Nikon 1 10-30mm VR Review

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This is an in-depth review of the new Nikon 1 10-30mm f/3.5-5.6 VR lens, also known as “1 Nikkor VR 10-30mm f/3.5-5.6” 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 10-30mm f/3.5-5.6 VR is a general-purpose consumer-grade lens designed for the new Nikon 1 camera system. It is bundled with the Nikon 1 V1 and Nikon 1 J1 cameras as a standard kit lens and cannot be purchased separately. With its focal length of 10-30mm on the Nikon 1 CX sensor (2.7x crop factor), its coverage is equivalent to a 27-81mm lens. The variable aperture of f/3.5-5.6 means that its maximum (largest) aperture changes between f/3.5 to f/5.6, depending on the focal length. It is a very lightweight lens, and similar to interchangeable lenses from other compact mirrorless camera manufacturers such as Olympus, the lens is collapsible, which also makes it quite compact for travel and transportation.

1 Nikkor VR 10-30mm f/3.5-5.6

In this review, I will provide a thorough analysis of the Nikon 1 10-30mm f/3.5-5.6 VR lens, along with image samples and comparisons against other Nikon 1 lenses.

1) Lens Specifications

Main Features:

  1. Compact and lightweight with 3x standard zoom lens to cover practical focal length
  2. Retractable Lens Mechanism increases portability
  3. Design elements, colors, and materials are carefully chosen for the camera body design
  4. Vibration Reduction (VR) enables sharper pictures when shooting telephoto subjects, dimly lit scenes and other handheld situations
  5. Minimum focus distance of 20cm from focal plane at all zoom positions
  6. Three aspherical lens elements
Nikon 1 10-30mm Sample (1)

NIKON 1 V1 + 1 NIKKOR VR 10-30mm f/3.5-5.6 @ 30mm, ISO 100, 1/320, f/5.6

Technical Specifications:

  1. Mount Type: Nikon 1
  2. Focal Length Range: 10-30mm
  3. Zoom Ratio: 3x
  4. Maximum Aperture: f/3.5
  5. Minimum Aperature: f/16
  6. Format: CX
  7. Maximum Angle of View: 77°
  8. Minimum Angle of View: 29°40″
  9. Lens Elements: 12
  10. Lens Groups: 9
  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. Aspherical Elements: 3
  16. Autofocus: Yes
  17. Internal Focusing: Yes
  18. Minimum Focus Distance: 0.66ft (0.2m)
  19. Filter Size: 40.5mm
  20. Accepts Filter Type: Screw-on
  21. Lens Barrel Retraction Function: Rotation of zoom ring
  22. Dimensions: (Approx.) 2.3×1.7in. (Diameter x Length), 57.5x42mm (Diameter x Length)
  23. Weight: (Approx.) 4.1 oz. (115g)
  24. Supplied Accessories: LC-N40.5 Snap-on Front Lens Cap, LF-N1000 Rear Lens Cap

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

Nikon 1 V1 Sample (8)

NIKON 1 V1 + 1 NIKKOR VR 10-30mm f/3.5-5.6 @ 30mm, ISO 100, 1/40, f/8.0

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