Nikon Museum Special Collection 2 Chapter 1
Nikon Museum Special Collection 2     Chapter 1

Great Treasure SUNAYAMA Nikkor

Special Exhibition

1930s Photographic Lenses

1930s Photographic Lenses

Hermes 5.5cm f/3.5

Hermes 5.5cm f/3.5

Hermes 5.5cm f/3.5

A Tesser type 35mm enlargement lens released by Precision Optical Instruments Laboratory (now Canon).

Hermes 5.5cm f/3.5

Hermes 5.5cm f/3.5 Nr. 957

Nikkor 5cm f/2.8 (prototype)

Nikkor 5cm f/2.8 (prototype) Around 1937

Nikkor 5cm f/2.8 (prototype)

A normal lens for the Canon Camera, a rangefinder camera manufactured by Precision Optical Instruments Laboratory (now Canon).
Around Showa 12 (Around 1937)

Nikkor 5cm f/2.8 No. 2807 (prototype) Around 1937

Nikkor 5cm f/2.8 (prototype) Around 1937

Nikkor 5cm f/4.5 (prototype)

Nikkor 5cm f/4.5 (prototype) Around 1938

Nikkor 5cm f/4.5 (prototype)

A normal lens for the Canon Camera, a rangefinder camera manufactured by Precision Optical Instruments Laboratory (now Canon). At the time, Precision Optical Instruments Laboratory and Nippon Kogaku (now Nikon) had a collaborative relationship. The Canon Camera was equipped with a unique lens mount and used and interchangeable lenses manufactured by Nippon Koagaku.
Around Showa 13 (Around 1938)

Nikkor 5cm f/4.5 Nr. 4503 (prototype) Around 1938

Nikkor 5cm f/4.5 (prototype) Around 1938

Projektor 5.5cm f/3.5 (prototype)

Projektor 5.5cm f/3.5 (prototype) Around 1936

Projektor 5.5cm f/3.5 (prototype)

A Tesser type 35mm enlargement lens. Nikon improved the optics of this lens, and Precision Optical Instruments Laboratory (now Canon) released it as the "Hermes 5.5cm f/3.5".
Showa 11 (1936)

Projektor 5.5cm f/3.5 No. 1 (prototype) Around 1936

Cine-Nikkor 12cm f/2.8 (prototype)

Cine-Nikkor 12cm f/2.8 (prototype) 1938

Cine-Nikkor 12cm f/2.8 (prototype)

A lens for 8mm cinema camera. Since it does not have the standard "D" mount, it is assumed that this lens was developed for special use.
Showa 13 (1938)

Cine-Nikkor 12cm f/2.8 (prototype) 1938

5.5cm f/3 (prototype)

5.5cm f/3 (prototype) 1935

5.5cm f/3 (prototype)

This model is probably a triplet enlargement lens, because the words #Projektor Lens" are printed on its documentation. It is assumed that the shutter was for the evalution and performance testing of the lens.
Showa 10 (1935)

5.5cm f/3 (prototype) 1935

SUNAYAMA Nikkor

SUNAYAMA Nikkor 50mm f/3.5 (prototype) 1934

Nikkor 50mm f/3.5 (prototype)

A normal lens with a Leica screw mount. Due to its exterior design and red housing box, it is assumed that this lens was modelled after Leica products. Mr. Kakuya Sunayama, the manager of the Design Divisionat the time, designed this model and manufactured only 10 units. This is one of them. This model was the first normal lens for 35mm-format cameras manufactured by Nikon (then Nippon Kogaku).
Showa 9 (1934)

SUNAYAMA Nikkor 50mm f/3.5 (prototype) 1934

SUNAYAMA Nikkor 50mm f/3.5 (prototype) 1934

SUNAYAMA Nikkor 50mm f/3.5 (prototype) 1934

SUNAYAMA Nikkor 50mm f/3.5 (prototype) 1934

SUNAYAMA Nikkor 50mm f/3.5 (prototype) 1934

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