New Nikon patent: Nikkor 100-400mm f/4-5.6G VR ED lens

Nikon filed a patent application in Japan for a AF-S 100-400mm f/4-5.6G VR ED lens. Here is the lens design:

Rumors about this lens have been floating for a while. At one point it was expected that this lens will be the replacement of the current Nikkor 80-400mm, but later Nikon filed two different designs for new 80-400 f/4.5-5.6 lens (see here and here).

An updated version of 80-400mm or a new 100-400mm are high on my list of expected lenses for 2011.

Details after the break:

  • Patent Publication: 2010-276744
  • Published on December 9th, 2010
  • Filed on May 27th, 2009
  • Focal distance: 102.00-392.00mm
  • Fno (aperture): 4.12-5.77
  • Angle of view: 23.68-6.15
  • Image circle: 43.2mm
  • lens length: 255.00mm
  • Minimum focusing distance: 1.8m
  • One aspherical element
  • Number of lens groups: 5
  • Internal focusing

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