The coolest and wackiest Nikon cameras at The Photography Show 2020


When you walk over to the Nikon booth The photo show (opens in new tab) (B600) you’ll find all the latest great gadgets and maybe even the lowdown on the recently announced ones Z 17-28mm f/2.8 (opens in new tab). But once you’ve drooled over that The best Nikon cameras (opens in new tab) and had a few chats with pro photographers, make sure you check out some of the coolest and craziest Nikon cameras in Big N history.

These curious gems include a Nikon destined for space, a gold-plated FA and the world’s first underwater SLR camera. Each camera is securely housed in a Plexiglas display case, protected from prying hands but still allowing for a full 360 degree view. Here are a few of our favourites…

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Nikon and NASA

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NASA’s various space missions are responsible for some of the most famous photographs in human history, and Nikon’s relationship with the US Space Agency dates back to 1971 (opens in new tab), when the Nikon Photomic FTN accompanied the Apollo 15 crew. This modified Nikon F was the first in a long line of specialized space cameras, including the modified Nikon F3 “Big Camera” on display at the 2022 Photography Show. The rather hefty 1981 SLR might look like a lot to handle, but it was actually used for its relative portability compared to NASA’s larger 70mm cameras.

Nikonos RS – Underwater SLR camera

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The Nikonos RS was arguably a camera ahead of its time. Launched in 1992, it is the world’s first dedicated underwater SLR camera. Its toy-like aesthetic might not look particularly fancy, but its large protruding controls have been designed to be manipulated underwater. That’s right, the Nikonos RS could operate down to 100m deep without an underwater housing.

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