It’s just a matter of time until Canon and Nikon come to their senses and actually compete in the mirrorless space with a full frame option. If a new patent is to be taken seriously, it appears that Nikon could be well on their way to answering Sony’s A7 series.
According to a new report over on Nikon Rumors, they have uncovered a new patent in Japan for a 28-80mm f/3.5-5.6 VR full frame mirrorless lens. Now, there would be absolutely no reason for Nikon to be working on patents for such lenses, unless they were also working on a body to go along with them. That, or they are going to start making Sony FE lenses, but I think we all know the more likely of the two scenarios is that they are making their own.
Just to be clear, there is no patent for a camera, not one discovered yet anyhow. So, there is no way of knowing how soon Nikon may come to market with a full frame FX offering. But as I mentioned above, if they are working on the lenses, then they have to be working on a body as well or it makes no sense to work on lenses. That is where we are today. It’s just a guessing game at this point, but it looks promising.
Nikon is at the very least looking into an FX mirrorless system, when or if they decide to move forward with it is still the big question.
What are your thoughts on this new patent? Do you agree that this points to Nikon at least toying with an FX mirrorless body? Leave a comment below and let us know what you think!