perjantai 28. kesäkuuta 2013

Holiday shooting with Nikon V1

Some pics from this week. First four are shot with 70-200/4. Macros are with 60/2.8 AF-S and the last one with 10-30 VR.

torstai 13. kesäkuuta 2013

keskiviikko 12. kesäkuuta 2013

Does Nikon V1 fit for bird photography? Part 2.

On Tuesday Nikon announced an update for Nikon 1 system. The biggest change ( for me ) was the long waited AF-C functionality when FT-1 adapter was used. I did already shoot some birds on Monday with Nikon V1 with 30-110 and 70-200/4, but really focused on testing the updated FT-1 on Wednesday.

I was on a trip to Turku and didn't know much places to shoot birds. I did found couple adequite locations where I mostly found Seaguls and Common Terns. Anyway my main focus wason testing the system not shooting new species.
For the last year I have mostly focused on landscape photography but it was fun to test this small system for birding. It wasn't as frustrating as it was when I had D90 and 70-300 VR. My hitrate was much better with Nikon 1-system. 70-200/4 can be shot wide open all the time and when using f5.6 it really shines with V1. My images are shot mostly wide open.

Bottom line about the new FT-1 update: GREAT!
Smaller subjects are as difficult as before, because the AF-rectancle is so big, but the AF-C mode really works. I think it also tracks the subject after keeping it in rectancle for a second or two. Then the rectancle disappears and it feels like it tries to track. Anyway, the hardest part is to trying to keep the focusing area on a bird. EVF does flicker quite badly when shooting, so mostly I was able to keep the subject in the picture only for a five images or so.

Here are some shots:

lauantai 1. kesäkuuta 2013

Nikon 1 for macro photography

I actually bought FT-1 adapter for macro photography. It just took 6 months to get a macro which I could use on it :)
Then finally a month ago I found a used Nikon 60mm f/2.8 AF-S macro lens from a local store. Nice lens on FX and it is still usable on Nikon 1 cameras with 2.7x focal length multiplier.

Actually 18.5mm f/1.8 lens works quite well for flower photography. Here is one.

Today I shot some photographs with Nikon V1, FT-1 and 60mm f/2.8 AF-S. I used a Sirui tripod and Markings ballhead. Not something to tell stories, but look at them as examples. Even when the sensor is so small as in Nikon 1 cameras the DOF is still mostly too short.