Nikon may be heading towards releasing medium format cameras as the company has recently patented a 100mm f/2.5 medium format lens.
The medium format is struggling to gather more customers. However, this is largely due to the limited offer and high prices. There are not many cameras to choose from and those which are available are very expensive.
Nikon 100mm f/2.5 medium format lens patent shows up in Japan
Canon is currently rumored to work on such a camera. Its specifications have not appeared on the web, while price tags and other details are unbeknownst as well.
Since Canon has taken an interest in the medium format, it is said that its biggest rival may be working on something like that, too. A Nikon 100mm f/2.5 lens has just been patented, but it is not aimed at mirrorless, APS-C, or full frame cameras. Instead, it has been designed for the medium format.
Patent details reveal regular 63-degree angle-of-view
The patent has been filed back in February 2012 with its approval being received on September 5, 2013. It certainly took a lot of time to be validated, but it may well be worth the wait.
Nikon 100mm f/2.5 medium format lens will provide an angle-of-view of about 63 degrees, which should be welcomed by photographers.
The lens construction details say that the lens features six elements, two of them being aspherical, in five groups.
Nikon also patents 10mm f/2 wide-angle lens for mirroress cameras
Another Nikon patent refers to a 10mm f/2 lens for 1-system mirrorless cameras. It is made out of nine lens elements arranged in seven groups with two aspherical elements.
This optic will provide a 35mm equivalent of about 28mm. The company is already selling a wide-angle lens for the CX mount. However, its aperture stands at f/2.8 and photographers could sure use a little extra light. It is not a full f-stop, even a little bit more light is useful most of the times.
Currently, the Nikkor 1 10mm f/2.8 is available at Amazon for $246.95 in black and white colors.
There is a bigger chance for the mirrorless lens to be released rather than the medium format one. Either way, they are not official and anything can happen, but do not expect it to happen too soon.