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Adapting Lenses to the Nikon V1

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Nikon V1 + FT1 + Nikkor 24mm f/1.4G | 1/250 sec, f/1.4, ISO 100

Funny thing about Suki…even though she’s my dog, every time I see her I feel like it’s the first time I ever laid eyes on a Shiba Inu. She’s so cute it’s ridiculous! Melts my heart when I see her sleeping like this, buried among the funny mix of blankets we always lay out for her.

She, of course, was the first test subject for the FT-1 adapter I recently acquired for my Nikon V1. The adapter lets me mount any of my Nikon G lenses to the camera, with full communication between the body and adapted lens for VR, auto exposure, and auto focus support (limited to single point AF, continuous not supported).

There’s a 2.7x crop factor on the V1, which means my wide angle 24mm f/1.4 has an angle of view similar to around 65mm on an FX camera. Not very practical for me, especially considering how large that lens is compared to the camera body. I found that I really liked the 50mm f/1.4 on the V1, however. It gives me something more like a 135mm lens and balances really nicely with the body:

Nikon V1 + FT1 + Nikkor 50mm f/1.4G | 1/500 sec, f/1.4, ISO 100

Nikon V1 + FT1 + Nikkor 50mm f/1.4G | 1/40 sec, f/1.4, ISO 100 | SB-N5 Flash

Shooting at f/1.4 on a 50mm lens and still getting most of Suki’s face in focus? That’s kinda cool.

Nikon V1 + FT1 + Nikkor 50mm f/1.4G | 1/125 sec, f/1.4, ISO 400

Though there are more on the horizon, there’s currently only one prime lens for the 1 system, and it’s not all that fast. Adapting fast Nikkor glass to the camera is great for shooting in lower light and for getting shots with shallower depth of field, but I still want some wider options.

On the other hand, telephoto options abound. Racking out with my 70-300 VR lens mounted gives me something like 810mm on FX, letting do you stuff like this:

iPhone 4s | 1/120 sec, f/2.4, ISO 100

See those tiny houses in the distance? Snapped the above with my iPhone before pulling out the V1 + 70-300 and zooming in on them:

Nikon V1 + FT1 + Nikkor 70-300mm VR at 300mm | 1/320 sec, f/5.6, ISO 1600


iPhone 4s | 1/120 sec, f/2.4, ISO 100

Another example. I’m way up on a hill south of downtown San Francisco, and in the distance I spot the evening’s last glimmer of light from the setting sun, reflecting beautifully off of the 555 California building. Above is shot with the iPhone, and then below, the V1 and 70-300:

Nikon V1 + FT1 + Nikkor 70-300mm VR at 300mm | 1/320 sec, f/5.6, ISO 400

From such a great distance, it seems that atmospheric haze is fuzzing up the image a little, but wow, talk about getting in close with a very compact system. Once I’m done with my kitchen I’m definitely going to experiment more with this combo.

Nikon V1 + FT1 + Nikkor 70-300mm VR at 300mm | 1/320 sec, f/5.6, ISO 400

This shot of the  moon was taken hand-held, and it wasn’t even that large in the sky at the time. Can’t wait to catch a full moon or eclipse one of these days!  I’ve seen images floating around the web with much crazier combinations than this, like someone mounting a 600mm f/4 or even a 2000mm reflex lens on the V1. Insanity! Love it.

Written by Jonathan

February 10, 2012 at 4:01 pm