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Nikon commemorates a century with cameras, lenses and crystal

Nikon commemorates a century w...
Nikon is releasing a number of special edition products for its 100th anniversary
Nikon is releasing a number of special edition products for its 100th anniversary
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The case you get with the Nikon 100th anniversary cameras
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The case you get with the Nikon 100th anniversary cameras
The special Nikon D500, finished in metallic gray
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The special Nikon D500, finished in metallic gray
The metallic gray D500, complete with 100th anniversary logo
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The metallic gray D500, complete with 100th anniversary logo
The new Nikon flagship D5 in 100 year trim
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The new Nikon flagship D5 in 100 year trim
The D5 comes engraved with a message about Nikon's contribution to space exploration on the base
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The D5 comes engraved with a message about Nikon's contribution to space exploration on the base
The limited-edition D5 and D500 come in special metal cases
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The limited-edition D5 and D500 come in special metal cases
An exploded look at the zoom lens Nikon is offering as a part of its centenary celebrations 
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An exploded look at the zoom lens Nikon is offering as a part of its centenary celebrations 
The 70-200E lens is finished in a shade of metallic gray for Nikon's 100th anniversary
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The 70-200E lens is finished in a shade of metallic gray for Nikon's 100th anniversary
The Nikon 70-200 being sold to celebrate 100 years 
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The Nikon 70-200 being sold to celebrate 100 years 
Nikon might be best known for its work as a camera manufacturer, but it also makes binoculars
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Nikon might be best known for its work as a camera manufacturer, but it also makes binoculars
Just 50 examples of the 100th anniversary binoculars will be made 
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Just 50 examples of the 100th anniversary binoculars will be made 
This replica of the Nikon Model I is made of Swarovski Crystal 
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This replica of the Nikon Model I is made of Swarovski Crystal 
The Swaroski Nikon Model I is unquestionably pretty, just don't drop it
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The Swaroski Nikon Model I is unquestionably pretty, just don't drop it
Nikon is releasing a number of special edition products for its 100th anniversary
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Nikon is releasing a number of special edition products for its 100th anniversary

Nikon has (almost) been around for 100 years, and it's pulling out all the stops to celebrate. Along with a set of commemorative trinkets, like neck straps and crystal cameras, the imaging and optics multinational has designed limited edition versions of its flagship cameras, lenses and binoculars.

Cameras

The limited-edition D5 and D500 come in special metal cases
The limited-edition D5 and D500 come in special metal cases

The two special-edition cameras are based on Nikon's flagship models: the D5 and D500. Neither has been treated to any performance upgrades, instead the design crew at Nikon has worked to link its modern DSLRs to the legendary F, launched back in 1959.

The magnesium body of the D5 is finished in a special shade of metallic gray, with a special stamp on the base of the camera to celebrate the fact Nikon cameras have been used by astronauts dating back to the 1970s. There's also a special logo emblazoned on the side of the pentaprism, and the standard canvas neck strap has been replaced with a full leather unit.

Like the more expensive D5, the D500 has been finished in a shade of metallic gray, with a unique commemorative logo on the side of the viewfinder. Both cameras come in special metal cases, complete with a plate engraved with the 100th anniversary logo and camera serial number.

Lenses

The Nikon 70-200 being sold to celebrate 100 years 
The Nikon 70-200 being sold to celebrate 100 years 

The first special-edition lens coming from Nikon is a 70-200E. Like the cameras, the lens is finished in a shade of metallic gray, and emblazoned with a 100th anniversary logo on its side. The lens, which runs with a constant maximum aperture of f/2.8, is accompanied by an exploded view of the 13 glass elements usually hidden within the casing.

Along with the 70-200mm zoom, Nikon will be offering a set of three f/2.8 zoom lenses. Inside the special metal carrying case, which wouldn't look out of place in a movie cash exchange, the 70-200 will be accompanied by a 14-24mm f/2.8 and a 24-70mm f/2.8.

All three lenses will come with the same serial number, but the package doesn't include an exploded glass-element view like the 70-200 alone.

Binoculars

It might be best known for cameras, but Nikon is also no slouch when it comes binoculars. To celebrate its centenary, the company will be selling 100 examples of its WX 10x50 IF and 7x50 IF in the same gray as the camera and lenses.

Both models are engraved with the 100th anniversary logo you'll find on the rest of the commemorative merchandise, and both are accompanied by genuine leather straps in place of the canvas ones usually included.

Along with the WX-model binoculars, Nikon will be releasing a limited-edition version of the 8x30 II. Just 400 examples of the popular wide-angle binocular will be sold, finished in (you guessed it) metallic gray and stamped with the 100th anniversary logo.

Crystal knick-knacks and scale models

The Swaroski Nikon Model I is unquestionably pretty, just don't drop it
The Swaroski Nikon Model I is unquestionably pretty, just don't drop it

Perhaps the coolest commemorative piece Nikon has commissioned is this replica of the 1948 Model I. Made of Swarovski Crystal, the replica isn't quite to scale, but that's unlikely to matter when you start drinking in the details. Imprinted with a special serial number, the crystal camera has even been made darker where the old camera would have been outfitted in leather for that period look.

For those with more subtle tastes, there's also a half-scale model of the original Nikon F with a Nikkor-S Auto 50mm f/1.4 lens attached. Some parts on the model are movable, and the model comes in a replica of the original Nikon F packaging, complete with a cover of the original user manual. If you're not into models or the budget doesn't stretch to Swarovski levels, you could celebrate the centenary with a brown or black leather camera strap, or collect the 25 lapel pins being sold as part of the centenary.

Pricing hasn't been announced for any of the 100th anniversary Nikon merchandise, but the company will be making another announcement closer to its June 25 birthday.

Source: Nikon

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