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Nikon 1 V3, 10-30 VR, and 70-300 VR Preview

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TABLE OF CONTENTS: 0:00 – Intro 1:13 – Fuji camera strap nightmare 2:32 – Fuji focus controls 3:28 – Olympus touch screen 4:10 – Fuji focusing quirks 5:15 …


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  1. I just received my copy of the Nikon V3. Image quality is exceptional . . . They got it right . . . You need to try it . . . Then REVIEW it. Previews are opinions based on specs . . .

  2. @Tony:
    I agree with most of your technically point of view.
    However photography is more than light.
    Have you tried the toy camera Canon SX 50HS?
    This camera is great to use in the field. Who can carry and walk with a 500 or 600mm lens for several kilometres? This camera has given me photos and videos I could not get with any other camera.
    I use Nikon D800, Fuji S5 pro and Nikon 1 V1. My biggest lens was a Nikkor 300mm F/2.8 and I loved it (the best lens I ever had). However I can’t carry it anymore. 
    Photography is also about documentation. With the right technique you can get fantastic photos and videos with the new systems. If you have to carry heavy lenses you will never get the shot. 
    Read Tom Hogans review about the Nikon 1 V1 and how to use the Nikkor lenses with the FT1 adapter on a safari. 
    The new Nikkor 1 lens 70-300mm is not an alternative to the Nikkor 70-300mm. The way the Nikkor 1 lens are focusing on the Nikon 1 cameras are much different from Nikkor lenses. 
    I love the Nikon 1 series and I can travel with ease. 
    I also love my D800 and all my pro lenses for the very serious photography. 
    It all depends on the purpose.

  3. Hi Toni,
    Thank you for your reviews.
    One comment: Your comments about the light gathered is not correct. As a proof, try the following:
    If you take the V3 with 13 mm (like 35mm on a full frame) at f5,6 ISO 200 and a D4 with 35mm lens set to 5,6 and ISO 200, both at Aperture priority, you will see that both select the same speed for the same scene.

  4. The 70-300mm on this camera has still got to be a big step up in quality from say an equivalent focal length bridge camera with a compact sensor though right?   like a Sony Cyber-shot DSC-H300 or Nikon Coolpix L830 

    That 70 to 300mm on the Nikon 1 zoomed to 300 mm will be f/5.6. Zoomed to 300 mm you have the equivalent of an 810 mm f/5.6. It's not going to be f/15 as you said. The CX crop has nothing to do with the speed of the lens. And this lens is calibrated and designed for for the CX format. Yes my 70 to 300 mmVR Nikkor was cheaper than $1000. But I don't expect it to work nearly as well on a Nikon 1. I hope you get the chance to compare this set up with your 500 mm big boy. I don't expect it to be as great as a $6000-$8000 prime lens on a full frame body, but I suspect it will do far better than you think. And to take it a step further, I know that you will have to add a 1.4 X Tele converter to your camera to get closer to the action that the V3 is getting. And guess what, the f-stop on your camera will change. It would now be an f/5.6 also.

  6. Tony, I enjoy your videos – very high quality and easy to watch. I do have one concern however. You make the statement that f-stop is affected by the crop factor. I believe this statement to be totally false. F-stop and the amount of light hitting the sensor is fixed in the lens no matter what the crop factor is. The size of the opening is the size of the opening! The only thing that changes with crop and f-stop is the angle of the light hitting the sensor. Additionally, I don't think you got it correct about quality legacy lens and their use on the v3 either. If you really think about it – Where is the sharpest point of any lens? Isn't it in the center of the lens? What part of a standard DX or FX lens would the smaller sensor be seeing through? You got it, the center of the lens! Quality glass is quality glass and the sharpest part of any lens will always be the center of the lens. This is all just my humble opinion of course. Please correct me if I am wrong… Thx!

  7. actually i wish they put a DX sensor on the nikon 1 series i mean they have a point and shoot that has a DX sensor on it non the less i got my V1 for less than 200 bucks and for that price totally worth it!! but hes totally right though about the noise but i love using the FT-1 and getting a cheap means of super telephoto i mean not everyone is doing this for living and we cant drop 5- 10 grand on tele lens just for fun so yeah im waiting for the V2 or V3 to drop its price and ill snag one up!!

  8. Hi Tony, first of all, congratulations for your very detailed reviews.
    Just a question, will you test also the samsung nx?
    It seems to be an interessant competitor and I would like to have a your impression on it.

  9. Hi, Excellent thoughts. :-). I was hoping for a hands on review of the Nikon 1 V3 with the 70-300 lens that is native to the Nikon 1 series cameras. I was looking for, speed of focus and accuracy of focus, the weight ratio-comparison that affects workflow and orientation., viability of the image compared to existing entry level DX DSLR with a native 800mm lens. And of course the price comparison. Also interested in the Sony A7 or A6000 with a telephoto of equivalent 800mm. Side by side comparison and pricing. Cheers Tristan. Again Excellent thoughts and I learn something new every time I watch your videos.

  10. I dont know how it always works like this, but everytime I watch a video of your's, you're all like "look at my 500f4, look at my 500f4". We all know it is a great lens. I actually know folk who shoot 500f4s behind 1.4TCs and nail every shot so it looks like they took it in a studio with a pet bird and even they dont go as gaga as you do over the lens!

    Let me tell you though, you far underestimate small sensor cameras. In good hands, they are capable of producing stellar images at relatively higher ISOs too. If you didnt have your 500f4 around and you spotted a really awesome bird, would you rather have a Nikon D3300 + the pretty okay 70-300 AF-S VR (and crop really aggressively)or would you rather have something like the FZ200 and spend a little time in DxO or NeatImage cleaning up an ISO400 image? I'd take the second any day since it is half the price and weight and I can at least get a shot!

    Its not very relevant to slightly mature photographers that you are spewing out these arbit math all over the place, but beginners are listening to you, and you might be leading them away from some really fun cameras by berating the small sensor!

  11. Which would be better for birding please – the Nikon V3 with 70-300 or the Olympus EM10 with 75-300.  I understand the different crop factors, but wondered which would offer the best results/value for money.

  12. It is more than a year since this video was made and time to see some pictures to justify your opinion. Comparing FX to CX sensor??? Ridiculous. The price of CX vs FX was not emphasized. Nikon's 600mm f/4 costs $12000 plus and an FX camera like Nikon's D750 costs $2000. The total cost is $14000 plus compared to about $1500 for a V3 with 70-300mm Nikkor 1 lens. That is about 10 times more expensive. Is the image from an FX gear 10 times better than the CX gear one? How can you compare? 

    Nikon's website claims this- "The adapter maintains the aperture values of the mounted lens, but increases the listed focal length 2.7x." So the f/5.6 remains at f/5.6 and does not go to f/15 as mentioned by Tony. He has to prove that Nikon's claim is false before saying what he said. 

    What about the weight of FX gear? A few pros have posted their videos with images from V3 and it is better to look at them before deciding. Nikkor 1 gear is not for professionals but for amateurs. Tony seems to be a Nikon basher without supporting images. Just airing opinions. Cannot take him seriously.

  13. Canon fan boi. Cant stand Chelsea and Tony bagging Nikon with their pathetic Canon sensors. Take the birding video, dude rocks up with a used Nikon and used Lens and makes them look amateur with their big canon bodies and HUGE lenses. And dont talk about styling, not your strong suit. Very disappointing video with a really weird view point. I think the Thumbs down will tell you that, the rest are just your followers.

  14. I had a d3200 and I got a v3 about a week ago and it out performs my d3200 in all ways except low light. I think you need to actually do a hands on review before you make your judgments.

  15. My little Nikon 1 V2 takes great videos, but the photo quality really sucks even setting it to the Large Fine Image options! I think Fuji, Olympus & Panasonic have an investment with their systems. I will probably donate this Nikon 1 V2 to our local high school photography class and buy a Fuji XT-20 with an 18-55 f2.8 outfit for starters! Possibly my photography skills will change?

  16. You haven't tried the V3 with the 70-300mm CX lens. You don't know what you are talking about.
    Your videos are not worth to look at.
    Test the tools before you speak. This is rubbish.
    Photography is not only about putting up a model in front of the camera.
    For nature photography the V3 and the 70-300CX is great.Walking around the whole day with a 500mm/600mm/800mm
    on a tripod is impossible. Try it in the mangrove or a wetland area.
    In nature you only have short time get the shot.
    Photography is about using the right gear in the right situation.
    Everyday I see people with big lenses trying to get some bird shots. The success rate is poor because they are difficult to maneuver.
    And YES the V3 can shoot 20fps.
    Of course the 800mm/600mm/500mm are great lenses but there are limits too using those.
    FF and DX cameras hava limits too – the V3 also has. However knowing the limits will help you get the best shots.

  17. What you said about the 70-300 mm being F15 is absolutely not true. The F number is a ratio and diameter of the front element is only part of that ratio. A 500mm F4 for CX sized sensor will give the same amount of light per square inch as a 500mm F4 for a full sized sensor, which is because the proportion of the entry to exit diameter of the optical is the same between the two, which in turn means even the front element of the former is substantially smaller than the latter it's only responsible for gathering light for a much smaller exposure surface area ultimately achieving the same exposure value. So the F number, even though is a ratio, describes the amount of light reaching the exposure surface per square inch in absolute terms. It's totally comparable between all size of lenses. Your conversion is physically false. Also, the "crop factor" doesn't affect depth of field or perspective.

  18. There is much the matter with this review. Several lenses have VR vibration reduction. The 70-300 cx lens is amazing. Look at the work of Canadian Thomas Stirr. … This review seems more like a list of prejudices than factually connected. Also while the 2.7 crop factor on an f4 lens effects depth of field… It does not alter light gathering f4 still behaves like f4. I've enjoyed many of the author's other reviews but this one was amature trash. Look at Stirr's handheld work on birds and butterflies some at an effective 810mm. This review misses the mark.

  19. I didn't see a Nikon 1 on the desk, so you haven't tried one for real. I have and I also own Nikon FX cameras. The Nikon 1 cameras are a great system and compliment the rest of the range. In my experience the lens adapter works faultlessly with AFS lenses. The only downside is the adapter does not allow shutter speeds of greater than 1.5 seconds, only the native lenses allow nice long exposures for night shooting etc.

  20. 70-300 is a relatively slow lens with a huge price tag considering the lack of glass used.
    It'd be cheaper to buy a sigma 150-600 lens for a much bigger Apsc sensor camera.
    Practically every micro four thirds lens is more expensive than the equivalent lens for an Apsc camera.
    All this nonsense about it weighing less and costing less to manufacture is rubbish.
    The weight saving is minimal and the cost is often more

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