While the public outing of a Nikon lens patent containing a trio of potential 1-series mirrorless lenses would be noteworthy enough, it’s the small detail jam packed within publication number “201298706” that’s getting the majority of the attention thanks in large to the hints of what could presumably be in the pipeline for the camera makers mirrorless platform.
According to our patent finding friends at Egami, the publication in question contains examples of a 10mm f/2.8, 32mm f/1.2 and a 7-13mm f/3.5-5.6 wide-angle zoom – all of which are shown above and mark potentially welcoming additions to Nikon’s current mirrorless lens line-up. The surprise, however, comes with the indications that Nikon could, in fact, produce a lens with an f/0.7 aperture by optimizing the aperture diameter, image circle and flange back length.
Currently, the Voigtländer Nokton 25mm f/0.95, Noktor 50mm f/0.95 HyperPrime and Leica Noctilux-M 50mm f/0.95 ASPH hold the crown for the fastest lenses currently in widespread protection, and just a handful of lenses have ever reached the ungodly f-stop mark of f/0.7. With that being said, it sure would be quite the interesting development if a lens of this nature ever did see the light of day.
For more on publication, head on over to Egami for more information in its computer translated glory, HERE.