Nikon patents two f/1.2 zoom lenses!!!

Nikon f/1.2 zoom lenses
The theoretical 50-70mm f/1.2 lens for Nikon Z (Image credit: Nikon via Mirrorless Rumors)

Camera companies are fond of patenting new technologies all the time – some happen, some don’t. All the same, looking at what’s being patented can be a good way of getting an idea of what the future of imaging tech might look like, and this latest patent from Nikon is very exciting indeed.

If they come to fruition, these could be two of the best Nikon Z lenses we've ever seen: the manufacturer has just taken out a patent for two f/1.2 zoom optics! And while it’s only at the theoretical stage, as spotted by the good people at (as spotted by Mirrorless Rumors), they could represent a real feather in the cap for the mirrorless Z system. 

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Jon Stapley

Jon spent years at IPC Media writing features, news, reviews and other photography content for publications such as Amateur Photographer and What Digital Camera in both print and digital form. With his additional experience for outlets like Photomonitor, this makes Jon one of our go-to specialists when it comes to all aspects of photography, from cameras and action cameras to lenses and memory cards, flash diffusers and triggers, batteries and memory cards, selfie sticks and gimbals, and much more besides.  

An NCTJ-qualified journalist, he has also contributed to Shortlist, The Skinny, ThreeWeeks Edinburgh, The Guardian, Trusted Reviews, CreativeBLOQ, and probably quite a few others I’ve forgotten.