The latest Nikkor Z lens patents from Nikon

I have been behind on my Nikon patents reporting – my last patent-related blog post is from 2019! Unacceptable! I have over 50 different patents I want to cover on the blog. I will try to catch in the next few weeks. Here is the first batch of 12 Nikkor Z lens patents:

  1. NIKKOR Z 100mm f/1.4
  2. NIKKOR Z 16-34mm f/2.8
  3. NIKKOR Z 18-50mm f/2.8-4
  4. NIKKOR Z 16-50mm f/4
  5. NIKKOR Z 10-21mm f/2.8
  6. NIKKOR Z 12-24mm f/2.8
  7. NIKKOR Z 10-15mm f/2.8
  8. NIKKOR Z 300mm f/2.8
  9. NIKKOR Z 400mm f/2.8
  10. NIKKOR Z 500mm f/4
  11. NIKKOR Z 600mm f/4
  12. NIKKOR Z 85mm f/1.8

Additional details on the above patents:

NIKKOR Z 100mm f/1.4

  • Patent: 2021-36283 P2021-36283A
  • Focal length: 101.665 mm
  • F-number: 1.449
  • Angle of view: 23.912
  • Image height: 21.600 mm
  • Lens length: 150.819 mm
  • Back focus: 39.283 mm

NIKKOR Z 16-34mm f/2.8

  • Patent: 2021-33242 P2021-33242A
  • Zoom ratio: 2.061
  • Focal length: 16.500 34.000 mm
  • F-number: 2.910 2.910
  • Angle of view: 105.504
  • Image height: 20.787 21.700 mm
  • Lens length: 157.563 147.452 mm
  • Back focus: 14.914 34.732 mm

NIKKOR Z 18-50mm f/2.8-4

  • Same 2021-33242 P2021-33242A patent as above
  • Zoom ratio: 2.609
  • Focal length: 18.549 48.400 mm
  • F-number: 2.910 4.120
  • Angle of view: 98.952
  • Image height: 20.449 21.700 mm
  • Lens length: 156.976 145.902 mm
  • Back focus: 20.533 50.882 mm

NIKKOR Z 16-50mm f/4

  • Same 2021-33242 P2021-33242A patent as above
  • Zoom ration: 2.933
  • Focal length: 16.500 48.400 mm
  • F-number: 4.120 4.120
  • Angle of view: 105.504
  • Image height: 18.820 21.700 mm
  • Lens length: 156.081 146.333 mm
  • Back focus: 17.312 53.242 mm

NIKKOR Z 10-21mm f/2.8

  • Patent: 2020-170053 P2020-170053A
  • Focal length: 10.3 20.8 mm
  • Angle of view: 136.6 91.5
  • Image height: 21.6 21.6 mm
  • F-number: 2.8

NIKKOR Z 12-24mm f/2.8

  • Patent: 2020-170053 P2020-170053A
  • Focal length: 12.3 23.3 mm
  • Angle of view: 123.1 86.2
  • Image height: 21.6 21.6 mm
  • F-number: 2.8

NIKKOR Z 10-15mm f/2.8

Example 1 Example 2 Example 3
Focal length 10.3-15.6 10.3-20.8 10.3-21.5
F value 2.8 2.8 2.8
Angle of view 136.3-109.8 136.6-91.5 134.2-90.5
Image height 21.6 21.6 21.6
BF 1.32 1.36 1.62
Example 4
Focal length 12.3-23.3
F value 2.8
Angle of view 123.1-86.2
Image height 21.6
BF 1.65

NIKKOR Z 300mm f/2.8
NIKKOR Z 400mm f/2.8
NIKKOR Z 500mm f/4
NIKKOR Z 600mm f/4




NIKKOR Z 85mm f/1.8

  • This is most likely the current Z 85mm f/1.8 lens version (or a new design? the patent was filed in October last year)
  • Patent: 2020-173366 P2020-173366A
  • Developed together with Konica Minolta
  • Focal length: 83.00 mm
  • F-number: 1.85
  • Angle of view: 29.26
  • Lens length: 111.35 mm
  • Image height: 21.70 mm

Via hi-lows-note

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