Nikon releases the fastest lens for it's mirrorless system, the Nikon 1 Nikkor 32mm f/1.2

The lens was known for some time now, it was first announced back in October 2012, but from June it will be available for sale at $899.95 making it the most expensive lens for the 1 system.

press release:

1 NIKKOR 32mm f/1.2 – the fast and portable portrait lens

London, UK, 14 May 2013 Nikon today launches the ultra-fast 1 NIKKOR 32mm f/1.2 lens and brings large-aperture portrait photography to the Nikon 1 system.

With a focal length that’s ideal for portraiture and a compact design, this impressive CX-format lens combines superior image quality with convenience. And, as the first 1 NIKKOR flagship lens to be announced this new lens marks an expanding line-up. . . . read more

Nikon 1 Nikkor 18.5mm f/1.8 lens for CX format Lens Review by Craig Litten: It easily competes with the big guns, and for just a fragment of their price its a real winner.

Nikon 1 Nikkor 18.5mm f/1.8 lens black

"If you’re a Nikon 1 owner (whether the J1, J2, or V1, V2) this lens is a no-brainer, just buy it. For $186.95 it’s well worth it. It finally gives Nikon 1 owners a fast option for low light. Although I think files out of the V1 are very pleasing up to and including ISO 800, and sometimes even ISO 1600 if exposed correctly, this will give users an option to shoot at much lower ISOs in a given lighting situation, and as you can easily see from the sample photos, some fairly nice bokeh.

If you are not currently a Nikon 1 owner, maybe this lens and the currently ridiculously low price of the wonderful V1 will . . . read more

Nikon 1 Nikkor 11-27.5mm f/3.5-5.6 CX lens review at CameraStuffReviews: Smaller and lighter than the Nikkor 10-30mm, but comes with a shorter zoom range and a susceptibility to flares.

Nikon 1  Nikkor 11-27.5mm f/3.5-5.6 CX lens white.

"The Nikon 11-27.5mm is a light and very compact lens with a versatile zoom range. In terms of image quality, it does not remain behind on an SLR lens. The lens delivers sharp images at all apertures from center to the outer corners, while lenses for an SLR are usually less sharp in the corners than in the center at full aperture. Compared to the  Nikon 10-30 mm , the Nikkor 11-27.5mm lens is 1 cm or 33% shorter than the  Nikon 10-30 mm  lens. In our Nikkor 11-27.5 review, this lens draws slightly sharper than the  Nikon 10-30 mm  on a Nikon J2, which we have tested on a Nikon J1. Nevertheless, with the naked eye, you will not detect differences in quality between the two lenses. . . . read more

Nikon 1 30-110mm f/3.8-5.6 Nikkor VR review at SLR Gear

"The Nikon 30-110mm ƒ/3.8-5.6 VR is a small zoom lens, mating very nicely with our J1 test body and providing a stable, if small and light, shooting platform. The lens is available in five colors: red, white, silver, black and pink. Our sample was the fashionable glossy white version. The only control on this lens is the retractable lens lock switch; pressing this button and turning the zoom ring extends the lens for use, as well as turning on the camera. . . . read more

Nikon 1 10-30mm f/3.5-5.6 Nikkor VR review at SLR Gear

"The Nikon 10-30mm ƒ/3.5-5.6 produced some excellent results for sharpness, slightly more at the wider end of its focal range than at telephoto. At 10mm and ƒ/3.5, images produced are very sharp indeed, and there's only a marginal gain by stopping down to ƒ/4: stopping down to ƒ/5.6, images produced are sharp from corner to corner. Stopping down further introduces diffraction limiting, but the results aren't really apparent until ƒ/16, where there is some very light softness across the frame. . . . read more

Nikon 1 J1 Mirrorless and 10-30 mm VR Zoom Lens review at Macworld


"Nikon made some hefty claims about the J1’s performance and, for the most part, those claims are justified. Autofocus, particularly in good light, is fast thanks to a hybrid AF system that utilizes phase detection or contrast detect AF, depending on the lighting conditions (in low light, contrast detection is used because it activates an AF illuminator). Unfortunately, it sometimes locked AF in the wrong place, but most test shots were accurately focused.

Description by Nikon:

The compact 1 NIKKOR zoom lenses
The 1 NIKKOR zoom lenses employ a Retractable Lens Mechanism.
Even when the power is turned off, the camera will automatically turn itself on when you manually extend the lens while pressing the zoom ring button so you will never miss another picture perfect moment.

Key Features

  • Compact and lightweight with 3x standard zoom lens to cover practical focal length
  • Retractable Lens Mechanism increases portability
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