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Nikon 1 NIKKOR 18.5mm f/1.8 Lens - Black
Nikon 1 NIKKOR 18.5mm f/1.8 Lens - Black
Price: 150.00

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars If you have a 1 Series, you have to have this lens, 1 Aug 2013
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Dead easy review this. Just get one. Incredibly sharp and contrasty right from the off at F1.8. At an equivalent to the classic 50mm "standard" lens, it has a nice perspective and is excellent in low light.

If I had one small criticism (being picky), is that there is a touch of CA (purple fringing) when shooting wide open that disappears by about F2.8 (but that's also the case pretty much with all DSLR fast standard primes that I've ever come across).


Nikon 1 V2 Compact System Camera with 10-30mm Lens Kit - Black (14.2MP) 3 inch LCD
Nikon 1 V2 Compact System Camera with 10-30mm Lens Kit - Black (14.2MP) 3 inch LCD
Price: 649.00

15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A decent upgrade over the V1, 1 Aug 2013
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Having had a V1 for a while now, I was intrigued by the V2, so purchased one to compliment the V1. From a handling point of view, it looks like Nikon addressed most of the V1 short comings - i.e. lack of grip, no mode dial (and most frustrating of all), the ability to shut off the image review in single shot mode.

The increase in resolution to 14mp is a nice to have, but isn't really streets ahead of the 10mp V1. Nice to also see that all my accessories purchased for the V1 still fit the V2 (Speedlight and GPS unit). Still very light and compact and an ideal walk about camera. Shame that Nikon decided to use a different battery from the V1 (so not the EN-EL15 that's shared across the V1, D7000, D71000, D600 and D800), but in any case it still seems to last a good while.

Overall I'd say the Nikon 1 line has evolved into a nice travel alternative to a heavy DSLR or even a M4/3 system, though obviously the DSLR still has it for ultimate quality, resolution and depth of field control.

Positives.
Still very small and compact and super sharp Nikon 1 series lenses (especially the 18.,5mm F1.8)
Nice big grip
Proper Mode Dial
Ability to turn off the image review
Still has super fast AF and massive buffer with DSLR beating frame rates.
Nice increase in resolution
Good implementation of the Function button for changing various items quickly.
Built in pop up Speedlight good for fill and general night snapshots (though not very powerful - i.e like a compact camera).

Negatives.
Another new battery (why Nikon ?)
Not a massive step up in detail or ISO quality over the V1
No Auto ISO to 400 (now the minimum is Auto ISO to 800).
Minimum ISO now 160 not 100 of the V1
Still no exposure bracketing (for HDR work).
Lost the front IR sensor for the Remote (now only on the back).
Should be available in the UK as a body only for those upgrading from another 1 series that already has the kit lens.


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