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Outing test - Questionable

slothead

Frederick, US
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slothead Gold Member Donor Ribbon awarded for his generous support to the Fundraising Campaign 2014 Nikonian since 12th Aug 2009
Sun 13-May-12 12:24 PM

Yesterday, in an effort to see if I could live without the D700, I took both the V1 and the D7000 to two different outings. One was a bird banding session of the Audubon Society, and the other a Celtic Festival.

The bird banding was unfortunately crowded with observers and a lot of children (which I fully support since it is important to introduce the youngsters to the science), but I found it extremely difficult to use the V1. When you are competing with a crowd of people you have to act quickly and be ready for someone to jump in front of you (I'm reminded of the Lumix commercial). I found the V1 slow in responding to my control inputs (compared to my other APS-C and FF bodies). After awhile, every time I saw a shot that I knew I wanted, I reached for the D7000 (the 24-120mm f/4 was mounted on it), and at this point was glad I did. I did use the V1 for a number of slo-mo (400fps) videos and those were for the most part successful.

In the afternoon, I decided to force a real test and only take the V1 to the Celtic Festival. I became even more frustrated with the camera and in one case I was presented with an EV adjustment scale on the right side of the viewfinder that I had no idea how to deal with, and it popped up time after time when I was trying to video. It caused me to miss a number of what I thought were important video opportunities. I did learn a lot about the V1 on that outing, but first and foremost I learned that I needed to study the controls more!!

I find that menu system difficult to deal with and the sensitivity of the multi-selector uncomfortable and causing me to select (or change) settings I don't want.

In summary, I see the V1's use to be very specifically dedicated (because it seems to take me too long to adjust for different functions), and hence its value is diminished as a full use device (which I bought it for). I may not keep it!

Tom
http://tjmanson.smugmug.com
D800, D750, N1-J5, N1-V3 (and a few other cameras) and a BIG handful of lenses.

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