Nikon 1 Nikkor 10-100 mm VR f4.0-5.6 lens review: Ultimate travel companion?

By Kevin Carter - Wednesday October 30 2013

Lens Review
Introduction | Nikon 1 10-100 mm f4-5.6 lens performance | Nikon 1 NIKKOR VR 10-100 mm f/4.0-5.6 Versus Nikon 1 NIKKOR VR 10-100 mm f/4.5-5.6 PD-ZOOM | Conclusion
Nikon 1 Nikkor 10-100 mm VR f4.0-5.6 lens review: Ultimate travel companion?

Launched after the power-drive (PD) zoom model of the same focal length and relative aperture for the Nikon 1 system, this lens is lighter, more compact version that should single it out as a ideal lens for travel photographers. Read on to see how well it performs.

While the original PD version of this 10x optical zoom, the equivalent to a 27-270 mm targeted video makers, the additional weight and bulk associated with the powered zoom mechanism was at odds with those looking to use it for travel photography.

Albeit now adopting a simple traditional mechanical zoom ring, the replacement is slimmer, lighter and at $549, around $200 cheaper than the original when launched.

Internally, the optical construction has changed as well. It adopts 19 elements in 12 groups but has two ED glass lenses instead of three in the former version and three aspherical lens elements, up from two. The new model retains the stabilization feature of the original, focuses to 0.35 m (at 10 mm), measures 60.5x70.5 mm and weighs in at 298 g (10.5 oz.).

Nikon 1 10-100 mm f4-5.6 lens performance

Nikon 1 NIKKOR VR 10-100 mm f/4.0-5.6 Versus Nikon 1 NIKKOR VR 10-100 mm f/4.5-5.6 PD-ZOOM

Conclusion