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New design patent reveals Nikon 1 mirrorless camera with a red swoosh and a Df aperture dial

There have been many Nikon 1 design patents published in the past few years (this one just came out last week), but the camera drawing above is slightly different because it incorporates the famous red swoosh and the aperture dial from the Nikon Df. New Nikon 1 lenses and an improved V3 model should be announced any day […]

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New Nikon patent for 600mm f/4 and 400mm f/2.8 super telephoto lenses

Nikon filed a new patent in Japan for a 800mm f/5.6, 600mm f/4 and 400mm f/2.8 super telephoto lenses. The patent was originally submitted on May 30th, 2012. The 800mm f/5.6 lens is already announced and in stock. The current Nikkor 400mm f/2.8G ($8,899) and 600mm f/4G ($9,799) lenses were announced back in 2007 – maybe Nikon is […]

Nikon Nikkor 600mm f:4 lens patent
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The latest Nikon patents

Nikon filed a patent in Japan for 70-300mm f/4-5.6 lens designed for a camera with 1″ sensor (Nikon 1)/ The FX equivalent of this lens will be 190-810mm. The lens design consists of 20 elements in 13 groups including 6 ED elements. Another patent describes a new type of adapter what will add image stabilization (VR) […]

Nikon AF VR lens adapter patent
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Nikon sues Polaroid/Sakar for mirrorless camera design patent and trade dress infringement

Do you remember the Android based Polaroid IM1836 interchangeable lens camera that looked very much like the Nikon 1 J1/J2 models? Even the 30-110mm lens looked identical to the Nikkor 1 30-110mm f/3.8-5.6. Nikon also thinks that Sakar/Polaroid ripped their Nikon 1 camera design and filed today a lawsuit in the U.S. for design patent and trade dress infringement. Here […]

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Nikon files a patent for a camera with interchangeable sensor

Nikon filed a patent application in Japan (2013-187834) for a camera with interchangeable sensor. The patent describes a way to achieve the mounting of the sensor unit with higher accuracy. Here is some of the translated text taken from the Japanese Patent Office:

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Are those the new Nikon 1 mirrorless cameras?

      I guess this week will be dominated by patents and guests posts… First, few patents (USD682338, USD684203 and USD683779) that show different Nikon 1 camera designs. Could those be the new set of Nikon 1 cameras that will be announced in the next few months? All three patents were filed on March 6th, 2012. Maybe the […]

Nikon 1 mirrorless camera desing patent
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Another Nikon patent for a 300mm f/4 lens with diffractive optical element (DOE)

Nikon filed a patent in Japan for a 300mm lens with a diffractive optical element  (Canon has a good DOE explanation on their website). The exact aperture was not specified, but I am pretty sure it’s f/4 (see this patent from last year). This is an interesting development because I expect Nikon to announce a new […]

Nikon 300mm DOE lens patent
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