Nikon has just patented a 28-80mm f/3.5-5.6 VR zoom lens aimed at full frame mirrorless cameras, further fueling the rumors that the company may be launching such system in 2015.
Following the success of the Sony A7-series of full frame mirrorless cameras, both Nikon and Canon have been rumored to be working on their own similar systems.
Representatives of both companies have hinted that they could launch such devices in the future, but they have failed to give any other details or a specific timeframe. However, the rumor mill has been chatting recently and now there is some evidence to prove that Nikon is indeed developing a full frame mirrorless camera.
The proof consists of a patent for a 28-80mm f/3.5-5.6 VR lens, which has been designed specially to work with mirrorless cameras powered by full frame image sensors.
Nikon lens patent for full frame mirrorless cameras shows up on the web
As expected, the Nikon 28-80mm f/3.5-5.6 VR lens patent has been filed in Japan, the manufacturer’s home country. Usually, a patent application does not necessarily mean that a product will make its way on the market. Nevertheless, the situation changes when gossip talks are there to raise the hopes of industry watchers.
This zoom lens has been designed for full frame mirrorless cameras, so Nikon may working on a professional MILC, which could be introduced by the end of 2015.
Sony does not have any competition for now, but the future of the mirrorless market could be even brighter than analysts have predicted, as both Nikon and Canon could launch FF MILCs of their own.
The Nikon 28-80mm f/3.5-5.6 VR lens patent confirms that the product is offering built-in Vibration Reduction technology. This means that the optic will fight against the Sony FE 28-70mm f/3.5-5.6 OSS lens, which also has integrated optical image stabilization technology.
Nikon used to offer a 28-80mm f/3.5-5.6 lens for its full frame SLRs
It is worth noting that the Nikon lens patent for full frame mirrorless cameras might be deceiving to the users. The reason for that is due to fact that the company has previously offered an AF 28-80mm f/3.5-5.6D optic for SLR shooters.
This model has been discontinued a while ago, hence the Japanese maker might be aiming to bring it back. However, the timing is a bit odd, so things could get really interesting in the near future, especially considering the fact that the CES 2015 and CP+ 2015 events are approaching.
Remember to take this with a pinch of salt and to stay tuned for more!