Nikon 1 32mm f/1.2 lens - Panoramas and stitching



Its taken me a while to get round to editing some multi-image panoramas I shot with a Nikon V1 and the 32mm f/1.2 lens. The reason for this is that there is a problem with photomerge in Photoshop CC. It seems to 'freeze' and checking on the internet it seems it can take ages, up to 1/2 an hour, to stitch a panorama together. There seems to be no fix for this and Adobe haven't yet updated the software to correct it. Not a particularly good start to my rental of Photoshop via the cloud.

However since I still have Photoshop CS6 on my laptop so I used that instead and that worked fine, and quickly. When I did stitch a few together it was obvious that the V1 + this lens produces very high quality panoramic images. The two above are around 100MB and they are so good that it would be extremely difficult to tell them apart from pictures taken on a camera with a lot more MP's. The lens is the best Nikon 1 lens so far and its lovely and sharp and works very well for this kind of picture.

I haven't done this for a while, mainly because, even before Photoshop CC, it does take a while to stitch these together. I used to do it as well to produce more conventionally shaped pictures with low MP cameras and since most of the cameras I use now have a lot more pixels than the m4/3 and other 12MP cameras I used to use, plus the fact that Photoshop now has great tools for upsizing I haven't done it for a while. However I decided to have a look as to whether using this technique of stitching 4 or so images together produces better results than simply upsizing. And in the case of my V1's it does just that.




All of the above are 4 image stitches with the 32mm, and are very good indeed. It does of course allow me to use the 32mm lens, which is superb, to produce something other than medium telephoto shots. In fact if I do it right I end up with results that look just like images shot with a 32mm f/1.2 lens on a 35mm sized sensor. 

In terms of my Nikon 1 collection, I have been trimming it down somewhat. Much as I like using it, I'm probably better off investing in Fuji X as a system. However I've decided that I'm going to continue with one V1 and the three small primes I have - 10mm f/2.8, 18.5mm f/1.8 and the 32mm f/1.2. A very light, very small system for long hikes predominantly.

There is also the fact that due to falling sales Nikon are apparently 'rethinking' the Nikon 1 system, and I will have some thoughts on that in a future post. So to a certain extent, there is no indication of what the future might hold for the whole range. Not quite sure why Nikon are so worried, its not just them. Virtually every camera manufacturer is reporting the same trend, and I've already discussed the fact that people are still buying DSLR's. There is also this camera phone thing. In the case of the Nikon 1 system not really a valid comparsion since the camera and lenses are vastly superior in terms of flexibility, speed and image quality to anything a phone can produce. But then there are some gullible people I guess who might think they don't need a 'proper' camera to produce decent images, their smartphone will do. It won't of course, but if they can't see the difference or care about it, then who am I tell them what to do. 

It does all come down to the fact that I really like the Nikon 1 system. I like using it and in terms of the picture-taking process it is my favourite mirrorless system. Not the best quality, but as I've indicated above there are ways around that. One of the usual swings and roundabouts situations I end up with, but I've always been of the opinion that if I don't enjoy myself when I'm taking pictures there's not much point in doing it.