Nikon 16-55mm f/3.5-5.6 VR lens patented for DX DSLRs

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Nikon 16-55mm f/3.5-5.6 VR lens patented for DX DSLRs

Nikon has patented a 16-55mm f/3.5-5.6 VR lens for DSLR cameras with APS-C sensors, hinting that the company may choose to offer wider focal lengths in its famous kit lens.

For years and years, Nikon has offered an 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 lens in a bundle alongside cameras in the D3000 and D5000 series. This is an inexpensive optic with wide-angle to telephoto capabilities, which is considered a great starter’s kit for beginner photographers looking to familiarize themselves with the art of photography.

However, things could change in the near future, as Nikon has just patent a different model that could replace the existing one. The patent in question is describing a Nikon 16-55mm f/3.5-5.6 VR lens, which is 2mm wider than the model available on the market at this point.

Nikon 16-55mm f/3.5-5.6 VR patent
The internal design of the newly-patented Nikon 16-55mm f/3.5-5.6 VR lens.

Nikon patents wider 16-55mm f/3.5-5.6 kit lens for DX-format DSLRs

The Nikon 16-55mm f/3.5-5.6 VR lens patent is talking about a standard zoom lens designed for DSLR cameras with APS-C-sized image sensors. The product will offer a 35mm focal length equivalent of approximately 24-82.5mm and it will come packed with built-in Vibration Reduction technology.

While the image stabilization system is found in the current generation, the patented model is 2mm wider (or 3mm wider, when considering the crop factor). This may not seem like much, but the whole world rejoiced when Tamron announced the 16-300mm all-round zoom lens, which was wider by 2mm than the Nikon and Canon kits starting at 18mm.

Once you get more into photography, you will notice that those 2mm will make a huge difference in landscape, indoor, architecture, and even street photography types.

Nikon 16-55mm f/3.5-5.6 VR lens could be introduced alongside D3300 replacement

The patent description of the Nikon 16-55mm f/3.5-5.6 VR lens says that the product employs an inner-focusing mechanism, which means that the front element does not rotate when focusing. This is another important feature, as it would not alter the alignment of a polarizing filter or other accessories which are usually mounted on the front element.

The product would measure about 137mm in length, while its other measurements remain unknown for the time being.The Japan-based company filed for this patent on August 29, 2013 and the patent was approved on March 12, 2015.

This does not mean that the optic is coming soon, but it means that you should not be surprised if the D3400 or D3500 becomes official soon alongside a 16-55mm f/3.5-5.6 VR kit lens.

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