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Vox Sciurorum

Newton, US
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Vox Sciurorum Registered since 18th Oct 2007
Sun 05-Feb-12 07:45 PM

One of my hopes for the Nikon 1 was higher resolution photos with F mount lenses. With the ~3 micron pixels the Nikon 1 can in theory pull about twice the linear resolution out of an image compared to the 5-9 micron pixels in bigger cameras.

I suspected the image quality might not be that good, and my suspicions are somewhat confirmed.

Lenses with reputations for sharp images produce good images on the Nikon 1. The 85mm f/1.4D, for example, is usable if you accept the MF, center spot limitation. I'll try some closeups with a macro lens; I expect good results too.

Merely good lenses suffer. In particular, my Sigma 800mm f/5.6 is terrible on the V1. I get no more resolution than if I cropped the center of a DSLR frame, and possibly less. I thought focus might be the problem. I swept the focus plane through my target and none of the images were good. Diffraction guarantees the image won't be super-sharp, but it's not good at all. I recall that some lenses that were good on film did not get along with DSLRs. Possibly some lenses that get along with DSLRs don't get along with the 1. I have seen a shot from a Nikon 600mm that was much better than my Sigma 800mm produced; the Nikon is also a sharper lens to start with.

I'd like to hear others' experiences and tips.

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