The Nikon Museum will open on October 17, 2015 in Japan

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Nikon was established in 1917 and in two years it will celebrate its 100th anniversary. In connection with that, the new Nikon Museum will open on October 17, 2015 on the second floor of Nikon head office building in Shinagawa. Admission is free. Additional information and photos from the exhibitions:

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The Nikon Museum is the first facility where the histories, products, and technologies of all of Nikon's enterprises are exhibited.

Nikon (then Nippon Kogaku K.K.) was established in 1917, and since then has been providing unique value based on its opto-electronic and precision technologies throughout the world.
The purpose of the Nikon Museum is to exhibit the technologies and traditions from our foundation as well as the innovations and evolution of Nikon.

The Nikon Museum will comprise 580 m2 of exhibition space, displaying valuable Nikon products: the "NSR-1505G2A" step-and-repeat system with a movable wafer stage, approximately 450 Nikon cameras from the "Nikon Model I," which is the first Nikon camera released in 1948, to the latest digital cameras, microscopes, measuring instruments, and others that have supported many innovations in science and industry.
In the museum shop, various goods will be available, including items limited to the Nikon Museum such as postcards, Japanese-style washcloths, clear plastic folders, tote bags, original packaged "Nikon Yokan" (a Japanese sweet), and items limited to an online shop in Japan such as tumblers.

More information on the different exhibitions is available here.

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  • T.I.M

    They should put mirrors behind the cameras, that way people can also see the camera’s back.
    I see an empty spot on the shelve, must be for the D900

    • ppd

      No it won’t be for the d900 ,but for the d820

      • T.I.M

        It can’t be D820, I already have my car, my T shirts, my hats, my wife, my kids all marked with Nikon D900 on it !

  • Andrew

    No better cameras to celebrate their 100 anniversary than with the trio: D810, D750, and P900.

    • 2017 will be special, for sure. The question is what will Nikon do between now and 2017 (besides the D5).

      • Andrew

        The D750 packs a lot of features into its amazing ergonomic body and small form factor. But anyone that looks at the specs of the D810 will see a few things the D750 can inherit.

        I think Nikon will have its eyes on the P900 with its awesome 2000mm (near) professional caliber optical lens. This is a whole new category that Nikon will enhance. Don’t be surprised if they release a higher priced version next year.

        Nikon will push the D820 when released more towards the Indie film maker, making it their unofficial flagship camera.

        And of course the D7200 is really an interim product that is a very strong value for professional photographers on a budget. But it is time for Nikon to deliver a D7300 with an exciting set of features and an ergonomic body along the lines of the D750. And all of these things will happen in 2016. Beyond that, it is anyone’s guess 😉

        • Didn’t a comparison test of the new iPhone 6S just smoke the D750 for video?

          • Andrew

            If you believe everything you read, then yes!

            • fanboy fagz

              theres nothing to read. it was as clear as can be. the iphone raped the D750. but thats only in good lighting conditions. i would have liked to see at iso 3200.

              Im curious whether other smartphones would be the same. he was just showing ip6 but I wonder if another smartphone with 4k downrezed would show the same result.

              but record time is also a factor.

              I will say this. if nikon doesnt include 4k in every camera dslr they release coming out, I dont think they will have a big loss. I figure that every body will get upgraded within 1-3 years at most and if it doesnt get 4k, then the next body in that series will be far too long to make it relevant to sales and nikon will be out. if smartphones have 4k already then dslr should have had it first.

        • The D750 is definitely a very nice camera, but I would not call it groundbreaking. The P900 has a potential, but I think Nikon will screw this one as well – by the time they get them in stock, Canon or Panasonic will release a competitive model and it will be over. I have not seen P900 in stock since the announcement… the new 300mm f4 is also MIA. I would think that in those hard times Nikon will try to get at least the easy sales, but I guess I am wrong. Some things really don’t make any sense. We are not even talking about developing a new product here… Nikon cannot even deliver what customers are trying to buy.

          • Andrew

            The Nikon D750 camera in my opinion is indeed a groundbreaking camera. As I have stated above there are things we can all wish for, but by and large, it is a landmark accomplishment by Nikon. What the Nikon Df camera claims to be is what Nikon has accomplished with the D750. The D750 is a modern classic!

            What better way to argue my point than to use a review that best celebrates the opening of the Nikon Museum on October 17, 2015 – none other than that posted by DPREVIEW: “Nikon D750 Field Test: Seattle’s Museum Of Flight.” See the video review below. The reviewers exposed the D750 to the most challenging lighting situation a camera can experience (in my opinion) and in addition had to track objects in flight, and it came away with an unheard of rating of 90%.

            The engineers at Nikon have put into the D750 the right combination of features and performance parameters in a full frame sensor camera at an amazing price point. Nikon is really at the top of their game with the D750. No wonder Popular Photography gave it their “Camera of the Year Award 2014.” In addition, many wedding photographers are now making the D750 their go to camera.

            The Popular Photography resolution test of the D750 show the amazing job Nikon engineers have done with this camera using much less noise reduction than the competition giving amazing picture quality in low light (high ISO) settings. “The D750 captured 2875 lines per picture height at ISO 50; at ISO 12,800, the D750 yielded 2610 lines.” And its low light autofocus performance of -3EV (at the limit of a person’s ability to see in the dark) is stunning, not to mention Nikon’s legendary 3D focus tracking technology. And you get all this in a $2,000 full frame professional camera!

            Now see what DPREVIEW had to say about the Nikon D750 camera. The D750 is the best all around camera on the market today. And it is indeed a ground breaking product in its fusion of price, features, performance, and ergonomics. And Nikon somehow surprisingly added a tilting LCD screen. The Nikon D750 is art in motion, a true museum piece of technology 😉


      • Captain Megaton

        “The question is what will Nikon do between now and 2017 (besides the D5)”

        Hold back every new model and feature it possibly can until then. Naturally. (You did set yourself up for that one. 😀 )

      • ppd

        There is a rumor saying Mirrorless d750 or d810 like camera with titanium cover coming out soon.

        • What’s the source? I think a new mirrorless is coming but not “soon”.

      • ZoetMB

        2017 is a long time away and Nikon’s got to find a way to make sales between now and then. The problem with Nikon is that everything is “evolutionary” either because their engineers and marketers are too conservative (and perhaps because they got burned on the Nikon 1) or because they’re afraid of alienating the base who are primarily a bunch of old men who don’t like change. There are some advantages to not changing much – you don’t have to learn a new system, etc. but making the D5 essentially like the D4 but with slightly better specs, which evolved from the F4 and F5 is working with very old design concepts. Is it not time to rethink the concept of what a camera should be?

        Are any consumers going to get excited about a D7300 that has slightly better specs than the D7200, or the release of an incremental D5600 or a D3400?

        Even on the Coolpix side, it doesn’t look to me like the P900 was ever in stock at B&H. And the P610 is currently out-of-stock as well. When I last checked on 9/19, 15% of the DSLR lens line and 20% of the lens line priced over $1000 was out of stock (although that’s an old story). The holiday buying season starts soon – this is the time such items must be in stock. Nikon consistently misses it and releases items in January and February instead. That’s a lot of money left on the table. You can make the argument that pros will buy whenever it’s released, but regular consumers do most of their annual buying in the 90 days before Xmas.

    • Jeffnky

      The progress since my D1H still awes me every day. I was just joking the other day, if I call my D800E my magic camera what am I going to call my D810 because it is so much better. The progress has been minblowingly fast, try to enjoy.

    • well … i hope we get something new by then

  • fanboy fagz

    dying to go see that amazing and rare collectors edition selfie stick and dog collar to help dogs take pictures

  • ZoetMB

    There are two views on this. Steve Jobs’ view, when asked why Apple didn’t have such a museum was that he didn’t care about the past, only the future.

    But the opposite view is that a company’s history is important because it informs the future. And without understanding the greatness of the past, it’s more difficult to be great in the future.

    • Aldo

      There is something about optics that have been always fascinating… computers not so much.

      • Andrew

        Optics is more along the lines of physics while computers converge towards engineering. But computers are a part of such a vast field if you consider microprocessor design and software engineering. They are all fascinating. But it must all start with a love for mathematics.

    • Spy Black

      Steve Jobs was also completely full of shìt.

      • ZoetMB

        And arguably the greatest CEO in U.S. corporate history.

        • Andrew

          Grove, one of the founders of Intel was Intel’s president in 1979, its CEO in 1987, and its Chairman and CEO in 1997 (Wikipedia). “During his tenure as CEO, Grove oversaw a 4,500% increase in Intel’s market capitalization from $4 billion to $197 billion, making it the world’s 7th largest company, with 64,000 employees.”

          Without taking anything away from Apple’s accomplishments, they have been lucky to have a product that is subsidized by phone companies the world over. That is different from trying to sell directly to consumers. But granted, their success with the iPod was quite unexpected!

          • nwcs

            Actually subsidies are largely a thing of the past and the first iPhone was completely unsubsidized and did well. The certainly got help from it but other companies did as well. And Apple has sold direct to consumers since day 1. My last 4 phones were direct unlocked purchases from Apple.

          • ZoetMB

            Intel doesn’t sell directly to consumers either. And yes, the iPhone didn’t become enormously successful until the phone companies started subsidizing it, but if they never had, Apple would have had to accept a bit less margin and lower the price. But as NWCS points out below, most of the phone companies are no longer subsidizing it – they’re making you pay out their full cost over two years and in most countries outside the U.S. it was never subsidized and people bought it anyway.

            Apple actually became successful again with the introduction of the iMac, although not the level of success that it has now, which is unprecedented.

            People have always badmouthed Apple and they’ve always gotten it wrong. Past brilliant journalist and analyst predictions:

            John C. Dvorak, 1984:

            “The Macintosh uses an experimental pointing device called a 
’mouse’. There is no evidence that people want to use these things. I
            want one of these new fangled devices.”

            The Economist, Feb 1995:

            “[Apple] seems to have two options. The first is to break itself up, 
selling the hardware side. The second is to sell the company outright.”

            former Apple VP Gaston Bastiaens, Jan 1996
”Within the next two months, Sony will acquire Apple. …Sony will be the white knight who will step into the picture.”

            Michael Dell, October 1997:

            “I’d shut [Apple] down and give the money back to the shareholders.”

            Hiawatha Bray, Boston Globe, 1998: 

            “The iMac will only sell to some of the true believers. The iMac doesn’t include a floppy disk drive for doing file backups or sharing of
            data. … The iMac will fail. ”

            Michael S. Malone 10/5/2000:
”Apple R.I.P.”

            Cliff Edwards 5/21/2001:
            “Commentary: Sorry, Steve: Here’s Why Apple Stores Won’t Work — New retail outlets aren’t going to fix Apple’s sales”

            Bill Ray (Mobile) 12/23/2006: 

            “Why the Apple phone will fail and fail badly”

            Matthew Lynn 1/14/2007: 

            “Apple iPhone Will Fail in a Late, Defensive Move

            John Dvorak 3/28/2007:

            “Apple should pull the plug on the iPhone. Commentary: Company risks its reputation in competitive business.”

            Christopher Versace (Fortune) 11/6/2012:

            “The Trouble with Apple’s iPad Mini”

            And then there are those who said that Apple would fail without Steve Jobs and from a financial point of view, it’s actually done even better.

            • Andrew

              Yep, you have backed up your statement pretty strongly. I purchased the IBM PS/2 Model 50 Personal Computer in 1987 running DOS and upgraded to Windows 3.1 when it was released. I mostly used it for software development (Borland Turbo C and AT&T 3B2 Unix C). Windows 3.1 had a beautiful interface but it was unreliable. In time because it was running on DOS, it started crashing from various applications (GPF – General Protection Fault errors) often. Then came Next Computer, a full multitasking operating system that was superior to the DOS OS/Windows 3.1 (operating environment) hybrid.

              Steve Jobs started NeXT and came out with the NeXT Computer in the late 1980s. It should have been a massive success, but he limited the sales to a niche market and the machine was quite expensive. I sure longed for that machine!

              A top executive in IBM’s PC division was pushing for IBM to get into a deal with NeXT, but IBM apparently was distracted by the development of the OS/2 operating system. And besides, when Bill Gates apparently got wind of it, he hired the executive away from IBM which ended IBM’s interest in NeXT. Jobs no doubt did well with Pixar, his next venture as he sold the company to Disney for $7.4 billion. So no doubt, you have a strong case to make.

              Selling downloadable music for the iPod for 99 cents was in my opinion a brilliant marketing move that transformed an entire industry. He saw a need that no one else saw (buy only the song you want at an affordable price (not an entire album), and make the process of buying it easy), and the rest is history.

              Apple had always experimented with small handheld computing devices just like Microsoft has had a fixation with set-top boxes. The iPhone was the result of that past obsession. One thing separates jobs from many corporate managers, he had a perfectionist view of products. Bill Gates focused on the business, Steve Jobs on the product. Even the logo of the NeXT Computer highlights that trend. He paid $50,000 in the 1980s for a logo design of the name and was not pleased with the result. He eventually spent $250,000 until the NeXT logo was developed.

              Anyway, your point is well argued 😉

            • ZoetMB

              Well, the one thing I would disagree with is that Windows 3.1 had a beautiful interface. I thought it was incredibly awful and practically unusable. At the time, I was producing CD-ROM products and although we did release a Windows 3.1 version, we had designed our own “sort of Windows” version in MS-DOS in 1986. It wasn’t bit-mapped, but it had drop down menus, overlaying windows, etc. It worked really well, our customers loved it, it became the basis for some industry standards and my (biased) personal feeling is that it was aesthetically more pleasing than Windows and easier to use. On the other hand, our Mac version kind of (and surprisingly) sucked.

              I don’t think Windows was any good until at least Win 95.

        • Spy Black

          That doesn’t change anything.

          • Eric Calabros

            It does, full of shit CEOs destroy the world, and a Greatest ones will make it a better place to live.

          • Eric Calabros

            It does, full of shit CEOs destroy the world, but greatest ones will make it a better place to live.

            • Spy Black

              I meant it didn’t change the fact that he was full of it.

        • Cesar Sales

          Have to be a good CEO to sell something other companies do just as well for twice the price and stay in business!

        • whisky

          i blame Steve for popularizing the GUI … when clearly the world wanted a Nikon style CLUI. 🙂

          • ZoetMB

            You joke, but there were some things that MS-DOS was really good at, like being able to “copy C:photo*.xls D:newphoto” which would copy all Excel files from the photo directory on C: to a newphoto directory on the D: drive or being able to rename or delete a large number of files with one command. And also the use of auto exec.bat and config.sys files, which provided easy start-up configuration. While there is a command line interface available on a Mac, only geeks use it.

            • whisky

              for a while there … wildcards and programming scripts sure helped convince executives to sneer at GUI’s while guaranteeing jobs for the CLUI specialists.

              eventually though GUI functions became so powerful that managers, executives, and regular employees learned that they could ditch the CLUI and do most of the same all on their own.

              now imagine if we had a universally programmable interface for cameras … 🙂

        • true

          There’s no such thing as “greatest CEO”. Greatest CEO’s imo are those who are not greedy, and probably the ones most of us customers don’t know about.

          • ZoetMB

            Totally disagree. The greatest CEOs are those whose products become a major part of our daily lives and culture, who show an amazing talent for quality and innovation and who drive shareholder value.

            Apple changed personal computing with the Mac and its GUI, changed music listening with the iPod and iTunes and changed the phone industry with the iPhone and the app store ecosystem. While Apple didn’t invent the first two categories, they were the first to implement and market them effectively. No other company has such a track record.

            Apple has the largest market cap of any U.S. company. Considering that when Jobs returned to Apple in December of 1996, Apple was about to go under and had to get investment from Microsoft to keep it running, that’s quite an accomplishment.

            Apple’s market cap, at $722.5 billion, is more than Google (#2) and Microsoft (#5) combined and more than Exxon-Mobil (#3) and Berkshire-Hathaway (#4) combined (all as of June 15th).

            • true

              Part of the reason computer industry boomed so rapidly in US was because at the time when microsoft was growing, the politicians and lawmakers rapidly started to make laws that would protect microsoft, allow it to make bunch of patents too so there would be no competition. If things weren’t so strict there probably would be much more competition for OS right now.

              Windows wouldn’t be anything without DOS, also many did not even know Apple before the iPod was introduced.

              Apple’s market cap doesn’t mean much imo if it evades taxes through Ireland.

            • ZoetMB

              No, the computer industry boomed because it filled a need. The early market was not so much end consumers in their homes – the largest market in the first few years was the education market and then as computers became more powerful, the enterprise market.

              The Patent Office existed long before Microsoft (it was created in 1790). Congress did nothing that aided Microsoft to make more patents – you really have no idea what you’re talking about.

              Microsoft dominated the market because of the licensing deals it made with the clone manufacturers which prevented them from including other browsers and the like. That’s what killed off Netscape, etc.

              Apple may be considered to be unethical for the way it handles its taxes, but it’s within current law and every company does it. Most of the Fortune 500 companies pay little or no Federal Income Tax. That’s definitely wrong, but it has nothing to do with whether Apple deserves to have a high market cap. But at least Apple keeps expanding and building new facilities in the U.S., which means more well-paid employment, even though they manufacture almost nothing here.

            • true

              The laws didn’t allow for software patents so they needed to be changed in favor of microsoft. I saw it in a documentary reviewing microsoft history.

            • ZoetMB

              Patents for software have always been a confused situation and the courts have ruled both ways. Here’s one from 2006:

              “”Thus, this [Supreme] Court’s precedent repeatedly sets out that software, which is nothing more than a set of instructions – an algorithm – to be performed by a computer in order to solve some mathematical problem, is subject matter that is not patentable…”

              “So ends the Software Freedom Law Center’s (SFLC) in its amicus brief to the Supreme Court in the case Microsoft v. AT&T, No. 05-1056, filed on December 16, 2006. The Supreme Court has been ducking the issues this case has been raising, but has finally agreed (forced) to hear them. Hopefully, the Court will not duck its responsibility to clear this mess up.

              One of the delicious ironies of this case is that Microsoft (one of the biggest software patent holders) must argue, to defend itself against patent infringement claims by AT&T, that software is not patentable. Well, that’s the logical (and legal) conclusion which squirts out from this litigation, which the SFLC has stepped squarely into, ironically, on the side of Microsoft, but not for its benefit.”

              And here’s one from June 2014 which seems illogical to me. It seems to say that if you take a physical process and implement it as a computer program, the code is not patentable, but if you improve upon the process while implementing it as a computer program it is patentable:

              “The Supreme Court unanimously upheld the patentability of software Thursday in a closely watched case, but raised the bar on what types of software are protected.

              The court ruled that it was not enough to implement an abstract idea on a computer, but that only software that advanced or improved existing ideas could be patentable.”

      • mikeswitz

        I think he would probably say the same thing about you if he could.

        • Spy Black

          But he can’t.

          • Zoot

            Steve Jobs’ father was Syrian. If only Trump had been President, he’d have thrown him out, and saved the rest of us from Apple, and all of this controversy on NR.

            Oh well… opportunity missed.

            • nwcs

              Please, let’s not start the political stuff here.

            • Zoot

              It’s a piece of whimsy, nwcs, and no more than that.

            • nwcs

              I figured as much but those things tend to spiral out of control.

          • true

            ouch….. that burn

  • Ric of The LBC

    Cool. Nikon beer cozies, bottle openers, frig magnets and snow globes.

    • T.I.M

      I use Nikon cameras for now 28 years, the only thing I ever got free from Nikon was the manuals that come with it.

      • Ric of The LBC

        Those things will be overpriced in the museum store.


  • Ric of The LBC

    “approximately 450 Nikon cameras ”

    356 are coolpix

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  • saywhatuwill

    Good thing this is in Japan and not San Francisco. Someone would back a truck into the place when it’s closed and steal everything. It appears to be an epidemic here.

  • AYWY

    I can picture them releasing a 100 yr anniversary limited-edition hotshoe cover for $50-$100. 😛

    • TheInfinityPoint

      No no…it would be a selfie-stick lol.

    • nwcs

      Hey, it works for Leica. Although you missed an extra 0.

  • Ramiu.s

    The missing spot on the shelf will be for 2017’s D-AMN (Absolute Masterpiece of Nikon)

    • orpickanamo

      They’re actually resetting the D_ moniker for the new Cinema-focused lineup flagship.

      Expect Nikon D1CK.

  • Hardcore_Fanboy

    some of Nikon current lineup should be in that museum right now – so I guess Nikon made a smart move.

  • Rafa R

    one more thing for my bucket list

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