Nikon 1 V3 camera, Nikkor 10-30mm and 70-300mm lenses pre-order options

Nikon 1 V3 kit with the new 10-30mm lens pre-order options:

Nikon 1 Nikkor 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6 VR lens pre-order options:

Nikon 1 Nikkor 10-30mm f/3.5-5.6 VR PD-Zoom lens pre-order options:

Shipping of the new Nikon 1 products will start in April (most likely on April 17th). Check back later for more more-order options.

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  • Eric Calabros

    Nikon is best at converting a “no brainer” to “meh” with just overpricing

    • Eric Calabros

      or maybe its not that overpriced as I think for some bird/sport shooters
      left one captures 18mp at 20fps : $2000
      right one captures 16mp at 11fps: $25000

      • Nikon User

        You are comparing two super overpricing lenses from Nikon.

        Tamron 150-600mm is cheaper than the 1 Nikkor 70-300mm.

        • Eric Calabros

          but generally $1k lenses are becoming normal in the market.. look at Fuji/Sony/Olympus recent prices.

      • AM

        Normally, sports and wildlife require subject isolation. I’m not sure how that can be achieved with a system that at the most can give you the equivalent DOF that f/16 would give you on FX at the longer focal length.

        • d7k2v2

          How about this

          Shot with a Nikon V2, 200mm @ F5.6

          Pretty isolated.

          • Mansgame

            bright day light in the sun…try that in the shade and moving subject.

            • Eric Calabros

              Omg.. didnt know DOF is depended on shutter speed!

          • AM

            C’mon man! You should now that the closer you get to your subject, the shallower DOF you will get.
            We’re talking about the comparison in the picture above, the same guy at the same distance, same composition, same aperture. Which one will give him a better subject isolation?

            • d7k2v2

              FX of course. What’s great about CX that people tend to overlook in this “bokeh at all costs” world is that an INCREASE in dof is actually a better thing to have on the macro and super tele end of things. If I open the lens up to maximum aperture then on FX I have more sensitive focus because of the shallow dof – bad for low light sports. On CX I have more wiggle room and nail the focus more often. The above shot on FX with the same aperture would probably be a throwaway because the squirrel in back might be soft. This is why I’m sold on the 1 for macro and tele with my nice FX glass, being small is just a bonus.

      • EJP

        For serious bird photographers one can isolate the subject and blur the background, the other leaves a messy background which are OK for subject ID shots but not much more.

      • Mansgame

        Let’s compare shots from the two cameras above. I double dog dare you.

      • LFG

        Can you give sample of both systems? I’d just be curious to see if that 18mp gives you a better 24×36 (or even 8×12) than the 16mp body…

      • Scott M.

        18mps on CX is no comparison to 16mps on Dx or FX

    • stoooopid

      This lens is overpriced for this system. For this system, the price should be around $600. They could move a lot of lenses at that price – including moving one to me. But $1000 is too high.

  • lord eels


    • Aldo

      lord eels getting up votes is the same reason Bush became president… twice!

      • lord eels

        why not?

      • Scott M.

        What does that mean?

        • Aldo

          Nothing in particular… it’s just funny. He is mr. doucherama

          • Scott M.

            Hmmm. Ok, I see where you are coming from.
            You know, the guy we got now got elected twice too.

            • Aldo

              that was Bush’s fault too!!!

  • Stingy

    Those prices are surreal, they don’t want to sell this system, do they? They must be thick in the head.

  • Dubida

    1190 dollar = 1249 Euro?
    Forget it Nikon
    1190 dollar = 856 Euro at recent rate
    This won’t work

    • Marty

      You’re right this thing is heavily over-priced (again). Don’t forget however that US prices do not include VAT while the European prices do. Still, we Europeans get shafted again. Thank you Nikon, that felt familiar.

      • Wally in Austin

        At least Nikon is consistently lacking in the vision that brought us the D3 and D300

      • Naval Gunfire

        Not sure about the rest of Europe but we get an extra year of warranty out of Nikon here in the UK and getting things fixed abroad is much easier than in the US. Swings and roundabouts.

        • broxibear

          Hi Naval,
          I actually asked Nikon UK about why places like Nikon Canada give 5 years warranty on lenses while in the UK it’s 1 or 2 if you register it on the Nikon UK site. They said it was down to particular Nikon regions, ie Nikon US or Nikon UK, to decide what type of warranty to give in that region and in the UK it was 2 years. They didn’t explain why it was different.

      • Mauro Schramm

        You Europeans shafted? Try buying one of these (or anything) in Brazil… 🙁

  • Pat Mann

    Small, light birding system. Compare the price to D400 with 80-400 zoom. Or even the much slower buffer-crippled D7200. Of course we don’t have the same low-light sensitivity, probably much less dynamic range, not the same rugged build or weatherproofing with a tack-on grip and finder, but for basic sunny-day bird ID shooting and documentation, how can you beat this?

    • Bruce

      Why would you spend $2,000 for a sunny day, birding camera that has all those compromises?

      • KnightPhoto

        Because we have the rough and tough birding cameras already and this is a nice addition to our kit that is small, light, and fast everything.

    • EnPassant

      D400?? D7200?? What cameras are you talking about in your fantasy world? We may never see a Nikon D400 DX camera, and while D7200 is much more probable it hasn’t been released yet, and we therefore doesn’t know anything of its buffer specifications.
      The price for a D7100 and the Tamron 150-600 is about the same as for a V3 with grip, EVF and the new 70-300 zoom.
      As the D7100 has a much bigger sensor and in that combination in full frame terms has a 225-900mm, or with the 1.3 crop a 300-1200mm lens, the choice is between portability (low weight, small size) versus better IQ and longer reach.
      People preferring the latter surely will think the D7100 combination beat this V3 with 70-300 lens.

    • Mansgame

      There is no replacement for a big sensor. You can crop the sensor all you want but it doesn’t magically add quality.

      • Pat Mann

        But I’m not buying a 600mm f/4 lens. I’m looking for other options. I’m sure this would give more and better pixels on the birds in good light than the 70-300 VR on the D800e. It will be interesting to test. I know it will provide a whole lot more images per second for BIF, though it may take a few batteries to do it.

  • MovingToCanon

    They never answered my 3 complaints on the V2, I am not going to buy this now. My small take-everywhere cam is going to be the Canon GXII. Thanks Nikon management, stupid clowns.

  • Larrry

    Well, scratch that one off the list. The Sony A6000 is looking better and better. And like the Nikon, it hasn’t been released yet, but at least it is on the short list for when released.

    • Wally in Austin

      Ditto on the Sony

      • istreetshooter

        Ditto ditto on the Sony. About 5 weeks until release and I am on the short waiting list.

  • Wally in Austin

    At this price my V1 will be the last Nikon1 product I will buy. Small light weight second camera for my D7000 is now going to be a Sony or Lumix GX7

  • Bruce

    I’m amazed at how Nikon consistently bodge their launch pricing. There are a number of problems they are creating here:

    1) People find the pricing of competitors systems more attractive, especially as ALL of their competitors have better sensors, either M4/3 or APSC.

    2) People are so put off they never even get to test the camera and to see if they are prepared to compromise on the small sensor for all the other features.

    3) The lack of initial sales means that Nikon stock pile in dealers, so dealers then don’t want them as it hammers their cash flow and they end up writing off their inventory. This is no good for Nikon, as they won’t invest in the Nikon 1 brand in the future, and it means they will end up showing competitor products on their shelves. It means the consumers never get to try the product.

    4) Lack of initial sales also mean – huge rebates and discounting in 3/6 months to shift stock. This is a major knock on effect in many ways –

    a) People put off purchases as they know the price will go down, and then they buy it, when everyones margins are much thinner. Nikon and supplier don’t benefit from this. The consumer does.

    b) People put off purchases while they wait for the price to go down, and while they are waiting they see a recently launched competitor product at a sensible price and believe that represents better value for them and end up buying into someone else’s system. Consumer and competitor wins.

    c) Consumer buys it on pre-order at highest value. Price goes down by half in next 6 months and they feel like they have been shafted. Nikon 1 is not and investment at this point, it’s a black hole, a money pit. Nikon wins, consumer loses.

    Where’s the win/win here?

    All this pricing strategy tells me is that they don’t understand either the US or EU markets for the product they have created. They are repeatedly failing to deliver a product that is of value and quality (read sensor: not build and basic features) and I therefore have no confidence they will fix this in the future.

    When Nikon finally does release an APSC mirrorless system, which they will have to at some point, it’s going to cannabalise the Nikon 1 soooo badly it’s going to kill the product line, so everyone who has invested in the system is going to feel remarkably short changed. And whilst they hold off on doing this, all the time ther are ceding mindshare and new customers to their rivals.

    Whoever made the decision to go with a 1″ sensor based CX platform need their head checking. If they are going to salvage any value in what they have created they need to VERY quickly find a price point that will drive sales. To me Nikon 1 competes with other advanced compacts, such as the RX100, not Fujifilm X-series. And should be priced accordingly.

    Nikon is used to being Number 1 or 2 in their chosen market and right now they’re somewhere around 5th place in mirrorless because Fujifilm, Olympus, Panasonic, Sony have all worked out how to do it better than them.

    • ereshoping

      We need to get over this idea that ANY photographic gear is an investment.

      • Scott M.

        I still own every camera and lens I have ever bought.
        My investment pays dividends in use, not resale.

    • stesk

      That’s right. Here in Hong Kong many dealers don’t sell Nikon 1.
      Why is it so difficult to get a 1 N 32mm lens???

  • Andrew Gray

    The price is at least 50% too high. Maybe if they priced it around $800 at launch it would be attractive. But compared to the A6000, GX7, or GM1 why get this? The compact 70-300 zoom is nice though — I’d like a native 90-400 small zoom for m4/3.

    • Pat Mann

      The price is the price. It isn’t “too high” or “too low” except to some individual buyer or seller. It’s logical from the seller’s standpoint to set the initial price high to pull off the top of the demand curve, at which time they can drop the price a bit and pick up a few more. No sense making those first 10,000 sales at $500 when they can do it at $1000.

  • broxibear

    Here are the UK prices and options…
    Nikon 1 V3 Digital Camera Body £729
    Nikon 1 V3 Digital Camera with 10-30mm PD Zoom Lens £799
    Nikon 1 V3 Digital Camera with 10-30mm PD Zoom Lens Plus EVF and Grip £1049

    To put those prices into context (cameras below have built in EVF)…
    Sony Alpha A6000 Digital Camera with 16-50mm Power Zoom Lens £649
    Panasonic LUMIX DMC-GX7 Digital Camera with 14-42mm Lens £749
    Fuji X-E1 Black Digital Camera with 18-55mm Lens £679

    The Fuji X-M1 Digital Camera with 16-50mm Lens seems to be the most similar to the V3, it doesn’t have an inbuilt EVF and it costs £449

    I use a GF1 as my “carry with me” type camera, looking at these options if I were to change would I buy a V3 ?…No, the others offer more for a lot less money.

    The V3 might be a very good camera, but considering the options out there for buyers I don’t understand who would choose the Nikon.(the few who might want to attach an adaptor for their dslr lenses are tiny in numbers).

    • Col

      Add in the Sony RX10 as well which can now be picked up for 800 pounds in the UK. Same size sensor plus built in 24-200 Zeiss lens with constant 2.8 aperture. All for about 75% of the V3 price. No contest…

    • broxibear

      Here it is side by side with the Sony Alpha A6000 ©

  • TheOne

    Well, I cant really see the point of this and at this price it makes me wonder what Nikon are thinking. Sometimes I wonder if they are all just on a beach somewhere drunk and cant be bothered.

  • stoooopid

    I don’t know who this camera is aimed at. It seems to have an identity crisis. I got into the 1 system when they were having the fire sales and I picked up a couple of bodies really cheap. But this new camera seems to be the body everyone with a V1 wanted – extra control points, tilt screen – but the PRICE – ARE YOU KIDDING? Is Nikon aware of what the market has to offer at that price? You can get a body that has amazing IQ at this price point – hell even lower. I am not sure what Nikon is smoking.

    • broxibear

      Hi stoooopid,
      “I don’t know who this camera is aimed at. It seems to have an identity crisis.” you’re right, from the very start Nikon didn’t put any thought into who the 1 series cameras were for…and equally crazy is that Canon did the exact same thing with their mirrorless camera.
      I get the impression that both Canon and Nikon are run so tightly from Japan that their other sections in Europe, America etc are just ignored as far as what the market is and wants, and are told to do what Nikon Japan tell them. The Df being sold only in kit form in Europe is a good example…I know Nikon UK were not happy about that at all, but there was nothing they could do about it.

    • broxibear

      Hi stoooopid,
      “I don’t know who this camera is aimed at. It seems to have an identity crisis.” you’re right, from the very start Nikon didn’t put any thought into who the 1 series cameras were for…and equally crazy is that Canon did the exact same thing with their mirrorless camera.
      I get the impression that both Canon and Nikon are run so tightly from Japan that their other sections in Europe, America etc are just ignored as far as what the market is and wants, and are told to do what Nikon Japan tell them. The Df being sold only in kit form in Europe is a good example…I know Nikon UK were not happy about that at all, but there was nothing they could do about it.

      • stoooopid

        Exactly. I can think of many good uses for a solid camera like this with a 1″ sensor for a REASONABLE price. But at $1200 – WTF? It is up in D7100, Fuji X-whatever territory. And I promise – it will lose that battle. Maybe it has amazing AF tracking or something – we have not seen yet. But the new Fuji’s are not slow at all – neither are the new Sonys. So this camera is being relegated to the very small (relatively speaking) market of birders or other very long shooters. But they could be seeking higher IQ, so still screwed. This seems like a disaster in the making.

        • stesk

          It seems the camera will replace the whole serie with no more J and S versions.
          I expect the DXO test to be the same as with the V2 more MP will not do it.
          I have the Sony RX 100 M2 and the sensor here is much better than Nikons.
          The Panasonic (4/3) seems also better than Nikon.
          I find the V3 is for amateurs and don’t know why they create a camera with high speed for this segment.

          • stoooopid

            I fear you are right, the DXO test scores will be pretty much identical to the V1 and V2. I am not a brick wall shooter, or a pixel peeper, however I see a very noticeable IQ gap between my D7000 and my V1 – and it is not a resolution issue. I was hoping they would keep the V2 MP, or even drop back down to 10MP of the V1 – but increase high ISO performance (really the weak point of this system). But I don’t really have much hope of that happening with the now, even high MP count.

    • Spy Black

      The entire 1 Series has had an identity crisis.

  • Bud

    If the IQ out of the 70-300 is good, I will get this system for $1,500. The question is “when” will I get that body/lens combo for $1,500.

    The V3 should be priced the same as the Sony A6000, as is they’re competing with the D7100, not a winning proposition.

    As for birding with this, I’ve seen many, many wildlife photographers say they commonly stop down to get more DOF. As long as the lens is super sharp and AF is good the system should be fine.

  • HotDuckZ

    V3 is great for me this camera met all my demand. Hope P8000 have LCD, EVF & External mic like P7700 and I wish for 6.7-13 + 70-300 with PD-zoom.

  • koenshaku

    This or the Fuji X-T1 decisions decsions.. Will have to wait on the review to see ^^

    • Two completely different cameras. Your choice should be easy.

    • WC

      I have ordered both.Some folks prefer to spend time online bitching and complaining and others just give it a go, buy what they want and get out and shoot.

      • bm

        some folks are in different financially situations as you and spending a thousand dollars on something is a big decision.

  • Does any one know how the (physical) size of the 70-300mm compares to the size of the 30-110mm (just for comparison purposes – I’m trying to gauge the size in my mind)

    • whisky

      107mm long (Cx collapsed) vs. 142mm for the Fx model.
      it’s also about 200g lighter.

    • stesk

      The max weight for a lens on N1 is 385g. The new 70-300mm weights more than 500g. This means you have to buy the tripod collar and attach a strap to it when carrying the lens and camera.

  • Garry Bryant

    What interested me in the Nikon 1 was the light weight and the V1 produced a file better than my D200. I can’t carry a DSLR system anymore due to medical issues. The m43, etc., may be better, but the lenses are big & heavy. Fuji had my attention but the price was too high and couldn’t focus fast. The V1 can focus fast. Yes I dislike the censor & its great depth of field, I miss my shallow depth of field, but my issue was give up photography or compromise, I compromised. I’m a photographer, I need to take pictures! But. . . I got the V1 because of the fire sale, it fits my needs. The V3 however, is way too expensive! By the time I save up for the V3, there might be a V5, and I won’t be able to afford that either. Just wish I had the pocket money that so many posters seem to have, having dabbled into several systems. For me, I just want one.

    • Yes, Garry, I’m with you about what some people seem to have to spend on equipment. I see example photos of someone’s cat or dining room table shot with a Leica M with a 50mm f/1.4 Summilux ASPH and just cringe.

      • WC

        I see some folks with a Jag in their driveway and that is where its spends most its time, I see others with boats and motor homes in their driveway most the time, so what, if that is what they can afford and its what they want, it is ok with me, none of my business, good for them, same with cameras, I have many and it is no ones business if I am a pro or just a collector, do your thing and be happy ,folks shouldn’t worry about what others do or don’t do, have or don’t have. WC

    • Spy Black

      So let me get this straight, you’re comparing a camera from 2006, which is a Jurassic era in technology terms, with a CCD sensor no less, to a camera from 2012 with all the technological advances in sensor design and processing engine technology and software? Sure, it’s a smaller sensor, but, really?

    • stesk

      I also have problems with carrying heavy gear.
      You don’t need to upgrade. Stick with the V1. Add some of the new F/1.8 lenses from Nikon and you get blurry backgrounds.
      I have the 70-200mm F/2.8 but bought the F/4 to makit lighter. It works great and you get sharp and beautiful photos. Save your money for lenses – the camera is second.

  • whisky

    i don’t think this package will find it’s way to Target, but it may find it’s way to Costco — where the bundle will begin to see some discount.

    i can’t see it being sold as a complete bundle (camera + lens + grip +EVF) for too long after that. nikon is obviously targeting this at the very high end, and as such was not meant for the V1 discount crowd.

    current V1 users whom lust for sports and action, may want to buy the 70-300mm lens first, and the V3 later when it undoubtedly will begin to see some price erosion. JMO.

    • KnightPhoto

      My plan exactly

  • Jon Porter

    I feel like I’m looking at a 2011 camera with a 2014 price.

  • stoooopid

    The system now seems to be moving towards a specialty market – long range shooters. Because for any other purpose – Sony, Fuji, Pany/Oly have it beat in almost all features. Msg to Nikon: Have you seen the Sony A6000? Do you know what it is capable of and the price? That is the competition. Price your stuff accordingly.

  • Aldo

    If it was FF or even DX I would be all over this camera. It’s a very cool camera, but it leaves you wanting it and hating it because of the price, much like the Df.

    • Aldo, if this camera was FF it would cost $10,000 and weigh 13 pounds. What disappoints me is that it’s not at least four-thirds. But, I understand they want to lock folks into their lenses. Anyway, for a change, they actually did customers right by kitting this with a nice, albeit slow, lens, the viewfinder and the grip. Considering the built in WiFi, speed, video capability and portability they should sell four s*&tloads of these.

      • Aldo

        Hey Pete… the a7 weights about 1 pound (full frame). The nikon coolpix A (dx) weights closer to half a pound, and it comes with the lens integrated. The only logic behind keeping this sensor size, is to prevent the nikon 1 lenses from becoming obsolete. This is a very nice camera don’t get me wrong, but for the price it should be at least DX.

        • lol, I know, just trying to be a smart ass. But still, to be able to do everything it does now but with a bigger sensor would mean bigger lenses, more electronics (potentially) and so on. It looks to me like they went with the grip and EVF as accessories so that you COULD take them off and have a fully functioning camera that would fit in a shirt pocket…like the Coolpix A 🙂 (didn’t I say that? Oh, that was YOU!)

        • Spy Black

          “…but for the price it should be at least DX.”

          Actually, it simply should not have that price. It’s a CX camera, fine, but it should’ve been around $700-800 as the whole kit they’re selling. I’m not sure if the V2 EVF was better, but the one here looks quite dismal. And STILL no hot shoe.

          The technology of this particular camera, with it’s present resolution and at base ISO, would be an interesting one to use in studio fashion work, if it’s autofocus can work as advertised. Coupled with some high-speed IGBT strobes I could imagine you could have some fun in the studio with this. But alas, there’s no way to have your radio triggers sync because there’s no damn hot shoe.

          Another Nikon 1 eunuch masterpiece.

  • C.L.

    Maybe the P8000 will hit the spot until this mirrorless stuff gets sorted out. I’ve been holding off buying into another system to see what direction these companies are heading. Right now everyone is running aroung like chickens with their heads cut off bumping into each other trying to find their way.

  • Photo-Jack

    Is there anything which could be more boring than Nikon 1?
    Yes, Entry-Level Coolpux.
    How can a company with such a legacy be so uninspired?
    In the top end mirrorless section Olympus, Fuji and Panasonis are competing ablout gold-, silver- and bronze medal while Nikon doesn’t even participate.
    Now Nikon announced some more Nikon CX Lenses while they themselves state in a recent fair-interview that they have a hard time to sell even the bodies. What a clever move! Bottom line, Nikon could have spared the money to translate the manuals into English and the European languages – Japanese would have been suffivient.

    Nikon is about to make its mastery in bringing to market, what the customers are not waiting for, while consequently ignoring what customers are waiting for.
    A d800 successor: What do they think the can put into the new one to make existing D800 owners buy the new model, other than for the sake of being new? Not that I couldn’t think of anything making a new version more attractive. But given Nikon’s ignorance that would probably exacly the features they won’t improve accordingly.
    They make themselves busy with new CX lenses while sitting on a long list of FX lenses customers would really want. In the meantime 3rd party makes are taking charge of some of these lenses and once the customers are satified with them, they won’t buy the Nikkors. Even an outsider like Samyang tried its luck on a 24 PC. Sleep well Nikon?
    Isn’t it a shame that many people pass by the 16-35 Fx for the horrible distortion? The 14-24 shows, that Nikon could do better. And you Nikon people cannot impress any longer with just patents that never matirialize. Patents don’t make revenues, good products do.
    Say good by to this quarter’s revenue goals as well as to the ones for the next.
    Don’t get me wrong: I’m neither a Nikon hater nor am I from the other camp. But it makes me some sort of angry to watch a company with such a wealth of knowledge and expierences wasting their potentials.

    • TheOne


    • Bobby B Busenheimer

      Nikon is going down. I’ll be here for the sellout.

  • broxibear

    Anyone else noticed it doesn’t take SD cards, it’s micro SDHC or micro SDXC…do any other cameras use micro SD ? My last mobile used those and they are seriously small and dificult to handle due to their size…changing those in your V3 isn’t going to be easy.
    And has anyone got a price for the EVF alone ?

    • Photo-Jack

      In any
      event I feel the variety of memory cards annoying for all that do not work just
      in a studio. (XQD, CF, SD and what have you) In my consideration the UHS II SD
      cards have reached a speed and storage space level that should be just fine for
      any camera.

      In Europe
      they are discussing a law to force phone makers to standardize their charging
      units to reduce the amount of electronic trash. I’d love they’d extent this
      idea. I’ve observed that mains adaptors often deliver a higher voltage than
      that stated on the actual battery. Thus there seems to be a certain tolerance.

      I’d find it
      great, if makers would agree on delivering a mains adaptor base unit with 12
      Volts DC output, so that this thing could be in line with power outlets in cars
      and thus could be easily hooked up with them.

      Then, the
      makers should make a plate to take up the individual batteries to be hooked up
      with the base unit.

      and charger-technology is not endemic to camera makers. Thus they try to make
      some extra by form factors and electronic (like Nikons does) to cut off 3rd
      party supply. I’d be happy to pay 30 bucks extra for the base unit, to increase

      So instead
      of lugging around a bunch of different mains adaptors you got only one base
      unit plus the small and light battery plates. Same with the memory cards: just
      one unit. And in case it would be a SD card, most laptops have an SD-Card
      reader built in and to hook up SD cards with tablets isn’t a big deal also.

      The world is full of possibilities but
      unfortunately we have to see that one-dimensional thinking (greed) rules them

  • John

    the lenses are so incredibly slow… plus the small sensor. Add the price. Thanks, you can keep that, Nikon.

  • Scott M.

    This sample photo from Nikon website is only 72dpi but says 13.3×8.8 inches. What is the native size for this camera? 8×10? Maybe not. CX sensor is tiny, otherwise I am very excited about 20fps

    • Mansgame

      I don’t trust any of the sample images. They use unrealistic settings with professional lights set up around them – ie. things you can’t do in regular sports shooting and/or things normal people don’t do when using this camera. And as you pointed out, they are only posting low-res pictures.

  • Pat Mann

    So does that grip have an Arca dovetail like the Fuji grip?

  • Rob

    If you want cheap get a D3300 if you want smaller cough up. Wonders if the D2300 is still on the horizon… and if they will ditch the mirror in later revisions.

    • ditch the mirror? huh?

      • Rob

        The D2300 is rumoured to be an F-mount APS-C camera minus OVF. I don’t think it would be stretching it to imagine them leaving out the mirror after a generation or that Nikon isn’t working on a APS-C mirrorless cam. They might not save a lot of space if they leave the flange distance alone but it would remove one moving part and might make it lighter. They might be able to shorten flange distance make new lenses and sell adapters for F-mount?

        • stoooopid

          I can see this happening. I actually would like to see it happen. The problem with having a mirror is you get into this strange situation where to switch to video mode, you have to lock up the mirror and the camera operates in a different way after that. I don’t think Nikon’s current video implementation on there DSLR’s is very slick. With mirrrorles – the switch to video mode is really simple – and nothing really changes about the way you operate the camera whether in video mode, or still image mode. To me it just seems like a “cleaner” solution.

  • stesk

    How can they charge $ 996 for the 70-300mm lens????
    They had problems selling the F/1.2 32mm at the same price.
    That’s crazy.

    • Bud

      Good telephoto is expensive, if the lens performs then the price is right.
      The body is just outrageous, the only way to save that price point would be to put all those features in an AW body (All Weather, or, underwater capable), which is really what the entire series should be dedicated to.

      • stesk

        Compare the price with a 55-300mm DX lens. The DX lens doesn’t have Nano coating. But you pay double for the N1 lens.

        • bud

          The 55-300DX performs like it costs.

          • stesk

            Yes, on a DX camera but not on a CX camera.

  • Louis-Félix Grondin

    Is it just me or that 70-300 will do over 1:2 magnification on the CX format? That’s pretty cool. The Super-ND plus NC coating seems promising… This all might justify the price.

  • stesk

    Is the new 1 N lens worth buying???

    I doubt because of the price. I will estimate the price to app HKD 7,500 – 8,000. The lens has Nano coating – the weight is 550gr. it has VR.

    Compare the lens with the 55-300mm VR DX. This lens weight 530gr. + you wil have to add the FT1 adapter. This lens should be better than the more heavy 70-300mm VR FX (which is also more expensive).

    You can get the DX lens at a price of HKD 1,720 (USD 221) (without warranty) or HKD 2,4xx (USD 311) with warranty .

    Is the Nano Coating worth the difference? – It’s up to you 🙂

  • megadon357

    Well, once again the folks who don’t shoot the Nikon 1 are vocal about how they won’t shoot the V3. No surprise. I use my V1 all the time and am very happy that Nikon continues to support this great platform. I’m looking forward to the 70-300.

    • stoooopid

      Well, I also shoot the V1 and I am saying I won’t be buying the V3 unless it address the one weakness so far of the whole 1 system – noisy high iso. I understand it is a 1″ sensor – but honestly – that is Nikon’s problem, not my problem. ISO 800 is already getting pretty bad, by 1600, it is really noisy. I will wait until the test results are out, but if they are not better than my V1, I will not be buying the V3 (that is until it is on fire sale a year from now for $200). I am not a hater, I am just realistic.

      • megadon357

        Yes, there is grain and 1600 is as high as I like to shoot. I wish there was an auto iso setting that went up to 1600 on the V1. The camera is what it is, and what it does well are the things I want it to do well. The 32mm lens helps a lot at low light, but we really need a fast wide-angle prime. I use the 10mm the most but it is not as good as the 18.5mm or the 32mm.. I am more excited by the 70-300 lens than by the V3. I would buy the V2 or the V3 at firesale prices, but really just want them to keep making lenses until I can buy them. Wide-angle zoom next and then the 70-300.

  • spicynujac

    Can someone help justify the purchase of the Nikon 1 70-300 at $1,000 over the FT-1 converter and the F mount 70-300 at around $750 total?
    I happen to already own the 70-300 but even for those that don’t, it is much cheaper to buy the big F mount lens, which you can then use only the nice clear center portion of on CX camera, so it should be super sharp. The maximum apertures are the same, which really confuses me. If the Nikon 1 version was a stop faster, ok I could possibly see it, but I don’t see any justification for purchasing the 1 version other than weight/size, and this is such a unique / special purpose lens that would not be used that often, I can’t see size/weight being a huge issue. There is nano-coating but still I expect better performance or faster aperture if I am purchasing a $1,000 lens!

    • KnightPhoto

      1) if you are used to working at these fields of view, $1K is not a lot of money. Just the opposite. Check the price of the 800mm FX 😉

      2) Special ED Glass only present on 200mm f/2 and 80-400 VRII.

      3) Nano-coat.

      4) Implication is Nano-coat and Special-ED, this is a serious lens.

      5) Ability to use all PDAF focal points, not just the centre one. I.e. a purpose-built 1-system lens.

      6) we’ll need to see, but presumably faster AF than the FX 70-300, which hunts a lot on the FT-1, and causes missed shots.

      7) a full 3 inches shorter than the 70-300/FT-1 combo (in non-extended 70mm position).

      8) a full 3/4 of a pound lighter than the 70-300/FT-1 combo

      9) presumably a much sharper lens than the the 70-300/FT-1 combo

  • Thomas Stirr

    People either ‘get’ the advantages of a CX sensor or not. I shoot all of my client video work with a D800 and a Nikon 1 V2 along with a selection of Nikkor FX and 1 Nikon CX lenses. I sold my Nikon DX body and all of my DX lenses because the D800/V2 was a much more flexible combination than was my D800/D7000.

    Without doubt there are many times when the shallow depth-of-field of an FX body is required…and there are also many times when the deeper depth-of-field of a CX body is invaluable. I have found this when shooting video under lower light conditions and the scene calls for deeper depth-of-field but I may be limited to shooting at f/1.8 or f/2.0. In these cases using my Nikon 1 V2 is a fantastic option. The quality of the 1080 HD 30p video is very good up to ISO800 and quite acceptable at ISO1600. I never shoot any video at ISOs higher than 1600 and I always try to keep it at ISO800 or lower whenever possible.

    There is no such thing as a perfect camera. It all comes down to the kind of work you do and the tools you need to do a great job for your clients. For me the D800 and a Nikon 1 V2 is ideal. I may also be adding a Nikon 1 V3 to my kit, specifically for its video capability.

    Being a pro videographer or photographer is like being a carpenter….you need more than one camera body and one lens to do a good job for clients….just like a carpenter needs more than a hammer.

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