Three weeks ago I bought a used Nikon 1 Nikkor VR 30-110mm f/3.8-5.6 lens for my Nikon 1 V1. It wasn’t exactly in pristine condition, but the price was too tempting to let the opportunity pass. As the luck would have it, my EN-EL15 battery died just several days before. The 30-110mm arrived sooner than my replacement battery from ChiliPower. Since going by its cosmetic condition I wasn’t sure that it would even work, I was biting my nails, waiting to test the lens out. And as you probably know, if you’ve bought enough used gear online, there are many conman out there. Luckily the 30-110mm turned out to be an excellent workhorse in disguise of an ugly duckling. 🙂
Being in a macro mood as of late, I took the lens on several photo strolls with my two achromatic close-up lenses, Marumi DHG200 +5 (read my review here) and Raynox DCR-250 (read the comparison of the two here). My impression so far is that the 30-110mmm is a very nice macro lens. There is only one catch: AF is not the fastest at long focal lengths, especially when you focus at very close subjects. This, however, is not a deal breaker by any means.
I’m shooting a lot of photos with the 30-110mm f/3.8-5.6 at the moment and I hope to be able to write a review in two or three weeks. So stay tuned. I will insert a link to the review here, as soon as I post it to my blog.
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I also bought this lens used, but it was in great condition. I love this lens and it is the one that I keep on the camera most of the time. I do need to get the close up lens you use as I too love taking photos of small bugs, flowers, etc… Love the photos you got from your set up!!!
I bought mine for 90 bucks. One can’t expect to get a 30-110 in great condition at that price. At least not here in Serbia. 😉
Consider getting the Raynox DCR-250. It will give you more magnification than a Marumi DHG200. Or try automatic extension tubes. They can be found for 30 bucks (vs at least 50 for either Raynox or Marumi).
Are you using a tripod for these photos? If so, which one. Thanks!
Hi Joni. I didn’t use a tripod for any of those images. I did, however, while taking this shot: https://www.flickr.com/photos/26344495@N05/27907022481/in/photostream
I have a Togopod Explorer Max. It’s perfect for me. It’s small and light, can extend sufficiently and carry a camera that is 2-3 times as heavy as my OM-D E-M10.
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