Nikon Micro!

Started Oct 28, 2009 | Discussions thread
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Paul Rahoi
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Nikon Micro!
Oct 28, 2009

Recent Nikon patents for at least 5 (FIVE) new lenses having 17mm image diagonal indicates that Nikon will be soon joining the "Micro System" competition, and their system will be moderately smaller than u4/3, but still significantly larger than point-n-shoot. For those of you who ignore/detest "rumor" sites-- you can click on the "official" US Patent links supplied in the following URL.

http://nikonrumors.com/2009/10/16/its-a-nikon-patents-friday-nikon-mirrorless-interchangeable-lens-camera.aspx

A 17mm image diagonal is about 3/4 the size of u4/3 (which has a 21.6mm image diagonal), and has a multiplication factor of 2.5 to get 35mm equivalent. See table near bottom:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sensor_sizes

This is slightly larger than what I was asking for in an LX4, but the difference is that this camera would not have a retractable lens (which I would have preferred) but rather interchangable lenses. But I guess someone was listening-- or at least thinking along the same lines as I was 4 months ago:

http://forums.dpreview.com/forums/readflat.asp?forum=1033&message=32051973

New Nikon lenses, in 35mm equivalent terms:

35mm 2.8
45mm 1.4
22-105mm 2.8-5.6 ( perfecto! )
26-270mm 2.8-5.9 (excellent!)
75-270mm 4.0-5.6

Expect announcements in 2010...
Smile, because competition is good for everyone...

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Paul.

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