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V1 after a month and some really annoying issues!


Dyserth, UK
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richardd300 Silver Member Nikonian since 19th Apr 2009
Sat 10-Nov-12 08:03 AM | edited Sat 10-Nov-12 08:05 AM by richardd300

There is no doubt in my mind that used in good light, preferably outside, the V1 performs very well. However I cannot get to grips with my newly added SB-N5 flash as it appears to have a mind of it's own. Or, rather the V1 does in telling the flash what to do. I have trawled the posts and thank David Busch for at least going some way to explaining flash settings:

<<* Flash synchronization. The mechanical shutter allows using electronic flash, such as the SB-N5 at shutter speeds up to 1/250th second; the electronic shutter can sync at speeds of only 1/60th second or slower. That makes the mechanical shutter the mode of choice in situations where the faster shutter speeds reduce the chance of “ghost” images caused by a secondary exposure from the ambient light.>>

OK, I get that and it works ok...ish. I am finding I have to switch the camera to manual then I have complete control of speed and aperture. This is fiddly and I must admit Nikon seem to have failed to provide a "fit flash and just click" solution for most purposes, a bit like a point and shoot camera. I dislike having to set the camera up before I can capture an indoor opportunity only to see it underexposed in the viewfinder and the moment lost. I have set the ISO to the Auto 100-400 range but still it's a bit hit and miss.
Anyone please who has a definitive answer to how to use the SB-N5 "simply", i.e. fit and flash would be very gratefully received.

As an aside, was the camera designed by a person with a slightly twisted sense of humour I wonder! I refer to the blessed mode dial that ends up either on movie when I want still or worse in between the two.

Although I am delighted with the V1 for outdoor use, I am becoming to think that my smartphone will become my camera of choice for indoors and the Nikon V1 for outdoors. I hope all these vagaries have been resolved in the V2.


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