Many passionate photographer use a Nikon, as we all know, but what about the company, behind the famous brand?
Nikon Corporation (株式会社ニコン, Kabushiki-gaisha Nikon?) About this sound listen (help·info) (TYO: 7731), also known as Nikon or Nikon Corp., is a multinational corporation headquartered in Tokyo, Japan specializing in optics and imaging. Its products include cameras, binoculars, microscopes, measurement instruments, and the steppers used in the photolithography steps of semiconductor fabrication, of which it is the world's second largest manufacturer. The companies held by Nikon form the Nikon Group. Among its products are Nikkor imaging lenses (for F-mount cameras, large format photography, photographic enlargers, and other applications), the Nikon F-series of 135 film SLR cameras, the Nikon D-series of digital SLR cameras, the Coolpix series of compact digital cameras, and the Nikonos series of underwater film cameras. Nikon's main competitors in camera and lens manufacturing include Canon, Casio, Kodak, Sony, Pentax, Panasonic, Fujifilm and Olympus.
Founded in 1917 as Nippon Kōgaku Kōgyō Kabushikigaisha (日本光学工業株式会社 "Japan Optical Industries Corporation"), the company was renamed Nikon Corporation, after its cameras, in 1988. Nikon is one of the companies of the Mitsubishi Group.
Nikon Corporation was established in 1917 when three leading optical
manufacturers merged to form a comprehensive, fully integrated optical
company known as Nippon Kōgaku Tōkyō K.K. 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 grew to nineteen factories and 23,000
employees, supplying items such as binoculars, lenses, bomb sights,
and periscopes to the Japanese military.
IN THE MEANTIME WE ARE ALL CELEBRATING PHOTOGRAPHY IN OUR OWN WAYS AND SHALL RESPECT THE MERIT OF EACH PHOTOGRAPHIC WORK, BECAUSE EVERY PICTURE HAS HIS / HER VERY OWN DNA, JUST LIKE ANY PERSON OR LIVING THING ON OUR PLANET, CALLED EARTH! ENJOY THE SCREAM OF THE PHOTOGRAPHER!