Nikon Patents Digital Back for 35mm Film Cameras

Nikon has filed a patent that makes way for a digital back to convert 35mm film SLRs into the full-fledged DSLRs. The rear door that covers the film holder would be removed and replaced with a digital back equipped with an image sensor.

An excerpt from the patent:

The camera back exchange type camera which images the object image acquired by the photographing optical system by the side of a camera body, and obtains electronic image data is known by replacing with the rear lid with which the camera body was equipped, and equipping a camera body with the camera back having an image sensor.

In the camera back of the description to this Patent document 1, when the moving mechanism to which the position of an image sensor is moved, and the position detection sensor which detects the position of an image sensor are provided and a moving mechanism moves an image sensor based on the output of a position detection sensor, The image sensor to the photographing optical system by the side of a camera body is positioned.

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Nikon D400, D8000 and D4x Rumors for 2013

Nikon Rumors has a great roundup about their thoughts, tips and suspicions surrounding what new Nikon gear should realistically be appearing in 2013.

The biggest rumor for most shooters is the fusion of the D300s and D7000 lines. NR expects to see a Nikon D400 or D8000 that servers as a successor to both lines with the Nikon D3200 and D5200 rounding out the low-end consumer market. Personally, I think this makes a lot of sense now that there is a higher-end amateur camera with the Nikon D600 that’s just a little bit above the D300s price range (based on the launch retail price). Accordingly, a D400 or D8000 model could now slot easily between the D300s and D7000 to answer the prosumer sports and wildlife call with its APS-C sensor.

Additionally, NR expects a higher resolution full frame model (the D4x?) toward the end of 2013 that would likely be situated above the D4, and would use a 36MP or 52MP sensor. A show of hands for who needs 52MP please?

Nikon D5200 Announcement Next Week

The recent rumor for the Nikon D5200 appears to be closing in on an announcement date. Specifically, it looks like the Nikon D5200 entry-level DSLR will be announced next Tuesday, November 6 and will be on display at the Salon de la Photo show in Paris, which is Nov. 8-12.

Nikon D5200 Rumored Specs

  • 24MP DX-format CMOS sensor
  • EXPEED 3 image processor (same as Nikon D3200)
  • ISO 100-6400 (expandable to ISO 25,600)
  • 2,016 RGB metering sensor
  • 5 fps continuous shooting speed
  • 3-inch vari-angle LCD at 921k-dot resolution

[via Nikon Rumors]

Nikon D5200 Coming Soon

Rumors are heating up for yet another DSLR reveal from Nikon before 2012 is over.  Nikon Rumors points to the aging D5100 set for replacement by a D5200 that will sport a 24MP sensor.

Nikon D5200 Rumored Specs

  • 24MP DX-format CMOS sensor
  • EXPEED 3 image processor (same was Nikon D3200)
  • ISO 100-6400 (expandable to ISO 25,600)
  • 2,016 RGB metering sensor
  • 5 fps continuous shooting speed
  • 3-inch vari-angle LCD at 921k-dot resolution

According to the rumors, the Nikon D5200 should hit within the next month or so.  Stay tuned for the latest.

Nikon 70-200mm f/4 VR Lens Coming Next Week?

The Nikon version of the famous 70-200mm f/4L IS from Canon is expected to arrive next week – just in time for PhotoPlus 2012.  Nikon Rumors received word that the lens will be the first to feature Nikon’s next-gen VR system.

Given that the Canon equivalent runs $1350 at retail, I’d say that would be a good starting point to look toward for the Nikon lens – possibly up to $1400 or $1500.

Stay tuned for all the news from PhotoPlus next week.