The Nikon 1 system - Some humble pie I think - Part 2 - plus Last day of financial year.

This was a test to see what kind of depth of field I can get with the Nikon 1 V1. However since the sun disappeared it turned into a test of the VR as well.

As you can see it works well, 1/8th. sec. at f/16 is pretty impressive.

The 10-30mm is a decent lens. Pretty much on a par with other kit lenses for larger formats.

Much the same can be said for the 30-100mm.

The 18.5mm f/1.8 however looks to be very sharp indeed.

My first overiding impression of using this system for just under a day is how much the files look like an APS-C or m4/3 system. Indeed with the reduced MP count, most of the pictures I'm shooting at low ISO's actually look cleaner. There is certainly less luminance noise on these images than m4/3 at ISO 200 for example. Dynamic range also seems to be excellent. I'll know more with the time and weather to do a proper shoot.

In the UK the financial year runs from April 5th to April 5th. So today is that day. Its also the day when I have to come to a final decision as to what I'm going to be keeping for the next financial year. My plan is to keep whatever I have for the next year. I can of course buy something else, but I will suffer a financial penalty for that, and after January's tax bill I intend to avoid that. 

The problem is I'm still not sure that I've got the combination right. I'm unsure as to whether the Fuji X-E1 is the right camera and the right system. My concern is the telephoto end. The telephoto zoom coming out next month is heavy. Its 580g. Add that to the X-E1 body - 350g and the 18-55mm - 309g and you get a combined weight of 1239g. Now thats a pretty chunky outfit. The manual focus option I tried is not that great and while my Voigtlander 90mm is a great lens it is a limiting. 

So I'm currently wondering about whether to go for a Nikon D7100 instead. Its 680g body only but with lenses such as the 35mm f/1.8 and 55-200mm zoom, there is a light alternative. That camera plus the two lenses is actually slightly lighter than the Fuji option at 1216g. Plus there is the advantage of 24MP, no AA filter (which despite Dpreviews piece which says it makes little difference -*) is something I like. Plus all three cameras I then owned would use the same battery and could share the lenses I have with autofocus. I would of course then be a serious Nikon fanboy with almost 100% Nikon gear. My Sigma 12-24mm being the exception. 

(*Incidentally going back to this Dpreview review, they don't seem to see the difference between the D7100 and a D5200, but I do. OK it isn't huge, but it is there, even on their own raw samples. But then I couldn't really see a difference between Fuji X-Trans raw conversions on the 7.4 ACR beta and the official 7.4 release and they claim they could, so I guess its just a question of what we look at / for.)

Basically I have a few hours to finally decide, and I must admit the all Nikon option looks very attractive. I know I'm going to like the V1, despite all my earlier misgivings (which of course were formed without actually using one!) and I'm using the D800E a lot at the moment, so the D7100 would fit right into the middle. Plus despite its economic attraction two cameras is a risk for some of my landscape trips. Having once destroyed two cameras on a 3 week trip to France a few years ago, I do have to take my accident prone shooting style into consideration!  

As I said its a decision I have to make soon, so I'd better leave this here and get back to looking at raw samples and comparing prices.

More tomorrow.

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