02 December, 2016

The camera was only the third Nikon ever produced and is believed to be the oldest surviving camera from the now famous company, it sold at auction in Austria for a massive £320,000, more than twice its estimate.

Nikon was founded in 1917 as an optics company (Nippon Kogaku K.K.) and made lenses and even collaborated with Canon on a camera body in the 1930’s but it only began making it’s own cameras in 1948.

The camera itself is an interchangeable-lens rangefinder, and the lens included was only the 11th Nikon ever made, a 50mm f/2 that collapses back into the body.

Less than a thousand of this model were manufactured and due to a non-standard film size that limited its appeal, it wasn’t around for long before it was superseded by a newer model.

Another particularly interesting piece of history about the camera is that it is engraved “MADE IN OCCUPIED JAPAN”, an eerie reminder of the times in which the camera was made and the only time in Japan’s history that it had been occupied by a foreign power.


The oldest Nikon SLR in existence