Nikon 1 Updated 10mm f/2.8 and 10-100mm f/4-5.6 Lens Patents


A pair of recently published patent applications reveal updated versions of the Nikon 1 10mm f/2.8 lens and the Nikon 1 10-100mm f/4-5.6 VR lens.

The 10mm f/2.8 patent was filed back in March, while the 10-100mm f/4-5.6 VR lens patent was filed in late April. These are probably a couple of the more popular 1-Series lenses, so a replacement at some point makes sense.

As always, don’t take a patent filing as evidence of an impending announcement. It’s just something to keep on your radar.

You can check out the patents yourself by clicking links below.

Nikon 10mm f/2.8 Lens Patent Application 

Nikon 10-100mm f/4-5.6 VR Lens Patent Application


Nikon Patents a “Smart” Water Bottle



Of all the odd patents I’ve seen from camera companies, this one is near the top of the list.

A recent patent application from Nikon (USPTO No. 14/407,791) reveals that the company has developed a smart water bottle that communicates via NFC with a smart watch (like the Apple Watch) to both measure the fluid intake from the body and can communicate with a health app to determine if the person needs to take in more fluid. [Read more…]

Canon Lens Patent Shows 24-600mm f/2-3 Optics for 1″ Sensor

Canon Patent for 24-600mm f2-3 Lens for 1-inch Sensor

Canon applied for a lens patent that was published back in December and featured a number of different optical embodiments, including a high-magnification zoom lens for a 1″ sensor format.

In the patent, the true technical measurements of the lens reveals an 8-180mm zoom with an aperture range of f/2-3. Adjusting these numbers for the roughly 3x crop factor of a 1″ sensor and rounding them off for marking purposes, you get a 24-600mm f/2-3 equivalent lens.  [Read more…]