Nikon Designs Two f/1.2 Zoom Lenses: 35-50mm and 50-70mm


Two Nikon patents have surfaced that present the corporate has designed two large-aperture zoom lenses presumably for its mirrorless Z-mount digital camera system: a 35-50mm f/1.2 and a 50-70mm f/1.2.

Initially discovered by Asibonet (which was noticed by Mirrorless Rumors), the 2 patents describe a variable zoom lens system that’s able to sustaining a wide-open f/1.2 zoom over the total vary and collectively would supply a photographer the flexibility to shoot between 35mm and 70mm with unimaginable light-gathering functionality and low depth of subject. Nikon at the moment manufactures 25 Z-mount lenses of which just one is an f/1.2: the Nikkor 50mm f/1.2 prime lens. This isn’t the quickest lens the corporate has made for the system, as Nikon in fact additionally has the 58mm f/0.95 Noct as nicely.

35-50mm f/1.2

The inner optics which might be proven as a part of the patent utility look massive and complex, which is sensible. So as to preserve that large aperture by means of a zoom vary, these lenses will very doubtless be massive, heavy, and costly consequently. The 35-50mm f/1.2 patent describes a lens that’s as massive as 210mm, or about 8.3 inches. The width of the entrance aspect isn’t proven, however it should very doubtless be fairly massive.

50-70mm f/1.2

A large-open aperture of f/1.2 is already unusual in prime lenses, but it surely’s just about extraordinary in relation to zooms. Sigma made waves in 2015 when it launched the 24-35mm f/2 lens since that already felt like three prime lenses in a single, however Nikon appears to be like as if it plans to prime even that distinctive effort by making a quicker zoom lens — and doing it twice.

Panasonic and Leica have labored collectively to make two very spectacular f/1.7 zoom lenses within the 10-25mm f/1.7 and the 25-50mm f/1.7, however each of these optics are for the Micro 4 Thirds system which implies the businesses might compress the dimensions of the optics required for a sensor that small. Based mostly on Nikon’s patent, it’s anticipated that its two f/1.2 lenses could be at the least for APS-C if not for full-frame, which each would require a lot bigger parts not solely as a result of Nikon’s lenses could be quicker but in addition as a result of the sensor sizes they would wish to work with are bigger.

Whereas these patents are thrilling, they don’t essentially imply Nikon will act on the designs. So much can go incorrect between the patent and manufacturing stage, and Nikon could discover that these lenses are both too difficult or too pricey to make at scale. To place these doable issues into perspective, in 2012 Leica designed a 28-75mm f/3.5-5.6 lens that proved too troublesome to fabricate because of the complexities of the mechanical and optical design, and the corporate canceled the mission in 2015. One of many three examples of this lens that Leica ever made offered for $290,000 in December of 2020.

Nonetheless, if Nikon does handle to beat any points, these lenses would doubtless be thought of a number of the most spectacular zooms ever made.


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