This article, Nikon 1 Celebration, features a selection of my favourite Nikon 1 photographs. Even though the Nikon 1 product line was discontinued almost 2 years ago (July 2018) it remains a very capable camera system.
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I’ve always loved using my Nikon 1 gear with extension tubes for close-up photography. While there was a 1 Nikkor macro lens on the lens road map for the system, it was never produced by Nikon.
The Nikon 1 J5 became my favourite model due to its 20.8 MP BSI sensor, small size and excellent handling characteristics.
When my wife and I travel I usually take a pair of Nikon 1 J5 bodies plus a V3. I always pack a set of extension tubes in my travel bag since one never knows when close-up photography subjects will call out to be captured.
For many photographers who own Nikon 1 gear, one of their favourite lenses is the 1 Nikkor 70-300 mm f/4.5-5.6. It is simply a superb telephoto zoom for bird photography. No Nikon 1 celebration would be complete without a good selection of bird images.
Over the years I’ve photographed a range of birds in flight as well as many static subjects.
While I seldom use 1 Nikkor prime lenses for photography, I did some experimentation with the 32 mm f/1.2 with flower photography and liked the results.
Using an extension tube with the 32 mm f/1.2 helped to soften the background in images even further.
My Nikon 1 celebration has to include a good selection of travel images. My wife and I have used the system extensively since 2014 during our many travel adventures. As a travel camera system, Nikon 1 is hard to beat.
Whether we were in British Columbia….
Our Nikon 1 gear never let us down. It is simply a wonderfully small, capable and fun-to-use travel photography system.
Since Nikon announced it was discontinuing the Nikon 1 product line, I’ve periodically had Nikon 1 owners contact me and ask if I think there is any possibility that the product line could be reintroduced sometime in the future.
For as much as I love the Nikon 1 system… and would welcome its reintroduction… that ship is long gone.
Its unfortunate that the Nikon 1 system was underrated and vilified by so many people. I doubt that most of them really understood the system’s capability.
For those of us that still own and use Nikon 1, we can enjoy its wonderful portability, flexibility and fun for many years to come!
As I was going through my image archives to select the photographs for this article I paused numerous times as fond memories flooded back.
I must admit that I was more than a little surprised when I looked back through thousands of Nikon 1 images that I’ve published on this photography blog over the years.
The variety of subject matter was quite astounding.
Reviewing my images reminded me that the size of a sensor is only one part of a camera.
It is hard to put a value on the ‘heart’ of a camera. How it makes you feel when you use it.
How it enables a photographer to be ‘at one’ with it… thus encouraging creativity and visual expression. The Nikon 1 system was, and remains, something special.
I’ll end this article with my final nine Nikon 1 celebration photographs. Whether you own Nikon 1 gear or not, I hope you enjoyed this trip down memory lane.
Photographs were captured handheld using camera gear as noted in the EXIF data. Image were produced from RAW files using my standard process.
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