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Nikon I, The First Nikon Camera

Wed January 2, 2013

Here is a bit of History trivia. Advertised as the “Precision Miniature Camera,” the Nikon I went to market in 1948. The prototype was ready in 1947 and was stamped with Serial No. 6091. Only 20 prototypes were run and No. 6091 is known as the very first Nikon camera (Model No. 1).

The Nikon I was a 35mm film camera that accepted interchangeable lenses. An early brochure for the camera listed 4 Standard lenses (all 50mm; F3.5, F2, F1.8 and F1.5), 1 wide-angle lens (35mm F3.5) and 2 telephoto lenses (85mm F2 and 135mm F4). Shutter speed ranged from T, B, 1 sec. to 1/500 sec.

No. 6091 was the first Nikon I model, which is known today as the first Nikon camera. The number signifies that it was the first model in a run of only 20 prototypes (Nos. 6091-60920), which were manufactured in 1947.

According to notes that were found with the camera, the design division had entrusted Model No. 1 to the engineering division archives, where it had been carefully stored ever since. However, it seems that the number of people who knew of its existence had dwindled in the wake of the demise of the engineering division brought about by organizational changes, and at some point it had been forgotten about. Then, exactly 50 years after its creation, the missing Model No. 1 saw the light of day again.

Read more about the Nikon I at: Nikon History.

Articles, History

You’re Invited: Alliance Française’s Photography Exhibition of Elkaim’s Keepers of Memory Oct.25-Dec.20, 2012

Sat October 27, 2012

Alliance Française de Toronto (AFT) invites you to the following FREE photography event in Toronto, Ontario, Canada (Le texte français suit le texte anglais):

Aaron Vincent Elkaim: Gardiens de la Mémoire / Keepers of Memory

Aaron Vincent Elkaim: Gardiens de la Mémoire / Keepers of Memory

Alliance Française de Toronto


Aaron Vincent Elkaim : Gardiens de la mémoire / Keepers of Memory

Free Admission / Entrée Gratuite

Alliance Française de Toronto
Galerie Pierre-Léon
24 Spadina Road (Spadina Subway Station)
Toronto Ontario, M5R 2S7

Thursday, October 25, 6:30pm – Thursday, December 20 / Jeudi 25 Octobre, 18h30 – Jeudi 20 Décembre 2012

Toronto photographer Aaron Vincent Elkaim seeks out the keepers of Morocco’s Jewish memory:

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Nikon’s First Electronic Camera Cost $20K

Mon May 23, 2011
Nikon QV-1000C

Nikon QV-1000C

Wow, it was only 23 years ago since Nikon introduced its first filmless and electronic camera, the QV-1000C. It is careful not to call it a digital camera since technically it isn’t one; instead, the Nikon QV-1000C is an analog B&W still video camera with a 380.000 pixel CCD sensor and images are stored on a magnetic two inch video floppy disk.

Read more about the Nikon QV-1000C at: Nikon Web and here. View more pictures here.

source robgalbraith


Earth Hour Images

Mon March 29, 2010 has some fabulous Before/After pictures taken on Saturday night to mark Earth Hour. I like the fading effect.

See the pictures at:

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Articles, History

Olympus E-P1

Tue June 16, 2009
Olympus E-P1

Olympus E-P1

The Olympus E-P1 QuickFact Sheet is up and we have also published a Visual History of the Olympus PEN, photos courtesy of Olympus.

Related Links:

– Check out the Olympus Pen history, celebrating its 50th Anniversary.
– See Olympus Pen mFT Teaser
TV Commercial
OLYMPUS PEN E-P1 Product Information
Press Release


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DCRP (dcresource)
Focus Numérique [Fr]