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    Names of cameras in other contexts

    Most of us would recognize the fact that Olympus was the Greek mountain where the mythical Greek Gods dwelt: a few (sad) people would recognize that Nikon was a Russian archbishop who reformed the Orthodox church in Russia during the 1600s.... How many of you know that Miranda was a Shakespearian character, or that Minolta marketed a range of APS cameras called Vectis, which was the Ancient Roman name for the Isle of Wight (That's off the South coast of England for those elsewhere)... Can any of you come up with other camera names that mean something else... Other languages even....

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    I'm not sure: is the origin of Canon as a goddess's name fairly well known? (The Japanese name is, I think, normally rendered as Kannon; she's probably better known to the West in her Chinese version as Kuan Yin.)

    Nikon was also a fairly prominent graffiti artist in Budapest a few years ago; no idea if the name comes from the camera (probably not from the archbishop).

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    Well, Retina clearly has an important roll in sight.

    And Medalist is an award winner.

    And a Cine Kodak Special is, well, special .

    All from a company whose very name is a purely made up word.
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    Mt Fuji

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    Walker Titan is one I suppose.
    Using a Canon Rebel made you feel sooooo baaad!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by ntenny View Post
    I'm not sure: is the origin of Canon as a goddess's name fairly well known? (The Japanese name is, I think, normally rendered as Kannon; she's probably better known to the West in her Chinese version as Kuan Yin.)

    Nikon was also a fairly prominent graffiti artist in Budapest a few years ago; no idea if the name comes from the camera (probably not from the archbishop).

    -NT
    The name was originally Kwanon the Buddhist goddess of enlightenment, and Nikon is a contraction of Nippon Kōgaku Kōgyō Kabushikigaisha , Japan Optical Industries Corporation in English.
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    Diana Camera -- probably not after Princess Di...
    At least with LF landscape, a bad day of photography can still be a good day of exercise.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Someonenameddavid View Post
    or that Minolta marketed a range of APS cameras called Vectis, which was the Ancient Roman name for the Isle of Wight
    I knew that!

    Our local bus company has Vectis in its name although I don't think it was running chariot based public transport when the Romans were in occupation..


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    EOS I was told is the Greek goddess of dawn.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Francis in VT View Post
    EOS I was told is the Greek goddess of dawn.
    Dish washing detergent has a patron?
    Thy heart -- thy heart! -- I wake and sigh,
    And sleep to dream till day
    Of the truth that gold can never buy
    Of the bawbles that it may.

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