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Nikon Celebrates the 100th Anniversary of its Founding

100 years Nikon

July 25, 2017

Nikon Corporation (Kazuo Ushida, President, Tokyo) was established in 1917 (as Nippon Kogaku K.K.). Since then, we have been creating unique value all over the world by providing consumer and industrial optical equipment, including lithography systems and microscopes as well as cameras, based on opto-electronics and precision technologies.

Today, Nikon celebrates the 100th anniversary of its founding.
We deeply express our sincere gratitude to all of our stakeholders who have faithfully supported our development that met the needs of the last 100 years.

Over these 100 years, Nikon has contributed to industries and people’s quality of life with its state-of-the-art technologies during each era. We were able to successfully focus on and overcome continuous challenges because we were fully supported and trusted by our stakeholders.

In order for people to create progress toward a prosperous future over the next 100 years, Nikon will continue to contribute to the world.

President’s message

Today, Nikon celebrates the 100th anniversary of its establishment. I would like to express my sincere appreciation to all of our customers who use our products in their everyday lives, and the stakeholders who have supported our businesses, from the bottom of my heart.

For the past 100 years, consumer demand has called for convenient products that enhance daily life, and Nikon answered with its manufacturing skill and knowledge. However, society and consumer needs are rapidly changing today. We would like to effectively respond to these needs with the world’s highest-class opto-electronics, precision technologies and solutions.

The difference from our past strategies is that we will offer not only products, but also ideas and solutions as well. Nikon will be reborn as a solution company providing superior technologies and ideas, holding “light” as our core competency.

Following our corporate philosophy of “Trustworthiness and Creativity”, we hold a new vision of building the foundations of the next 100 years.
We ask for your continued support as we move forward.

Representative Director

Celebrating our 100th anniversary of establishment today, we also introduce our new vision for the next 100 years. As well as this, we are announcing various events planned ahead including new contents in Nikon 100th anniversary site.

1. New vision and qualities of mind

Marking our centennial year, we announce our new vision that actively leads to our next 100 years.

Our Vision

Unlock the future with the power of light

Unleashing the limitless possibilities of light.
Striving to brighten the human experience.
Focused, with purpose, on a better future for all.

Our Qualities of Mind


We show our passion for progress through
a wide range of interests to cultivate fresh ideas.


We warmly embrace diverse ideas
and delight in differences among people and cultures.

Inspirational Power

We share our ideas with infectious enthusiasm
to effect positive change in the world.

2. Nikon 100th anniversary site

This site was opened in January, 2017 and delivers information related to Nikon’s 100th anniversary. So far, we have released “Anniversary movie”, interview articles with Nikon enthusiasts: “We Love Nikon”, and a dance movie collaborating with Japanese popular band Mrs. GREEN APPLE and Nikon employees: “Oz [Nikon Version]”.
Today, as new contents, we released the third interview articles of “We Love Nikon” and a special movie entitled “Passage of Light” which was created using photos gathered from Nikon employees all over the world.

Nikon 100th anniversary site are as follows:

3. 100th anniversary events at Nikon Museum

Celebrating Nikon’s 100th anniversary, Nikon Museum was opened on October 17, 2015. More than 65,000 visitors* have already visited (*as of June 30, 2017).
Nikon Museum is the first facility where the histories, products and technologies of all of Nikon’s enterprises are exhibited. To commemorate Nikon’s 100th anniversary, some of the exhibition contents and the staff uniforms have been completely renewed. In addition to this, a special exhibition about Mr. David Douglas Duncan who is a distinguished American photojournalist, exemplified 20th century photography: “A Century of Memories – David Douglas Duncan” is presented.

For more details, see the following:

4. Nikon Photo Contest awards ceremony

The Nikon Photo Contest is one of the world’s premier international photo contests, held since 1969.
The purpose of this competition is to provide an opportunity for photographers around the world to communicate and to enrich photographic culture for professionals and amateurs alike. This is the 36th contest, and commemorating the 100th Anniversary, the “Nikon 100th Anniversary Award” has been added, and works with the theme “Celebration” were entered.

The Nikon 100th Anniversary Prize winner was “Greeting to the Sun” by Annamaria Bruni (Italy). The awards ceremony will be held on July 27 in Tokyo, with winners, including the Nikon 100th Anniversary Prize winner.

The winning photos are exhibited on the Nikon Photo Contest 2016-2017 website.


For Nikon’s 100th anniversary, the photo exhibition place, Shinjuku Nikon Salon has been renewed and opens as THE GALLERY on July 25. And also, Osaka Nikon Salon will be renewed and open as THE GALLERY in August. As the opening events, Kazuyoshi Miyoshi’s Photo Exhibition, ”The Radiant Light of India” is being held. And then Junji Takasago’s Photo Exhibition, “LIGHT on LIFE” will be held.

Upgrade to Spyder5ELITE+ This Summer

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Datacolor®, a global leader in colour management solutions, is offering all display calibration owners the opportunity to upgrade to the company’s ultimate display calibration device and software, Spyder5ELITE+, for a fraction of the price this summer.

From July 17th to August 31st 2017, users can save £130 on the Spyder5ELITE package, which will include a Spyder5ELITE+ software upgrade and a 90-day Adobe Creative Cloud Photography Plan membership.

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Nikon releases the AF-P NIKKOR 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6E ED VR

Sharper. Faster. Better.

Nikon releases the AF-P NIKKOR 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6E ED VR

Nikon gives sports, wildlife, and travel photographers the power to achieve better handheld telephoto shots with the new AF-P NIKKOR 70–300mm f/4.5-5.6E ED VR. Faster AF plus SPORT VR mode hone in on the action without compromising sharpness. The lighter, weather-resistant build goes anywhere.

From the winner’s expression to birds in flight, the latest incarnation of this full-frame telephoto zoom captures exceptional stills and movies. As an AF-P NIKKOR lens it boasts Nikon’s Stepping Motor, which brings subjects into focus extra quickly and extra quietly. Vibration Reduction (VR) is now faster, quieter, and more effective. And this lens also benefits from SPORT VR mode, inherited from Nikon’s pro lenses. A firm favourite with photographers who shoot action, SPORT VR mode enables photographers to reliably track fast-moving subjects—even when they’re moving erratically.

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Winners of the Nikon Photo Contest 2016-2017 Selected

Over 76,000 submissions from an all-time high of 170 countries and regions

Winners of the Nikon Photo Contest 2016-2017 Selected

TOKYO – Nikon Corporation is pleased to announce that the winners of the Nikon Photo Contest 2016-2017 have been decided. The Nikon Photo Contest is one of the world’s premier international photo contests, held since 1969.

Nikon Photo Contest 2016-2017 winners

Winners of the Nikon Photo Contest 2016-2017 Selected
Nikon 100th Anniversary Prize: Greeting to the Sun. Annamaria Bruni (Italy)


Winners of the Nikon Photo Contest 2016-2017 Selected
Grand Prize: [Break Time] (Break Time) Yuanyuan Tian (China)

Winners of the Nikon Photo Contest 2016-2017 Selected
Award for the Most Popular Entry: Disappearing fishing method by Moken. Dorte Verner (U.S.A.)

These winning photos will be exhibited on the Nikon Photo Contest 2016-2017 Judging Results page starting today, and will be followed by winners of other awards.

For the 36th Nikon Photo Contest, a Nikon 100th Anniversary Award with the theme “Celebration” was established to commemorate the 100th anniversary of Nikon’s establishment. In addition to the Nikon 100th Anniversary Award, entries were also accepted in the Next Generation and Open categories, the theme of which was “Future”. A total of 21,511 photographers from 170 countries and regions submitted 76,356 works, marking a new record for the Contest in terms of the number of countries and regions from which entries were submitted.

Final judging took place at the beginning of June 2017 in Tokyo. Judging was performed by an international panel of professionals from a variety of fields, led by graphic designer and art director Neville Brody, known around the world for his work on a wide variety of design projects, from record jacket designs to corporate global branding.

Lead Judge Neville Brody’s summary of the Contest

“Entries ranged enormously in their subject matter and interest: some were joyful and observational, but a large majority were political or offered a philosophic commentary on the contemporary world. The winners themselves reflect a balance between the artistic eye and the ability to tell a story. Global concerns and issues are captured and expressed with simple reality – images that help us understand better who we are, and expose us to greater truths of the world we inhabit. These images transport us beyond the mundane into worlds of revelation and possibility, linking us to the narratives which unite us all.”

Each entry was judged for the universality of the story it tells, its diversity, the strength of its message, and creativity. The suitability of the technique(s) used to express these characteristics was also judged. In the end, in addition to choosing one Nikon 100th Anniversary Prize winner and one Grand Prize winner from entries in the other two categories, the judges awarded 1st, 2nd and 3rd prizes for each category and format (single photo/photo story/video). The Award for the Most Popular Entry, voted for by participants in the Contest, was also selected.

Awards ceremony & photo exhibition

The Awards ceremony will be held on July 27, 2017, in Tokyo, where we expect to see many of the prize-winning photographers, including the Grand Prize winner.

An international Nikon Photo Contest 2016-2017 Photo Exhibition, which will debut at Tokyo’s DAIKANYAMA T-SITE GARDEN GALLERY, is also planned. The exhibition will be held in Japan as follows.

Time and dates: 11:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m., Saturday, July 29 through Wednesday, August 2, 2017


Venue: Nikon Plaza Shinjuku, THE GALLERY
Scheduled for October, 2017


Nikon will announce dates and information for exhibitions on the Nikon Photo Contest website as details are confirmed.

For more information please visit  Nikon Photo Contest 2016-2017 website.

via: press release Nikon

Nikon will introduce new dSLR D820 at the end of July

The sparrows whistle the song of the successor of the Nikon D810 from all of the roofs!

And also for the delivery of the new camera September of this year is already whispered.

All too many technical specifications have not trickled through yet. Nikonrumors calls only one 45-46MP sensor, the system AF of the Nikon D5, another higher ISO area, 2 slots for memory cards (SD and XQD) as well as a movable LCD monitor.

We are waiting, Nikon!