Nippon Kōgaku Kōgyō Kabushikigaisha … Japan Optical Industries Co., Ltd, ah this is the name that many of you people know of as Nikon.
Nikon’s origins begins underwater … well, sorta. Back during WWI a company named Mistubishi was making submarines for the Japanese Navy. During that time Japan did not have their own optical manufacturers to build the periscopes … so the President of Mitsubishi decided to make a company that could to remove reliance on foreign parts.
Nippon Kogaku was created in 1917 from a merger of three companies to produce advanced optics for the nation of Japan. Now I am not going to go into a lot of detail about them … sooo much has been already said already, I just point some things out.
- 1919 – Nippon Kogaku invites German optical specialists over … not so uncommon later in time for many Japanese companies to take advantage of the advances already produced.
- 1929 – The Anytar 50cm F4.5 was created.
- Konishiroku (Konica) started using NKKK lenses on their cameras
- 1932 – The Nikkor brand name appeared.
- Nikkor lenses start showing up on various Japanese and European cameras
- 1935 – A Nikon lens appears on a a Canon camera.
- 1946 – A Nikon camera is made
- 1959 – The F is made.
- blah, blah, blah … eh, just Google it.