Recently I gave my son a cheap Nikon P&S that I never used. Never liked it! Tiny and cute, but fuzzy images and not very versatile. I guess I'm spoiled with my D800 and a D300 as back-up. I tote the D800 with Nikon 17-35mm f/2.8, Nikon 24-70mm f/2.8 and Nikon 70-200mm f/2.8 everywhere. No, it is not that heavy!
Regardless I went to my local camera store and saw on the "used counter" a mint Nikon V1 with 10-30mm with all of it's original packaging for $280. I pulled the trigger and bought it! Yes, it is much superior to the S550 but did I need it......no! Now I thinking why did I do that. I think it was great deal but how will I use it? How would you use it? Will I be giving this to my son in a few months also?
#1. "RE: Buyers Remorse? NAS? Confussion!!!" | In response to Reply # 0Omaha Registered since 07th Jan 2012Mon 01-Apr-13 12:22 AM
Personally, I've of the opinion that the era of P&S cameras is over. My smartphone has a competent camera built in. Therefore, I always have a "quick shot" camera with me if I need it. Its my "casual shot" camera, and it works just fine for that.
If I want more control and better IQ, then I bring a DLSR, but I don't see adding a second device to my daily routine just to have slightly better photographs than I can take with my Android.
Just my $0.02...
#2. "RE: Buyers Remorse? NAS? Confussion!!!" | In response to Reply # 1mklass Nikonian since 08th Dec 2006Mon 01-Apr-13 02:09 PM
I recently did the same thing with a P7100. Couldn't beat the price ($275 brand new). I've didn't need it, but like the ability to have something smaller and lighter than a DSLR and more capable than my iPhone.
But did I need it? Absolutely not.
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#3. "RE: Buyers Remorse? NAS? Confussion!!!" | In response to Reply # 0
The V1 is a pocket camera and I use it for that and some special uses outlined below. Even when I have my big FX rigs with me, I might have for example a 500VR mounted, and a V1 for casual pictures of me and my buddies. In your case maybe you've got your fish-eye's mounted and you want a conventional picture of the scene?
The 1 Series of course does many other things that are fun:
- super slow-mo video;
- 60 fps single focus mode;
- 5fps for full on-sensor PDAF if you happen to come upon some action/motion. And good long buffer, much better than a D7000 for example. I am very impatiently awaiting on-sensor PDAF on my DSLRs for use in LiveView, Nikon clearly has the best tech in the industry in this area;
- is a great video camera, used for my Aunt's 90th birthday speech and one of my daughter's plays;
- I'm taking it as my sole camera on an upcoming 8-day birding trip where it won't be feasible to delay others trying to do serious bird photography. But with my FT-1 and 70-300 I'll be getting up to 810mm FOV, which is more than good for record-type and maybe some artistic shots;
- completely silent in electronic shutter mode. I used this at a wedding from my pew and it caused no disruption at all even during the very quiet periods. The bride ended up loving these;
- lent it to my daughter for her South America trip and she loved it, used interchangeably with her iPhone to get better memories photos, whereas the iPhone photos went straight up to FaceBook but are lower quality;
- second travel camera. I normally bring my D4 on travel outings, but for mid-day when light is non-remarkable but I still want to capture some photos or for a supper or other outing where we just want to go easy, I just bring my V1 sometimes with the matching 30-110 which is very sharp and sometimes just with the kit. A LOT of my casual travel photography is with the V1 nowadays;
- the EVF is invaluable in bright conditions but also for video because you can jam this rig against your face and create a steady image;
- I fully intend to build a fast prime kit for it and one day get an X3 or V3.
Anyhow, lots of potential uses there, keep it in your coat pocket or a belt pouch. It's built like a tank and can take it. Buy the lens hood; that lens is very flare prone.
Best regards, SteveK
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#5. "RE: Buyers Remorse? NAS? Confussion!!!" | In response to Reply # 4Sing141 Nikonian since 04th Oct 2006Wed 03-Apr-13 05:23 AM
I have purchased my last SLR digital camera. I was all set to sell all my Nikon gear and switch entirely to mirror-less, a Panasonic GH3 and two new lenses for it, but Panasonic kept delaying the release date of the camera and I finally decided to purchase a Nikon D600. Of course there are a lot of arguments for and against mirror-less right now, but I think it is the way of the future. Nikon will have to greatly improve their mirror-less cameras to be competitive.
#6. "RE: Buyers Remorse? NAS? Confussion!!!" | In response to Reply # 5covergirl Registered since 05th Jun 2012Wed 03-Apr-13 05:52 AM
The syndrome exists. Nikonians themselves contribute to the hype of these adult toys. I was on a waiting list for a D700, finally got it and 18 months later, not a word about the camera anywhere. All we read about now is D600 & D800. Bergman and Nikon are in their glory !!! Mort Levy Montreal.
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#7. "RE: Buyers Remorse? NAS? Confussion!!!" | In response to Reply # 6slalom002 Registered since 11th Oct 2008Wed 03-Apr-13 09:28 AM
Henri Cartier-Bresson used a range finder camera (ok it was a Leica).
So like the quest for photographic Eldorado I search for the ideal camera. Small, light, capable of full control, long lens and super wide angle, enormous pixel count limitless dynamic range, able to make up for my incompetence...
Thus far I have tried a Kodak DC215, a Nikon SQ, a Nikon Coolpix P5000 and last a Canon Powershot G10.
The first at 1 mega pixel was ok for email snapshots. The next two had shutters that were too slow to respond, had too little control and were generally disappointing. The Canon is the only one that I still have. It offers control, is quick enough and at 14MP is ok. But it is too big. So unless space is at a significant premium, my D700 or D800 comes along. It it is an issue, I have my iPhone.
My next gadget bag will be an SUV - with room for lenses, studio lights, backdrop, tripods, ladder, reflectors, 2 camera bodies...
Maybe I should get my Dad's 1950's Zeiss Ikon cleaned up.
If anyone does find photographic Eldorado, please post.
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#8. "RE: Buyers Remorse? NAS? Confussion!!!" | In response to Reply # 0
Doesn't address the NAS issue, but I did step "backwards" and bought a used Olympus E-520 so I could use non Nikon lenses and focus to infinity (focal plane)and for its onboard image stabization. Nice little dslr that allows me to use old Nikon glass too, so I guess it still leads back to NAS!
#9. "RE: Buyers Remorse? NAS? Confussion!!!" | In response to Reply # 0
I had been using a D700 with the 18-200mm lens as well as a few primaries. At the end of last year, I decided to try the Nikon 1 V2. I took pictures in normal light and in dim light with both cameras and saw no difference. In fact, for some reason, the V2 focused easier in the low light. I just got back from the Kalahari having taken only the V2 and am very happy that I did that. I was able to video and photograph with the same camera, it weighed tons less, and the pictures are comparable to what I got with the D700. I was photographing small animals at relatively close range, between 3' and 15' in daylight and evening. I did not have a longer lens for the D700 and so didn't miss it on the V2. However, I really do need a longer lens for other animals and will use the FX adaptor for the V2 to achieve this. The weight will still be less.
On the negative side, having a widest f stop of effectively 9, is a real problem. But, I have sold my D700 and am going with this for the time being.
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