November 2006, Nikon Kenkyukai Tokyo, Meeting Report

November 2006, Nikon Kenkyukai Tokyo, Meeting Report

Very Super Vintage Nikon I No. 60924

November 18, 2006

Dr. Manabu Nakai

Special Study

Nikon I Deep Reserch

Tokyo meeting under the Autumn sky

Professor Dr. Manabu Nakai

I would like to introduce Dr. Nakai to you.
Dr. Manabu Nakai is a professor of the University of Toyama, national university in Japan.
His specialty is tribology. Tribology is the science and technology of friction, lubrication, and wear.
He is also a specialist very well informed about the cameras. He wrote the following articles in the Syashin-Kogyo magazine.
Those articles are very popular among the camera enthusiast in Japan.

  • A mystery of the Military Leica (First vol.), July 2004, the Syashin-Kogyo
  • A mystery of the Military Leica (Second vol.), August 2004, the Syashin-Kogyo
  • A research of Nikon mythology, March 2006, the Syashin-Kogyo

You can see his topic in the Nikon Kenkyukai website.
Michio Akiyama had known that Dr. Nakai is researching about Nikon I.
Akiyama invited Dr. Nakai to the Nikon Kenkyukai Tokyo meeting, and researched Nikon I together.
We rushed into the very exciting special Nikon study.

Professor Dr. Manabu Nakai, the University of Toyama

Dr. Manabu Nakai with Nikon S2 JARE1 Super Special

Nikon S2 Japanese Antarctic Research Expedition Model 1956

First of all, we saw some Nikon historical cameras.
Nikon S2 JARE1 Super Special is a special camera by which Nippon Kogaku adjusted by mechanical remodeling for the first Japanese Antarctic research expedition of 1956.
Of course, the lubricant for the extremely low temperature is used for it.
The main appearance features are as follows.

(1) Shutter Speed Dial
There is no engraving for 1/1000 second. The shutter to top off at 1/500 second only.

(2) Film Rewind Crank Hub
A small arch of metal has been removed on both sides of the film rewind crank.

(3) A-R Ring
Two small cut-cuts in the top edge of the A-R ring.

(4) Shutter Button
Slightly higher than the production type.

Please look at a special 1/500 shutter dial, a special cut film winding crank hub and a shutter button cover A-R ring.
These features allow for easier use someone wearing thick gloves.

Nikon S2 Japanese Antarctic Research Expedition Model
JARE1 Super Special, 1956

Film rewind crank hub
a small arch of metal has been removed on both sides of the crank

Ultra Rare JARE (Japanese Antarctic Research Expedition) Model 1956

In the summer of 2017, "The Antarctic and Arctic Exhibition" was held at the Tamagawa Takashimaya department store in Tokyo.
The exhibition was held from 22 July to 16 August 2017.
There was Nikon S2 Japanese Antarctic Research Expedition Model exhibited there.
It was the special Nikon S2 actually used in the Antarctic research expedition in 1956 and 1957.

Nikon S2 Japanese Antarctic Research Expedition Model
Special Exhibition in Tokyo 2017 Summer

Nikon S for Press Special

The following is a special Nikon S camera for the press and photojournalist.
You can see a special modified film winding crank.
This Nikon S Press Special might have worked on the battlefield.

They are very beautiful vintage special Nikon historical cameras.

Beautiful Nikon S for Press Special

Beautiful Nikon S for Press Special

Nikon F Radio Remote Control Unit Outfit

By the way, let's have a coffee break.
There are very rare Nikon F radio remote control unit outfit on the table.
It is very difficult to find this full outfit in the used camera shop now.

Nikon F Radio Remote Control Unit Outfit

Left, a Transmitter and Right, a Receiver

Nikon Transmitter has 3 Functions

Left, MW-1 and Right, MW-2 Radio Remote Control Unit

Nikon I Special Study

Dr. Manabu Nakai published the research monograph concerning Nikon I by his longtime great research.
Please read the following books, the Syashin-Kogyo magazines, if you want to know the details of Dr. Nakai's special rserch.

  • Nikon I and Nikon M Special Report 1, May 2007, the Syashin-Kogyo
  • Nikon I and Nikon M Special Report 2, Jun 2007, the Syashin-Kogyo

Very hot lecture of interesting Nikon study started

The most most young Nikon I No. 60924 !!!!!!!!!

Top cover of Nikon I No. 60924

Nikon I No. 609199

Nikon I No. 609345

Nikon I and Nikon I

Vintage Nikon I on the Red Carpet

MADE IN OCCUPIED JAPAN

Happy Study with Dr. Nakai

The Nikon Kenkyukai had Nikon I cameras gather for this special reserch with Dr. Nakai.
You can see the Nikon I super collection.

It was very hot lecture of interesting Nikon

Dr. Nakai is measuring the size of film gate of Nikon I

Researching the mechanism of bottom cover of Nikon I

Dr. Nakai and Nikon I with his camera

The mechanism of bottom cover of Nikon I

Inside of Nikon I and film gate mechanism

Nikon I Data Book by Kenkyukai

Dr. Nakai and Nikon Kenkyukai Tokyo meeting

Dr. Nakai and Nikon Kenkyukai Tokyo meeting

A happy, interesting lecture and very deep Nikon meeting was over.
The following message from Dr. Nakai, and I want to introduce it.

It is necessary to watch the detail of the real thing to research the cameras and the lenses.
Members of the Nikon Kenkyukai have a hard-to-find Nikon products.
Those products are wide ages in the large range. Then, the meaning of their collections is great. Their collections are all very excellent condition.
It is very important to understand correctly the function and the atmosphere of the Nikon products that their condition is good.
Moreover, the Kekyukai has the specialist in a lot of fields, Nikon camera, Nikkor lenses, microscope, telescope, military equipment and industrial use Nikkor lenses and so on.
Not only an existing concept but also I learnt it was new in the Kenkyukai.
Thank you very much.
Manabu Nakai

May 2007 and Jun 2007 issue of Shashin Kogyo

Nikon I and Nikon M Special Report
Dr. Nakai's excellent articles


Special thanks to;
Dr. Manabu Nakai, a professor of the University of Toyama

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