Rumor Mill: New Nikon Mount Coming?|
Mike Pasini, The Imaging Resource
(Friday, June 13, 2003 - 11:33 EDT)
Is Nikon developing a larger lens mount to accommodate full-frame CCDs? One of Germany's biggest photo magazines seems to think so.
The latest Contaxinfo.com newsletter attributes Color Foto, published in Germany, as the source for news of a redesigned Nikon lens mount. The new mount, to be introduced later this year, will handle full-frame sensor chips and require larger glass (and more cash), too.
The text of the newsletter item follows:
Dear Contaxinfo.com members,
The surprise is perfect. According to one of the biggest German photo-magazines (Color Foto), Nikon will come out later this year with a newly designed lens mount.
This new lens mount will be bigger to be able to use also a fullsize chip appropriate. New lenses have to be designed too. They will be obviously bigger and heavier and according to Color Foto also significant more expensive :(
Reflecting this, Nikon seems to go the same direction as Contax did it already a couple of years ago with its new N-System.
Contax announced on the RG webpage the stop of the production of the ND. Although this is nothing special in the life cycle of digital cameras after 12 months on the market, it confused many costumers, since there was no further communication from Contax to them. Contax also refused to give hints/information about new Contax ND-models, but it is obvious, that there will new models in the future.
Time will tell whether the road of Nikon and Contax will be the right direction, or the efforts of Olympus with its new open 4/3rd system. News will be released from Olympus on June 24th.