The Nicca Camera Co. Ltd. started as the optical workshop Kogaku Seiki Co. in 1940, founded by former employees of Canon. Its first camera, the Nippon, a close copy of the Leica rangefinder camera, was produced in 1942.
In 1948, the company changed its name to the Nippon Camera Works, and a year later, to the Nicca Camera Works. It continued to build Leica-type rangefinder cameras, adding such features as flasy sunc, lever wind, hinged film backs, and projected viewfinder framing. Nicca also made cameras for Sears under the Tower name.
In 1958, the company was acquired by Yashica, who manufactured and re-labeled the Nicca-33 and III-L as the Yashica YE and YF respectively.
- Tower Type 3 (Leica III-copy for Sears & Roebuck, 1949)
- Nicca IIIB (Leica III-copy, 1951)
- Nicca IIIS (Leica III-copy, 1952)
- Nicca Type MS
- Nicca Type 4
- Nicca Type 5
- Yashica YF Nicca (Leica M3-copy)