The latest Nikon patents

Nikon 1 70-300mm f:4-5.6 lens patent
Nikon filed a patent in Japan for 70-300mm f/4-5.6 lens designed for a camera with 1" sensor (Nikon 1)/ The FX equivalent of this lens will be 190-810mm. The lens design consists of 20 elements in 13 groups including 6 ED elements.

Nikon AF VR lens adapter patent
Another patent describes a new type of adapter what will add image stabilization (VR) to existing lenses while maintaining AF.

Nikon phase detection AF with no image quality degradation patent Nikon phase detection AF with no image quality degradation patent 2
Next patent from Nikon Japan describes phase detection AF with no image quality degradation.

Nikon no blackout patent Nikon no blackout patent 2
How about a SLR camera that doesn't "black out" when taking a picture? Nikon got a patent for that as well:

"There are many needs of the single-lens reflex camera provided with the optical view finder which can observe a motion of a raw object. A common single-lens reflex camera arranges a movable mirror between a lens and an image sensor, incident light is reflected in the optical view finder side at the time of object observation, and it has structure which has been over mechanically about the movable mirror and projects incident light on an image sensor at the time of exposure."

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  • lol

    wow so many patent

    • saywhatuwill

      And so few products that use them.

      • ranter

        If any. Those patents are for lawyers, not us.

      • PieterWolters

        It takes a while to move from patented ideas to commercial products. If they rush out to the market at the moment they filed the patent, you won’t like that product.

  • Maji

    Good to know that Nikon is working on the N1 system. Also, new developments in AF is always an welcome thing.

  • Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ

    good to see nikon doing some stuff, now lets hope and wish nikon actually use these things in future cameras

  • 190mm-810mm – cool!! That would really highlight the advantage of the 1 system (seeing that body/lens combo sitting next to its Full Frame, or even APS-C, counterpart).

  • SteveHood

    This 70-300mm should not be compared to the AF-S 70-300mm. The patent shows 6 ED elements and 3 fluorite elements vs the AF-S version with just 2 ED elements. It will likely cost more than the 32mm f1.2

    • BBBinOhio

      That’s Perfect!! I would much rather pay a little more for high quality optics!!! Look at the difference in the new 80-400mm compared to the much lower quality lens that it replaced. I would love to see that kind of optical excellence in the new Nikon 1 70-300mm lens.

      What a perfect complement to a D800(e) system that is perfectly suited for shooting from in a range from the ultrawide angle (14-24mm),all the way up through the 70-200mm .


    • KnightPhoto

      Wow if they put in 6ED elements and fluorite, this will be a category killer. Match it with a new V3 with proper Auto-ISO (just like the D4/800) and you’ve got a great light birding, wildlife, and sports rig and something that could really sell and increase visibility for the 1-system. A lens like that would not be cheap though, so I wonder if they would go all out like that, but count me in if they do. It would be good if Nikon stopped protecting themselves against themselves. Every serious wildlife shooter would get one, or at least all the Nikon guys.

      I actually use my 70-300/FT-1/V1 combo a lot for those times when I’m going light, e.g. in the afternoon after a long morning out with my big FX rigs.

  • Tom

    That VR adapter would be awesome, i’d love to have image stabilization on all my lenses

    • Jim

      I thought same thing with all 7 of my Nikon lens. EM1 + adapter, works great!

  • Joop

    Happy to see that Nikon still innovate on the 1 system. A 190 – 810 eqv zoom is only on a 1 system at ‘travel light’ level possible. A new V3 with the good 20mp sony sensor would be welcome also. (as well as a 105 eqv. micro Nikkor 1)

    • Markus Arike

      I have to admit a Nikon 1 with a Sony 1″ sensor would be interesting for the improved DR, but without the Aptina sensors there will be blazing fast readout of 4K at 60 fps.

    • decisivemoment

      Just given the sensational VR performance of “1” lenses, this one is going to be intriguing. Nikon 1 has broken all the usual rules and limitations when it comes to VR, and I eagerly anticipate more.

  • Peter

    Funny thing. I just searched the lens roadmap post of the Nikon 1 system this morning to find out when the telephoto zoom lens could be announced. According to the order of the pictures in that post this could be the next release followed by a macro lens. Hope that it doesn’t take too long till we see this lens come alive…

  • Nate Curde

    So this add VR system, is that for the Nikon 1 bodies or something that will go on the D series?

    • Surinder Gill

      I understand this is a separate patent and seems to apply to other non vr lenses. Am waiting eagerly and am glad I did not part with my 17-35mm 2.8 and go for 16-35mm 4 with vr.

  • str8pipe

    Here I thought I was done spending money on my Nikon 1 system 🙁

  • Desperate

    70-300mm on N1? I WANT! I NEED! PLEASE RUSH!

    • David G.

      “A delayed [product] is eventually good, but a rushed [product] is forever bad”
      ‒ Shigeru Miyamoto (changed “game” to “product)

  • Neopulse

    +1 on the lens for the Nikon 1 system, but how come no insanely reduced price for the V2 body? At least Black Friday is still around the corner and xmas.

  • ranter

    I hate it when Nikon patented something cool. It will probably stay on drawing board forever and any attempt by others to materialized will be sued for patent infringement. Why don’t you just make it? Nikon has a lot of cool patents, yet it keeps making only regular DSLRs. (Nikon 1 doesn’t count, what I want is DSLR with innovative features – like those patents!). Even Canon can came up with something like dual-pixel AF. Nikon? DF with a lot of dials(even if dial-on-camera is patented, it must has expired a long time ago).

    I don’t hate Nikon, it’s the patent system that disturbs me. It used to protect true innovator, now large corporations use it as tool to suppress innovation. They patent a lot of things to prevent competitor from come out with a cool product, with no intention to ever use those cool patents. In the end, less innovation for us consumers.

    • David G.

      Patents in a nutshell.

  • lorenzo

    I might be conservative but I really don’t like cameras with no viewfinder; I have one and most of the time I can’t see what is on that damn monitor.

    • Cyrille Berger

      There are nikon 1 with a viewfinder.

  • Sash

    I want the 1 Nikkor 70-300mm f/4-5.6!

    • BBBinOhio

      Me too.

  • hectorcorderoe

    interesting…. maybe Nikon can also put a screwdriver motor for low end cameras. if they do that i know it will sell a lot.

  • BBBinOhio

    This is VERY, VERY, VERY EXCITING to me!

    The idea of a super high quality, relatively compact and light weight superzoom is a dream come true. And with optics that start at the 200mm range and extend beyond the 800mm range… WOW, WOW, WOW!!!

    Add VR… PERFECT!!!!

    PLEASE Nikon, PLEASE come out with this quickly.

  • Jon Ingram

    That adapter would be sweet. I imagine doing a portrait session with nikkor 85 1.8 as the light is fading and having even more flexibility with shutter speed, say, sharp photos at 1/30th easily?

  • Spy Black

    That 70-300 should look pretty hilarious on the Nikon 1.

    • KnightPhoto

      Speaking of which, my FT-1 tripod mount comes in very handy for hanging my black-rapid strap from when I have my 70-300 mounted on my V1. Hard to say if this lens will have a tripod mount but somehow I doubt it.

      • Spy Black

        Considering you can already do this with the present-day 70-300, I don’t see the point of this possible lens.

        • BBBinOhio

          The present day 70-300 lens is not very sharp. This lens appears to offer a dramatic improvement in image quality.

          • Neopulse

            It’s sharp in the center of the lens. Even smaller than DX so it’s most likely sharper throughout the zoom in comparison to using an FX sensor.

        • neversink

          you can mount any lens o the Nikon 1, so your point is moot. If the 70-300 is not as sharp as you would like, then mount the 70-200 or 80-400 or even the 800 prime. But remember, that on the N1 system, when using a fx lens, you are shooting the image with the central portion of the lens, or the so-called “sweet spot,” so any edge deterioration is eliminated. However you are then adding tons of weight to the N1, so why not shoot with a bigger sensor on FX. You will get a better image, even cropped.
          The N1 is really designed for lightweight, take-me-anywhere photography. I don’t have one, but am tempted, particularly the waterproof version.

          • Spy Black

            Well, you’re kinda reiterating my point. Why bother with making this lens when you can use any existing lens?

            • neversink

              First of all, you are talking about shooting on a small sensor with a big lens. And secondly, the purpose of the N1 series, which I played with today and still find flimsy although fun, is to go light. Using an fX lens on the N1 system is ludicrous as it weighs so much….

            • Spy Black

              I’ll refer back to my initial comment then…

            • neversink

              First comment observed :–)
              Saw a guy yesterday with an 80-400 mounted on the N1 series…Ludicrous!!!! And on a tripod!!!

        • Sebastian

          The pixel density of even current N1 sensors is much higher than that of FF or DX sensors. Just being in the sweet spot of a given FX lens is by far not enough. 14 MP on a 1″ sensor is like 100 MP on FF. That’s why you need significantly better lenses.
          Btw, for telephoto lenses of a given focal length it doesn’t make much difference in size whether you cover FF or 1″. some, but not much.

  • spicynujac

    If Nikon continues with innovations like this, I could see a Nikon 1 replacing much of my DSLR usage. Keep the lenses coming!

  • Jeff Curtner

    The 190-810mm. is a good concept, taking super zoom to the uncharted territory in the DSLR world.

    • neversink

      The Nikon1 is not a DSLR.

  • BBBinOhio

    VR needs to be built into the next Nikon 1 body, and not become something that is added on, pushing the lens further out. This just adds completely unnecessary bulk and weight to the system.

  • KS

    Take your time to develop a good versatile portable 70-300 mm CX version. I am about to buy the Nikkor 1 32 mm F/1.2 lens. By the time I will be saving for it. What I found out from using Nikon 1 system is that I can use a small bag yet able to house other extra item.Traveling light is the name of the game. Like.

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