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Recollections—Long-selling products, historical products and technologies

The Nikon archives are stored in a warehouse, where they are used to study the history of the company. In this series, we look through the archives to reveal some of Nikon's long-selling products, little-known historical products and technologies.

1977 new

25 cm Refractive Equatorial Telescope

The equatorial telescope at the Gifu Astronomical Observatory represents the largest F-mount NIKKOR telephoto lens ever produced.

21

9

1977

AI System and Changes in Aperture-coupling Devices

Explaining the advances of the NIKKOR lenses by focusing on the changes in aperture-coupling devices

24

6

1993

Automatic Level AE-7

Long-selling surveying instrument essential in construction and civil engineering

29

2

1971

ED Glass

Anomalous dispersion glass corrects chromatic aberrations to provide sharp images

20

10

1996

Nikon F3H (High Speed)

Single-lens reflex film camera for press photographers—capable of high-speed continuous shooting at 13 frames per second (fps)

30

1

1980

NSR-1010G

A behind-the-scenes look at the development of reduction projection-type exposure systems

25

5

1977

Nikon F2 and F3 Titanium Uemura Specials

Custom-built single-lens reflex cameras for renowned Japanese adventurer Naomi Uemura

23

7

1959

Auto NIKKOR Telephoto-Zoom 8.5-25cm f/4-4.5

The world's first telephoto zoom lens for still cameras

12

18

1955

Sightseeing Telescopes

Nikon sightseeing telescopes are a familiar sight at scenic spots and on observation decks.

10

20

1961

Stereoscopic Microscope SMZ

Long-selling stereoscopic microscope launched over half a century ago

14

16

1984

Nikon F3 Seicho Matsumoto Special

The F3—a special modification for a Japanese mystery writer

26

4

1962

Ultra Micro-NIKKOR

An ultrahigh-resolution lens that led to the creation of IC steppers and scanners

15

15

1953

Television Projection Devices

Laying the foundations for large-diameter aspherical lens production

9

21

1990

Zoom-Nikkor 1200-1700mm

Super telephoto zoom lens produced for special demand

27

3

1957

EL-NIKKOR 50mm f/2.8

Long-selling enlargement lens that survives to this day as an industrial lens

11

19

1963

Autocollimator 6B

Long-selling precision tool for optical instruments and machine tools

16

14

1974

Ruling Engine No. 2

The foundation of Japan's IC stepper and scanner technology

22

8

1964

Ruling Engine No. 1

The 1st ruling engine, known in Japan as the "fantasy machine"

17

13

1917

Test Plates

Historic symbols of optical equipment making

1

29

1936

Stereo photo-sculptures

Stereo photo-sculpture equipment for manufacturing bronze statues

5

25

1966

Periscopes for the Shinkansen

Used for inspecting cars on the Tokaido Shinkansen

19

11

1965

Nikon and Kurobe Dam

Coordinate meters and telescopes for dam observations

18

12

1950

Coronagraph—A Special Astronomical Telescope

Nikon was chosen to produce Japan's first coronagraph

8

22

1918

Tenyu Binoculars

Tenyu—the starting point for Nikon binoculars

2

28

1960

Development of a Large Telescope

The dreams and passions of young astronomers and engineers

13

17

1933

Aero-NIKKOR

The first NIKKOR aerial photography lens

3

26

1948

Early Days of Nikon Camera Brochures

Preserved brochures of early Nikon cameras

7

23

1921

Anytar Lens

Historical lenses, the roots of NIKKOR lenses

2

27

1947

Serial No. 6091

The No. 1 camera, discovered after it was first made 50 years ago

6

24