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The Sensor Plane Photography Podcast: Episode #4

I had a chance to sit down with Tony Sweet for this episode of The Sensor Plane podcast. Tony and I discuss the recent advances in mirrorless camera systems; he’s started using the Fujifilm X Pro-1 and he recently took it on a photo workshop he led in Havana, Cuba.

Check out the interview here:

Download an audio-only version of the podcast here (mp3 format)

 

Three 1-Nikkor Lenses for Serious Photographers

The newest addition to the Nikon 1 system is a very fast portrait lens.
The newest addition to the Nikon 1 system is a very fast portrait lens.

The Nikon 1 System has been out for a little over a year and a half now, and Nikon is now starting to release a series of lenses geared toward the more advanced/serious photographer. When the Nikon 1 system debuted, the only lens that wasn’t a “consumer-level” zoom was the 10mm f/2.8 prime. After adding an 11-27.5mm zoom last year (I don’t know why), Nikon has now released three lenses that are quite nice for more serious photography. Continue reading

Nikon 1 V2 Hands-On First Impressions

Nikon 1 V2 (left) compared to the Nikon 1 V1. Other than the larger viewfinder, the V2 is actually smaller and lighter than the V1.

For the last year, I’ve used the Nikon 1 V1 as my primary travel/family camera. In general, I found it to be a good camera with some ergonomic quirks. In late October, Nikon announced the V1′s successor, the Nikon 1 V2. I took delivery of my V2 a few days ago and while I haven’t done complete testing, I thought I’d offer up some of my first impressions, especially with respect to what I thought the shortcomings of the V1 were back in February.

Main New Features

  • The Nikon 1 V2 offers a 14 megapixel CX-format sensor. The camera’s base ISO is 160, and is expandable to ISO 6400.
  • The body design and control layout is totally new and more in line with Nikon’s DSLRs.
  • The Nikon 1 V2 can shoot at 15 fps without any metering or focus limitations (as far as I can tell).
  • The V2 sports a small built-in flash unit.
  • The Nikon 1 V2 uses a different battery than the V1, the EN-EL21. This battery is smaller and lighter than the EN-EL15, and uses a dedicated charger. The battery life is good for around 300 shots, according to Nikon.  Continue reading

Nikon 1 V1 Price Drop

Fallen leaf, Central Park, NY. Nikon 1 V1 with 10-30mm 1 Nikkor kit lens.

I just checked prices over at site sponsor B&H Photo for the Nikon 1 V1, and this little camera can now be had for as little as $299 with a single lens, or $449 with a two-lens kit.

While the V1′s design is geared towards point and shoot users, I’ve really enjoyed this camera’s fast autofocus performance and excellent image quality. I’ve used it for family trips or any time using a DSLR would be impractical, and it’s delivered the goods every time.

The biggest challenge with any new camera is to understand its quirks, like the minimum shutter speed in various program modes. Once you know how the camera will behave, you’ll know how to set it up to capture the moment. Check out my Nikon 1 System Resource Page for more information on this camera and its accessories.

The Photographer’s Guide to the Nikon 1 V1/J1