Just For Fun: Assumption about the “Z” mount name origins.

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MIC37 Contributing Member • Posts: 693
Just For Fun: Assumption about the “Z” mount name origins.
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I was trying to find a logical explanation for the use of the letter “Z” as the mount name.

Looks like the letter “Z” is “N” rotated 90° clockwise.

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That’s cute! I just assumed it was because it hadn’t been used before. I’m sure at some point when Nikon had the F, Sony had had the E, and Canon was using EF all at the same time someone realized that maybe a new letter would be better than E, F, or a combination of those 2. Z is futuristic (like Gen Z, etc).

Can you imagine being in a focus group about which letter to use for a camera mount name?

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Re: Just For Fun: Assumption about the “Z” mount name origins.

MIC37 wrote:

I was trying to find a logical explanation for the use of the letter “Z” as the mount name.

Looks like the letter “Z” is “N” rotated 90° clockwise.

If you think there's actually something to it... what's the explanation for the letter F for the mount name?  How about S for the rangefinder cameras?

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Edward_Thomas
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Sony was "A"

So Nikon picked "Z"

(Which is pronounced "Zee." You don't say "Ped" for "P," right? )

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Edward_Thomas wrote:

So Nikon picked "Z"

(Which is pronounced "Zee." You don't say "Ped" for "P," right? )

I don't know.  Have people started using "Dead" for D?  

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Re: Sony was "A"

michaeladawson wrote:

Edward_Thomas wrote:

So Nikon picked "Z"

(Which is pronounced "Zee." You don't say "Ped" for "P," right? )

I don't know. Have people started using "Dead" for D?

Exactly!

Stan Disbrow Veteran Member • Posts: 5,773
Re: Just For Fun: Assumption about the “Z” mount name origins.

Hi,

I was thinking the same thing. I always figured then letters came from translated Japanese using the first letter of the English equivalent word.

Like Type K for the second series of F mount lenses.

Stan

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Stan Disbrow Veteran Member • Posts: 5,773
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Hi,

Zed is an older phonetic for the letter Z. We could update that and use Zebra. That's what I call it.

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Hi,

The older phonetic for D was Dog. Delta is what's current.

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Re: Just For Fun: Assumption about the “Z” mount name origins.
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MIC37 wrote:

I was trying to find a logical explanation for the use of the letter “Z” as the mount name.

Looks like the letter “Z” is “N” rotated 90° clockwise.

Z is the last letter of the alphabet, and it could be seen as the last mount, as it has the shortest flange to sensor distance.

Alternatively it’s their way to get the English speaking world fighting with itself. Zee. Zed. Zee. Zed. Neeekon. Nikon. Nighkon. Neeekon Zee. Nikon Zed. Nighkon Zee.

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Z, zed as we Canadians pronounce it, is the last letter of the Latin alphabet. It might be a statement from Nikon that this is the last mount someone need in the 35mm format. It is so large and good that no other mount is needed for 35mm Nikons any more.

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michaeladawson Forum Pro • Posts: 16,535
Re: Sony was "A"

Stan Disbrow wrote:

Hi,

The older phonetic for D was Dog. Delta is what's current.

Stan

That is true Stan.  Perhaps, you may have missed my subtle dig at Nikon's DSLR product lineup.

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Edward_Thomas wrote:

So Nikon picked "Z"

(Which is pronounced "Zee." You don't say "Ped" for "P," right? )

Or instead of being insular, you could consider most of the rest of the world may have an alternative view?

http://www.todayifoundout.com/index.php/2012/10/why-do-the-british-pronounce-z-as-zed/

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JohnNewman wrote:

Edward_Thomas wrote:

So Nikon picked "Z"

(Which is pronounced "Zee." You don't say "Ped" for "P," right? )

Or instead of being insular, you could consider most of the rest of the world may have an alternative view?

http://www.todayifoundout.com/index.php/2012/10/why-do-the-british-pronounce-z-as-zed/

Good find. Being Australian, we use Zed as well and find it nicer than Zee, which sounds farcical for a camera name, IMO.

The letters B = Bee, C = Cee, D = Dee etc mean to me that there is a lead on to the next letter coming after that particular letter. Zed at the end of the alphabet indicates the end of the alphabet.

As for why Nikon used it? Like another poster suggested, it is the end of the line for the mount, the last and final mount, the best mount. Although, I do like the idea of the "N" being turned 90 degrees clockwise and becoming "Z"

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Re: Sony was "A"

Lance B wrote:

JohnNewman wrote:

Edward_Thomas wrote:

So Nikon picked "Z"

(Which is pronounced "Zee." You don't say "Ped" for "P," right? )

Or instead of being insular, you could consider most of the rest of the world may have an alternative view?

http://www.todayifoundout.com/index.php/2012/10/why-do-the-british-pronounce-z-as-zed/

Good find. Being Australian, we use Zed as well and find it nicer than Zee, which sounds farcical for a camera name, IMO.

The letters B = Bee, C = Cee, D = Dee etc mean to me that there is a lead on to the next letter coming after that particular letter. Zed at the end of the alphabet indicates the end of the alphabet.

As for why Nikon used it? Like another poster suggested, it is the end of the line for the mount, the last and final mount, the best mount. Although, I do like the idea of the "N" being turned 90 degrees clockwise and becoming "Z"

I prefer not think of the Z mount as indicating that Nikon has keeled over onto its side, and expired. Maybe that’s just me.

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Z6User wrote:

I prefer not think of the Z mount as indicating that Nikon has keeled over onto its side, and expired. Maybe that’s just me.

I had the same thought but didn't post.

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MIC37 wrote:

I was trying to find a logical explanation for the use of the letter “Z” as the mount name.

Looks like the letter “Z” is “N” rotated 90° clockwise.

"We can get a volume discount on the 'N's we use for 'Nikon'.. We just turn half of them 90 degrees and voila - instant cost savings! We'll be back in the black in no time!"

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JohnNewman wrote:

Edward_Thomas wrote:

So Nikon picked "Z"

(Which is pronounced "Zee." You don't say "Ped" for "P," right? )

Or instead of being insular, you could consider most of the rest of the world may have an alternative view?

http://www.todayifoundout.com/index.php/2012/10/why-do-the-british-pronounce-z-as-zed/

Not really a big fan of globalism... Now if I could get a half decent croissant in NE Oregon I might change my mind. But until then the rest of the world is unimportant, worthless and just wrong: it's "Zee."

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Z6User wrote:

Lance B wrote:

JohnNewman wrote:

Edward_Thomas wrote:

So Nikon picked "Z"

(Which is pronounced "Zee." You don't say "Ped" for "P," right? )

Or instead of being insular, you could consider most of the rest of the world may have an alternative view?

http://www.todayifoundout.com/index.php/2012/10/why-do-the-british-pronounce-z-as-zed/

Good find. Being Australian, we use Zed as well and find it nicer than Zee, which sounds farcical for a camera name, IMO.

The letters B = Bee, C = Cee, D = Dee etc mean to me that there is a lead on to the next letter coming after that particular letter. Zed at the end of the alphabet indicates the end of the alphabet.

As for why Nikon used it? Like another poster suggested, it is the end of the line for the mount, the last and final mount, the best mount. Although, I do like the idea of the "N" being turned 90 degrees clockwise and becoming "Z"

I prefer not think of the Z mount as indicating that Nikon has keeled over onto its side, and expired. Maybe that’s just me.

Nah, it's the last brand you'll try and the one you'll stick with so it's the last camera system you'll need...

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Edward_Thomas wrote:

So Nikon picked "Z"

(Which is pronounced "Zee." You don't say "Ped" for "P," right? )

That could be a language thing. When kids learn the alphabet, they are taught "Zee" in English, but "Zed" in others, including my own Dutch.

Nobody likes to be told the way they should pronounce letters when talking or thinking in their own language. So depending  language, the "Zed" is adopted or ignored.

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