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Nikon History: WAR tools, CRUSHING Leica & Canon… and then… (Picture This Podcast)

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We dig DEEP into the 100-year history of Nikon: Making tools of war for the Japanese Navy, post-WWII devastation, CRUSHING Leica, DOMINATING Canon…

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  1. The recent news is that Nikon is developing a new line of full frame mirrorless cameras to upgrade from their one inch sensor models. Seems like more and more manufacturers are leaning more towards mirrorless as opposed to DSLR's.

  2. Thank you for a bit of some american average people shooting from the hip telling a bit history. It's so funny that you are so clueless about the rest of the world but eall of us love you anyways because you (americans) sound like so convincing whatever you guys say!! πŸ˜‰

  3. With all mutual respect.
    Why pronouncing [Z-a-i-s] if the native pronouncing is [T-s-e-i-s]?
    In the era of Tsusima battle the russian fleet was more than enough equipped with Zeis optic due to closest relations between two countries. For ex. the Russian Tsar call German's Kaiser "Uncle Willy" and Willem calls the Tsar of Russia "Nikkey"
    So all was okay with German optic in Russian fleet. In Japanese may not.
    The russian fleet wasn't taken by surprise attack, it was just week against the new built Japanese ships.
    And. The common language in this era was French. In French the last syllables drops obviously. So we have NIKK[o]
    So I think due to French language rules the "R" was added for Nikko pronouncing.
    But all above is a minor corrections, this podcast delivers me a lots of pleasure. Thanks guys!

  4. I am a Photographer since 1979. Honestly and study this, nikon released bad batch of D300 cameras and did it again with D800's. The high demand of this cameras didn't give nikon a moment to stop and think, wait, we can't sell this bad cameras. NO, THEY LET IT GO, we got this malfunctioning cameras, paying full price. Now I am shooting Sony and… don't believe me, just try one time and compare. I own both D300 n D800, both are bad, malfunctioning.
    No more, I can't waste another penny on sick nikon garbage.

  5. A little note concerning professional shooters. That first Nikon D1 ($5500.) being so expensive marked the transition into digital. Until that moment film was an item (along with Polaroid) which was an expense charged to the client. Business wise, film and polaroid was a profit center because it was customary to mark it up. Also with constant advances in technology It was more expensive to keep current . During this transition, photographers had to figure out how to charge for all the post production investment hardware and TIME. Now you have to build post production costs into your shooting fees.

  6. Your segment on the Canon AE-1 completely ignored the Nikon FE and FE2. While the AE-1 may have been a more popular consumer camera, the FE and FE2 and their various permutations were IMO a much higher quality camera and were picked up and used by many professionals as a secondary camera next to their F-series pro cameras.

  7. "I don't know what makes Germans great engineers".
    Whole Germany is smaller in size than the State of Texas alone. Small countries (incl. Swiss etc.) have limited natural resources and therefore invest heavily and rely on their human capital.
    1. In Germany the education is for free (!), so it depends on your mind and interest rather than on your money if you want to have a career in engineering.
    2. Companies like Leica see their workers not just as numbers in an assembly line but see them as a valuable asset. All large German enterprises (Bosch, Benz, Siemens) set up their own pension funds and health insurances for their workers.
    3. Smaller companies and countries need to work/cooperate on a long term base rather than to insult their partners for a short term profit.
    4. Smaller countries and companies do not like to stand in the spotlight but rather prefer to stay in the backroom and work on and improve their product/s. In international politics and business there is something called 'diplomacy', seemingly forgotten in today's political landscape.
    5. A President of large country should not promote 'my (x) country first' but actually should learn how to think, work and manage as a president of a small country. Health insurance for everyone e.g. should be a basic human right and not a luxury. Germany's Social Security started in 1889 (!)
    I enjoyed your podcast tremendously, keep up your work!

  8. This was a nostalgic walk down Nikon lane. Growing up a family friend was Nikon representative, then a camera shop owner, then a Fujica representative. My Christmas gift at 15 was a Fujica STX with std lens. At about 22, it was stolen so I purchased a Nikon FG body only with insurance money. Being in college i had to wait a year to save up for nikkor series e lens. I enter Nikon world. I enjoyed photography classes in high school and college. I added a few used manual focus lenses, a used Nikon FM2 body and SB20 in the early days of ebay. Liked the FM2, but really liked ttl which allowed for quick flash on FG. Picked up used Nikon N8008 with auto focus. I added a N70. Digital was out, but I passed on d100 and purchased new F100 with 28-200 tamron and an SB28. Sure, we (& everyone else) had a kodak digital p&s with long telephoto and shutter lag. But for sports film was king or the Canon mini dv camcorder. After many years, my F100 is stolen from car between soccer games. I cover a few football games with the FM2, 300 mm manual focus lens and some 800 speed film. I am late to SLR digital in 2012 but add a new Nikon D7000 with two lens kit 18-105, 55-300. Wow, I was impressed with iso capability capturing Friday Night lights stills and video. I picked up a used D100 that introduced kids to SLR photography. Both my son and daughter received a used d60 and used d80 retrospectively. Both seem dated to them compared to my D7000. I recently added a used mint D7200. The D7000 bodies are under $300 used, I might want to pick up a couple of bodies for my son and daughter before grandkids come along … F mount of course, so they do not need lenses.

  9. Thank you guys for all the effort and time you put into the content on your channel, I realise this is an older video but I have learnt something new and interesting with each click. I agree with the sentiment that the consumer camera is dead in its purest form, but evolution has paved the way… isn't it funny that these mini computers most of us have have which connects us to each other in a hundred different ways through apps videos and messaging services – we still archaically refer to as a phone… what is even more ironic in this context is; usually a determining feature of the 'best smartphones' is the best camera, crazy.

    I'm just starting on this journey but I think DSLR's for the most part kind of had a niche market from pros to enthusiasts to amateurs anyway, and like fans of the humble book, will still be around for a long time.
    If photography is the art of capturing light – then no matter what medium you choose we all have the potential to be (and I'm sure some are) very capable photographers. Thanks again for the inspiration and knowledge you impart.

  10. My first Canon point & shoot came with two manuals one for the camera and one for the software totaling over 500 pages. When I moved a few years ago I found my original Nikon F2 manual it totaled 12 pages. I miss my F2 but I don't miss hauling it around with the must have 80-200 lens.

  11. At 6:16 Tony had it backwards. β€˜Nikko’ was the original Japanese name, an initialism for Nihon Kogaku (Japan Optics) as shown in the kanji logo. They added β€˜R’ later for some reason.

  12. The thing with the format of the frames being 24x32mm isn't a uncommon thing at the time for Japanese cameras. I own a Minolta-35 that was a competitor to the Nikon shown and it uses the same format. Minolta changed the format on this series to 24x34mm in 1953 and only with the last few cameras of this model to 26x36mm. It was done so to fit more frames onto a roll of film; the counter of these cameras doesn't stop at 36 but goes up to 40, but it never really took of because the standard of 24x36mm had been too established to be overthrown by the benefit of having more frames per roll of film.

  13. you skipped my excellent D90s which had fuzzy logic that searched over 10,000 picture profiles with professionals' opinion of proper exposure. THAT did better than the autoexposure systems in my D600 & D500.

  14. I am a Nikon user. I recently purchased a Nikon S2 in great working and physical condition. Came with the 50mm lens. He added a Contax 50mm lens. He sent me a link that I thought described how to adapt it to a Nikon. All I learned is that it is .33mm off. You made a comment about this but stated that this would only affect a telephoto lens. I have not tried to mount it. Do you think it will work on my camera? The Contax lens looks like it belongs in a Jewelry Box. Thanks in advance for any advice on this matter.

  15. I've taken a break 23 minutes in because all I'm hearing about in this history of Nikon is Nikon v Canon over and over while, according to Wikipedia, Konica predates Kodak in the photo business. They also reiterate my understanding that it was Konica SLR's that pioneered auto exposure and built-in motor drives. Nikon did a better job though at all of those innovations. I will be curious in the next half if I hear Konica mentioned at all. I used to use T-3's and FT1 motor bodies and a variety of Hexanon lenses. Hexanon glass were used by the Japanese govt as the standard all other lenses would be measured. Konica made great stuff, they just weren't "smarter than the average bear".

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