|Introduction | Image quality ranking | Nikon 1 NIKKOR VR 6.7-13mm f/3.5-5.6 vs competition | Nikon 1 NIKKOR 18.5mm f/1.8 vs competition | Conclusion|
Nikon was one of the last big camera makers to offer a mirrorless model but when they finally announced the Nikon 1 system back in September, 2011, they attracted some controversy for adopting a new smaller sensor than rivals. Since then, they’ve done well to increase popularity of the system by expanding the range of lenses in a relatively short time frame. The 1 Nikkor 6.7-13mm f/3.5-5.6 and the 18.5mm f/1.8 are two of the newest models from the firm. Read on to see how well they perform when mounted on the Nikon 1 V1 body.
Nikon’s 1 series cameras adopts a smaller 1-inch type sensor which allows the firm to offer lenses that are substantially more compact than most rivals with mirrorless offerings. In fact with the exception of the new 32mm f/1.2, the lenses are so small they actually lack focus rings. Manual focus is still possible, however, it’s just that control is made via the camera body. The small sensor also accounts for the shorter than usual focal lengths on offer. The new $500 image stabilized 1 Nikkor 6.7-13mm f/3.5-5.6 VR and $187 18.5mm f/1.8 have the equivalent angle of view in full-frame 35mm terms to a very useful 18-35mm and 50mm, respectively.