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Over the next sixty years, this growing company became a manufacturer of optical lenses including those for the first Canon cameras and equipment used in cameras, binoculars, microscopes and inspection equipment. During World War II the company operated thirty factories with 2, employees, manufacturing binoculars, lenses, bomb sights, and periscopes for the Japanese military.
Inthe first Nikon-branded camera was released, the Nikon I. Duncan was working in Tokyo when the Korean War began. This would cause some early problems in Germany as Zeiss complained that Nikon violated its trademarked camera.
From to the Nikon F in particular was therefore labeled ' Nikkor '. Nikkor is the Nikon brand name for its lenses. Another early brand used on microscopes was Joico,  an abbreviation of "Japan Optical Industries Co"[ citation needed ].
Expeed is the brand Nikon uses for its image processors since However, the company quickly ceased developing its rangefinder line to focus its efforts on the Nikon F single-lens reflex line of cameras, which was successful  upon its introduction in For nearly 30 years, Nikon's F-series SLRs were the most widely used small-format cameras among professional photographers[ citation needed ], as well as by the U.
Nikon popularised many features in professional SLR photography[ citation needed ], such as the modular camera system with interchangeable lenses, viewfinders, motor drives, and data backs; integrated light metering and lens indexing; electronic strobe flashguns instead of expendable flashbulbs; electronic shutter control; evaluative multi-zone "matrix" metering; and built-in motorized film advance.
However, as autofocus SLRs became available from Minolta and others in the mids, Nikon's line of manual-focus cameras began to seem out of date[ citation needed ].
Despite introducing one of the first autofocus models, the slow and bulky F3AF, the company's determination to maintain lens compatibility with its F-mount prevented rapid advances in autofocus technology.
The much faster lens performance permitted by Canon's electronic focusing and aperture control prompted many professional photographers especially in sports and news to switch to the Canon system through the s.
The company also has a Coolpix line which grew as consumer digital photography became increasingly prevalent through the early s.
Then, management changes at Nikon led to new camera designs such as the full-frame Nikon D3 in latethe Nikon D a few months later, and mid-range SLRs. Nikon regained much of its reputation among professional and amateur enthusiast photographers as a leading innovator in the field, especially because of the speed, ergonomics, and low-light performance of its latest models.
In JanuaryNikon announced it would stop making most of its film camera models and all of its large format lenses, and focus on digital models.
The remaining model is the professional Nikon F6 with the last amateur model, FM10having been discontinued. The cameras had a special gate and claw system to improve image steadiness and overcome a major drawback of Super 8 cartridge design.
The R10 model has a high speed 10X macro zoom lens. Contrary to other brands, Nikon never attempted to offer projectors or their accessories. Thai operations[ edit ] Nikon has shifted much of its manufacturing facilities to Thailandwith some production especially of Coolpix cameras and some low-end lenses in Indonesia.
The company constructed a factory in Ayuthaya north of Bangkok in Thailand in By the yearit had 2, employees. Steady growth over the next few years and an increase of floor space from the original 19, square meterssquare feet to 46, square meterssquare feet enabled the factory to produce a wider range of Nikon products.
Byit had more than 8, workers.
The range of the products produced at Nikon Thailand include plastic molding, optical parts, paintingprintingmetal processing, platingspherical lens process, aspherical lens process, prism process, electrical and electronic mounting process, silent wave motor and autofocus unit production.
The Thai facility also produces most of Nikon's digital "DX" zoom lenses, as well as numerous other lenses in the Nikkor line.Nikon Inc. can only consider proposal requests from organizations that reside within the USA.
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I am planning a project named Nikon: Weeks. It is based around taking at least ten photographs each week for, you guessed it one-hundred and four weeks.
To make this project happen I really need the help of Nikon. In order for them to sponsor me I need to be able to . I don't receive information from Nikon or sponsorship from any other business, this list has been put together from many years of independent research and from details forwarded by readers.
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MELVILLE, N.Y., June 27, /PRNewswire/ — Today, Nikon Inc. announces the recipients of the first-ever Nikon Storytellers Scholarship, a program designed to support future visual content creators. The scholarship received over 1, submissions from eligible students across the United States and Canada.