Nikon is one of the most recognizable brand names when it comes to camera and photo-related equipment. However, despite the fact that the company has spent a considerable amount of time in the spotlight and under the scrutiny of the public eye, there are still some things that many people don’t know. With that in mind, here we present our list of seven things you probably didn’t know about Nikon. Well, what are you waiting for? Check it out for yourself below!
Number Seven: Some of Their Cameras Are Japanese Collectibles
Specifically, the company’s line of “M” Models are considered to be collector’s items. But don’t buy one unless it has a “Made In Occupied Japan” stamp! In mint condition, these cameras can cost up to $5,000 (used).
Number Six: It Shares a Special Distinction With One Other Brand
It’s no secret that the company continues to use a lens mount that’s incompatible with autofocus. However, most people don’t realize that Nikon is just one of two camera companies to continue this practice. The other company that does this is Pentax.
Number Five: Nikon Is Used for Biological Research
The company’s Perfect Focus System, or PFS, is implemented in microscopes all over the world. The PFS allows scientists and researchers to focus the lens of a microscope in real time to minimize focus drift – something researchers commonly struggle with.
Number Four: It’s Responsible for the World’s First Autofocus Underwater SLR Camera
In 1992, the company introduced the Nikonos RS, which was a game changer as far as underwater photography goes. Though Nikon introduced its first underwater camera in 1963, it wasn’t until it released the Nikonos RS that it became known as the foremost manufacturer of waterproof and underwater cameras.
Number Three: The Story Behind Nippon Kogaku K.K.
Nikon was founded in 1917 when three leading Japanese optical manufacturers banded together to form Nippon Kogaku K.K. The company changed its name to Nikon in 1946.
Number Two: It Has Its Own Museum
The Nikon Museum opened in October of 2015 and is located in Tokyo, Japan. The museum features a more detailed history of the company along with exhibits of its milestones and evolution of the company.
Number One: You Can Play a Game to Learn Its History
Seriously! The company’s website features an interactive game that allows visitors to discover more information about the company’s history and little-known facts. Click here to play it! Thanks for reading!