While Nikon has full frame DSLR cameras, what they are missing are full frame mirrorless cameras. This is an area in which Sony has excelled in, at least based on reviews of Sony’s full frame mirrorless cameras, so we can’t say that it is a stretch of the imagination to think that Nikon might want to start fighting back.
That being said, the folks at Nikon Rumors have recently come across a patent filed by Nikon for a full frame mirrorless lens in the form of the 28-80mm f3.5-5.6 VR in Japan. So what does this mean? Well we can only assume that a full frame mirrorless lens would be meant for a full frame mirrorless camera, otherwise what else could it be used for?
However we should note that this is only a patent and companies do file for patents every now and then to protect their interests and potential ideas. There’s no indication that this is a lens that Nikon plans on making a reality, and there has not been any indication that a full frame mirrorless camera from Nikon is in the works either.
At the same time we can’t say we’re opposed to the idea. Nikon’s mirrorless efforts have been slightly lackluster, at least compared to other companies like Sony, so for the company to make a push into full frame mirrorless cameras would be interesting to see, but what do you guys think?