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

Posted On: Nov 30, 2021   |   Posted By: Peta Pixel

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

Two Nikon patents have surfaced that show the company has designed two large-aperture zoom lenses presumably for its mirrorless Z-mount camera system: a 35-50mm f/1.2 and a 50-70mm f/1.2.
Originally found by Asibonet , the two patents describe a variable zoom lens system that is capable of maintaining a wide-open f/1.2 zoom over the full range and together would provide a photographer the ability to shoot between 35mm and 70mm with incredible light-gathering capability and low depth of field. Nikon currently manufactures 25 Z-mount lenses of which only one is an f/1.2: the Nikkor 50mm f/1.2 prime lens. This isn't the fastest lens the company has made for the system, as Nikon of course also has the 58mm f/0.95 Noct as well.
35-50mm f/1.2
The internal optics that are shown as part of the patent application look large and complicated, which makes sense. In order to maintain that wide aperture through a zoom range, these lenses will very likely be large, heavy, and...

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