Over the years there have been many occasions where a Nikon camera owner had their lens stolen, and then found its way onto an online auction site. This highlights just how behind cameras are when it comes to security features, unlike smartphones.
However, things could be about to change if we are to take a recent Nikon patent seriously, as there could soon be a Nikon lens security crackdown, but as you would imagine there has been a mixed reaction to this news already. The patent would mean the user would need to enter an authentication code so the body and lens were able to function with each other.
If we are to read this patent right, you would need to set a password up, so if your lens were stolen it would not be able to be used with another camera. We can clearly see why Nikon would want to do such a thing, but it can also raise issues as well.
There is a concern that this could put an end to third-party lenses such as Sigma, as they may not have the ability to use the rumored security feature. There will be some of you who would say this was the reason why Nikon was going to introduce such a feature, but surely this is not the case?
Nikon could give you the option to turn the security feature off, just as you can with your smartphone. Nikon Rumors said they are surprised another camera manufacturer has not come up with this feature before, so shows that it’s needed. Their readers have a mixed reaction on this patent, with some people saying this could be another thing to go wrong. While another reader believes Nikon should resolve the D600 and D800 issues before they think about these crazy ideas.
Where do you stand on this Nikon lens patent?