Using a different lens every week (ahmm… well) for 70+ weeks (or more)… ;)

Nikon 1 V1 set complete…

Yesterday, the 1Nikkor 1.8/18.5 arrived.

A kind of  silly name: “18.5 mm”. OK, that focal length show that it is pretty price a 1″ sensor transfer from the classic 50mm “normal” lens. But, honestly, Nikon, “18 mm” would have been fine as well, wouldn’t it?

Anyway, don’t just a book by its cover and neither judge a lens by its name. It’s the performance that counts, the image quality that defined a good lens. And although I have to shoot with it for while before coming to a finla verdict, the first impressions were absolutely promising! The ideal companion to the kit zoom (10-30), sharp wide open already with f/1.8 fast enough.

Looking forward to using it more…



That third black lens behind the cam is a c-mount Fujian 1.7/35 which I can use on the Nikon V1 due to the fitting adapter that was delievered yesterday as well. Great timing! I’m going to write about that lens in a later entry…


6 responses

  1. Praktinafan

    Congrats! Is it a macro lens?

    May 26, 2013 at 15:56

    • Nope, but it does fokus pretty close.
      20mm with a FoV of a 50mm lens. That’s fair enough.

      May 26, 2013 at 17:43

      • ok, I understand. I thought it must be a macro as the oof rendering can not be the reason for that lens? It’s 35 mm full frame equivalent is a 5.6/50 lens?

        May 26, 2013 at 18:24

      • Well, with those “equivalents” it’s always a little tricky.
        As far as lens speed is concerned, it’s a genuine f/1.8.
        As far as DoF on the smallish sensor is concerned, it’s comparable to a 50mm lens at approx. f/4.8 on a “full frame” cam.
        So, knocking out the background is somewhat possible, at least more than with the kit lens.

        DoF at f/1.8, focused on 5m is about 3m with this lens. Similar to a 50mm at f/4.8 on an EOS 5D.
        If you shoot a portrait in a distance of 2m, DoF is about 45cm, so just about right.

        And the lens is perfectly usable wide open! It’s sharp as hell!

        Any you don’t buy the Nikon 1 system for narrow DoF anyway, but for ease of use and lightning fast AF and response!

        May 26, 2013 at 21:37

  2. BTW, the new 1.2/32 which really offers a narrow DoF on the Nikon 1 is ridiculously expensive!

    May 26, 2013 at 21:39

    • Yes, with an FF equivalent of around 3.2/85 lens this IS ridiculous.

      May 31, 2013 at 09:13

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