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NASA buy Nikon gear - NASA orders D3S digital SLR cameras and interchangeable lenses from Nikon.
Nikon Corporation is pleased to announce that the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) has placed an order for eleven D3S digital SLR cameras and seven AF-S Nikkor 14-24mm f/2.8G ED lenses to be used for photographic documentation.
The D3S digital SLR cameras and AF-S Nikkor 14-24mm f/2.8G ED lenses ordered by NASA will be carried on the Space Shuttle and used to photograph activities at the International Space Station (ISS) in the future.
No special modifications will be made to these products. They will be the same products available to end-users, confirming the incredible versatility of the D3S. This equipment will be used along with the Nikon D2XS digital SLR cameras, Nikkor lenses, and Nikon Speedlights already in use at the International Space Station.
Nikon has spent many years contributing to NASA's study of space through the development and manufacture of advanced and extremely durable cameras as well as of Nikkor lenses that make the most of Nikon’s optical technologies, and of which production has recently reached fifty million units. To date, NASA has captured more than 700,000 images using Nikon equipment carried into space. Space, however, is not the only extreme environment in which Nikon equipment is used. Nikon also provides official observation equipment used in exploring the Antarctic. Nikon equipment contributes to observation and research of these little explored regions with durability, reliability and technical capabilities that stand up to even the most severe environments.
Nikon’s history with NASA:
- 1971: Nikon Photomic FTN (NASA specifications) was used on Apollo 15.
- 1980: The Small Camera, based on the Nikon F3 and equipped with a motor drive, and the F3 Big Camera, which utilized long film, were delivered to NASA. The Small Camera was used aboard the Space Shuttle Columbia launched the following year.
- 1991: The Nikon F4 and F4S were delivered to NASA.
- 1999: The Nikon F5 and AF Nikkor lens were carried aboard the Space Shuttle Discovery to photograph extravehicular activities (EVA).
- 2008: D2XS digital SLR cameras were delivered to NASA. Six D2XS cameras are used in space to document activities such as inspection and maintenance.
- In addition, already about 15 types of Nikkor lenses (more than 35 lenses all together) are kept aboard the International Space Station for intravehicular and extravehicular photography to provide continued support for NASA’s space activities.
The AF-S Nikkor 14-24mm f/2.8G ED is the world’s first ultra wide-angle, zoom lens to offer a focal length of 14mm with a maximum aperture of f/2.8. The performance of this lens has been extremely well received by the camera industry, and recognized by Europe’s Technical Image Press Association (TIPA), which awarded it The Best Professional Lens in Europe 2008, and the European Imaging and Sound Association (EISA), which awarded it European Professional Lens 2008-2009.