According to dpreview the new firmware update does not support the Tamron 70-300mm VC lens. It did work but doesn't now! Interestingly, the Sigma 50-500mm OS which didn't work evidently does now! I don't want to download the new firmware because it's my Tamron I want to use, not the Sigma! Also, because the software is non reversable.
I bought the Tamron for the V1 and I'm sure it will be sorted out eventually. I bought the Nikon 70-300mm VR 3 times and sold them to fund more exotic lenses. I guess neither Tamron, nor Nikon are going to be in any great rush to sort it out. So, it maybe Tamron goes on e-bay, my 4th Nikon 70-300mm VR gets ordered
I agree Eric. I think I shall sell my Tamron and buy my 4th Nikon 70-300mm VR as it really will be a nice combo with the AF-C as the Tamron would have been. Shame, but it's the best way to keep using my V1 with a lighter lens on a regular basis.
After updating I have not seen sharp results with the AF-C setting. Is there some trick to getting this to work? I was hoping to use the V1+FT1+70-200mm f/4 for moving subjects maybe even birds in flight. Is this a reasonable expectation? Any advice is appreciated.
<<Is this a reasonable expectation? Any advice is appreciated.>>
Mmmm, I was excited when the update came out allowing AF-C only to be disappointed. I find it extremely difficult to track birds in flight on the V1 + FT-1 and either my 70-200mm f2.8 or 70-300mm VR, a problem I don't have with either my D7100 or D800.
Some of this is the need to practice more perhaps, but my skill with a dSLR is pretty good. I think some of it is the EVF and unless camera manufacturers can resolve what I call the "unreal visual experience" I don't think mirror less cameras for sport or wildlife can come of age. To put the AF-C situation in context it seems sluggish compared to my dSLR's.
Let's be fair though, the V1 is a low end camera performing many high end tasks very well. Perhaps birds in flight may be a step too far. I am sure there are those who will disagree.
I think the laws of diminishing returns come into play with the V1/V2 plus FT-1. It would be extremely optimistic to expect dSLR qualities from what after all is an interchangeable lens compact camera. The more one pushes it to the limit, the less enjoyable it is
Thanks for your replies. I've been quite pleased with the results using the V1 with the 300mm f/4 for static subjects, and got my hopes up when I read about the firmware update. You confirmed what I have been experiencing, so I'll (re)set my expectations accordingly. Btw, I tested it out using burst mode on a bird walking along the shore (BNIF? ) and focus was just not there. For single shots using AF-S, it worked great. Since then I haven't used AF-C at all.
I got the V1 to supplement my D700 for that extra "reach" with minimal cost/weight. That was also before the D7100 was released. I've read good things about that body and may have to give it a try.
<<That was also before the D7100 was released. I've read good things about that body and may have to give it a try.>>
I love my D7100, it's a remarkable camera for the money and for wildlife it is very good. However, the buffering of RAW images could be quicker a situation which will be resolved by a D400 when it appears. I've learned to live with the issue quite comfortably, so I am in no hurry to upgrade.
This is the challenge for any Third-Party manufacturer. Because they're not paying royalties to Nikon and get access to the firmware design, they're constantly having to reverse engineer any changes on the bodies or the mount. They will eventually catch up.
Can someone please confirm if the V1 with the new firmware works with the Sigma 50-500mm OS version? If it does, I am seriously interested in the V1. Not as a lighter DSLR but as a reasonably good compact/camcorder combo. Plus it does something a DSLR cannot do, such as shooting bursts at 60 fps.
<<Can someone please confirm if the V1 with the new firmware works with the Sigma 50-500mm OS version?>>
My OS version is 20 months old and didn't work on the previous or current firmware version, neither did my Sigma 105mm f2.8 OS macro. Sigma UK said that they would re-chip both lenses for just to cost of postage. However, I've decided that as my 70-300mm VR, 70-200 f2.8 and 300mm f4 all work fine I won't bother to have them re-chipped.