RRRoger, your image of possible lenses is interesting. I'm holding back on the 10-100 mm because a. I'd prefer a radio remote zoom control and b. I'd prefer a better f number at the open end, as (rightly or wrongly) I use f number as a rough guide to quality and performance. Do you have any recent info on if and when some of these will be on the market?
That said, after a few weeks of use of a 1 Nikon V1, and as a long time user of expensive Nikons, the 1 Nikon is VERY good. I'm prepared to make a call based on the 10-30 and 30-100 mm zooms that I have, plus flash, that "This cound be a turning point in the philosophy of camera use. The processor engine and software are faster and smarter than the brain of the photographer, so the quantum leap is to let the camera take control. There will be only a few occasions when a skilled photographer using manual over ride will produce an effect that is beyond the camera's auto capability."
This comment has in mind that depth of focus effects are somewhat limited by the first of the lenses. We need a fast f lens and we need a wide angle, but in different lenses.
I still miss my old film lens, 105 mm micro f 2.8. Would anyone like to comment on whether the performance gap between primes and zooms has closed to the stage that it matters little?
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That depends on the primes and zooms.
I like and shoot mostly zooms. I am often in a spot where I cannot move easily.
It is hard to equal or in some ways perhaps do better than the image quality of an AF-S 14-24, You would have to pay twice as much for the best 14 + 24mm Nikkors. That still leaves a gap + twice the lens changes. There are also the 200-400 Nikkor and the 300-800 Sigma, but it would be very hard to equal the quality of the 300, 400, 500, and 600mm Nikkor primes.
There are also specialty lens like Micro, split focus, and the 200mm f/2.0 that cannot be matched with a zoom lens.
Next I need to mention low light situations were a f/1.4 or 1.8 are invaluable.
Slightly different concept, but have a look at the FLIR infra-red camera specification where one model has a zoom range of 92x. It costs about a million, so lenses are a trade off between among other things, zoom range and cost.
I have the 10-30 and the 30-110 and I can honestly say that I have never achieved such sharp Auto focus as I have with these lenses. They would show every wrinkle on a balloon! What other lens would I like? A longish Micro is the only one that I've wanted since first using the V1, 3 weeks ago. I'm also astonished at the quality obtained with a 10mp sensor. I have enlarged the eye from a head and shoulders 'snapped' portrait and every lash is as clear as looking into the eye of the model. The print on my wall here shows the eye 12.5cms wide, in perfect clarity, really perfect.