Check out some of the Nikon prototype cameras on display at the Nikon Museum


The Nikon 100th anniversary exhibition on prototype cameras held at the Nikon Museum is now ongoing. Here are some of the models on display:

Nikon SPX development prototype camera 1962

Nikon Medium Format Camera Development Prototype 1966

Nikon F3 camera development prototype 1975

Nikon F camera development prototype 1957

Nikon 16mm format camera development prototype 1957


Information on the exhibition is available here.

Additional pictures from the exhibition can be found here (see also DC.Watch).

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  • No Nikon D850, then 100 year old Nikon collection, now Nikon Museum, what’s next, Nikon Memorial?

    • Jon S

      Dam thats just cold… but sadly true.

    • 1741

      You may have to wait 100 yrs for a d850

  • Spy Black

    “Nikon Medium Format Camera Development Prototype 1966”

    Hmmm, perhaps we may see a MF digital Nikon after all.

    • Eric Calabros

      a DC/APD/STM version of a f/1.8 is way better than an ordinary f/1.1.

      • Spy Black

        Who said it would be an “ordinary” f1.1? Is the 105 f/1.4 an ordinary lens? 😉

        • Eric Calabros

          Aperture wise, yes.

          • Bob Thane

            So the Sigma 200-500 f2.8 is just an ordinary zoom lens then, nothing special about f2.8 on a zoom.

            • Eric Calabros

              Yes. But in a APD lens, light passes through two apertures, one the filtered glass, and second the conventional one.

            • Bob Thane

              Ah, I see what you’re saying. Yeah, smoother bokeh vs bigger bokeh, the eternal question.

    • I was also surprised that they tried to make a medium format camera.

      • Remember that they made the optics for the Bronica MF cameras

    • MB

      You mean f/1.0 concept … Nikon actually sold f/1.1 rangefinder lens so it was not a concept per se 🙂

  • Chris

    Nice bodies. I like my F2. I have been thinking about getting a MD-1 grip.. GAS.

  • macsavageg4

    So much cool stuff there. Always enjoy seeing the evolutionary changes in a design from the prototype stages to final production.

  • Senor Magnifico

    Looks like the way Nikon celebrates 100 year anniversary develops more impatience and frustration.

    • T.I.M

      I know Nikon for 30 years, we may get a big surprise soon…

  • Eric Calabros

    That’s my favorite porn category.

    • luan

      That’s weird

  • The Nikon 16mm prototype is fascinating. Remember when it was fashionable for optical viewfinders to look like mirror-shades? My first camera (when I was 9) was the minolta p16 (which was actually a pretty old model when I got mine).

  • Shouldn’t Nikon be shipping naval gunsights or something for its anniversary? Let’s hope it makes it to 2046, the 100th anniversary of its name and first camera.

  • MB

    Too bad they dropped rangefinder from F model 🙂

    • Chris

      They went towards an awkward mount. I do understand that Contax seems to be premium over Leica back in its days. But it is awkward.

      I wish Nikon went LTM back then, which would have made their RF survived longer.

  • MB

    Wow … Nikon actually tried to compete with DDR Pentacon six!
    http://68.media.tumblr.com/38dfa8af690471e8e10f464e245703b9/tumblr_inline_ngsddadSiR1qarqqa.jpg

  • Licheus

    The SPX and the Nikon medium format camera could have truly changed the game. Sad, sad thing that they never made it.

    The metering arm solution in the Leica M5 was its Achilles’ heel…really curious about how the SPX managed to do TTL metering, being a decade senior to the Leica.

  • Patrick

    Don’t look at what we’re doing…Look at what we’ve done!

    • Mike

      Don’t look at what we’re not doing…

    • ZoetMB

      And if Nikon didn’t celebrate or recognize its past, there’d be tons of complaints as well about the current management of Nikon not caring about what a great company it once was. It’s very easy for all these armchair executives to complain. If this site charged 10 cents per complaint, I’d bet there’d be far fewer.

      As far as I’m concerned, one thing has nothing to do with the other. The people who worked on the exhibition have nothing to do with designing the next lens or camera. Nikon certainly has its problems, but that doesn’t mean they shouldn’t recognize the past unless you believe that today’s companies should never look backwards. Steve Jobs felt that way, for example, when asked why Apple didn’t have a museum.

  • Mike

    So I guess the NDA has expired on those prototypes. 🙂

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