Nikon 1 6.7-13mm wide angle lens - Review and User Experience - Part 1

What a remarkable little lens this is. Like the other Nikon 1 lenses its beautifully made with a metal finish. Now I'm no optical engineer, so I don't know how difficult it is to build a lens like this, but it doesn't strike me as easy. I still can't get over 6.7mm as a focal length on an interchangeable lens camera thats this small. There is the Panasonic 7-14mm f/4 of course, but the Nikon is proportionally smaller considering the sensor sizes and has a front element that accepts filters.

Initial impressions.

Corners are sharp.
There is little distortion and there is no Photoshop lens profile for this yet.
Tiny bit of vignetting in the corner.
Sharp overall.
Incredible depth of field.
The zoom ring is the best I've ever used. It has a metal grip and its so smooth. Sublime.
Its an extendable lens but this is only millimeters. There is virtually no travel when zooming.
Lens hood included in the box.
18-35mm equivalent (approx.) on 35mm 
It has built-in image stabilisation (VR)
It gives pin-sharp results at 1/8th. sec,
Did I mention its sharp?

I'll do some tests today, but this looks really good. Its not cheap, nearly £500, but I guess there is some pretty fancy stuff inside it. (Thats technical speak for I haven't got a clue!!)

More later.