A few more images can be found here: http://outbackphoto.smugmug.com/DOPF...d-Test-Images/
A few more images can be found here: http://outbackphoto.smugmug.com/DOPF...d-Test-Images/
Last edited by ustein; 11th December 2011 at 13:57.
The good quality of my V1 images is really surprising me.
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>good quality of my V1 images is really surprising me.
I find the corners with the 10-30mm zoom a bit too soft.
We had this discussion WRT edge softness of the 10-30 already!
I can only reiterate that mine does not show any significant edge softness, so I am quite happy with that lens.
How do you like it overall.
If one would look for a "foolproof" camera for taking images of kids etc but still expecting decent IQ- how good is the AF and the metering etc if one puts all on auto? (I am looking for a camera for my wife and she doesnt like to think about f-stop/ISO and things like that)
if you (or your wife) looks for such a camera as you describe, IMHO the V1 (J1) is the perfect camera available today.
AF is fast down to decent light, absolutely not working in dark conditions, IQ is superb, for me even up to ISO3200 and the auto setting is really fool proof.
I sold meanwhile all my m43 gear and I am SO happy I made that switch to the V1. Was photographing an advent concert the other day and the results are stunning. Of course you have to adopt to the operation of the Nikon 1 system, but as soon as you have done that (mentally) it is a really capable system.
Also up till yesterday I was only using JPEG and the OOC JPEGs are even better what we are used from Olympus. So that might be another decision point for a camera for your wife.
But I warn you - you will get addicted yourself and there might be danger you even would prefer using it more than your S2
do you use the v1 ir the j1?
I would personally prefer the v1, but I am not even shure how often my wife uses the viewfinder.
Regarding the S2....lets compare: v1 better high ISO, faster AF, more sophisticated exp metering, smaller, lower price....for somereason I still prefer the S2 for some things-I dont remember why.
If Nikon launches a pro body (V1 with articulated screen and more buttons) plus an ultrawide lens, this might mean a change from m4/3 for me. I've seen nothing but goodness from this system so far. Very impressive.
But then, there's whatever Fuji comes up with... decisions, decisions.
I don't care what gear I have.
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I have the V1 and like the heavier body than the J1.
The extra weight helps me stabilize my shots.
The V1 ViewFinder is very good and can be used outdoors for Video when the LCD is nearly useless.
The other thing is that it shares my D7000 battery
I took a HD1080i Video at 60fps and after 1 hour it was not close to running out of juice.
The D5100 battery would be nearly empty and I expect the same from the J1.
However, the J1 is cheaper, lighter, and comes in multiple colors.
7 prototype lens may soon be available.
40mm f/2.8 Micro
60mm f/3.5 Micro
I believe the list is on Nikon Rumors and also several reviews.
There was even a picture of the lens in a group on one of them.
This sounds really great!
The bummer is on the specs of the F mount adapter. I was initially considering V1 + adapter as a long lens wildlife fast lens solution.
From Thom Hogan
First, AF-S lenses require that the camera be set to Single Servo autofocus (AF-S) and the only focus mode available is Single-point. This means that using F-mount lenses for sports, birds in flight, and other subjects where tracking focus might be important is going to be less useful than originally thought. Likewise, if you pick continuous shooting, focus is frozen at the position of the first shot in each burst. That's a pity, and makes the Nikon1+FT1 combination a lot less desirable.
I never really considered mounting any Nikkor F bajonet lenses to the V1 (or J1) - this is just not my way of shooting and combining systems. So I actually do not care about that.
But I understand that many others are looking for this and the full functionality - maybe we are lucky and see a FW update.
There is already a non-AF AfterMarket adapter available for under $100.
I can live with Single spot AF-S for stills, but want FullTime focus for Video.
I want to use the N1 adapter for my faster, wider lens and Video
unless something faster CX is released first.
I like the CX 18mm f/1.4 for indoor Video
And the CX 7-13 f/3.5-5.6 & 9-43 f/2.8-5.6 for Trips, Hikes, and Landscapes.
If the 9-43 is a "Power Zoom" I could also use it for Video.
I am surprised there is no Telephoto lens on the list?
I wonder if Nikon has a patent on one?
>I can only reiterate that mine does not show any significant edge softness, so I am quite happy with that lens.
Good to hear. Also full open?
Do you have the 30-110mm lens?
My loaner 10-30mm would second these results:
Are there some nice sample movies for the Nikon V1
Last edited by ustein; 15th December 2011 at 07:29.
Are there some nice sample movies for the Nikon V1[/QUOTE]
Lots on Vimeo
Just google V1 Videos
With the V1:
these shots are wonderful!
I see it was the 30-110? How do you like it?
How you like the V1 so far?
had the V1 only for 1 hour. But have it on oder.
I downloaded the picture to check the EXIF and it even looks better in ACDsee
Now, if Nikon will just release that 18mm f/1.4.
I guess the adapter will be in the stores next week, they already have them in Europe.
Our new home:
Biggest problem I see with the Power Zoom 10-110 is the 4.5-5.6 Aperture.
Wouldn't this make the lens useless in low light?
>Wouldn't this make the lens useless in low light?
Yes, but nice for outdoor documentary style.
Does anyone here have the 10mm pancake? I have tried the V1 in store and with the pancake I was very impressed. I was thinking I'd walk out with an E-P3 but the V1 really threw me. Now I'm thinking about things... Love the screen and viewfinder, the build quality and size. The only thing I don't like is the accessory shoe cover... Why, Nikon?!?!
I shoot almost exclusively on sheet film these days and just want a little camera for documenting everyday things with no fuss – so even manual operation is no issue for me. That's what I liked about the V1. It seemed to have a lot of power under the hood if I want it, but places emphasis on simple and intelligent auto and program mode operation.
I thought I only needed the 10-30 and 30-110 but bought the 10mm f/2.8 because it was on sale.
Glad I did, it is very sharp and somewhat better in low light too.
The thing I like most about the V1 is the FullTime AutoFocusing.
It is extremely fast and accurate even in very low light.
However this is not a really "low light" camera.
The High ISO limit is somewhere near 1600 for good pictures equal to around 3200 on a D5100 and 4800 ISO on a D3
Last edited by RRRoger; 19th December 2011 at 04:08.
Cool. I've just found out that I've been leant a camera test and take on a two month trip to Japan next month. Will post some photos when I have it in hand, hopefully next week.
I'm really looking forward to using this little combo, the V1 and pancake. I'm not even remotely interested in the zooms. I just want a compact, high quality digital Contax T3 type setup, which this seems to be. I was going to buy an E-P3 and 12mm f2 but although I really liked the combo, I just found the Nikon a better user experience. Hopefully the image quality proves to hold up! The video features are looking really exciting too!
>The High ISO limit is somewhere near 1600 for good pictures equal to around 3200 on a D5100 and 4800 ISO on a D3
Isn't that amazing for such a small sensor? A few years ago some small sensor cameras got bad at ISO 200 already.
And it makes me hope we might see much better high ISO performance in APS-C and FF cameras pretty soon, at maybe 20MP in DX and 30plusMP in FX.
Would actually need not more, as I recently found from MP numbers I am already pretty happy with the D7000 and IQ. So given a bit of stretch in DX and FX and I would be really happy!
Plus we could also expect that the 1-system sensor size will even get higher ISO capabilities and MP increase in the near future - combine this with some high speed primes which will also come and this is all we need!
It really is amazing. I compared shots between the E-P3 and V1 and at ISOs up to 1600 I couldn't tell them apart in print. If Nikon had of made the 10mm an f2.0 lens I would have been over the moon. As it stands, f2.8 is okay. Where I live, you can't buy an E-P3 with anything but the kit zoom and the primes are horrendously expensive. The V1 and J1 on the other hand can be bought with any of the lenses singularly or a combination of them. Combine this with the fact that the V1 has a built in EVF and it's a pretty compelling product. I hope other consumers stop being hung up over the sensor size and give these little cameras a go because I think Nikon have a great product here.
So I finally made it to the camera shop and held/shot (albeit on a limited basis) with "the 1". I've heard so much about the AF, I wanted to see it for myself. I handled both the v1 and the j1. A couple of impressions.
1). Honestly, after all the hype, I was disappointed with the AF. I didn't think it was that much faster than the NEX (my frame of reference). I was doing some goofy things with it seeing how fast it would lock (panning back and forth across the store, putting my palm over the lens, etc.) It could have been that it was "dark" (normal store lighting" and was using CDAF and not the PDAF. Color me unimpressed.
2). It felt "heavy". The specs say that the v1 is about 30 grams heavier (10%) that the 5(n). That 10% made a difference in my hand. That surprised me. I mean it's not a huge difference, but it felt like it. (The first words out of my mouth when I picked it up were "Gosh, it's heavy".)
3). I really missed the tilt-able view finder of the NEX.
4). Both the v1/j1 felt "plasticky" to me. I've heard alot about the build quality, and I guess it's good(?). But I felt that if I owned the camera for any significant amount of time, the body would get scratched all to crap.
5). One of the "worst" things about the camera, and something that I've heard nobody talk about at all, is that the zoom lens is stored in a retracted mode. To take pics, you have to push a button and open it up. Not only does this take time, but it also erases most most the size advantage of those lenses vs Sony's e-mount lenses. This bit really surprised me.
6). Upon observation, the kit lenses takes a 40.5mm filter. To me this is a disadvantage as it seems the most common small size is 49mm. 40.5mm while easy to find on the web, aren't easy to find in local retail stores....
Most of the other stuff has been hashed over in the online reviews. This was stuff that I noticed that I hadn't seen posted anywhere...
On #5: This is also an alternate way to turn the camera on, so to calculate the time lost you have to subtract the time it would take to hit an on button. In reality, once you've done this a half dozen time it doesn't take any longer than hitting an on switch. We're talking about fractions of a second here. Granted, it is different and you do have to learn the move.
so if you just want to justify that you do not like the V1 / J1 above the NEX then it is fine!
Also I must say I that your observations are purely subjective - I had the NEX, I had the PEN and I highly prefer the V1 above all. I am not happy with all of what the V1 brings, but NONE of the points you list I can consider as valid - sorry.
So what should your review help here at all?
Second, I'm entitled to my OPINION just are you are entitled to your OPINION. Just because you don't like my OPINION doesn't make it wrong. It's still valid TO ME, and that's the only person it has to matter to.
Third, did I say anything that was untrue? No. Everything I pointed out were my impressions of the camera based on my own personal point of view from my own mental checklist. So the fact that YOU think they are invalid makes ZERO amount of difference TO ME. However, some people may or may not have similar concerns, wants, needs as desires as I do, and I thought that I would share (they might not be able to see one of these locally). Last time I checked, I still had that right. There are hundreds of reviews out there on all sorts of products. What makes those any more or less valid that what I wrote above. Nothing, they are also OPINION.
Enjoy your camera. Realize there are alternative views. Don't beat people up for having them.
Edit: My only point in referring to the NEX is it was what I was familiar with. It's also a direct competitor so it's a valid comparison.
There is nothing wrong with supplying a personal opinion. Not everyone is going to agree with each other's opinion and that is why we have a discussion forum.
Almost every post on the forums is based on personal opinion and there is nothing in Lonnie's post that would lead a reader to believe otherwise.
By the way I have the NEX-5N with EVF and 18-200mm zoom, sio I know your reference.
>2). It felt "heavy". The specs say that the v1 is about 30 grams heavier (10%) that the 5(n). That 10% made a difference in my hand. That surprised me. I mean it's not a huge difference, but it felt like it. (The first words out of my mouth when I picked it up were "Gosh, it's heavy".)
I love this bit more of weight. makes it more stabil.
>3). I really missed the tilt-able view finder of the NEX.
yes, me too.
>4). Both the v1/j1 felt "plasticky" to me. I've heard alot about the build quality, and I guess it's good(?). But I felt that if I owned the camera for any significant amount of time, the body would get scratched all to crap.
Feels ok to me.
>5). One of the "worst" things about the camera, and something that I've heard nobody talk about at all, is that the zoom lens is stored in a retracted mode. To take pics, you have to push a button and open it up. Not only does this take time, but it also erases most most the size advantage of those lenses vs Sony's e-mount lenses. This bit really surprised me.
Especially with the 30-110mm zoom (use it 98% of the time) it makes it better to store. and if I photograph I have it extended anyway. The wake-up time is slow but so is the NEX-5N.
>6). Upon observation, the kit lenses takes a 40.5mm filter. To me this is a disadvantage as it seems the most common small size is 49mm. 40.5mm while easy to find on the web, aren't easy to find in local retail stores....
Small (compare the 30-110mm to the Sony 18-200mm in size and weight) means small filters and as you said you can get it if you want.
You said you are done, right? Not sure you judge a forum by one member? Your points are all well taken but I may have a different view.
One thing is certain: Using the V1 is a lot of fun and I own more cameras than I would like to have (part of my business).
to be fair, I would like to remind you that while I was sharing personal opinions I got the comment back from you that I should be careful because others could feel offended - this happened back some months ago.
So I do hope that there are no different rules for different participants here - right?
I personally appreciate to be able to share personal opinions and usually do not feel offended. But in the post we refer to here I must say it was even above my level of what I like to accept - too personal and thus not helpful and rather misleading. This was the reason I was answering at all!