Patent filed for the rumored new Nikon 16-85mm DX lens

New patented lens design

Design of the current Nikon 16-85mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR

I already mentioned that Nikon will release a new 16-85mm DX lens in 2012 with a fixed f/4 aperture. A new patent (201042547) filed in Japan just became available online and shows the details of a Nikkor 16-85mm f/4 DX VR lens. Here is one of the shown examples (patents usually have several different variations/calculations of the same lens):

  • Patent release date: March 1, 2012
  • Patent filling date: August 26, 2010
  • Related patents: 201042548, 201042549
  • Focal length: 16.4-86.4mm
  • Aperture: f/4.3 – 4.7 (another example was shown with aperture f/4.1-4.9)
  • Angel of view: 20.4 – 85.5°
  • Lens length: 140.9 – 110.0mm
  • Design: 17 elements in 13 groups (the current model has 17 elements in 11 groups)
  • Three aspherical elements (same as in the current model)
  • Vibration reduction (VR)
  • Internal focusing (IF)

Currently the Nikon 16-85mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR DX lens is back-ordered at both B&H and Adorama.

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