The folks over at Nikon Rumors got an anonymous tip from what sounds like somebody that works for a composites manufacturing company.
“I work at *** in *** specializing in aerospace materials. I can’t give too many details but for the last few months we have been working on a carbon fibre body for a Nikon pro-level DSLR. We are specifically looking at the manufacture of a resin-infused 3D woven CFRP body as well as fatigue testing of some CFRP components. From what I can tell, it would be a full size (D1, D2, D3 sized SLR). The benefit being increased stiffness and a slight reduction in mass.”
The body of current high-end SLR’s typically use magnesium alloy, so this would be an interesting transition. We’ll be closely watching for any updates, but if you happen to know of anything be sure to let us know in the comments or shoot us an e-mail.