Can anybody tell me how to set the aperture on these cameras? I played around with one but could not figure it out (neither could the guy in the store!). I managed to get it into Aperture priority mode, but then how do you set it? Turning that wheel on the back did nothing. I could change EV compensation by pressing the corresponding button and then turning the wheel, but could not find anything for the aperture itself.
It took me ten+ minutes of fiddling yesterday to figure it out. There's a little bidirectional toggle switch right where your right thumb goes. In A mode, that changes the aperture. You'd never forget it once you see it, but it was a very frustrating ten minutes for both me and the guy at Glazer's while we tried to figure it out. (The manual seemed to have gone missing, we did try that first.)
I haven't decided yet, because I've so far found it way too hard to figure out how to use it, so I don't know. But I will say that I found the camera to be surprisingly heavy for its size, and especially the V1 is kind of an awkward thickness. It definitely did not want to go in my jacket pocket (sports coat, not winter jacket), even with the little prime lens. I found that rather disappointing. The P7100 sitting next to it on the shelf looked a lot more appealing for that reason.
I know I'm not the target audience, but I'd like something more pocketable than my D3, even when "only" equipped with a 50/f1.8, 35/f1.4 or 28-105. Right now I am - shockingly - leaning toward a Samsung, but this is far from a closed case. The Samsung NX10 or NX100 (I forget which is which) is thin, and actually operates like a DSLR, so I didn't have to figure out how to run it. I picked it up and started shooting. But gee, another whole system? I suppose a Nikon 1 would be a whole new system too...
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> But I will >say that I found the camera to be surprisingly heavy for its >size, and especially the V1 is kind of an awkward thickness. >It definitely did not want to go in my jacket pocket (sports >coat, not winter jacket), even with the little prime lens. I >found that rather disappointing. The P7100 sitting next to it >on the shelf looked a lot more appealing for that reason. >
We serious shooters probably would have been better off with an X1. Anyhow I did not wait for that and bought the V1, but that did not elimate my desire for the J1 form factor. I'll probably end up with a J2 someday (and some pancake primes) to complement my V1. For video usage, the EVF offers me what I wanted. Me being Canadian, for 8 months of the year my coat pockets are pretty big, so the V1 with 10-30 fits(and I expect the 30-110 will too).
For Samsung you would probably want to look at the NX200? Samsung also makes some very nice primes.
Anyhow for any Nikon shooter thinking about possibly melding on some of their existing lenses, the Nikon 1 series has an irresitable advantage since it supports AF and VR on F-mount AF-S lenses.
Quote Brian> There's a little bidirectional toggle switch right where >your right thumb goes. But I will say that I found the camera to be surprisingly heavy for its size, and especially the V1 is kind of an awkward thickness. Quote
It fits in all my pockets with the 10mm f2.8 lens. I really like the feel of the extra weight. This is the first pocket camera I've been able to hold steady enough to get a consistent InFocus shot. Of course a lot of that has to do with it's superior fast FF focus.