Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Nikon 1 V2, FT1, AF-S VR Micro-Nikkor 105mm f/2.8G IF-ED

 Got the Nikon 1 V2 shipped from Adorama yesterday.  It is still not available in Taiwan.  I tried it with AF-S VR Micro-Nikkor 105mm f/2.8G IF-ED lens.  It is one of the sharpest lens from Nikon and it has worked well with the previous version of V1.  V2 ergonomically is a much better camera than V1.  I would like to see whether the ISO performance is also getting better.  It has a base ISO of 160 as compare to V1's 100.  The focusing is still a problem: the autofocus only worked with G lens and only with the central focusing point at AF-S mode.  The auto ISO also worked much better, now take into consideration of the focal length of the lens (105 mm x 2.7 thus 1/250).  I set the auto ISO at 160-800.  You can see how the camera was working from the metadata of each image.

f/7.1 1/250 ISO220

f/7.1 1/250 ISO360

f/7.1 1/250 ISO280

f/8 1/250 ISO160

f/8 1/400 ISO160

f/3.2 1/25 ISO800

f.3.2 1/20 ISO800
f/5.6 1/2000 ISO160
I need to do a little bit of noise reduction for the Japanese dolly's white face otherwise the image at ISO800 is quite acceptable.  When I do macro, I will set the focusing at single point, AF-C and shutter release at focus priority in order to get the sharpest image.  This set up is not possible with V2.  However, it is also beyond the point, Why do we need to do marco with V2, other than we can stand back a bit more from the subject.  I like V2 is to use it on condition that we normally not easy to achieve form DSLR, the long-telephoto situation.

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