Nikon last year, a patent was submitted for a 28-80mm f/3.5-5.6 VR lens for a fullframe-camera system, according to a message on the Japanese site Egami. Currently Nikon has no such camera.
The patent shows a three lensontwerpen for a 28-80mm f3.5-5.6 lens with VR image stabilization. Probably going to be a kit lens for a possible upcoming full-frame-camera system. Nikon, in the nineties, however, a 28-80 f/3.5-5.6 D lens, but that has been for quite some time no longer on the market. The patent was on 31 may 2013 filed and on 15 december of this year released.
Currently Sony is the only camera manufacturer that fullframe-system cameras has been released, in the form of the A7 (II), A7R and A7S. Thanks to the lack of a mirror is the distance between the sensor and the lens is shorter, allowing a more compact-camera-lens-combination is created.
Nikon’s current camera, the Nikon 1-series, is built around a relatively small 1″sensor. A camera with a more common aps-c sensor is missing, although such a sensor is used in the Coolpix A. can the lens, however, not interchangeable and it also can’t zoom.
Although manufacturers often patent applications for products that never appear, it may be an indication that Nikon is considering a new type of camera to bring. This will then have to compete with the Sony A7 series.