Nikon 1 30-110mm VR Review

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This is an in-depth review of the new Nikon 1 30-110mm f/3.8-5.6 VR lens, also known as “1 Nikkor VR 30-110mm f/3.8-5.6” 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 30-110mm f/3.8-5.6 VR is a consumer-grade telephoto lens designed for the new Nikon 1 camera system to complement the Nikon 1 10-30mm f/3.5-5.6 VR kit lens. With its focal length of 30-110mm on the Nikon 1 CX sensor (2.7x crop factor), its coverage is equivalent to a 81-297mm lens in 35mm format. The variable aperture of f/3.8-5.6 means that its maximum (largest) aperture changes between f/3.8 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, the lens is collapsible, which also makes it quite compact for travel and transportation.

1 Nikkor VR 30-110mm f/3.8-5.6

In this review, I will provide a thorough analysis of the Nikon 1 30-110mm f/3.8-5.6 VR lens, along with image samples and comparisons against other Nikon 1 lenses such as Nikon 1 10-30mm f/3.5-5.6 VR and Nikon 1 10-100mm f/4.5-5.6 VR.

1) Lens Specifications

Main Features:

  1. A 3.7x telephoto zoom lens that covers the 30–110-mm range of focal lengths
  2. A compact, lightweight telephoto zoom lens that offers superior portability with a retractable lens mechanism
  3. Equipped with vibration reduction (VR) mechanism
  4. Support for a wide variety of scenes, from portraits to sports scenes
  5. Metal mount adopted for increased durability
  6. Design elements, colors, and materials are carefully chosen for the camera body design
  7. Two ED (Extra-low Dispersion) glass elements
Nikon 1 30-110mm VR Sample (1)

NIKON 1 V1 + 1 NIKKOR VR 30-110mm f/3.8-5.6 @ 55.1mm, ISO 100, 1/15, f/4.2

Technical Specifications:

  1. Mount Type: Nikon 1
  2. Focal Length Range: 30-110mm
  3. Zoom Ratio: 3.7x
  4. Maximum Aperture: f/3.8
  5. Minimum Aperature: f/16
  6. Format: CX
  7. Maximum Angle of View: 29°40″
  8. Minimum Angle of View: 8°20″
  9. Lens Elements: 18
  10. Lens Groups: 12
  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. ED Glass Elements: 2
  16. Autofocus: Yes
  17. Internal Focusing: Yes
  18. Minimum Focus Distance: 3.3ft.(1m)
  19. Filter Size: 40.5mm
  20. Accepts Filter Type: Screw-on
  21. Lens Barrel Retraction Function: Rotation of zoom ring (manual)
  22. Dimensions: (Approx.) 2.4×2.4 in. (Diameter x Length), 60×61 mm (Diameter x Length)
  23. Weight: (Approx.) 6.2 oz. (175g)
  24. Supplied Accessories: LC-N40.5 Snap-on Front Lens Cap, LF-N1000 Rear Lens Cap, HB-N103 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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