Thom Hogan, who likes the V3, calls it a “Sunny 16″ camera — Thom pushes things far further than I would.
As I’ve noted several times, the Nikon 1 system just keeps having these design dissonances. The small sensor of the camera both grants us the 810mm equivalent in a pocketable lens, but it also challenges us to find situations in where it is undeniably useful.
I’ve started calling this my Sunny 16 lens. Not because I shoot with it at f/16, but because I need Sunny 16 types of conditions to get truly superb results out of this lens on the Nikon 1 bodies. As the light goes down and/or the subject moves faster, my delight with this lens goes down, too, but because of the small sensor sitting behind it, not the optics. But when the sun is out, and especially with not-so-fast-moving subjects, I am delighted with the lens.
It’s not surprising that demand for this lens exceeds Nikon’s production as I write this. It’s an exceptional, if situation limited, tool. Nikon didn’t appear to understand the demand for it, either, which seems strange. It’s almost as if Nikon doesn’t know what a Nikon 1 system is good for photographically. Oh wait, they don’t ;~).
Well, I’ve used it a bit, and it now lives (inside a dry bag) in my daypack. Generally with the prime lens on, but I’m carrying the zooms (in another dry bag). I will supplement this with some kind of medium or large format camera for travelling, either a folder (if I really want to go small) or a Mamiya C series — those things are bombproof. Besides, if you do not use the grip (the NZ camera does not come with the accessories, the RRS plate fits quite nicely, thank you.
Taken with the cellphone and enhanced in Google Images: What else do you use for this kind of shot?
Yes, that is a F 1.8 prime lens: yes it is batter’d, and yes, that is the plate Thom recommends. I’d also suggest getting a hood. But onto the reason I like the V3. In good light, it is fast. I can use the swivelling rear screen to move myself to dd angles and (since it is fast) get sharp shots which would require a tripod with the D800. Which is bloody inconvenient when walking around. It was odd enough holding the camera up to the flowers on the side of the road.
In the university precinct.
It’s spring, and photos do not fade: the V series has always been good at fast moving things such as Kids, Cats and Birds. Put it on a tripod and use a stitching programme and you can make decent landscapes — though you really want to go to medium format (or even large format, now that is becoming cheaper). But it excels as a street camera, with a small prime on it. I agree with Thom: Nikon should make F1.8 or F2 primes for the baby, and sell it as the electric Lomo. Let it bleed in the dark: but let it perform in the day. The current body works. Get the EVF back into it, but more importantly, get primes.