Hmmmm...just a thought that there may have been a few Nikon cameras throughout the last 60 years used by famous people or used to take a notable photograph. My bet is that they would have been manual focus Nikons, or maybe not?
Historically the most famous model has to be the Nikon F of 1959.
"The Nikon F completely eclipsed everything else in its time as a Pro 35. Professionals switched from the Leica M's (and everything else) to Nikon F's in legions, and to this day Leica has never recovered."
The Nikon F dominated coverage of the War in Vietnam with only the F2 to challenge it in the latter stages.
"The Nikon F was a really big deal, a crucial turning point in 35mm Photography."
The F wasn't just an important Nikon but basic to the history of 35mm.
>Historically the most famous model has to be the Nikon F of >1959.
>... >In short the Nikon F changed photographic history and set a >technological framework which carries forward to this day.
Its very interesting to look at all of the Pulitzer Prize winning images in chronological order. While there are various spurious winners, in terms of equipment, there is also a very solid trend. From the beginning until 1962 the classic 4x5 Graphic press camera ruled the roost. The world changed in '63 with Bob Jackson's famous image of Ruby shooting Oswald in the basement of the Dallas police station. That image was taken with a Nikon F. No subsequent winner was shot with a 4x5. For the following 10 years or so, all or most were taken with 35mm cameras, most Nikons and most of those Nikon F's.
>Hmmmm...just a thought that there may have been a few Nikon >cameras throughout the last 60 years used by famous people >or used to take a notable photograph. My bet is that they >would have been manual focus Nikons, or maybe not? > >Anyone know of famous Nikons?
the most famous Nikons just have to be the ones Dennis Hopper used in Apocalypse Now. Those beat-to-heck MF Nikons--at least one F, perhaps all. I think he had three of four hanging on him.
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How about NASA's Nikons? Here's a quote from Nikon's website:
"At first, NASA (National Aeronautics and Space Administration) used primarily 70mm-format films. They found, however, that they needed a more portable camera for more active shooting situations. Nikon, whose cameras had a reputation for reliability in the U.S. market, was selected as a special manufacturer of 35mm cameras for NASA. Although the Nikon U.S. distributor accepted the order of the special cameras for NASA, a special team at Nippon Kogaku's Ohi Plant took charge of product development."
I have heard that the famous shot of the Afghan Girl for National Geographic was made with an MF 105 2.5. Not sure which camera, though. Photographer was Steve McCurry, and the shot was made in 1985. I have also heard his camera was an FM2n, but that could be wrong.
On Bert Stern's "Marilyn Monroe: The Last Sitting" (at least on the brazillian edition) there's a photo with he and she reflected on a mirror and he's shooting it with a Nikon F eyelevel. Worth a look.
Larry Burrows brilliant 1965 photo-essay "Riding with Yankee Papa 13" was almost certainly shot with Nikon F's, rangefinders or a combination of both. On the first page of the Life Magazine article, there is a small photo of Mr. Burrows taken in Viet Nam showing him carrying his gear, about three or four SLR's and at least one rangefinder. Undoubtedly photos like this one inspired Dennis Hopper's character in Apocalypse Now. Eddie Adams also used Nikons for his war work (The Eddie Adams Experience Photojournalism Workshop is still sponsored by Nikon), and when Steve McCurry did a photo-journalism workshop through our club here in Toronto, he told me that he has always used Nikon cameras.
Anyone know what camera was used in Hitchcock's "Rear Window"? Here's a link to a picture of Jimmy Stewart holding a camera. It can't be a F because the movie was made in 1954 and the F didn't come out until 1959. It looks like they "masked" the camera.
That is an Exakta, made by Ihagee Kamerawerk of Dresden, Germany. Either a Varex or Varex VX. I once owned a Varex IIa-what a quirky camera. They have a left-hand film advance and shutter release, and a built-in film cutter that screws down when not in use. The shape of the body is very triangular--trapezoidal, actually. A very heavy, solidly built camera.
In my nostalgic moments, I have been contemplating an Exacta VX 500, which is the first real camera I ever used. It was one of several in the pool in my 8th-grade photography class. (Another was a Nikkormat with a 43-86/f3.5 pre-AI.) I'd need a 50/f2 Zeiss Jena Pancolar to complete the kit. Thankfully these items aren't expensive, even if they are a bit hard to find.
And yes, that left-hand drive was pretty quirky!
As for famous Nikons, I sure have seen a lot of the one that Che Rivera used. And Paul Simon's is sure famous, even if we've only heard about it and not seen it!
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Kent, That's right--that's why Stewart's index finger is resting over the shutter speed dial and the wind lever. They're actually on the left on these cameras. Looks like he's probably shooting with about a 400mm lens.
>Anyone know what camera was used in Hitchcock's "Rear >Window"? Here's a link to a picture of Jimmy Stewart >holding a camera. >It can't be a F because the movie was made in 1954 and the F >didn't come out until 1959. It looks like they >"masked" the camera. > >http://tinyurl.com/yrxy88 > > > >
Marty Stuart has just donated a lot of his fantastic collection of country music memorabilia to the Country Music Hall of Fame - among the collection is the following:
"Nikon FE camera with Nikkor 50mm lens and black leather strap. According to Stuart, this camera traveled worldwide with him for more than 20 years. He used it to shoot the last photographs ever taken of Country Music Hall of Fame members Bill Monroe and Chet Atkins."