Japan 1950 – Compact – 35 mm – Rare.
In 1948, during the period of occupied Japan, Nikon introduced its inaugural camera, the Nikon 1. Originally christened “Nikorette,” derived from Nippon Kogaku, with “ette” added to emphasize its diminutive size, the name eventually transformed into “Nikon,” becoming the iconic brand we recognize today.
Two years later, the Nikon 1 S variant emerged, boasting various enhancements. This model marked a pivotal juncture in Nikon’s history, as it was the first to receive substantial promotion and international sales, extending its reach beyond Japan’s borders.