September 2004, Special Meeting
September 2004, Special Meeting

Nikon Digital Archives Super Collaboration

September 17, 2004
Nikon Kenkyukai Tokyo Meeting
Nikon Digital Archives
Super Collaboration

Meeting was held at Nikon Oi plant in Tokyo

Collaboration with Nikon Digital Archives

The Nikon Kenkyukai Tokyo started a collaboration with Nikon Digital Archives to expand historical information. The first meeting of Digital Archives and the Nikon Kenkyukai was held in NIKON corporation Oi plant in Tokyo on September 17, 2004. Yes, it was September 17, 2004.

Mikio Itoh-san of an archivist of Nikon Digital Archives, Kenichi Magariyama-san of public relations office of Nikon corporation, and Koichi Ohno-san of an optical design specialist of development headquarters of Nikon all attended the meeting.

The meeting was organized by Akihiko Suzuki-san, and eight members of the Nikon Kenkyukai attended.

From the left, Kenichi Magariyama-san, Koichi Ohno-san and Mikio Itoh-san

Kenichi Magariyama-san showed us something camera....

Nikon F6

"Just yesterday, the press announced..." Magariyama-san extracted a camera from a white carton. It was the Nikon F6!! Yesterday, on September 16th, a new camera was announced!! The Kenkyukai member was taken aback by the sudden appearance of a new camera. Yes, today is September 17, 2004.

Furthermore, the F6 was a prototype with the original special white carton, rather than a production model. The new F6 has a sturdy magnesium-alloy body and a precise engine. Kenkyukai's entire membership fell in love with the new F6 machine.

A Nikon F6 prototype and original white carton

Prototype production number is Nikon P930045

Rare Nikon platinum paper

Members of the Kenkyukai displayed their collections to Nikon personnel. We looked through the instruction manuals for the Nikon I, Nikon M, and Nikon S. They are old Nikon platinum paper. The photo images of the instruction manuals were taken by a digital camera. There is a slight difference when comparing even similar covers.

Rare paper collections gathered on the table

A collection of Nikon Digital Archives

It is different though it is similar (Kenkyukai)

A beautiful lady is taking a picture by Nikon I (Kenkyukai)

The lens appeared in the instruction manual is here (Kenkyukai)

Great Collection

It is more difficult to find the old instruction manual and brochure than to collect cameras. A little energy and luck are necessary to collect them. However, if you have passion, it is possible. The platinum paper is stored in their files.

Many rare manuals and brochures are stored in the file of a member

Very nice brochures of Nikkor lens and Nikon S2 (Kenkyukai)

The color is different in a Japanese and an English version (Kenkyukai)

Nikon price list by Hinomaruya (Kenkyukai)

Small, lovely instruction manuals (Kenkyukai)

It was a nice meeting

We were able to refer to a lot of instruction manuals of Nikon I. Of course, we were able to see a lot of material of Nikon M and Nikon S. It was wonderful time. The Nikon Kenkyukai Tokyo is going to cooperate with Nikon Digital Archives in researching historical information of old Nikon cameras from now on. Thank you very much for Magariyama-san, Ohno-san and Itoh-san. Thank you, NIKON corporation Oi plant.

Itoh-san, thank you very much

Special thanks to;
Nikon Corporation Oi Plant
Nikon Digital Archives

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