September 2008, Nikon Kenkyukai
September 2008, Nikon Kenkyukai

Ginza Night

September 20, 2008
Nikon Kenkyukai Tokyo Meeting
Hermes 5.5cm F3.5
Old EL Nikkor
Nikon F2 and F2 Titan
Autumn in Ginza

Ginza in September

Ginza is an autumnal sky in September. The restoration construction of the Wako Clock Tower will be completed at the end of the November of 2008. The Tokyo meeting was held in Ginza in September.

Sukiyabashi Intersection

K. Hattori & Co.

Ginza 4-Chome


Kabukiza Building


The meeting room of the Nikon Kenkyukai is in a building near the Kabukiza. As I passed in front of the Kabukiza Theater, I encountered a camera crew preparing photography equipment. They were Nikon cameras with sound blimps. I don't know the model of the camera.

Kabukiza Banner

Program Picture Signboard

Nikon in front of Kabukiza

Nikon Sound Blimp

Bunmeido Window

September Meeting

Tokyo Meeting in September 2008 Ginza Tokyo

Vintage Lenses and Nikon Collection on the Table

Old and New EL Nikkor

Research Materials

Nippon Kogaku Hermes and Old EL Nikkor Lenses

We researched the Nippon Kogaku Hermes and Old EL Nikkor lenses. The enlarger lens that Nikon released first is Hermes 5.5cm F3.5. It is necessary to consider Hanza KWANNON to the historical background in the age of Hermes 5.5cm F3.5. Please browse the Nikon Kenkyukai Report May 2006 meeting.

Early EL Nikkor Lenses

Nippon Kogaku Hermes and Old EL Nikkor Lenses

Vintage Nippon Kogaku Hermes 5.5cm F3.5

EL Nikkor 5cm F2.8 Lenses

EL Nikkor 210mm F5.6

EL Nikkot Turret

Early 640 Nikon F with EL Nikkor

Old Nikon F looks good with EL Nikkor

Nikon F2 and Titanium Nikon Camera

The Nikon titanium camera was made for Mr. Naomi Uemura (1941-1984). Naomi Uemura is one of Japan's most beloved adventurers. Uemura was well known for doing alone. He was the first person ever to reach the North Pole solo and he was the first person who climb Mount McKinley in the winter by solo.

Nippon Kogaku developed the very strong Nikon F2 special model for his North Pole adventure. We call it Nikon F2 UEMURA SPECIAL with respect. Uemura made his North Pole exploration succeed with the dog sled in 1978. His Nikon F2 titanium special camera was with his hand. And in 1984, he was the first person to reach the top of McKinley in the winter. Uemura has not come back from McKinley yet.

Very Early Nikon F2

Nikon F2 Titan with Motor Drive

Old Nikkor-S 5cm F2 with Nikon F2 Titan Motor Camera

Titan Named F2T and Nikon F2

Ginza Night

Well, the meeting is over. September in Ginza feels like the end of summer. We enjoyed beer at the long-established beer hall.

Ginza Night Scene

Ginza LION

Fresh Beer

Ginza Night

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