As expected, a new kit lens for the Nikon 1 series was announced today. the 11-27.5mm f/3.5-5.6 zoom lens. The size looks to be about 20% less and that makes it a little easier to put in the pocket. Although you do lose a little on the wide end.
True. I wonder if they are planning on using this new lens as the kit lens and leave the other as an "upgrade" lens. Or even more kit options. I'd hate to lose the VR unless they were going to give a faster aperture.
This strikes me as a regional eccentricity (for lack of a better term). Nikon 1 sells very well internally in the Japan market, and that buyer segment really wants capable but as compact as possible kit. So I think this lens really speaks to them more than it does to the rest of the world. Still, it's not as compact as the 10mm f2.8, but it's closer. To be honest, I crave the 10mm myself; contemplating getting one used because it would fit perfectly into a case that would fit on my belt, as opposed to my already tiny Lowepro Edit 100 holster bag.
Just saw this now looking over the product page for the lens.
Zoom ring operation turns the camera power on/off (power off: not available with J1/V1)
- Rotating the zoom ring turns power on - Retracting the lens turns power off NEW
Quickly turn your camera on/off by manipulating the lens
Turn the camera on and off simply by extending and retracting the lens. You no longer need to press the power switch.
Note: This function is applicable only to 1 NIKKOR VR 30-110mm f/3.8-5.6, 1 NIKKOR VR 10-30mm f/3.5-5.6, and 1 NIKKOR 11-27.5mm f/3.5-5.6. Nikon J1/ V1 accommodate turning the power on only. You must use the latest version firmware.
They must have done this through the lens interface mount on the new camera. Too bad it couldn't be a firmware improvement that gets pushed down to the legacy cameras...
Good catch. I didn't see that about retracting turning the camera off. That always felt like an omission to me. And you'd think they could put it into the J1 and V1. I hope it's because of something they added rather than an artificial distinction.
>Good catch. I didn't see that about retracting turning the >camera off. That always felt like an omission to me. And you'd >think they could put it into the J1 and V1. I hope it's >because of something they added rather than an artificial >distinction.
This is very much an artificial distinction! The V1/J1 can sense when you have locked the lens - since it displays an appropriate message on the screen. Therefore it requires only a software reprogramming to make itself shut down when the lens is locked. Looks like Nikon decided to leave out this feature in the latest V1/J1 firmware upgrade in order to distinguish the J2 with one additional feature...
Frankly I wish that "feature" didn't exist at all. How hard is it to push the power button on the camera? My copy of the 10-30 is messed up. Any pressure on the lens at all turns the camera on, not just pushing the button and rotating the lens to the 10 position. Sent it to Melville once already. They claimed it was fixed but it still exhibits the same behavior. My other two lenses do not have this problem.