Between client assignments, eBook projects and field testing some Olympus Loaner Gear, I haven’t had much time lately to use my Nikon 1 kit for bird photography. On Wednesday morning I spent a couple of hours with an old friend… the Nikon 1 V3 equipped with a 1 Nikkor CX 70-300 mm f/4.5-5.6 zoom.
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It was a wonderful experience to go out again with my Nikon 1 gear to photograph some birds at Hendrie Valley. I’ve always loved the compact performance that the system offers.
For a camera that was introduced about 5 years ago it is amazing how well the Nikon 1 V3 still performs today. The continuous auto-focus is fast and accurate… and very few cameras even now can match the V3’s incredible frame rates.
I have a real feeling of confidence when I photograph birds-in-flight with my Nikon 1 gear. I know that the AF-C will grab focus on a subject bird and produce a nice run of images… like this tern’s mid-air shake.
Especially in good light, the Nikon 1 V3 (and V2) are great cameras to use for birds-in-flight. There hasn’t been any other interchangeable lens camera system developed that was so lightweight, compact and competent as Nikon 1.
As soon as I extended the barrel of my 1 Nikkor CX 70-300 mm zoom a flood of very positive memories came rushing back. That’s one of the great things about photography. The memories of special photographs we’ve captured in the past never seem to fade away.
Since the Nikon 1 system was discontinued last year I’ve read significantly more positive comments about it. And oddly, I’ve had a lot more people contact me to ask about Nikon 1.
It’s as if a lot of photographers only recently discovered the Nikon 1 concept. That’s too bad… if they would have understood the system’s capabilities sooner maybe it would still be in production.
Spending a couple of hours with an old friend was certainly enjoyable! And… something that I intend on doing more frequently in the future as my work schedule clears.
Being small, fast and efficient will always be a compelling and intriguing set of attributes.
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