Phantomas, a Rangefinderforum.com regular, has posted the first user impressions and sample images here. He goes on to conclude that:
Nikon 1’s were never cameras for me, but V3 suddenly opened up potentials. If 35mm equivalent (preferably f/1.2) was to come out I would have no reservations about using it on the street, sensor size shyness would then fly to hell. It is true that this camera is the most “enthusiast”-ready in Nikon 1 line-up.
To summarise my sudden fondness of it, disregarding the feel and solidity, I would say it comes down to how I see using it, especially on the street, with the combination of tilting touchscreen and instant AF point selection. Viewfinder certainly makes this camera “serious” and for me it’s a much, but I’m not going to dismiss additional opportunity given by the above combo. And of course- the right move in the GUI improvements suddenly made this camera usable.
Alongside the V3 camera today Nikon has also announced the 1 Nikkor 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6 VR lens. The price is $996.95/£879 in the US and UK respectively. You can find sample images at Nikon Asia and Nikon-Image.com. Continue reading
I’ve already reported on the publication of Nikon’s patent application for a Nikon 1 Nikkor 70-300mm zoom lens back in November 2013. As it seems, Peter from Nikon Rumors has received additional info on the lens. According to his sources, the super-telephoto zoom will feature a collapsible design (like most 1 Nikkor zooms) and an advanced optical formula consisting of many exotic glass types, much like the patent linked above describes (6 ED and 3 fluorite elements). No other 70-300 has this many ED and flurite elements, indicating that the Nikon 1 70-300mm will have unusually high performance straight from maximum aperture. Continue reading
The hottest news at the moment is about a patent for a 70-300mm f/4-5.6 native N1 super-telephoto lens. It has a radically different (more advanced) design than the 70-300mm full frame Nikkor: 20 vs. 17 elements, 13 vs. 12 groups, 6 ED and 3 fluorite elements vs. “only” 2 ED elements. The following photo of a mock-up at the Nikon 1 announcement back in September 2011 could be the N1 70-300mm.