Nikon was formed as Nippon Kogaku K.K. in 1917. The Ohi plant that makes lenses was first built in 1918, and the names on the lenses were changed to Nikkor in 1932. Nikon made it's first camera in 1948, officially changed its name to Nikon in 1953, and produced their first SLR, the Nikon F in 1959. Which is when the F-mount we use for film, DX, and FX cameras was born. The Nikon Imaging Division was made official in 1988. The D1 introduced the digital SLR age in 1999.