is a Japanese
company specializing in optics
. Its products include cameras, binoculars
, microscopes, and measurement instruments
. It was founded in 1917
. As of 2002
, it has approximately 14,000 employees. Nikon is owned by Mitsubishi
Among its famous products are the Nikkor camera lenses, the Nikonos underwater cameras and the Nikon F-series of professional 35mm SLR cameras.
Nikon's main competitors include Canon, Leica and Pentax.
For the leader of the Russian Orthodox Church, see Patriarch Nikon.