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The latest Nikon patents (100mm f/2.5 medium format lens, RGBW AE array)

Nikon 100mm f:2.5 medium format lens patent

The first patent application is rather unusual – it describes a Nikon 100mm f/2.5 medium format lens. As far as I can remember, this is the first medium format lens patent from Nikon.

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Nikon’s patent for electrically controlled optical low-pass filter

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Nikon filed a patent in Japan (2013-156379) for electrically turning ON or OFF the optical low-pass (OLPF) a.k.a. anti-aliasing (AA) filter. Currently the Nikon D800E and D7100 do not have AA filters on their sensors. Nikon filed a similar patent back in 2011 which offered a mechanical ON/OFF solution. Another patent from last year suggested adding the OLPF inside the lens. Detailed description […]

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New Nikon patents for 50mm f/1.2 and 60mm f/1.2 lenses

Nikon 50mm f/1.2 lens patent

Nikon filed another patent in Japan for a 50mm f/1.2 and 60mm f/1.2 lenses. The 50mm f/1.2 lens (and different variations of it) has been the most patented Nikkor lens in the past few years – here are some of the related patents filed in the past: 58mm f/1.2 (and another one) 50mm f/1.2 (and another one) 58mm […]

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Nikon patent combines dedicated AF and imaging sensors

Nikon dedicated AF and imaging sensor patent 2

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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