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Nikon patent combines dedicated AF and imaging sensors

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Nikon patent application 20130182173 is for combining/stacking a dedicated AF and imaging sensors without losing any light (in theory): “The idea is simple: RGB color filter array does not use roughly 2/3 of the light in each pixel, why not use the lost light by a complementary-colored organic AF sensor stacked on top on the […]

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Nikon patents a camera hand grip strap and two zoom lenses with Diffractive Optical (DO) element inside

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Nikon filed a paten 2013-134682t in Japan for a new 3-point camera hand grip strap. Similar products already exists from various manufacturers, including the Nikon AH-4.

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Nikon patents removable heat storage for cameras

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  The latest Nikon patents filed in Japan: in order to prevent camera overheating, one of the patents describes a removable/interchangeable heat storage that will absorb the heat produced by the sensor (Peltier effect). The heat storage can be replaced, similar to to the camera’s battery and memory card. This will be especially helpful during long video recordings. One of the related […]

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Nikon patents 200-500mm f/3.5-5.6 full frame lens

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Nikon filed a patent in Japan for a 200-500mm f/3.5-5.6 and  200-500mm f/4-5.6 full frame zoom lenses:

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New Nikon 58mm f/1.2 full frame lens patent

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Nikon filed two more patents (2013-019992, 2013-011831) in Japan for a new full frame 58mm f/1.2 lens. In the past there have been similar patents for a 50mm f/1.2, 58mm f/1.4 and 58mm f/1.2 lenses. Here are the technical details:

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Nikon’s patent reveals passcode protection of lens-body combination

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In order to prevent the use and resale of stolen gear, Nikon filed patent 2013-61508 in Japan that will require the photographer to enter a passcode in order to make a certain lens-camera combination usable. The authentication process will most likely use the lens and camera serial numbers and link them to a pre-selected password. Unless the correct password […]

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Nikon patents for illuminated F-mount, duplicated electronic mount contacts and hybrid viewfinder

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Nikon filed patent application 2013-57757 that will make changing camera lenses in the dark easier by illuminating the mount/lens. The implemented LED light source in the camera will transmit light to the mount and lens via an optical path located above the optical elements.

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