According to users and reviewers Nikon 1 Nikkor 6.7-13mm is the sharpest zoom in the Nikon 1 lens lineup hands down and one of the three sharpest lenses overall. The other two are the 18.5mm f/1.8 (which I have reviewed here) and the 32mm f/1.2. Being right up there with standard and portrait primes in regards to image quality is no small feat for an ultra wide angle zoom. Read on to find out what makes the 6.7-13mm so special.
“This lens is a no brainer if you own and love the Nikon 1 system and you want a nice, small, well made and very good quality wide angle zoom. This will give you that 18mm to 35mm field of view which is a great little setup to have for tight spaces, up close shooting or when you want to cram a ton into the frame.
In any case, it is a great lens and its only flaw is the distortion that is present at 6.7mm. But remember, this is a 6.7mm lens! So distortion will be there. It is easily fixed in software and 75% of the images in this review had the distortion fixed with one click. It really only shows up and is noticeable when shooting up close with straight lines in the image. For me, not an issue.
The lens comes in at just under $500, and when I originally heard that news I assumed it was priced too high. In fact, after using it I find that it is not priced high but probably just about right. Show me where you can get a quality wide-angle zoom covering 18-35 that is sharp across the frame, even at f/3.5 for under $500. Even the full frame equivalent from Nikon, the 18-35 (which I used to own back in the day) is $535, $40 more expensive and it is much larger, heavier and slower to focus. Nikon priced it just right for what it offers. Remember, you get what you pay for.
So one more thumbs up to Nikon for another great lens for the 1 system. This shows me that they are really committed to this system and I am excited to see what the V3 brings. I hear it should be coming soon, before the end of the year.”
“Over all I am very amazed by this lens. Nikon really pulled out the stops on this one, it could become a classic. And as the Nikon 1 series cameras mature and their sensors improve over time this lens will be there all the way to squeeze the last notch of resolution out of them.”
“Although the Nikon 1 system adopts a small 1-inch type sensor, we’ve compared the 6.7-13mm f/3.5-5.6 on a 10-Mpix Nikon 1 V1 to the comparable Sony E 10-18mm f/4 zoom lens, only this time it’s mounted on a high pixel count (24-Mpix) Sony NEX-7. With a DxOMark score of 10 for the Nikon against the 14 of the Sony, it’s clear that the latter is the more capable of the two but the Sharpness scores are hampered by the lowly pixel count of the Nikon 1 V1 body. Be that as it may, the lens/sensor efficiency is better than that of the Sony combination, and it has good transmission and low levels of distortion and lateral chromatic aberration.”
“If you have a Nikon 1 camera, this lens is an excellent walk-around/street lens. It’s light, focuses quickly, and gives you a nice wide-angle of view. If you do landscape photography while on vacation, then this little lens is going to be perfect for those times were you want a dramatic composition but want to travel light. With a price of nearly $500 USD, this lens isn’t for everyone’s budget. But I think it’s going to be a favorite of mine on my V1 and V2 cameras.”
“So far, I am very very impressed by this little lens. It is very sharp and contrasty. The VR works really great. There is very very little CA at the edges of the image, but most UWA exhibits this behavior and it is nothing a couple of clicks in PP cannot fix. Especially at the price this lens is currently selling on the street, I would say this is one great bargain of a lens for what it is capable of. Grab it, if you are already on the Nikon 1 system.”
Corners are sharp. There is little distortion and there is no Photoshop lens profile for this yet. Tiny bit of vignetting in the corner. Sharp overall. Incredible depth of field. The zoom ring is the best I’ve ever used. It has a metal grip and its so smooth. Sublime. Its an extendable lens but this is only millimeters. There is virtually no travel when zooming. Lens hood included in the box. 18-35mm equivalent (approx.) on 35mm It has built-in image stabilisation (VR). It gives pin-sharp results at 1/8th. Sec. Did I mention its sharp?”
- Official Nikon Samples
- User Samples on DSLR-Forum.de (German)
- RAWs at soundimageplus.blogspot.com
- Wide Angle Lens Options for Nikon 1 Cameras
- The best three Lenses for Nikon 1 – 32 1.2, 18.5, 6.7-13 by Steve Huff
- 1 Nikkor VR 6.7-13mm f/3.5-5.6 + V1 (Unboxing)
- Nové objektivy pro Nikon 1 – 6,7 – 13mm a 10 – 100mm
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