While trying to decide if this system will work for me, I've been reading a few reviews from professional photographers. I wanted to share the links here, in case others are interested. Looking at what has been posted on various sites, it becomes clear that practically everybody who has actually used these new cameras is full of praise, and concerns are mostly raised by folks who don't own it (like me so far).
#2. "RE: Nikon 1 reviews" In response to Reply # 1
Bay Area, US
Haha, thank you! But really the last thing I'd recommend is that anybody follow my example and buy too much of Nikon stuff. Better to spend the time and money going out and shooting pictures. Do as I say, not as I do. Before long, I'll probably have a V1.
#9. "RE: Nikon 1 reviews" In response to Reply # 8
Mansurov's review is quite unique in that he is comparing the 1 sensor head to head with all the latest Mirrorless (m4/3, Nex), the Sony 24mp where the Nikon 1 beats it, and even the Nikon D3/D700 FX sensor. Throughout the Nikon 1 continues to account itself very well, even with people like Mansurov who were initially on the skeptic side of the fence.
BTW Thom Hogan now has some Nikon 1 first impressions up on his new site www.sansmirror.com
#11. "RE: Nikon 1 reviews" In response to Reply # 0
The consensus of the pro magazines so far testing it in the UK is resolution is quite a bit better than a good Coolpix, but not as good as a good DSLR with a pro lens. The CX lenses make it more flexible than a Coolpix and' when the adapter becomes available, far more flexible. Although nowhere near a Coolpix for compact size it is obviously a lot smaller and lighter than a D7000 with 18-200 as a "do it all" outfit. The new system has different attractions for different photographers. I was considering a P7100 - but guess the V1 with adapter and the potential for an FX 840mm f2.8 and lots of extra depth of field with my 300 f2.8 is going to be a wildlife still and video option I will not resist for long
Photography is a bit like archery. A technically better camera, lens or arrow may not hit the target as often as it could if the photographer or archer does not practice enough.
Although it does not fit my hand really well, it is very solid. Probably the excellent fast and accurate AF makes the most difference. This is the first "Pocket Camera" that I have been able to hand hold steady enough to get pictures consistently without blurs.
#15. "RE: Nikon 1 reviews" In response to Reply # 14
Rob Galbraith has once again clearly explained some facets of the Nikon 1 system that were unclear or not mentioned by others. He does a great job, thanks for the link!
My FT-1 is still on pre-order but am expecting a call from my local dealer any day now. I came close to cancelling my order when it became clear AF-C was not going to be an option. I do all of my photography using AF-C, and many of my intended uses for the FT-1 (AF-C with video, moving wildlife) are now out. So I was very disappointed. I have resolved to still get it and give AF-S a try for my intended uses (with exception own video, for which I'll need some kind of fast 1-Series lens instead to support autofocus during video).
#19. "RE: Jason Odell's Nikon 1 Reviews" In response to Reply # 18 Thu 16-Feb-12 10:53 PM by s5camera
Well I own a V1 with the 10mm Lens, I then bought the FT1 adapter so I could use my other Nikon lenses. I then bought the 10-100mm VR PD lens and enter a new world, It suddenly felt complete, great range, and still light to use. I took about 150 images and a very small time video but the battery at the end of the days shoot was down to 40% Niggles The dial for changing formats should have a stop button on it to prevent you moving the dial accidently, Flash Hot Shoe cover should be made so it cannot come off and get lost.
10 megapixels could have been higher
But a great little camera with some good results
My other camera is a D3x with lots of pro lenses but just lately its been left in the studio and out comes the V1, unless its serious work with large prints and big crops.
Love the crop factor of 2.7 compared to FX sensors
#22. "RE: Nikon 1 reviews" In response to Reply # 0
Well, here is a concern from someone who doesn't own a mirrorless camera! A co-worker asked for a recommendation on a fairly small, but high-end camera. I told him to look into the Nikon 1. He later said that he read an article that indicated mirrorless cameras are more prone to motion blur than DSLRs.
#23. "RE: Nikon 1 reviews" In response to Reply # 22
Monterey Bay, US
What makes a small camera prone to motion blur is the size and weight are hard to hold steady The V1 is the first "pocket" camera that I have been able to hand hold without getting many blurry pictures. The Sensor, Processor, and AutoFocus are very good and very fast.
#25. "RE: Nikon 1 reviews" In response to Reply # 23
>What makes a small camera prone to motion blur is the size >and weight are hard to hold steady >The V1 is the first "pocket" camera that I have been >able to hand hold without getting many blurry pictures.
#26. "RE: Nikon 1 reviews" In response to Reply # 0 Tue 24-Jul-12 03:21 PM by GilesW
As a D700 user I was looking for a compact camera with minimal shutter lag & RAW mode I could use with CNX-2. I was getting ready to buy a P7100 when I found this thread. Previously I had been put off the 1 series by price & adverse initial comments.
Thanks to this thread I am sold on the V1 in spite of its price, and have ordered a V1 + 10mm lens + FT1 adapter. I have also ordered a filter adapter for 52mm attachments, in particular a polarising filter and lens hood.
I like wide-angle effects, and love my 20mm f/4 AI Nikkor on my D700, and a Raynox DCR730 wide angle adapter (52mm thread) on my HD camcorder.
Does anyone know of a wide-angle adapter that works well with the 10mm lens?
#28. "RE: Nikon 1 reviews" In response to Reply # 22
>Well, here is a concern from someone who doesn't own a >mirrorless camera! A co-worker asked for a recommendation on a >fairly small, but high-end camera. I told him to look into the >Nikon 1. He later said that he read an article that indicated >mirrorless cameras are more prone to motion blur than DSLRs. > >Has anyone experienced this?
This is an example of why one should not believe anything from a single internet source - always check at least 3 sources to see if they encountered the same problem(s). Any time you find a single source with complaints about a product like the 1 System Nikon they probably either have an axe to grind or they were paid to say it (or they work for the competition ). You only have to look at Brad Hill's handheld shots, often with EFL over 400mm, to realize that the V1 is quite capable of producing sharp images under extreme conditions. http://www.naturalart.ca/artist/fieldtests/fieldtest_NikonV1.html
I've seen many reviews that contradict each other about specific features - in those cases I just try it out and use my own judgement. For example, some reviewers say the ability to take hi-resolution stills simultaneously with video is a useless feature, however its something I've been looking for for many years (just try doing a continuous video tracking a dancer on stage while shooting stills with a separate camera at the same time ). On the other hand the freely rotating mode dial is a problem reported by many reviewers and is a legitimate complaint
#29. "RE: Nikon 1 reviews" In response to Reply # 0
Thanks! I can't decide between a Nikon V1 or V2? I need serious help. I also thought about a Sony Cyber-shot® DSC-RX100 20 Megapixel Digital Camera which isn't a mirrorless one but I need something smaller than my d200 to tote in my purse. I work in Redmond WA where there are tons of nature trails by Lake Sammamish. So many lost photo opportunities trying to use my iphone5 as a camera.
#31. "RE: Nikon 1 reviews" In response to Reply # 30
Thanks for the battery tip. I plan on going to the camera store tomorrow to check both out. I'll keep ya posted!
>My main reason for not considering an upgrade from V1 to 2 is >the battery. >The V1 battery not only has more capacity, but all my other >cameras use the same one. > >You need to get "Hands On" both cameras if >possible. >If the other differences are worth the extra money, then go >for the latest technology.
#32. "RE: Nikon 1 reviews" In response to Reply # 31
Will Crockett (discovermirrorless.com, shootsmarter.com) never hesitates to speak his mind. There is an interesting video Where they do a Nikon D800 vs the new Panasonic GH3 comparisons for different situations. Given, those cameras are more high end, pro camereas for those interested in still and video shooting. The comparison is interestiing and Crockett speaks his mind on the Nikon mirrorless cameras right at the end of the video.
#33. "RE: Nikon 1 reviews" In response to Reply # 32
Monterey Bay, US
I did not care much for the way the discussion went in that Video. In fact, I totally disagree. I just got my 18.5mm f/1.8 lens and shot the Christmas Pageant at night inside our Church with very little light. I now prefer the V1 to my D800 to the GH3 for my "Home Movies".
#36. "RE: Nikon 1 reviews" In response to Reply # 34
In January 2013 I went to the Nikon School in Orlando. One of the other students there had this camera and said he bought it solely because of the FT-1 and the ability to use all of his existing lenses.
I filed that thought away and didn't retrieve it for several months.
In April my wife and I went on one of those once-in-a-lifetime trips for us middle class working stiffs: a 14 night cruise from Singapore to Mumbai. I bought a new Gura Gear bag, filled it up and took that PLUS my Lowepro Pro Runner 450 AW filled with gear and took them both as carry-on luggage.
I got some great photos. I got a back ache schlepping the bags through airports. Lufthansa's gate crew insisted I check one of the bags because I was economy and "hadn't paid for extra baggage" (the flight was slightly over half full--there was lots of overhead storage space). My wife finally offered to check her larger bag and the gate agent let us proceed.
When I got home and thought about the trips I take more frequently I decided I would not schlep that much gear--but what to do? I retrieved that memory of the Nikon 1 camera--great sensor, Nikon's electronics and firmware, and interchangeable lenses...so I ordered it from B&H. All tricked out it was $2.700--and, yes, you can get a nice DSLR with lenses for that but now you're back to a backpack full of gear.
My Nikon 1 fits in a bag about the size of a school kid's lunch pail and includes the following gear:
Nikon 1 V2 Body with Nikkor 30-110mm f/3.8-5.6 attached Nikon Nikkor VR 10-30mm f/3.5-5.6 lens Nikon Nikkor 6.7-13mm f/3.5-5.6 Nikon FT-1 Adapter Nikon SB-N7 Speedlight Nikon BP-N100 GPS Unit Charger for battery Polarizing filter
Yes, it's expensive. Very expensive, but the whole kit is only slightly larger than one of my Nikon bodies (with grip/battery unit) and flash.
And like Thom Hogan, I'll be able to easily reach for that 810mm lens if I want.
Why visit my Nikonians gallery? There's nothing there. Don't you just love those default signature blocks?