Nikon 1 NIKKOR 18.5mm f/1.8 Lens - Black
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- Bright CX-format standard lens with 18.5mm focal length (equivalent to approximately 50mm in 35mm format).
- Fast f/1.8 aperture enables clear low-light images and perfectly balances sharpness and bokeh to help subjects stand out beautifully.
- Nikon 1 mount optimised optics with aspherical lens elements ensure superior resolution and contrast.
- Minimum focus distance of 0.2m makes the lens ideal for close-up photography.
- The smooth aperture mechanism lets you move easily from sharp to soft backgrounds to make your subject stand out more, even when shooting a movie.
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From casual snapshots to artistic close ups, the super-fast 1 NIKKOR 18.5mm f/1.8 prime lens is an exciting addition to the Nikon 1 system. Taking advantage of the creative possibilities that fast apertures can offer, you can capture a wide range of scenes with stunning image quality, even in low light. Combined with the portability, power and speed of Nikon 1 cameras, this 1 NIKKOR lens truly sets the Nikon 1 system apart.
Superior Shots, Day and Night
With each of the 1 NIKKOR lenses, you'll find exciting new ways to express your creativity and the 1 NIKKOR 18.5mm f/1.8 lens is no exception. With a maximum aperture of f/1.8, this bright CX-format standard lens is fast and ready for action. Combined with the fast shutter speed of the Nikon 1 at 1/4000 to 1/16000 of a second, low-light and high-speed shooting captures crystal clear shots even when the light is fading. Having a 35mm-equivalent focal length of approximately 50mm this superb lens is ideal for stunning portrait shots and when using the maximum aperture your subject will be in perfect focus with a softly blurred background effect, thanks to the shallow depth of field.
Delivering consistent edge-to-edge sharpness, the 1 NIKKOR 18.5mm f/1.8 glass lens comprises 8 elements in 6 groups, in a design including an aspherical lens element. Providing superb optical performance, the aspherical element ensures high-resolution images with superior contrast while the seven rounded blades of the iris diaphragm produce a soft rendering effect for natural backgrounds. With a lens capable of achieving beautiful bokeh while capturing the subject with such clarity, you can create flattering portraits and stunning close-ups to be immensely proud of.
A Closer Look
Opening up more potential for creative photography this sophisticated lens has an enhanced close focusing capability of just 0.2m. Combining this with high speed and superb depth-of-field control you can change the perspective, take macro-style shots, and with the help of the smooth aperture mechanism, create sharp or soft backgrounds easily whether you are shooting stills or a movie.
Vision and Style
Complementing the small Nikon 1 camera body perfectly, this incredibly light, easy-to-carry lens is available in shiny silver, semi-gloss black, and white. Supplied with a front and rear lens cap, optional accessories like the HB-N104 Lens Hood and the NC 40.5 Neutral Colour Filter are also available.
Whether you are shooting your favourite flowers or capturing dramatic sunsets, the 1 NIKKOR 18.5mm f/1.8 prime lens from Nikon will inspire your photographic flare and fill you with the joy that comes from owning one of the most sophisticated lenses in the world.
 The actual focal length of 18.5 mm has an angle of view equivalent to that of a 50mm lens in 35mm  format.
Product Feature Comparison
The 1 NIKKOR 18.5mm f/1.8 lens is just one of a range of great CX-format lenses available for your Nikon 1 camera. Take a look at the table below comparing features with a selection of other fantastic lenses from the collection.
1 NIKKOR 18.5mm f/1.8 Lens - Black
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Top Customer Reviews
I wanted to use it to capture more natural looking portrait shots indoors, especially of my two-year-old daughter. The problem I had with the standard lenses was my daughter would never stand still long enough to take a shot using the slower shutter speeds I needed for indoor shooting without the use of the flash. This lens is ideal because using good light from the windows or plenty of incandesant overhead lighting I get perfect shots every time.
If I flick my J1 in to Apeture Mode I'm getting shutter speeds of 250 - 2000 using an f1.8 apeture shooting indoors. This is during the day with average diffused light from windows. Shooting like this I get that lovely background blur too (this is easily the best feature of this lens). Indoors of an evening the shutter has to slow down to around 100 so the pictures can get blury if your subject has ants in their pants - in which case I just flick to Shutter Mode and change the ISO if I can't get enough light or just use burst shooting mode.
Before I bought the lens I was a little worried about using it for portraits as it's not in that acclaimed 80-100mm focal length, but after reading other reviews and seeing the results for myself it's perfect for this task.
It will focus close, just a few inches from the subject and so is good for flowers, etc. I have also used a 10mm extension tube with this lens and had good results (very close-up!). All of this on auto focus, as in common with other Nikon 1 lenses it has no manual focus (this has to be done via the camera, a slow process).
Despite the small sensor size of the camera, this lens is capable of blurring backgrounds satisfactorily and can give some rich images.
This lens is now more or less permanently on my V1, the original 10-30mm hardly getting a look in and I am very pleased with it.
If you can possible afford another lens for your V1, or J1 camera, this is the one to get.
An essential lens for the Nikon 1 series cameras!
The lens is also suitable for general purpose use.
The Nikon 1 system can produce stunning images - I use a couple of V1 bodies (much better then the V2, in my opinion) and this lens complements the 10mm f.2.8 lens perfectly. The kit zooms have become rarely used.
I have read elsewhere that this lens has the equivalent settings of 50mm f5 in 35mm film terms so shallow depth of field shots are not on the cards.
The obvious solution would be the 32mm f1.2 (35mm eqiv is 85mm) portrait lens but it is priced far too high for most.
So how is the lens itself? As with the stock zoom the focusing is super fast and accurate. It's also very sharp. I appreciate the extra stops over the stock zoom but I'm surprised that it is not marked VR (Vibration Reduction). I have not had any shots where there is obvious camera shake but when I gave the camera over to my stepdaughter she got a lot of shots with shake so it's possible I am more experienced at holding the camera to limit shake.
Bottom line - a very usable, quality addition to the 1 series line up - if you are reading this Nikon - how about a fast 10mm prime priced along similar lines?
Most Recent Customer Reviews
It's my first time using Nikon 1, bought this lens for low light situations. Despite the expensive price, I'm very happy with the quality results of this lens. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Charles