Weekly Nikon news flash #143

  • While I was surfing the eBay Finds section, I came across this listing of the first Nikon camera: Nikon I rangefinder with Nikkor H.C 50mm f/2 lens that is currently listed for $33k:

    “Three of Japan’s leading optical manufacturers merged to form a fully integrated optical company known as Nippon Kogaku K.K. with its head office located in Tokyo, Japan on 25th July ,1917. The name “Nikkor” was first used to identify its lenses in 1932. In 1948, the first Nikon camera was born, Nikon I, featured a focal plane shutter with rangefinder focusing and a smaller picture format of 24mm x 32mm. Nikon I, the first rangefinder camera, produced in 1948-1949, only 738 sets.”

    More info on Nikon I can be found here and here.

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