Nikon registered D6, D7, D8 and D9 trademarks

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Here is an easy rumor: Nikon D6, D7, D8 and D9 cameras are coming... in the next 15 years. Nikon recently registered the D6, D7, D8 and D9 trademarks with the United States Patent and Trademark Office:

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  • I can’t wait for D9!

    • residenthamster

      you gonna get denied

      • TwoStrayCats

        Yep. By his wife because the D9 will cost $12K for a body.

  • MB

    What, no j6, j7, j8, j9 …
    But seriously is it possible that someone at Nikon really thinks they could continue to make 4 more iterations of DSLR for the next 15 years, I mean really?

    • Nikos Skartsilas

      No, and that’s why they want noone else to do it.

    • Jeffry De Meyer

      The d stands for digital, d9 could be a digital scanning laser reproducer

      • dabug91

        Though their lines do start to get a little bit confusing when their cameras in the D### naming convention can be either full-frame or APS-C bodies.
        But of course, they wouldn’t have been able to name the D500 a D5000! Even though it would have worked well with the SB5000 flash lol. But this makes things incredibly tricky. There very likely will be a D6 in 2020 but could a D600 accompany it? Nope. Maybe they skipped it until the D7….oh wait, D700 spot is already taken and so is D800 for that matter.
        Perhaps this means the D500 will be the last professional crop body from Nikon! :O
        And will a D900 be released long before the D9?! Probably so!

        • Ric of The LBC

          D510, D520……

          • TO-DOUG

            D501, D502, D503….. would last even longer!

        • Sawyerspadre

          And the D1 and D2 variants were all crop.

          • TwoStrayCats

            For a second there I thought you said “crap.” I still own and use a D2Xs. And it still takes marvelous shots.

        • Max

          I think calling the d500 a d9000 would have made more sense

        • vriesk


          But all manufacturers seem to have a huge mess in that area. Look at Sony:

          aX – full frame E-mount
          aXX – FF or APS-C A-mount translucent mirror
          aXXX – FF or APS-C A-mount DSLR (old)
          aXXXX – APS-C E-mount


    • T.I.M

      be nice or Dave will turn you off again…

    • Andrew

      Actually, the Nikon D700 camera is full frame (FX). Then was released the D600 (FX) as Nikon’s admission that the D700 indeed poached a higher-end FX camera (D3) and that would never happen again ;-). So the D600, introduced later was never meant to have the same status of the D700, hence the reason for counting down from 700 to 600. Sorry progressives, this is called regression 😉

      But wait, Nikon then came out with the D500 (crop sensor – DX) and once again poached a higher-end FX camera (D5). But now this time – once again, the D500 is more advanced that the D600. But we would have expected that going down from 600 to 500 would have yielded an FX camera, but no, one is full frame (D600) and the other is crop sensor (D500).

      One would have expected the professional full-frame FX series cameras to be both the one digit (D3, D4, D5) for the flagship and three digits (D300, D600, D700, D800, etc.) for the professionals.

      And the crop-sensor DX series cameras to be four digits (D3000, D5000, etc.) But the D500 breaks that line of thinking. Maybe Nikon is thinking that three digits has nothing to do with sensor size but a designation of the camera’s professional status.

      But as we have seen, Nikon is at liberty to introduce a whole new naming convention at anytime such as the Nikon 1, Df, and DL cameras. Who wait, there is no DL 😉

      • Sawyerspadre

        Don’t forget the D100, D200, D300, D300s were all crop.

        • Andrew

          Thanks, I have included them in my list 😉

      • Rock Kenwell

        Also, the D1 and D2 were DX.

        • Andrew

          That’s right, but Nikon had not developed full-frame (FX) sensors and as these were Nikon’s flagship cameras at the time, it is understandable that they kept the one digit designation when FX sensors became available, hence the D3. And besides, the D1 had a 2.7 MP image sensor which shows us how historic (or archaic) the technology was at the time.

    • ITN

      Why not?

      • MB

        Why not what?
        Why there is no patent on j6… or why the life is cruel and the future is EVIL?

        • ITN

          Nikon announced three new CX cameras over half a year ago and they haven’t yet been able to manufacture them yet. There is no point in announcing further cameras that also cannot be manufactured. Only a small fraction of ILC cameras is EVIL, most mirrorless cameras don’t have any kind of a viewfinder at all because many people who use small cameras prefer to use the back screen LCD. The future is hard to predict. This year, mirrorless ILC sales is heavily down from last year. Either it is because of manufacturing problems or because the interest is reducing.

          • Three new CX lenses 6 months ago? I don’t think so.

            • ITN

              I said three new CX cameras, not lenses. They are the DL18-50 f/1.8-2.8, DL24-85 f/1.8-2.8, and DL24-500 f/2.8-5.6.

            • I see, CX are usually the Nikon 1 cameras and lenses because they use the CX mount. The DL cameras have fixed lens – this is why I got confused.

      • Kandi Klover

        He’s just being a little fad loser with his instagram phone. Ooh look at how advanced I am being a retard mommy.

  • Brynar

    No D10? That is defensive…

  • doge

    Will they have to patent DX for the 10th version? I hope I’m still alive for that.

  • Fly Moon

    “in the next 15 years.”


  • Ric of The LBC


    • could not find a D400 entry but found the D500 – so there was not supposed to be a D400 from the beginning

      • Ric of The LBC

        Df2? or DfII. Kidding but kinda not.

  • Eric Calabros

    Maybe they’re going to drop the S versions.

    • dabug91

      Could be possible but I don’t see any reason for Nikon to want use up the “life” of these names more quickly than they have to. Having a D5s will save them from having to make more significant or drastic upgrades for releasing a D6. But it certainly is interesting that they didn’t file for D5s, D6s, D7s, etc. I’d rather see Nikon improve on the D5 two years from now rather than releasing a D6 that is truly more like a D5s, or having to skip the D5s all together and wait 4 years for a D6. Waiting 4 years to release a barely improved camera seems more like something Canon would do. ;D

      • Eric Calabros

        DSLR barely survive to next five major upgrades, and it shouldn’t be longer than a decade. so yea, I guess D9 or even D8 would be last beast with mirror. After transition to mirrorless, they probably use different naming system.

        • 24×36

          Why would they “transition” to something inferior? Stop assuming the MILCs will replace DSLRs for anything but cheap cameras where they need to get the manufacturing costs down.

          • ITN

            It’s a feature of internet gear talk: many people are only able to accept that their preference becomes everyone’s preference in the future, thus validating their choice. Reality is a bit more complex, however.

          • Kandi Klover

            Ignore him, fad losers tricked by the marketing of companies to think they’re so advanced and in the future for handing over all their money for a piece of junk every year like a good little pleb.

  • T.I.M

    Nikon never released the F7 film camera.
    What about if the digital technology change to organic ?
    Nikon will start with the O1 pro organic camera and O100 for the first “advanced” OSLR
    Do not make fun of me right away, Nikon is already working on it.

    • Jeffry De Meyer

      Organic just means there is some carbon involved in the production of the sensor not that it suddenly becomes an entire new thing like we saw when film was replaced with sensors.

      It isn’t even as drastic as the switch from Ccd to cmos

    • Adnan

      What’s wrong with F6 ? When F6 came out digital was rolling in fast.Even then they kept producing it and threw a FM3a too!
      Perhaps a better modern meter and focus upgrade on F6 will be very nice 🙂

      • T.I.M

        Nothing wrong with the F6, I have one (with the grip) !

    • Kyle Hunter

      I was thinking the H1 would be in the pipeline, holographic technology still too far out?

  • Stanky Eggo

    Nikon is being ‘conservative’ by not trademarking a D10 and so on?

    • probably the trademark will expire by time they get to the D10

  • Ric of The LBC

    Start over. We get it. They are Digital

    MX1-MX100-MX1000 MX= Medium Format.

    see the logic?

  • Andoz Krishnadas

    ive had many systems and many mounts somehow i always come to Nikon for serious work – and now it is again my main camera after my Sony phase .. ,and looks like it will still be there as a safety net at-least for another 15 years 🙂

    • What concern did you have with Sony? What Sony model?

    • TheMeckMan

      Perhaps, but they may also be padding the portfolio for a takeover. I could see Apple buying Nikon…

      While Im completely serious on the joking side they’d put proprietary connectors, built in non expandable storage, a non replaceable battery, capacitive touch controls all around including the shutter, require iTunes, a proprietary patented raw format that requires an Apple license to legally support, and generally kill ergonomics in favor of style while adopting Leika like prices and colours to match the iPhone line. ;).

  • TheInfinityPoint

    So that’ll take us up to … 2032 assuming 1) they are released every 2 years to coincide with the olympics and 2) there is a mid-cycle refreshment (ie D4X, etc.).

    • TwoStrayCats

      Funny you should say “D4x” as an example.

      • TheInfinityPoint

        Haha you’re right, I meant to say S but my finger slipped to X lol.

    • BG

      The X bodies are not usually mid-cycle refreshes. These would be designated s (e.g. D3s, D300s). The X bodies are high-res versions (D3X).

      • I’m almost positive that the whole “X” line is done. You don’t see the “H” line around anymore either though, so who cares?

        The D3X was only released so that Nikon could get a piece of Canon’s $8K DSLR pie. But unfortunately it was already too late, and even Canon was giving up on that insane joke of a price by then. We no longer have 1Ds lines either, because both Canon and Nikon realized that the folks who want megapixels the most are usually the landscape folks who would rather not lug a 3.4 lb boat anchor into the wilderness. Thus we have the D8xx line and the 5Ds line instead. The only folks who want a flagship beast of a camera these days are action sports shooters, a few insecure / compensating wedding photographers, and some fashion / commercial photographers. The fashion / commercial crowd might like flagship style bodies, but they’ll just have to make do with a gripped 5Ds / D810 until they can afford a Pentax 645Z. Or the new Fuji.

        • TwoStrayCats

          I would like to see a 5Dx. I happen to like the way those “beasts” are built. And mass? I used to hike with a Hassy 500CM, 3 lenses and a suitable tripod. I will easily take that boat anchor with me.

        • ITN

          Studio and fashion photographers also want high resolution and the best image quality at base ISO and often shoot verticals. Landscape photographers working in extreme conditions would be better served by a D5X than the D810 or whatever its successor is. The small body is not as reliable or easy to use in extreme winter conditions.

          However, it is possible that there would not be enough sales.

  • Eric A

    They even cover “ferrite cores” in their registration. No mention of transistors, resistors, or capacitors. Covers a hodge-podge of items.

  • Ashok

    I am waiting on D810 successor

    • J. Effingham Bellweather


      • TwoStrayCats

        Double Ditto and I’ll raise you one Dit.

  • PhotoJoe55

    I would’ve thought that they already registered these model numbers. Someone could’ve registered them first, and overcharged Nikon for them. Wouldn’t that be ironic!

    • Stuart Crowther

      It’s not like getting a domain name for $20, a trade mark registration can cost thousands of dollars.

      • PhotoJoe55

        Why, thousands of dollars is substantial to Nikon?

        • Stuart Crowther

          I was referring to what you said about someone registering them first, it would be an expensive gamble in the hope that Nikon would pay to get them back. Besides I think there a laws in place to help prevent that sort of thing.

    • ZoetMB

      A trademark is more than the letters and numbers it uses. It’s the graphic design as well which is why that’s included with the registration. Also, it’s not like a domain name – you can’t sit on a registration that you’re not using and then try to sell it. If no one else is actually using D6, D7, D8, D9 in the camera business, they lose the registration. That’s also the difference between a “TM” and an “R”. You can only get the “R” when you prove usage and uniqueness in the market. A “TM” designation is actually quite weak and almost meaningless.

      And it’s also industry based: if I want to call a phone I design the “D4”, I can do that regardless of Nikon’s registrations.

      • PhotoJoe55

        Hey ZoetMB, I just commented on the Nikkor 105mm f1.4 at NR, so hurry up and leave your reply before someone beats you to it!

        • ZoetMB

          I looked, but couldn’t find your post. But I’m not sure why you’d think I’d comment. I do have the 105mm macro, which I like, but in these times, I’m not spending $2200 on a lens, even if it is an f1.4.

          • PhotoJoe55

            No, I wouldn’t either. Maybe we finally agree on something! 🙂

  • J. Effingham Bellweather

    Given Nikon’s underwhelming reveals at Photokina I wouldn’t be so sure they’re going to be around long enough to use these registered names.

    • ITN

      What is Photokina? I don’t know anyone who goes to such events. It used to be that new tech was highlighted and introduced at such events. Now everyone gets their information from the internet and these trade shows are relatively insignificant. Nikon could announce something on just about any day of the year.

      • ZoetMB

        It’s like the old Yogi Berra (NY Yankees catcher) saying: “Nobody goes there anymore…it’s too crowded.”

        I don’t have 2016 figures, but the 2014 Photokina show attracted 185,000 people. Just as with the Consumer Electronics Show in the U.S., Photokina isn’t really intended for the general public – it’s intended for the press and retailers.

        CES attracts 170,000 people (and it’s that small because they started limiting attendance) and has 2.47 million sq ft of exhibit space.

        While many trade shows have disappeared because of the internet or because of industry maturity (COMDEX, MacWorld), many others are still very strong and these are just two examples.

        • ITN

          Right but nowadays product announcements are no longer timed for trade shows. They can occur at any time of the year.

  • outkasted

    NO more incremental ‘s’ upgrades. We will go from D5 to D6 in 3.75 years.

  • JJ168

    For those that still concerns that Nikon may not survive in the near future… you can sleep well now. At least for the next 15 years.


  • saywhatuwill

    Darn, forgot to trademark those. What’s left, 5dV? Sony A8?

  • Fox sweN Lies

    What about the D400s?

  • MrOzMan

    When is the D700X coming out?

  • Stan Burman

    Just hoping we don’t have to wait for the D8 to get a D810 upgrade.

  • Lark Andrew Eugenio Balcita

    one of those D’s will be medium format camera………..

  • Ineluki

    When I count it is 16 years. D6 2020, D7 2024, D8 2028, D9 2032.

    • TwoStrayCats

      Excellent: my retirement fund can run out just about the time they produce something I really want…

      • Ineluki

        My retirement fund is for

  • maxx

    “Nikon D6, D7, D8 and D9 cameras are coming…” if they are still alive.
    But Mr. Admin, you can’t see if they registered D820-30-40-50-60-70-80-90? Or D900 or D760? It will be interesting.

    • No, I could not find any other interesting registrations.

      • maxx

        I knew…. 🙁 goodbye D820…. this autumn is so sad for me with a poor D610…

  • Adnan

    D8xxx real upgrade is over 4 yrs. old now….. come on Nikon

    • Still a better sensor than the 5D 4…. come on Canon!

      • Adnan

        Agreed! but the update is due even Canon farts a 5D 5 😉

        • ITN

          Why is an update due? Nikon already made the D5 and D500 this year. These products need some time to sell in peace without too much fresh internal competition. Perhaps Nikon moved to a 4-year release schedule with the D820 out in 2018.

          • Adnan

            Do you have any idea of real “update” and camera model line ? btw, what camera you have ?

            • ITN

              I use the D810 as my main camera (have other cameras as well). I expected a “D820” this summer (like many did, assuming they were on a 2-year update schedule) but currently the manufacture of Sony sensors is reported to be limited due to earthquake damage and so updates to any of the camera lines using Sony sensors are likely to be postponed until sensor factories are operating at full capacity again. I read that Sony consolidated sensor manufacture to a single facility but I don’t know if this is really true. It would seem a disasterous decision given the volatility of the Japanese ground and recent history of earthquakes. Once the DL line of cameras ships for real, we can expect announcements of new Sony sensored cameras, including a possible update to the D810. Note that at current limited capacity of sensor production, Nikon must be prioritising the D500 which uses a Sony sensor and is very popular. The D5 uses a Nikon sensor of unknown manufacturer and is probably not affected by the earthquake. I would give Nikon some space to fix their manufacturing as well as the subcontractors to let them do their work. The comment about D820 in 2018 was just a worst case guess. Canon updates their 5D at 4-year intervals although they did release a parallel 5Ds line. I do believe the D820 will be released in 2017. One good reason to delay it is because of the earthquake damage, another is simply to spread out the camera sales more evenly over the years. This year the D500 is a hot seller, next year they need another one. If they announce all professional cameras in the same calendar year, their production (and Sony’s production) may cause problems and then in the subsequent years they would not have as much demand. It’s better to have constant even demand than demand that has a peak every four years and a sub peak every two years. This is why I think people should not be so anxious right now. I understand that D800(E) users in particular who skipped the D810 are starting to be anxious. During the previous major earthquake in Japan, Nikon production went into huge problems and cameras were unavailable for purchase for a long time, and new camera releases were delayed into the next year. This is what we may be seeing now.

  • TwoStrayCats

    Will Sony inherit those registrations when they finish their hostile take-over in two years? Somehow I just can’t get into the idea of a Sonikon D6.

    • Don’t worry, Nikon isn’t at risk of a hostile takeover by anyone unless they screw up the next 2-3 camera generations in a row. And even then, it will probably be an ousting of execs from within, not an external hostile takeover.

      (Rumor has it that it was an executive shake-up that finally got Nikon to quit their “DX is the future” mantra and design+deliver the D3…)

  • animalsbybarry

    The most frustrating thing about interchangeable lens systems is that they are not interchangeable.
    Each manufacturer makes something good ( camera, lens, adapter, accessory etc ) and I would really like to be able to choose the products I buy based on the products merits.
    Instead I must choose products for whatever system I am using rather than the product I most want.
    I like Nikon lenses, and I like mirrorless cameras… But I cannot use the lenses I want on the cameras I want.
    Today many people are turning away from ILCs to other alternatives…. If building an ILC system were easier it would help.

    At some point in the near future Nikon will finally build a large sensor mirrorless camera… There simply is no alternative.

    E mount ( Sony ) is an open system. Nikon can join E mount just as many nanufacturers have joined Micro 4/3
    They should make thier mirrorless camera E mount and build a fully functional F mount to E mount adapter.
    For those who are about to say ” Sony is thier competitor ” I point out that Sony is not thier main competitor, Canon is… And Nikon is a distant 2nd place behind Canon
    The move to E mount mirrorless will go a long way toward competing with Canon…a new mirrorless mount will not have that advantage.
    Sony will soon have a new mirrorless sensor that is likely to be a major advancement in AF capability, range, and speed ( A9 ?) Nikon can buy that sensor and release a competitive mirrorless E mount camera, and I am certain Nikon can find ways to make thier camera even better than the Sony version
    I firmly believe this is what Nikon should do
    Every time new products come out I have to make difficult compromises because the products I most want are not compatable with each other…. I would really like to be able to put the lenses I want on the camera I want…..and I do not believe I am the only consumer that wants that.

    • I don’t know what you’re talking about, building a mirrorless system has become easier than building on any other platform to EVER come before it. All you need is the right adapter… 😉

      • animalsbybarry

        In theory yes
        But in reality many adapted lense do not focus well
        For Nikon the only available automatic adapter ( Comlite) is terrible, and useless for long lenses and teleconverters.
        Steel Chen’s adapter has had production difficulties and he cannot predict a release date
        Canon lenses have more adapter choices, but still none work well with long lenses

        Native E mount lenses have advantages to using adopters…. But as more manufacturers build mirrorless I would like to see E mount lenses as a standard for all mirrorless lenses
        Mirrorless native lenses cannot be adapted to othe mounts.

        A truly functional F to E mount adapter would be a very welcome accessory
        Perhaps Nikon or Sony could build one or assist someone else in developing a really good one.

    • ZoetMB

      Keep dreaming. Nikon is never going to adopt the E mount and Nikon is never going to build a completely open system, with the possible exceptions if they completely change their operational philosophy or if they’re acquired. The reason why Sony opened their mount is because they were essentially starting over and couldn’t build their own lens line fast enough.

      However, this indirectly raises an interesting idea: since the E mount is open and the 4/3rd’s mount is sort of open (I think you have to be a member and pay licensing fees), should Nikon get in the business of making their existing lenses for those other mounts? In the early days of Nikon, they made lenses for Canon and Leica cameras, among others. The downside is that could drive consumers to those other bodies and systems.

      And while every camera company has some holes in their lens line or competitors who have some advantages, Nikon has about 92 lenses in the active line, Canon has about 85 and Sony has about 17 FE mount, 5 G Master (although only one is available so far), 54 E mount (won’t cover full circle) and another 36 A mount (requires adapter). That’s all aside from anything announced at Photokina, but in the end, that should be more than enough for anyone and if it’s not, there’s Tokina, Sigma, Zeiss and many others making compatible lenses. The reality is that for every body sold, fewer than 1.8 lenses are sold. Most consumers buy their kit lens and never buy anything else.

      • animalsbybarry

        It is in the consumers best interest ( our best interest ) to have a standardized ILC mount so everything is truly compatable and interchangeable
        I am speaking of a strategy crearly in our best interest.
        It is understandable that Nikon may or may not choose to ignore thier customers best interest and may choose a proprietary Nikon mirrorless mount .
        That is thier prerogative , there are advantages and disadvantages to them for doing so, but as a consumer I speak on behalf of our best interest. Nikon is quite capable of deciding for themselves what they want to do .

  • VanHoff

    So, there will be 4 flagships more and then… end of the Story.

    • ZoetMB

      Just because they only registered through D9 now doesn’t mean Nikon is planning on going out of business after that. They aren’t telling us anything. I don’t know how you get that interpretation out of the registrations. They could register 100 more names next year if they want to. Quite silly logic, IMO.

  • Cesar

    Should I buy the D9 or wait for the D10?

    • Carlo

      Going to be the D … X

    • Adnan

      Depends on your age 🙂

  • SkyMeow

    I’m selling my D5 on ebay right now before it’s value drops. D9 here I come!!!

  • Gordon Ripley

    Man, I knew I should have registered those before Nikon did!!! Would have possibly made enough to buy one of those cameras by selling it back to Nikon!! LOL

  • Kandi Klover

    Wow they waited until now? It would’ve been hilarious if someone else ended up registerimg those first.

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