayed. Viewing such nostalgic electronic devices lets you can experience the evolution of semiconductors.
|Exhibitions||About 40 lenses including Ultra-Micro-NIKKOR lenses
About 40 electronic devices
Special Exhibition “HIROTA’S F PERIOD”
Dates: January 5, 2018 (Fri) – March 31, 2018 (Sat)
Nikon Museum will hold the Special Exhibition “HIROTA’S F PERIOD” from January 5 to March 31, 2018.
Naotaka Hirota is one of the world’s top railroad photographers, taking attractive railroad photographs that are rich in humanity for over 60 years. He has been acclaimed by “TRAINS” magazine, a railroad magazine in the USA, as well as magazines and books published in Japan.
In this exhibition, we will display over 60 black-and-white photos selected from the photo collection “HIROTA’S F PERIOD”, which was published in 2009 in commemoration of the 60th anniversary of him becoming a photographer. They were taken from between 1961 to around 1970 using a Nikon F SLR camera, and include photos of steam locomotives. In addition, we provide movies using new photos taken by Mr. Hirota, and also display photo equipment, such as Nikon F and NIKKOR lenses, that were used by Mr. Hirota for shooting.
Naotaka Hirota was born in 1935 in Tokyo, now 82 years old, and is one of the world’s top railroad photographers.
He is called “a god of railroad photography” for his approach to photography and his personality. He has loved railroads since he was 1 year old, and began to take railroad photos from the age of 15. After his graduation from university, he worked at an office, and then started to work as a freelance photographer from 1960.
|Exhibitions||Over 60 photos
Movies including a special interview
Movies of new photographs
Photo equipment, etc.
Fourth (Final) 100th Anniversary Special Exhibition “The World of F-mount NIKKOR”
|Dates||October 3, 2017 – December 27, 2017|
|Exhibits||Approximately 400 F-mount NIKKOR lenses, a celestial globe with a Fisheye NIKKOR lens, and more|
Updating of exhibits and changes to staff uniforms
|Dates||July 24, 2017|
|Major changes||Hands-on corner
Telephoto lenses and prototypes
The history of Nikon survey instruments
Audio guide service
The Third 100th Anniversary Special Exhibition ”A Century of Memories — David Douglas Duncan”
|Dates||July 4, 2017 – September 30, 2017|
|Exhibits||24 photographs, interviews, and more|
|Cooperation||Joseph McNally Studio
Harry Ransom Center, University of Texas, Austin
The Second 100th Anniversary Special Exhibition “Prototype Cameras — Developers' Memories”
|Dates||April 4, 2017 – July 1, 2017|
|Exhibits||Approx. 40 prototype cameras|
100th Anniversary Special Exhibition “Naomi Uemura — Camera Techniques in Polar Regions”
|Dates||January 5, 2017 – April 1, 2017|
|Exhibits||Approx. 20 photos and approx. 20 items of equipment|
|Cooperation||Uemura Museum Tokyo, Toyooka-city Uemura Naomi Memorial Museum, Bungeishunju Ltd.|
Special exhibition “Hana Utage — Flower Banquet”
|Dates||October 4, 2016 – December 27, 2016|
|Exhibits||“Petals of the Sun”, “Roses”|
|Cooperation||Shotaro Akiyama Photo Art Museum|
Special exhibition “Walk with Yusaku Kamekura”
|Dates||July 4, 2016 – October 1, 2016|
|Exhibits||Approximately 70 Kamekura-designed items, mainly Nikon materials|
|Cooperation||Yusaku Kamekura Library, Recruit Hodings Co., Ltd. CREATION GALLERY G8, The Niigata Prefectural Museum of Modern Art, Osaka Prefectural Expo '70 Commemorative Park Office, JCII Camera Museum, and oters|
Special exhibition “The beauty of Mt. Fuji, a mountain beloved beyond time — Koyo Okada”
|Dates||April 1, 2016 – June 30, 2016|
|Cooperation||Koyo Okada Photo Art Museum|
Special exhibition “Through the eyes of Ken DOMON”
|Dates||January 5, 2016 – March 31, 2016|
|Exhibits||From the second collection of A Pilgrimage through Old Temples
“Right Arms of the Thousand-arm Kannon at the Toshodai-ji”
“Left Arms of the Thousand-arm Kannon at the Toshodai-ji”
|Cooperation||Ken Domon Museum of Photography|
Special exhibition “Ihei Kimura — Lass”
|Dates||October 17, 2015 – December 26, 2015|