Nikon 28mm, 50mm and 85mm f/1.8 G lenses on Nikon 1 V1




The great advantage of these lenses on the Nikon 1 system is that I get three telephoto lenses, 75mm, 135mm and 230mm as 35mm approximations, all with the fast f/1.8 aperture. All show somewhat more CA and fringing wide open than 'genuine' Nikon 1 lenses, but with the adapter they are certainly very fast to AF and handle very nicely. Once I add in my 35mm f/1.8 lens I actually have four fast telephotos of varying lengths, so it seemed a bit extravagant to get the 32mm f/1.2 as well. Particularly as I use lenses wide open very rarely. Consequently I have cancelled my pre-order. 

The CA and fringing is easily removed in ACR and as you can see the lenses are pretty sharp on the V1 sensor. Nikons F-mount > Nikon 1 adapter is very good and I like it more and certainly use it more than the equivalent one I had for A mount lenses on my Sony NEX cameras. Its smaller, lighter and faster and these G lenses are certainly very at home with it. A good part of the reason why I got the 50mm f/1.8G is that it autofocuses on the V1 whereas the older D model doesn't. These lenses are particularly useful in that I can keep a fast shutter speed when using ISO 100 on the V1, and despite the VR in the NIkon 1 zooms, its always useful to have wider apertures to work with, just in case. The beast in the top picture didn't make a run at me, but if it had I'd probably have been able to get a shot or two just before it savaged me! They are actually very gentle animals, but those horns look painful.

I would have been more enthusiastic about this, but after my experiences with the Fuji X-E1 and these lenses yesterday and again earlier today, that combination has now become my new best friend. I'll post more on that later.

However, I will conclude by saying that these lenses and the V1 provide an extremely useful option both for stills and video and it yet again shows just how versatile Nikon lenses are.