Nikon M (1949)

This is a Nikon M 35mm rangefinder made by Nippon Kogaku starting in 1949.  The Nikon M was the followup to the original Nikon rangefinder from a year earlier and was produced in very limited numbers.  The “M” increased the exposed image size to 24mm x 34mm and increased frame …

Nikon S2 (1955)

What is it? This is a Nikon S2, a 35mm rangefinder made by Nippon Kogaku of Tokyo, Japan.  The S2 was a significant upgrade to the original Nikon S rangefinder from 1948 and was made between the years 1955 and 1957 when it was replaced by the Nikon SP.  By …

Nikon F (1966)

What is it? This is a Nikon F single lens reflex camera which was made by Nippon Kogaku in Japan from 1959 through 1973.  It was Nippon Kogaku’s first attempt in the SLR market and was aimed at the professional photographer.  The Nikon F both raised the bar for what a …

Three Decades of Nikons

Nikon is the brand of camera I am most fond of, and the one I regularly shoot in my everyday life.  So, it might seem peculiar to hear that Nikon cameras are my least favorite to write reviews for.  There are a couple of reasons for this, one is that …

Nikon N80 (2000)

What is it? This is a Nikon N80 35mm SLR camera released by Nikon on January 27, 2000.  The N80 is known as the F80 outside of North America, but otherwise the two cameras are identical.  There was also a version with a built in data-back known as the N80QD.  The …

Nikon FA (1983)

What is it? This is a Nikon FA 35mm SLR camera which was one of the most technologically advanced cameras of it’s day.  Upon it’s release in 1983, Nikon advertised it as the “Technocamera” due to it’s many innovative electronic features.  Several of the FA’s features are still considered relevant today like it’s CPU …

Nikon EM (1979)

What is it? This is a Nikon EM 35mm SLR camera, which is the Rodney Dangerfield of Nikon SLRs.  It came out at a time when the amateur market was exploding and various companies were designing cameras catering to them.  Nikon was known for high end pro-level cameras, and when this …