I tried my 70-300VR with the FT-1 adapter on my V1. I was astonished at how well this lens performs on the V1. Even at f5.6 and 300mm the images were very good. The 70-300 is one of my favorite lenses on my DX cameras, but I am pleased with it on my V1. There is a down side however, in dim light at 300mm where the lens is at f5.6, the V1 hunts and will not come to focus. At shorter focal lengths it will focus in low light. Also, since the camera is only using the center focus point, tracking anything is out of the question if the object moves off center. Anyone else give this combo a try?
I bought a V1 and FT-1 in order to have a real compact but long reach travel kit using the 70-300VR and the little 10-30.
My regular travel kit is a D3100, 70-300VR and the 18-55 that came with the D3100.
The V1 only AF'd properly with the 70-300 in decent light and it was clearly going to be tricky with movers. I might have given up too early, but truthfully it was a bit unimpressive. Maybe I'm just too used to the conventional bodies, but at least I only paid small money for the V1. Early adopters must be sick at the way the V1 price dropped.
I was very surprised myself when I first tried the 70-300 on the V1 last year. It's a superb way to get resolution on a subject but, as you saw, when you have good light. The V1 really hunts a lot. I've experimented with the V1 on my 200-400 but I haven't had any successful shots yet. Mostly because when I did it the weather was bad. Now that the weather is good I might try it again.
Mathew, No, but I have used my 70-200/2.8G and 400/2.8 with both 1V1 and 1V2 to shoot video of shorebirds. Using the 70-200 was a dream, but the 400 proved to be challenging - both with respect to FINDING the subject and maintaining focus.
I regularly use f/1.4 primes with the 1V2 for indoor "home movies" in low light situations.
Pete I also tried my 70-200 VR1 with the V1, and it worked very well. My 40mm F2.8 DX macro and 105mm f2.8 VR macro also do well. I tried my 85mm f1.8D in manual focus, and while sharpness was only OK (useable but not great) at f1.8, it was hard to focus and pictures that had areas with abrupt white to dark color transitions showed a lot of purple fringing, more so than with my D300. I used the 70-300VR for some close up pictures at the minimum focus distance, and they were pretty good, and it gives a near macro lens FOV. Obviously, the limit to only using the central focus point does have a impact on what you can use the FT-1 - V1 combo for.
I think that the V1 works best at larger apertures. I'm using the 80-200mm f2.8 AFS and it's a real dream bird ID kit. Works great with FT1 and even better than with the 300mm f4. It's great to use 80mm to find the little brown job then zoom in to 200mm and snap for an ID. Are these cover of Audubon shots, no. But for ID purposes amazing.
I'm not clear on why the 70-300mm f3.5-f5.6 won't focus at f5.6. I'm guessing the FT-1 looses light perhaps a stop or 2? The 30-110mm CX lens works fine at 110mm and f5.6.
Does anyone have another idea about the FT-1.
I'm using a Canon Close up lens a 250D 52mm on a 40.5-52mm step up ring and getting some very useable "close up" shots. It was helpful the other day in trying to read the serial number on a hearing aid that I could not see with my naked (old) eyes.
Ted, The FT-1 is optically inert, so does not affect anything. It's only a spacer.
While shooting video, the 400/2,8 and 70-200/2.8 seem to AF on the 1V1 and 1V2, but only "on demand" (when you partially depress the shutter release button). The Pro lenses do not seem to support AF-C functionality, only AF-S whereas the System 1 lenses do seem to provide AF-C.
Does anyone know for certain if/how AF-C can be made to work with Pro lenses on a System 1 body, either with stills or video?
The FT1/Nikon 1 combo only supports single point AF-S. So no chance for AF-C with any lens. I think this is a camera issue, though, and not a FT1 issue. Probably intentionally disabled to not cannibalize sales of other Nikon DSLRs.
Mon 15-Apr-13 11:50 AM | edited Mon 15-Apr-13 02:30 PM by PeterBeckett
Neil, Thank you for the unfortunate confirmation, kind Sir.
Although I might wish for several slightly different (firmware-governed) features, I consider my 1V1 and 1V2 to be very worthy stablemates to my Pro bodies. I have only a single criticism of the V2's ergonomics - which is that the multi-selector dial is located slightly too close to the RHS of the body. I find that, far too often, the fleshy part of my hand below my right thumb tends to accidentally select exposure compensation!
I am truly hoping that Nikon will announce a mirrorless Pro body within the next couple of years - when they do, I will immediately place a pre-order! Just imagining a mirrorless, shutterless, totally silent version of a D4 or D800 makes me drool!!!
That would be nice! I don't find my D800 heavy but if you're carrying it around all day it sure seems to grow in weight. I put together a travel kit for my honeymoon next month and compared it with what I took to Vegas last year. Went from a D700+grip, 70-200 f2.8, 14-70 f2.8 to a D800, 70-200 f4, 24-120 f4. 2 pounds less and it really feels it!
I thought I'd try the Tamron SP 70-300mm f/4-5.6 Di VC USD with the V1 and FT-1. The reason for this is that I've actually owned 3 Nikon 70-300mm VR's and was pleased with all of them, but sold them to fund some pro lenses. However, now I have invested quite heavily in long lenses and I just wanted something for the V1 without raiding the bank for the Nikon version.
I am not disappointed and have not found any improved nor detrimental results when compared to the Nikon on both my V1, D7100 and D800.