Nippon Kogaku was the original name of the Nikon company. In Japanese, the words Nippon Kogaku mean ‘Japan Optical’. It seems that they took the first two letters of NIppon and KOgaku and added an ‘N’ to form Nikon. As Nippon Kogaku was a bit of a mouthful for Western tongues, the company became the Nikon Corporation.
Founded in 1917 as Nippon Kogaku, Nikon Corp. has been in business for almost 100 years and, along with their brother company Nikkor, they have been industry leaders of cameras and lenses for decades.
Here at Grays, we are proud to be exclusively Nikon!