While the camera certainly has limitations, it makes a good point and shoot with a lot of options. The battery is worth $55, the 10-30 lens sells for $189 new, and the charger and cables account for another $50 or so, which means the camera is essentially free with the purchase of the rest of the kit. Add the FT-1 adapter and you have a lot of options with your Nikon DSLR.
Sat 27-Jul-13 02:29 PM | edited Sat 27-Jul-13 02:31 PM by richardd300
I see very little comment here and elsewhere regarding the V2, yet Nikon Rumors are guessing that there maybe a new Nikon 1 addition. The words "guessing" and "maybe" of course are important! Even if it happens to be a V3 and the V2 price collapses I won't be tempted. I think that Nikon may have got themselves into a muddle of their marketing strategy perhaps. It's approaching 10 months since the V2 launch and in the UK it's hardly budged on price and even now retails for £600 (about US$900.
I think the whole V issue has been a bit of a strange tale, however I'm pleased to have such a flexible V1 + FT-1 package at low prices
I think the reason is that the V1 was popular because of a firesale. The V2 really hasn't sold much. I had the fortunate opportunity to email Thom Hogan yesterday to talk about the mirrorless market. He sees the market as totally stagnant both for DSLRs and mirrorless. But that the business philosophy of these companies is to keep iterating and get what they can.
I personally expect that if a V3 is announced soon that there will be another firesale of the V2. Personally, both for the health of the platform and for Nikon's revenue, I think Nikon should produce lenses for m4/3 format.
My V1 got lost recently, along with its 10-30 lens. I was trying to decide whether to: 1) Buy a different Nikon 1 model, 2) wait for a new Nikon 1 model, 3) sell my 30-110 lens and switch to a different MILC system, or 4) just stick with my DSLRs for now.
The $300 refurb ended up being my choice. I couldn't get any other kind of MILC body I'd want for that price. And I liked my V1, despite its flaws. Being able to pair it with the FT-1 just puts the Nikon 1 system above the other MILC systems for me.
Now I just have to decide whether to replace the Kata D-Light Grip-10 DL bag that got lost with the camera or find something different.
Picked up one of Cameta's V1 body-only to supplement my J1, and somewhere along the way an 18.5mm jumped in and followed it home. The Lowepro AW110 wasn't cutting it anymore, it was perfect for either body and the 10-30, but with the 30-110 and the prime - it was too small. So I picked up a Lowepro Format 120 - fits the V1, 30-110 and the 18.5 plus room for the spare battery and if needed, I could shoehorn the short zoom in it as well.
I ended up ordering a TT Mirrorless Mover 10. I'll see how that works out. I only have the 10-30 and 30-110 to put into it. I was going to get the 18.5/1.8 and maybe the 10/2.8 as well, but the budget for those got swallowed up by having to replace the camera.
I recently purchased the V1 with 10-30mm for $350CAD. It was a tossup between that and the V2 and what clinched it was the battery is the same as the D7000 (my other baby) and its' slightly less bulky than the V2 what with the built in flash. I was getting it mostly for "in the car emergency camera!?" that would fit easily in the glove box.