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Nikkor Cameras: Rare Nikons for the German Market

Due to a lawsuit alleging  trademark violations of the name "Zeiss-Ikon,"  Nikon cameras were not  imported  into Germany during the early and mid 1960's.    Nippon Kagaku's temporary solution was to turn Nikon cameras into "Nikkor" cameras.  This new naming extended even to small accessories and instructions books.   A   number of variations have been brought to my attention by Uli Koch.

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A group of very rare "Nikkors,"  including three "Nikkor" F's with prism finder,  six "Nikkor" Photomics, and one "NIKKOR" F and "NIKKOR J"( aka Nikkorex F). 

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Literature on the "Nikkor F" System, in German.

 

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The NIKKOR F variation in all capital letters.

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"Nikon" was not allowed, even on the smaller accessories!

Photos and information courtesy of my friend and fellow Nikon Historical Society member, Uli Koch. 


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