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Category Archives: Nikon Patents

Nikon patents for 16-35mm f/2.8 VR lens, dual lens hood

Patent 2012-247687 is for a new full frame 16-35mm f/2.8 VR lens with 5 aspherical surfaces and 3 ED elements (the current 16-35mm f/4 lens has 3 aspherical surfaces and 2 ED elements).

Nikkor 16-35mm f2.8 VR lens patent
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Nikon’s patent for a hybrid, semi-transparent LCD screen

Nikon filed a patent (2012-257100) in Japan for a semi-transparent, see-through, rotating LCD screen. The idea behind this patent is to overlay the camera’s live view on a semi-transparent LCD display. This will allow a better tracking of fast moving objects and the photographer will be able to observe the entire scene beyond what is being shown in […]

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Nikon patents a lens for mirrorless APS-C camera

Nikon filed a patent (2012-220827) in Japan for a Nikkor 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 lens. Egami reports that this lens was designed for a mirrroless APS-C based camera. It will be interesting to see in the next few months if  more similar patents will show up online. I seriously doubt that Nikon will introduce a new mirrorless camera system […]

Nikkor 18-55mm f3.5-5.6 lens patent
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Nikon patents a digital back for 35mm film SLR cameras

This is probably the most interesting Nikon patent since I started my coverage in 2008: last year Nikon filed a patent (2012-242615) in Japan for a digital back that will transform a 35mm film SLR camera into a DSLR. The sensor is attached to the camera’s back panel and by replacing it, you will be able to get […]

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Nikkor Micro 37mm f/2.4 lens patent for Nikon’s mirrorless cameras

Another Nikon patent (2012-220828) for a new Micro (macro) 37mm f/2.4 lens designed for 1″ sensor (Nikon 1 mirrorless cameras) was recently filed in Japan:

Nikkor 37mm f:2.4 lens patent for Nikon's mirrorless cameras
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New Nikon 58mm f/1.2 lens patent

Nikon filed two different patents (2012-230133 and 2012-230340) in Japan for a 58mm f/1.2 lens: Patent release date: October 22, 2012 Patent filing date: April 4, 2011 Focal length: 58.0220mm Aperture: 1.210 Half angle of view: 20.81° Image height: 21.6mm Lens length: 108.8935mm Back focus: 38.0120mm The legendary Ai Noct Nikkor 58mm f/1.2 lens, that was […]

Ai Noct Nikkor 58mm f1.2 lens
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Nikon patent for a 55-300mm f/2.8-4 full frame lens

Just a quick update on another Nikon patent filed in Japan for a 55-300mm f/2.8-4 full frame lens that just got published by Egami:

Nikon 55-300mm f2.8-4 lens patent
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