To the ends of the Earth… and be­yond!

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Nikon has earned a rep­u­ta­tion for con­struct­ing cam­eras that pos­sess ro­bust, tank-like build qual­ity. Tough as nails – and tough enough to ham­mer nails in some cases – it’s no won­der that pho­tog­ra­phers have re­lied on Nikon bod­ies and lenses to de­liver day in, day out in some of the most pun­ish­ing en­vi­ron­ments known to man. Ocean depths? Sub-zero tem­per­a­tures? Zero grav­ity? Bring ’em on… 1963 Wate r re­lief Nikon’s first all­weather cam­era is launched. Based on the Ca­lypso, a cam­era orginally con­ceived by renowned ma­rine ex­plorer Jac­ques Cousteau, the 35mm Nikonos is des­ig­nated an ‘am­phibi­ous’ cam­era; not only is wa­ter-re­sis­tant down to 50m, it can also take pic­tures on land. 1992 Wet ’n’ wild The world’s first un­der­wa­ter SLR, the Nikonos RS, han­dles like a nor­mal Nikon, com­plete with aut­o­fo­cus, TTL me­ter­ing and mo­tor-drive, but is wa­ter­proof to 100m. Nikon also launches a se­ries of un­der­wa­ter lenses, in­clud­ing a 50mm f/2.8 macro, a 13mm f/2.8 fish­eye and a 20-35 zoom.

1999 Ref en­counter Jim Hellemn lays claim to cre­at­ing the first gi­gapixel photo, Por­traito­faCo­ral

Reef. Us­ing a Nikonos V with 20mm lens and Ike­lite 400 strobes fit­ted to a cam­era plat­form, Hellemn shoots over 300 frames of Bloody Bay Wall, a ver­ti­cal coral reef in the Cay­man Is­lands, stitch­ing them to­gether to cre­ate a 1.77 gi­gapixel, 20x70ft pho­to­com­pos­ite. 2006 on­wards Freeze frames Nikon be­comes the of­fi­cial cam­era spon­sor of James Ba­log’s Ex­treme Ice Sur­vey (EIS) ini­tia­tive. The EIS has 43 Nikon cam­eras trained on 24 glaciers in lo­ca­tions around the world, in­clud­ing Antarc­tica, Aus­tria and the Rocky Moun­tains, and these record changes in the glaciers ev­ery hour of day­light. The re­sult? Around 8000 frames per cam­era per year. 2016 Missi on you Nikon an­nounces its first ac­tion cam­eras: KeyMis­sion 360, KeyMis­sion 170 and KeyMis­sion 80. As the name sug­gests, the flag­ship wa­ter­proof, shock­proof and freeze-proof KeyMis­sion 360 records 360º movies in 4K Ul­tra HD. 2013 Digita l splash Nikon’s dom­i­nance of sub-aqua pho­tog­ra­phy con­tin­ues with the de­but of the world’s first dig­i­tal cam­era with in­ter­change­able lenses that can be used un­der­wa­ter. The Nikon 1 AW1 is wa­ter­proof up to 15m and is drip­ping with smart fea­tures, in­clud­ing a flash. 2005 New to­science For the first time in 20 years, a new species of mon­key is dis­cov­ered, deep in the South­ern High­lands of Tan­za­nia. Proof of its sci­en­tific va­lid­ity comes from a se­ries of pho­tos taken on a Nikon D100 by Dr Tim Daven­port.

1971 The world is not en ough Nikon starts its long as­so­ci­a­tion with NASA, by de­liv­er­ing nine Nikon Pho­tomic FTN cam­eras (mod­i­fied ver­sions of the Nikon F) and 55mm f/1.2 lenses plus ac­ces­sories to be used on board Apollo 15 – the fourth mis­sion to land on the moon. 1978 To in­fin­ity … NASA asks Nikon to sup­ply a mod­i­fied ver­sion of the F3 for the first space shut­tle (Space Trans­port Sys­tem: STS) to be launched in 1981. 2015 Goin g unde rground Na­tion­alGeo­graphic pho­tog­ra­pher Martin Ed­ström uses a Nikon D810 to cap­ture an im­mer­sive 360º im­age of Viet­nam’s Son Doong – the world’s largest cave. 2013 Globe trot­tin g The first Nikon DSLR with built-in GPS (and Wi-Fi), the D5300 can save your lo­ca­tion in­for­ma­tion as Exif data on im­ages. 1977 Pole positi on Nikon sup­plies a spe­cial ti­ta­ni­umex­te­rior F2 to Naomi Ue­mura, who would be­come the first per­son to reach the North Pole on a solo trek (with dog sled) across Arc­tic ice. He shot 180 rolls of film dur­ing his six-month ad­ven­ture. 1978 ‘The sa vage moun­tain ’ Jim Wick­wire and Louis Re­ichardt took Nikon SLRs on the first US as­cent of K2, the world’s se­cond-tallest moun­tain. Nikon took out an ad­vert to mark the achieve­ment: ‘When you’re out to make his­tory, you don’t take chances on your cam­era. You go with Nikon.’ 1963 High point Jim Whit­taker be­comes the first Amer­i­can to reach the sum­mit of Mount Ever­est; he uses a Nikon F to take pic­tures at the top of the world.

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