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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.

  • *Content, including department names, positions and titles, was correct at the time of posting.
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Profile Projector V-12B

A typical profile projector used in various industries

Posted June 2014

29

3

1977

Nikon FM3A

Single-lens reflex film camera with the first-ever all-speed hybrid shutter

Posted May 2014

31

1

1977

25 cm Refractive Equatorial Telescope

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

Posted March 2014

21

11

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

Posted February 2014

24

8

1993

Automatic Level AE-7

Long-selling surveying instrument essential in construction and civil engineering

Posted December 2013

28

4

1971

ED Glass

Anomalous dispersion glass corrects chromatic aberrations to provide sharp images

Posted November 2013

20

12

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)

Posted September 2013

30

2

1980

NSR-1010G

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

Posted August 2013

25

7

1977

Nikon F2 and F3 Titanium Uemura Specials

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

Posted May 2013

23

9

1959

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

The world's first telephoto zoom lens for still cameras

Posted March 2013

12

20

1955

Sightseeing Telescopes

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

Posted February 2013

10

22

1961

Stereoscopic Microscope SMZ

Long-selling stereoscopic microscope launched over half a century ago

Posted December 2012

14

18

1984

Nikon F3 Seicho Matsumoto Special

The F3—a special modification for a Japanese mystery writer

Posted November 2012

26

6

1962

Ultra Micro-NIKKOR

An ultrahigh-resolution lens that led to the creation of semiconductor lithography systems

Posted September 2012

15

17

1953

Television Projection Devices

Laying the foundations for large-diameter aspherical lens production

Posted June 2012

9

23

1990

Zoom-Nikkor 1200-1700mm

Super telephoto zoom lens produced for special demand

Posted May 2012

27

5

1957

EL-NIKKOR 50mm f/2.8

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

Posted March 2012

11

21

1963

Autocollimator 6B

Long-selling precision tool for optical instruments and machine tools

Posted March 2012

16

16

1974

Ruling Engine No. 2

The foundation of Japan's semiconductor lithography system

Posted November 2011

22

10

1964

Ruling Engine No. 1

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

Posted September 2011

17

15

1917

Test Plates

Historic symbols of optical equipment making

Posted June 2011

1

31

1936

Stereo photo-sculptures

Stereo photo-sculpture equipment for manufacturing bronze statues

Posted April 2011

5

27

1966

Periscopes for the Shinkansen

Used for inspecting cars on the Tokaido Shinkansen

Posted December 2010

19

13

1965

Nikon and Kurobe Dam

Coordinate meters and telescopes for dam observations

Posted September 2010

18

14

1950

Coronagraph—A Special Astronomical Telescope

Nikon was chosen to produce Japan's first coronagraph

Posted June 2010

8

24

1918

Tenyu Binoculars

Tenyu—the starting point for Nikon binoculars

Posted March 2010

2

30

1960

Development of a Large Telescope

The dreams and passions of young astronomers and engineers

Posted March 2010

13

19

1933

Aero-NIKKOR

The first NIKKOR aerial photography lens

Posted March 2010

3

28

1948

Early Days of Nikon Camera Brochures

Preserved brochures of early Nikon cameras

Posted March 2010

7

25

1921

Anytar Lens

Historical lenses, the roots of NIKKOR lenses

Posted March 2010

2

29

1947

Serial No. 6091

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

Posted March 2010

6

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