The Nikon FT1 Adapter: how to use Nkkor F-mount lenses on a Nikon 1 compact system camera, by J.Meyer at NPhoto.

This guide will be useful until Nikon unveils its APS-C (or larger!) mirrorless system sometime in the near future, and most serious Nikon shooters will forget that the 1 series has ever existed :)

"Nikon 1 cameras use a different lens mount – and different lenses – to the Nikon D-SLR range, but the FT1 adapter, which sells for around £200, provides the missing link. With this gadget, you can connect any of your Nikon SLR lenses to a Nikon 1 compact system camera. There are technical differences between these two types of camera. The Nikon 1 uses a much smaller, ‘CX’ format sensor, measuring just 13.2×8.8mm. This gives the Nikon 1 cameras a crop factor of 2.7x, which means that you must multiply the focal length of any lens by 2.7 to arrive at its ‘effective’ focal length.

The Nikon 1 normally sells with a 10-30mm zoom, which equates to a focal range of 27-81mm, which is very similar to the 18-55mm standard kit lens you get with a Nikon DSLR (27-83mm equivalent).

When you fit one of your DSLR lenses via the FT1 adapter, its focal range effectively becomes much longer. In our walkthrough we use the Nikon 18-55mm DSLR kit lens.

On a Nikon 1 this effectively becomes a 47-149mm lens. It’s a little too long for an everyday lens, then, but it would make a very handy telephoto. Or you could fit a Nikon 70-300mm zoom and effectively get a 189-810mm super-telephoto."

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