4/3rds System, where Nikon would have gone?

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Mieka New Member • Posts: 24
4/3rds System, where Nikon would have gone?

In this month's Asahi camera magazine, an article was published on Nikon's QV-1000c digital SLR. This DSLR was designed from scratch by Nikon and is not compatible with their F-mount.

The amazing thing about this camera is that it looks alot like the Olympus E-1. I think a system similar to 4/3rds is something that Nikon would have gone forward with as well if they were not tied to legacy Nikon F-Mount lenses.

Note the design of the camera body which is very similar to the Olympus E-1, it looks almost like an Olympus E-1 prototype. The lens mount is very similar to the 4/3rds system in terms of the design; the ratio of mount to the imager size, the position of the electronic interface is similar to Olympus and different from the traditional Nikon design.

Another interesting thing, if I am not wrong, Nikon appears to have designed the world's first F2 SLR zoom lens the Nikon QV-mount 11-120mm F2 ED Lens and the worlds first F1.4 SLR lens, the

QV-mount 10-40mm F1.4 zoom lens. The lenses appear to be of a telecentric design. It seems that the Nikon system is adopting similar ideas to the 4/3rds system.

I think that if manufacturers did not have to support legacy film lenses,, The Olympus 4/3rds design principles would be somehting that was adopted by all the other manufacturers as well.

I've linked to images from the following pages, more info can be read here.
http://akiroom.com/redbook-e/kenkyukai05b/kenkyukai200508.html
http://www.nikonweb.com/paris2005/
http://www.nikon.co.jp/main/eng/portfolio/about/history/cousins/cousins16_e.htm

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