Nikon 1 S – 7/99

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Japan 1950 – Compact – 35 mm – Rare.

The Nikon 1 was the first camera produced by Nikon in 1948 in occupied Japan. It was initially named “Nikorette”, the shortened version of Nippon Kogaku, and added “ette” to indicate the small size – Ultimately “Nikon” was chosen and became the brand name. 

The Nikon 1 S version was launched 2 years later with several improvements and marks a turning point in Nikon’s history as it was the first model to be seriously promoted and sold outside of Japan.

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