The latest Nikon patents

Nikon patent 2011-138044 is for a biological detection system that will sense photographer's biorhythms (temperature, sweating, blood pressure, heart rate, blood flow) through a sensor on the zoom ring and change the camera setting or even trigger the shutter in certain situations:


Nikon filed a patent 2011-145435 in Japan for a 24-70mm f/3.5-4.5 lens:

Patent 2011-150196 describes three different full frame 24mm lens designs:

Patent 2011-139280 is to prevent condensation inside the camera.

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  • Charlie Martin

    Just don’t use this lens when photographing some extremely hot babes

    • Only

      The perfect accessory for your mood rings and color-change t-shirts.

      • Not Surprised

        Does anyone else notice that the FINGERS are incredibly CREEPYY in the technical drawing?!?!?

        • Slon

          new designs for aliens 🙂

        • mrtom

          Yes I noticed that, very creepy indeed.

    • andy

      perhaps it’s a boner controlled shutter release.

      • Not Surprised

        Gear lust much?

    • This is too weird.

  • Kristian

    For real??

    • KT

      Can’t believe they are wasting their precious resources on fantasy stuff like that while leaving us with the same old D700 four years running. Maybe if they focused on what matters we would be testing the 3rd generation D700 by now, just a thought

      • flash

        I have to agree. They better come out with something great on the 24th.

        • Jimmy

          Why what are you going to do if they don’t? Go running and crying to Canon.

          On you go.

          • NikonD80Still

            They will complain again to ask for another thing! People are like that. There’s is no cure!

      • And its a good thing too! if the ppl that designed lenses were put on designing the camera, you wouldn’t like the result. They’re good at optics.

  • Aaron

    Those are the scariest hands I have ever seen.

    • Either that or this lens is so big that your hands will look that small…

    • jacob

      Exactly! LoL

    • Hah! I thought the same thing.

      Are they designed for aliens??


    • I guess Auto Cad doesn’t work too well on fingers.

  • R R

    mmmm no need for this.. in my opinion. Maybe only in the case of astronauts but not real life use. (all due respect to Nikon though)

    • Jeremy

      How’s the lens going to read his pulse through that spacesuit? lol

      • R R

        lol I stand corrected .. pff you are right.. I think I better cut down on my science fiction toons 😛

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  • Jeremy

    TARD is right.

  • nirmalya

    I double checked the calendar – today is not 1st April !!!

    • iamlucky13

      That was my first thought, too. Which means only one alternative remaining:

      This is proof that Nikon is involved in the US Governments alien coverup conspiracy.

      Of course, most of us already knew 3-D AF tracking was technology reverse engineered from the spacecraft recovered at Roswell.

      More seriously though, I don’t get what this is supposed to accomplish. I don’t think any of those bio-data change rapidly enough to make for a faster shutter response, for example, than just clicking the shutter.

      Anybody have any ideas?

      • The only thing I can think is that you use your new camera instead of a handgun for home defense. You walk around your dark house looking for the intruder and if you see anything the camera captures a picture of the invader’s face for the police to use later to catch your killer. Of course if you were to use such a system you might want to leave a bunch of slaved flashes sitting around.

      • Jabs

        Maybe Nikon is being vague in their Patent application to protect themselves or ward off ‘copycats’ and the real thrusts might be an extension of the VR concept wherein your body provides new data to newly developed sensors that take into account your body shaking and then adjust the VR algorithm to compensate not only for image shake but also your own body shake = total awesomeness, perhaps.

        Like how they use fingerprint info to log on to some computers – use the body to further aid technology – OK! In cars they use biofeedback for lots of things now = newer technology or ideas to involve the human body or senses as an extension of the camera or item and thus gain more functionality.

        Sort of how they also use motion capture equipment to mimic real humans (emotions, facial expressions, etc,.) and then the 3D models or even cartoons look more life-like = think Avatar, the movie or such – even Transformers – ‘RoBeast in disguise’ – lol.

        VR3 – here we come – maybe!

        Great perhaps for VIDEO use as well = maybe 2K video and above for some serious Cinematic chops, maybe or an integration in their workflow. Look up motion capture online.

        Look at Canon’s newest delayed telephoto lens lineup – really great ideas with photo/video optimizations but undelivered so far.

        An extension of the Nikon M/AF on their high end telephotos (200F2, 300F2.8, 400F2.8, 500F4.0, 600F4.0 and maybe even a new 800F4.0 or 5.0) feature but now controlled by YOUR body input as to when it switches from Manual to AF mode or how you override this via human body input = possibilities.

        Think ‘TOUCH’ or biometric input sensors now on lenses from Nikon!

        • The most obvious is to protect against theft. If you’re not holding the lens, it just doesn’t work the way you’d like it to.

    • Robin Edgar

      Ditto but maybe the patent was dated April 1st?

  • kyoshinikon

    a 24-70mm f/3.5-4.5 ? Why! they already have a gazillion lenses that reach that range fine… Oh I know they will put Vr in it and “replace” the existing 24-70mm like their joke 16-35mm f/4

    • kyoshinikon

      The first patent if produced would obviously be an in house testing piece of equipment that probably will never be available publically

    • What’s baffling is that they’ve made a AF-S 24-85mm f/3.5-4.5 (apparantly pretty good as far as mid-range zooms go) as recently as 2002 then took it out of production four years later. (would have made a much better D700 kit lens). Perhaps this is a bit of a U-turn on that?

      • twoomy

        I had one of those lenses and it was actually kinda crappy. It gave really soft results on my D100 and that was back in the 6mp days! I sold it for a 17-55mm when that finally became available in 2004-2005 and my world was much better.

      • John

        Yes, I too am baffled as to why the 24-85AFS (which I have) was discontinued. The 24-70/3.5-4.5 only makes sense if it is going to be a compact kit lens for a new, smaller FX body, though the 24-85 certainly is not large.

        I wish they would make a 24-105/3.5-4.5 AFS VR for FX – the 24-85 is too short on the long end for me and the 24-120/4 too large/heavy and all the 24-120’s I’ve tested really were not very good at all (seems Nikon cannot make a decent 24-120, though they do make an excellent 16-85AFS – the DX equivalent).

        Anyways, if it is a 24-70 it better be damned good or it will flop.

    • IanZ28


      a 24-70mm f/3.5-4.5 ? Why! they already have a gazillion lenses that reach that range fine… Oh I know they will put Vr in it and “replace” the existing 24-70mm like their joke 16-35mm f/4

      No way this lens will be a replacement for the 24-70 f2.8. f3.5-4.5 lenses are “consumer” grade. Perhaps this will be the kit lens for a “cheap” full frame camera in the future.

      • Robert

        Why is the 16-35mm/f4 a joke? Are you serious? Although is not the 14-24mm/2.8…it was not meant to be. However it is not a JOKE. This Friggin’ lens is sharp as F@cks on both my D700 and D300.

        • Bondi Beach

          Yeah I reckon! I am very happy with mine

      • Robert

        matter of fact the Centre of the 16-35mm/f4 is sharper than the older 14-24mm/2.8…so how you likr them apples dweeb.

        • CB

          the 16-35, as far as I’ve seen, is not sharper than the 14-24 anywhere.

          The contrast and “look” is a little different though, which might be preferable to some. I just couldn’t justify so much cash for a lens that’s so distorted below 20mm.

      • kyoshinikon

        I consider it a joke as many reps say it is the replacement for the 17-35mm f2.8. It is heftier than the other 2 lenses (as well as the Sony and Canon 16-35mm f2.8’s) widest at a f/4 and the vr seems Quite useless. Ill keep my 17-35mm and 14-24mm f2.8’s…

        And just to verify that I have used one extensively…

    • NisseHult

      It´s gone be the kit lens to the new D95 FX that is released in two weeks.

      d90 body d700 sensor!


      • You mean D7000 body with D700 sensor to be called the D9000…. right? The D7000 body is superior to the cheap plastic D90 body and almost the same size.

        • NisseHult

          No actually not, the “plastic injection mould machine” that produced d90 body is available at Nikon and is therefor almost free to use.

          Yes the D7000 body is great, but if were ever gone see a FX in the range of 1200$ it will not be in a magnesium body.

          • NikonD80Still

            i think this dream gonna be one of the best seller as long as they keep a very good IQ 🙂

  • yo

    is that lord voldemort holding a 200 f/2?

    • Ren Kockwell

      Nope. Aurra Sing.

  • sirin

    um… those aren’t alien’s hands, right?

  • ZinhaEq

    I cannot believe practically all previous comments are about the hands… I am slowly starting to believe some Nikon shooters have alien fetish… 😛
    Well, I am much more interested in a 24mm f/2.8 lens. We need one after almost two decades.

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  • Jo

    I didn’t Knowles Beavis and Butthead were Nikon shooters.

  • AnoNemo

    How great is that. If you come home from jogging then your camera will take pictures like never before. Oh boy, what the heck do the they smoke at Nikon?

  • PTG

    In addition to the 24-70mm/3.5-4.5, the patent includes designs for 24-85mm/3.5-4.5, 28-105mm/3.5-4.5, 24-90mm/3.5-5.6 and 22-80mm/3.5-5.6 lenses.

    • Chris P

      It’s a pity that the patents didn’t cover, and the research effort wasn’t put into, either a 24-85 f4 or a 28-105 f4 to provide an alternative to the ‘never mind the quality, feel the width’ 16-35 and 24-120 that we are offered at present; and which I could use now. To say nothing of an replacement high optical/mechanical quality 80-400 that I have been hoping would appear for at least 3 years. They are the lenses that the D700, and its coming replacement, cry out for.

  • SiliconVoid

    I would rather Nikon spend these R&D resources in improving the dynamic range and ISO performance of the 24mp sensor (or whatever higher thing they are working on) before dropping it into the D700 successor….

  • FM2 fan

    the lens designs are interesting: expect lower weight –

  • peter

    Not long ago didn’t the new head of Nikon say that the company was expecting a big slowdown since all this technology was matured and innovation was nearing it’s zenith? Could be perfect for disabled individuals, could be perfect for my Dad who’s hands shake so much he’d have trouble with a camera at his age. Look at the demographics trends for seniors, we’re getting older as a population. If this runs to it’s theoretical limit, why not bind it to the brain sensors I’ve been seeing tested for combat pilots, we could practically “look, think, and shoot.” Yes, it would be useful in a tactical environment, or in an undercover one. More imagination, less obsession with sophomoric comments please.

  • I like the fact that they keep doing r&d on lenses. Please just give us an upgrade on the one I want.

    Nikon please upgrade:
    50mm ai-s f1.2
    20mm af-d f2.8
    17-35mm af-s f2.8

    No comments please that 16-35 was a replacement for the 17-35. Both are still in production and check the price.

    I also wouldn’t mind an update on the 135mm if it retains DC the old one is extremely sharp so it would take a lot to make it better.

  • joker

    the biological crap must be a joke, right?

  • Setting aside the hands depiction (the creators are engineers–as long as the lens measurements work out, who cares about the hands?) the first patent may seem frivolous. But biological/mechanical interfaces could very well grow in importance in the coming years, and the knowledge learned from this research can easily have other applications. Nikon may never go further with this, but the patent nails down intellectual property rights that have a market value in and of themselves.

    The bio-reader system may not bring to market the next body, but it is valuable for Nikon to be looking beyond the end bodies/lenses that everyone seems to be crying for.

    Remember that many of the modern conveniences we took for granted came from military/space research that initially was NOT at all related to our daily lives.

  • Michael

    This is a wonderful new design that with analysing of pulse breathing etc along with VR will enable handheld photos on 300mm to about 1/4 second with razor sharpness, actuating shutter between heartbeats and nerv tremors. Also upcoming patent on coolpix purse camera that also incorporates pregnancy status sensor. (this model will come in pink of course… as I do…)

  • That is actually a good idea.
    While, as some guessed, this this not something needed or can be used in mass production immediately, Nikon has to think about the future development.

    I can see several uses for bio-sensor trigger.
    For example, when you are waiting for something that may appear unexpectedly at any moment (animal in the forest? person of interest?) loud noise? flash of light?), your body physiological responses (driven by hormones) will likely to react much faster then you conscious command to finger to press button, therefore capturing the target sooner. If this sensor is that good to pick up such tiny fluctuations then you are one step ahead and advantage is always nice to have.

    The main purpose however is likely to allow taking pictures between heartbeats, which is rather useful feature.

    P.S. Yes, my first thought was that Nikon just making fun of their customers and giving us something to discuss 😉

    P.P.S. I also will not be surprised if Nikon is giving competitors run for their money with false leads on possible future development

    • Jeremy

      Yes, I see what you’re saying. When you meet a hot babe someday, she’ll ask, “Is that a biorhythm-based shutter release in your pocket or are you just happy to see me?” lol

      • Well, you are close to the point.
        If it will work as speculated, we might see a rise of stiff competition from teenage photographers.

  • enchantedphoto

    Nikon needs to concentrate on making an affordable full frame DSLR stripped of all the useless “think for the photographer” bells and whistles…make CAMERAS, not electronic fluff. This is how Nikon can “compete” and maintain the respect its name has carried for over half a century.

  • Mark

    And this is not even the 1st of April.

  • Charlie Martin

    I too would love to have a digital version of the FM2n with 3D Matrix metering but, that ain’t going to happen.

  • D700guy

    What next, a camera that checks your prostate?

  • randini

    Could the “Condensation inside the camera” patent be for a possible underwater camera? There was that other crazy patent a few months back about using air from a scuba cylinder to dry out the interior of a camera system.

    Is Nikonos being resurrected? It couldn’t come at a better time considering that almost every diver and their mothers now have UW cameras.

  • Jabs

    My first thought was – this is an extension of the in lens VR concept wherein your body now provides feedback to the circuit.

    You shake, camera compensates!

    New VR3, perhaps!

  • I guess it’s good for the porn industry to capture the “perfect moment”?

    • Jabs

      @Martin – if your post was a reply to my observation, then – I was speaking of hand shake.

      Not the other shaking – lol

      A shy bozo here!

  • Remedy

    F..cks sake, these hands is where I draw the line. Seriously :/ You just instantly know it has to be japanesse shit :/

  • Sylvesterii

    24 f/2.8 would be nice, 24 f/2.0 would have been much better, but I’ll take it.

  • Dweeb

    All I want is to get the time on my top LCD. How friggin hard is that Nikon?

    The 24 2.8 looks interesting. Maybe they’ll replace the old 20, 24, 28, 35 AF lenses in several years.

  • josh

    Not realistic. why waste money on this crap?

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