Nikon 1 10-100mm VR Review

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This is an in-depth review of the new Nikon 1 10-100mm f/4.5-5.6 VR lens, also known as “1 Nikkor VR 10-100mm f/4.5-5.6 PD-ZOOM” that was announced on September 21, 2011 specifically for the new Nikon 1 system, together with three other lenses and the new Nikon V1 and J1 cameras. The Nikon 1 10-100mm f/4.5-5.6 VR is versatile 10x superzoom lens specifically designed for shooting movies on the new Nikon 1 camera system. It is the first Nikkor powered zoom lens with a voice coil AF motor that makes no audible noise when zooming in and out while recording videos. Unlike other Nikon 1 system zoom lenses, the Nikon 1 10-100mm VR lens has no zoom ring; zoom action is controlled by a switch on the side of the lens with three adjustable zoom speeds. This is done to prevent any additional lens shake that is caused by rotating a zoom ring on regular lenses. With the Nikon 1 10-100mm VR lens, you can get closer or further away from your subject very smoothly and naturally – the new AF motor is designed in such a way, that it prevents abrupt stops. Plus, the latest generation of Vibration Reduction technology further helps to keep the camera and lens steady, preventing jittery movements and reducing blurry images. With its focal length of 10-100mm on the Nikon 1 CX sensor (2.7x crop factor), its coverage is equivalent to a 27-270mm lens. The variable aperture of f/4.5-5.6 means that its maximum (largest) aperture changes between f/4.5 to f/5.6, depending on the focal length.

1 Nikkor VR 10-100mm f/4.5-5.6 PD-ZOOM

Although I will post a couple of videos demonstrating the nice video capabilities of the lens for shooting videos, I will primarily concentrate on image capturing capabilities of the 1 Nikkor 10-100mm in this review. That’s because I find the Nikon 1 10-100mm VR lens to have superb image capturing capability as well. Therefore, you will see my typical image sharpness and contrast comparisons to other Nikon 1 lenses such as Nikon 1 10mm f/2.8, Nikon 1 10-30mm f/3.5-5.6 VR and Nikon 1 30-110mm f/3.8-5.6 VR.

Nikon 1 10-100mm Sample (5)

NIKON 1 V1 + 1 NIKKOR VR PD-Zoom 10-100mm f/4.5-5.6 @ 26.5mm, ISO 180, 1/125, f/8.0

1) Lens Specifications

Main Features:

  1. A high-power zoom lens that covers the 10–100mm range of focal lengths (angle of view equivalent to 27–270mm in 35mm format)
  2. A 10x power drive zoom lens
  3. Retractable lens mechanism
  4. Equipped with a vibration reduction (VR) mechanism
  5. Zooming speed (3 speeds available) can be adjusted with positioning of the power drive zoom switch
  6. Smooth zooming with the built-in power drive zoom mechanism, an unusual feature for interchangeable lenses
  7. The perfect lens for those who want to maximize the enjoyment of recording still images, movies, or both
  8. Metal mount adopted for increased durability, and a metal exterior for an elegant feel
  9. High Refractive Index (HRI) lens element achieves great optical performance in an even more compact body
  10. Two aspherical lens elements
  11. Three ED (Extra-low Dispersion) glass elements
Nikon 1 10-100mm Sample (3)

NIKON 1 J1 + 1 NIKKOR VR PD-Zoom 10-100mm f/4.5-5.6 @ 10.9mm, ISO 100, 1/500, f/8.0

Technical Specifications:

  1. Mount Type: Nikon 1
  2. Focal Length Range: 10-100mm
  3. Zoom Ratio: 10x
  4. Maximum Aperture: f/4.5
  5. Minimum Aperature: f/16
  6. Format: CX
  7. Maximum Angle of View: 77°
  8. Minimum Angle of View: 9°10″
  9. Lens Elements: 21
  10. Lens Groups: 14
  11. Optical Conversion Factor: 2.7x
  12. Compatible Format(s): CX
  13. VR (Vibration Reduction) Image Stabilization: Yes
  14. Diaphram Blades: 7 (rounded diaphram opening)
  15. High Refractive Index Elements: 1
  16. ED Glass Elements: 3
  17. Aspherical Elements: 2
  18. Autofocus: Yes
  19. Internal Focusing: Yes
  20. Minimum Focus Distance: 1ft (0.3m) at 10mm focal length, 2.8 ft (0.85m) at 100 mm focal length
  21. Filter Size: 72mm
  22. Accepts Filter Type: Screw-on
  23. Lens Barrel Retraction Function: Yes (performed by DCM motor built into the lens based on power status information received from the camera body)
  24. Dimensions: (Approx.) 3.0×3.7 in. (Diameter x Length), 77×95 mm (Diameter x Length)
  25. Weight: (Approx.) 18.2 oz. (515g)
  26. Supplied Accessories: LC-N72 Snap-on Front Lens Cap, LF-N1000 Rear Lens Cap, HB-N102 Bayonet Lens Hood

Detailed specifications for the lens, along with MTF charts and other useful data can be found in our lens database.

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