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Apple three-sensor technology patented for smartphones

Apple may release an iPhone with improved low-light and color reproduction capabilities in the future. A new patent has showed up at the USPTO, describing an Apple three-sensor technology that consists of a light splitter transmitting light to a sensor consisting of three pixel layers, one for each color of the RGB space.

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Ricoh 16.4-500mm f/4-6.7 lens with DO element patented

Ricoh has patented one of the most interesting lenses of recent times. The optic in question consists of a Ricoh 16.4-500mm f/4-6.7 lens, which comes packed with a built-in diffractive optics element and a 2x extender. The latter is capable of providing a staggering 35mm focal length equivalent of 5600mm.

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

Nikon may soon provide a new kit lens for its entry-level DSLRs with APS-C sensors. The company has patented the Nikon 16-55mm f/3.5-5.6 VR lens in its home country, an optic which has been designed for DX-format DSLRs. The new version is 2mm wider than the existing model and it could be launched sometime in the future.

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Canon PowerShot SX70 could feature 100x optical zoom lens

Canon has just patented a lens with an extended zoom range of 100x. The rumor mill has chimed in the discussion, hinting that the optic could be designed for the PowerShot SX60 HS’ successor. As a result, the Canon PowerShot SX70 is now rumored to employ a 100x optical zoom lens, when it becomes available in 2015 or 2016.

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Canon CN-E 12-32mm T3.5 LS lens patented for Super 35mm cameras

Canon has patented a couple of new lenses in the company’s home country. The products in question are two optics designed for Super 35mm image sensors. The Canon CN-E 12-32mm T3.5 LS lens could be released in the future for the company’s camcorders alongside the CN-E 15.5-47mm T2.8 LS lens.

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Nikon 3mm f/2.8 fisheye lens patented for mirrorless cameras

Nikon has patented a couple of products in its home country. One of them consists of a speed booster, which can be mounted between a camera and a lens in order to widen the focal length and increase the aperture. The other one consists of a Nikon 3mm f/2.8 fisheye lens, which has been designed for 1-series mirrorless cameras.

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Pentax 18mm f/2.8 Macro lens patented for mirrorless cameras

After updating the roadmaps for all Pentax-branded lens mounts at CP+ 2015, Ricoh has patented a new lens, which could describe one of the models found in one of the roadmaps. The Pentax 18mm f/2.8 Macro lens has been patented and it describes an optic made for Q-mount mirrorless cameras with 1/1.7-inch-type sensors.

Canon EF 300mm f/4L IS USM lens

New Canon 300mm f/4 IS lens is in the works

Canon could be on the verge of announcing a few more lenses in the near future. The company has just patented three new models in Japan, all bearing an updated refractive index distribution element. Among them, we can find a new Canon 300mm f/4 IS lens, which could replace the current model that is more than 10 years old.

Tamron 16-300mm f/3.5-6.3

Tamron 28-320mm f/3.5-6.3 Di III VC lens patent discovered in Japan

Tamron has just patented its sixth lens this year. After patenting some models for mirrorless cameras with APS-C and 1-inch-type image sensors, the Japan-based company has patented an optic designed for full frame mirrorless cameras. The Tamron 28-320mm f/3.5-6.3 DI III VC lens is its name and it could be on its way soon.

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Nikon 24-70mm f/2.8 PF VR lens patent revealed

Nikon is rumored to announce a new lens based on Phase Fresnel design. A Nikon 24-70mm f/2.8 PF VR lens patent has been unearthed at the US Patent and Trademark Office. It describes a lens with built-in Vibration Reduction technology, which might be released at the end of 2015, the rumor mill has revealed.

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Optional Canon image stabilization for lenses patented in Japan

Canon has patented an interesting accessory in its home country, Japan. An optional Canon image stabilization system is apparently in the works. The patent application says that it can be added into a lens, but it would not alter the lens’ focal length or aperture value, while some suspect that it could revolutionize the industry.

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New patent hints at Canon mirrorless camera with built-in EVF

Canon may be working on a new mirrorless camera, which would come packed with a sought-after feature: electronic viewfinder. One of the company’s patents is describing a Phase-Difference AF technology that would be used in Canon mirrorless camera with built-in EVF and in a Sony-like DSLR with translucent mirror.

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Canon 5Ds’ 53-megapixel sensor will be made by Sony

The rumor mill is once again stating that Sony will be the maker of the sensor found in Canon’s high-resolution DSLR cameras. It is said that a patent exchange between the two companies will lead to the Canon 5Ds shooters employing a Sony-made 53-megapixel sensor with Exmor technology.

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Nikon 9-30mm f/1.8-2.8 lens patented for mirrorless cameras

Nikon has patented a new lens for its CX-mount mirrorless cameras with 1-inch-type image sensors. Curious minds have discovered a Nikon 9-30mm f/1.8-2.8 lens patent in Japan. The product consists of a standard zoom lens with a bright aperture, which would be useful for taking photos in low-light conditions.

Tamron 70-200mm f/2.8 lens

Tamron 70-200mm f/4 Di III VC lens patent revealed

After patenting a couple of optics for mirrorless cameras, Tamron has patented two more units for such interchangeable lens shooters. The Tamron 70-200mm f/4 Di III VC lens is aimed at APS-C-sized cameras, while the Tamron 9-135mm f/3.5-5.6 Di III lens has been designed for cameras with 1-inch-type image sensors.

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Canon CN-E 35-260mm f/2.8 LS soft focus lens patented

Tamron may be stealing the show with all of its patents describing lenses for mirrorless cameras, but other digital imaging companies are patenting products as well. The latest discovery comes from Japan, as usual, and it is describing Canon CN-E 35-260mm f/2.8 LS soft focus lens, which was designed for Super 35mm cameras.

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Tamron 18-105mm f/4-5.6 Di III VC lens patented for mirrorless cameras

Tamron has patented yet another all-round zoom lens for mirrorless cameras with APS-C-sized sensors. The brand new Tamron 18-105mm f/4-5.6 Di III VC lens patent has been discovered in Japan, just like the one for the 14-300mm f/3.5-6.3 Di III VC lens. However, it is likely that only one version will actually make it to the market.

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Apple action camera patent granted by the USPTO

The US Patent and Trademark Office has just granted a patent for an Apple action camera, causing the GoPro stock price to plunge. The iPhone maker is now rumored to enter the action cam industry with a versatile waterproof camera, which can be mounted on all types of objects and surfaces.

Tamron 16-300mm f/3.5-6.3

Tamron 14-300mm f/3.5-6.3 VC lens patented for APS-C cameras

After releasing the impressive 16-300mm f/3.5-6.3 Di II VC PZD lens, Tamron will continue to amaze the mass of photographers with another amazing optic. The company has just patented the Tamron 14-300mm f/3.5-6.3 VC lens, which has been designed to work with cameras featuring APS-C-sized image sensors.

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Innovative Nikon modular lens system patented in Japan

Nikon may be following into Sony’s footsteps and could be on its way to revolutionize the digital imaging industry. According to a Japanese source, a Nikon modular lens system has just been patented. This innovative system would allow photographers to interchange parts of their lenses after their own liking.

Nikon 28-80mm f/3.5-5.6D lens

Nikon lens patent for full frame mirrorless cameras revealed

A Nikon lens patent for full frame mirrorless cameras has been leaked on the web. The patent is describing a 28-80mm f/3.5-5.6 VR zoom lens designed for professional mirrorless cameras, which could mean that the company’s reps were really meaning it when they said that a Nikon professional FF MILC could become a reality.


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