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Possible new medium-format digital for Nikon

Possible new medium-format digital for Nikon - Two sensor types are not enough for Nikon as rumours suggest a third format is on the way.

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Possible new medium-format digital for Nikon A picture taken on a mobile phone and a man, who wishes to remain anonymous have both suggested that Nikon are working on a new format.

The picture on the right, which was sent to NikonRumors shows a list of image sensors and underneath them the image size in pixels. The FX and DX sensors are already well known but at the top of the list is a sensor called MX and the sizes suggests it will have an image size of 40.7Mp.

If these rumours are true it means photographs taken with the camera should be bigger, have more detail and less noise.

Nikon watch received information from a man who said Nikon's new rangefinder will have a sensor that will be 48mmx48mm and may even be backward compatible with DX and FX lenses via a mount adaptor. However, ePHOTOzine think that Nikon will have to make a new range of lenses for this format because of the size of the frame. Nikon have previously worked with Bronica to produce lenses for their medium format cameras so could this mean a revival or will Nikon create a completely new design?

The site also suggested that when shooting in FX mode you will not have to rotate the camera when taking a portrait shot as the sensor will do this and you will also be able to shoot at the full square resolution.

Keep checking ePHOTOzine for further developments.

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csurry 12 9.2k 92
5 Sep 2008 12:36PM
So long as thay make a body compatible with GS-1 lenses Smile

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Pete e2
13 18.4k 96 England
5 Sep 2008 12:41PM
Exciting news indeed.
I remember the early Bronica S camera had Nikkor lenses. That was 6x6cm format so the newer 4.8cm digital format would not need quite such a size lens so maybe we will see a totally new format lens.

The sketchy details so far suggest that the Nikon Full frame lenses will work but If I'm not mistaken they would be right on the edge of the lens' image circle if you did decide to shoot full frame square photos.

Maybe the new internal processing software will have automatic optical correction built in to cope with distortion and uneven exposure. This can be done quite effectively in RAW processing programs.

It's stated that it may be a rangefinder, similar to the Mamiya 6 (6x6cm) camera. If so and with a smaller format this could be one very practical camera for wedding and landscape shooters alike. We will keep you informed.
mattw 10 5.2k 10 United Kingdom
5 Sep 2008 2:09PM
interesting. Nikon reacting to the rumours of a medium format Canon DSLR?
User_Removed 10 17.9k 8 Norway
6 Sep 2008 10:43AM

Quote: Nikon reacting to the rumours of a medium format Canon DSLR?

Come on Pentax - a Digital 6x7 please. (I loved my film one...)
I'd really like to see a Nikon digital rangefinder, a medium or 35mm inspired one both are fine with me. It would force Leica who now dominate this market with the revolutionary but technically not unproblematic M8 to keep on improving their technology and I hope that it will even open up the market for a digital Zeiss Ikon, which is the one I'd like to have, simply because of my fondness of Zeiss lenses. But I'd be seriously tempted by a Mamiya 6 inspired digital Nikon as well. Nikon prime lenses are not exactly second rate, now are they? And they will not be more expensive than the fair prices Zeiss demands for their quality and most definitely cheaper than the prices for Leica's second to none lenses. Huge threat for Leica this, which is worrying, but good for the market nonetheless Smile.

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