‘What is Nikon up to these days?’ is the question that many people in the imaging business have been speculating hard for the last few months. Well this may be a little something for all of us to speculate about.
Recently, Nikon patented a new 35mm f/2 lens for a full-frame curved sensor. A few weeks ago, Nikon president Kazuo Ushida had mildly hinted that Nikon was indeed working on a mirrorless camera in an interview with Nikkan Kogyo Shimbun.
There is every possibility in structural reform. On the product side, we should compete in the mid-range and high-end DSLR. We aim to be the top in a genre, and earn profits even if sales are down. For a smartphone generation, we put out a very Nikon-ish mirrorless camera which is superior to rivals in quality. Making the best use of industrial lens technology, we would like to overwhelm them in lens quality. On the other hand, we need fun. –Ushida
As Nikon Rumor points out, ‘the patent does not provide sufficient technical information to determine if this is a mirrorless or a DSLR lens,’ however it is certain that this lens is designed to work with a full frame curved sensor.
At this point of time, it cannot be said with certainty if this lens is indeed for a new mirrorless camera. The patent P2017-125904A does not have enough technical details to rule out a DSLR lens either. Also, Nikon have in the past patented curved sensors.
There is nothing much for us to do other than wait and watch how this mystery shrouded story ultimately unveils. But one thing is for sure that Nikon has to come up with something in the mirrorless category and that too soon. Sony, Fuji and Canon are all lining up their products now.
What do you reckon this patent is all about? Feel free to comment below.