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Nikon patent for adapter that can improve AF when using old Nikkor lenses

Nikon filed patent 2012-215769 in Japan for obtaining a high precision focus when attaching an old Nikkor lens to a digital camera (this solution is probably intended for Nikon 1 mirrorless cameras). The patent describes a high precision AF mount adapter that has a built-in automatic focus adjustment mechanism – the AF is first determined by TTL phase detection and […]

Nikon patent for improved AF when using old Nikkor lenses
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Nikon patents for 1 Nikkor 10-100mm f/4-5.6 lens and fan accessory for cooling digital cameras

US patent D665005 filed by Nikon is probably for the upcoming 1 Nikkor 10-100mm f/4-5.6 lens. As you can see from the drawings, the controls on the lens are slightly different then the current 1 Nikkor VR 10-100mm f/4.5-5.6 PD-Zoom lens. There seems to be also a new switch on the side:

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Nikon patent for a camera you can toss in the air to take pictures from above

Nikon’s patent 2012-189859 is exactly what designer Junho Yoon envisioned: a camera that you can throw up in the air in order to snap picture from above (see more camera design concepts here). The patent describes built-in velocity and acceleration sensors that can detect when to take pictures while in the air. In order to survive the fall, Nikon will make the […]

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Another Tamron patent for Nikon 1 lenses

Tamron filed another patent 2012-189637 in Japan for a 40mm f/2 lens for mirrorless cameras with 1″ sensor (Nikon 1). The patent contains several different calculations for 30mm, 35mm and 40mm f/2 versions. Few months ago Tamron filed a patent for 35mm f/2, 40mm f/2, 28mm f/2 and 38mm f/2 lenses.

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Nikon’s patent for a 32mm f/1.2 mirrorless lens

Nikon filed patent 2012-185263 in Japan for a Nikon 32mm f/1.2 mirrorless lens (aprox. 85mm equivalent):

Nikon 32mm f-1.2 mirrorless lens
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Nikon’s patent for a ring flash

Nikon’s patent 2012-185190 filed in Japan is for a ring flash attachment that uses optical fiber to transfer the light beams from the camera’s built-in flash and position them around the lens (similar to the Ray Flash adapter).

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The latest Nikon patents

Nikon filed patent 2012-155026 in Japan for a lens adapter with adjustable flange back. The helicoid ring allows to further close focus the lens (similar adapter already exists for using Leica lenses with Sony NEX camera). In this patent the flange back will automatically be adjusted by the camera (CPU).

Nikon patent for lens adapter with adjustable flange back
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