Nikon 1 Celebration

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.

NOTE: Click on images to enlarge.

Nikon 1 J5 + 1 Nikkor 30-110mm f/3.8-5.6 @ 48mm, efov 129.6mm, f/5.6, 1/1000, ISO-3200, extension tube used

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.

Nikon 1 J5 + Nikon 1 30-110mm f/3.8-5.6 @ 110mm, f/5.6, 1/1000, ISO-500, Vello extension tubes
NIKON 1 J5 + 30-110mm f/3.8-5.6 @ 71.6mm, efov 62mm, efov 167.4mm, ISO 3200, 1/30, f/8.0, MOVO 16mm and 21mm extension tubes
Nikon 1 J5 + 1 Nikon 30mm-110mm @ 51mm, efov 138mm, f/5.6, 1/80, ISO-720, MOVO extension tubes
Nikon 1 J5 + 1 Nikon 30-110mm f/3.8-5.6 @ 48mm, efov 128mm, f/5.6, 1/200, ISO-500, MOVO extension tubes

The Nikon 1 J5 became my favourite model due to its 20.8 MP BSI sensor, small size and excellent handling characteristics.

Nikon 1 J5 + Nikon 1 30-110mm f/3.8-5.6 @ 110mm, f/5.6, 1/1000, ISO-220, 16mm Vello extension tube

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.

Nikon 1 V2 + CX 70-300 f/4.5-5.6 @ 300mm, f/5.6, 1/1250, ISO-160

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.

Nikon 1 V3 + 1 Nikon CX 70-300mm @ 201mm, efov 543mm, f/5.6, 1/2000, ISO-250

Over the years I’ve photographed a range of birds in flight as well as many static subjects.

Nikon 1 V3 + 1 Nikon CX 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6 @ 246mm, efov 664mm, f/8, 1/2000, ISO-900
Nikon 1 V3 + 1 Nikon CX 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6 @ 272mm, efov 734mm, f/5.6, 1/2000, ISO-280
NIKON 1 V3 + 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6 @ 228.9mm, ISO 1600, 1/800, f/5.6
NIKON 1 V2 + 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6 @ 300mm, ISO 250, 1/250, f/5.6
Nikon 1 V3 + 1 Nikon 70-300 mm f/4.5-5.6 @208 mm, efov 562 mm, f/5.6, 1/1250, ISO-4500
NIKON 1 V2 + NIKON 1 CX 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6 @ 300mm, ISO 200, 1/500, f/5.6
Nikon 1 V2 + 1 Nikon CX 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6 @ 300mm, efov 810mm, f/5.6, 1/2500, ISO-720
Nikon 1 V3 + 1 Nikon CX 70-300 mm f/4.5-5.6 @ 300 mm, efov 810 mm, f/5.6, 1/1600, ISO-500
Nikon 1 V3 + 1 Nikon CX 70-300mm @ 189mm, efov 510mm, f/6.3, 1/2000, ISO-450
Nikon 1 V3 + 1 Nikon CX 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6 @ 300mm, efov 810mm, f/5.6, 1/2000, ISO-2200
Nikon 1 V3 + 1 Nikkor CX 70-300 mm f/4.5-5.6 @ 250 mm, efov 675 mm, f/5.6, 1/1600, ISO-250

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.

Nikon 1 J5 + 1 Nikon 32mm f/1.2, efov 86.4mm, f/1.2, 1/250, ISO-160

Using an extension tube with the 32 mm f/1.2 helped to soften the background in images even further.

Nikon 1 J5 + 1 Nikon 32 mm f/1.2, efov 86.4 mm, f/1.2, 1/3200, ISO-160, extension tube used
Nikon 1 J5 + 1 Nikon 32mm f/1.2, efov 86.4mm, f/1.2, 1/4000, ISO-160

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….

Nikon 1 J5 + 1 Nikon 10-100 mm f/4-5.6 @ 10 mm, efov 27 mm, f/16, 1/2, ISO-160
Nikon 1 J5 + 1 Nikon 6.7-13mm f/3.5-5.6 @ 6.7mm, efov 18mm, f/8. 1/25, ISO-3200

Nova Scotia…

Nikon 1 J5 + 1 Nikon 10-100mm @ 10mm, efov 27mm, f/8, 1/50, ISO-400
Nikon 1 J5 + 1 Nikon 10-100mm f/4-5.6 @ 10mm, efov 27mm, f/8, 1/400, ISO-160

Greece…

NIKON 1 V2 + 10-30mm f/3.5-5.6 @ 21.9mm, ISO 160, 1/80, f/5.6
NIKON 1 V2 + 1 NIKKOR VR 6.7-13mm f/3.5-5.6 @ ISO 160, 50/10, f/5.6

Utah…

Nikon 1 J5 + 1 Nikon 10-100mm f/4-5.6 @ 10mm, efov 27mm, f/8, 1/200 sec, ISO-160. Monument Valley, Utah.

South Dakota…

Nikon 1 J5 + 1 Nikon 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6 @ 300mm, efov 810mm, f/5.6, 1/800 sec, ISO-160. Mount Rushmore, South Dakota.

Colorado…

Nikon 1 J5 + 1 Nikon 10-100mm f/4-5.6 @ 27mm, efov 73mm, f/5.6, 1/1000 sec, ISO-160. Great Sand Dunes National Park, Colorado.

Wyoming…

Nikon 1 J5 + 1 Nikon 10-100mm f/4-5.6 @ 10mm, efov 27mm, f/8, 1/160 sec, ISO-160. Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming.

New Zealand…

Nikon 1 J5 + 1 Nikon 10-100mm f/4-5.6 @ 10mm, efov 27mm, f/8, 1/640, ISO-160
“That Tree in Wanaka” New Zealand, Nikon 1 J5, 1 Nikon 10-100 mm f/4-5.6 @ 41 mm, efov 11 mm, f/8, 1/400, ISO-160
Nikon 1 V2 + 1 Nikkor CX 70-300 mm f/4.5-5.6 @ 300 mm, efov 810 mm, f/5.6, 1/3200, ISO-640
Hobbiton, New Zealand, Nikon 1 J5 + 1 Nikon 6.7-13mm f/3.5-5.6 @ 6.7mm, efov 18mm, f/8, 1/640, ISO-800
Purakaunui Falls, Nikon 1 J5 + 1 Nikon 6.7-13mm, f/3.5-5.6mm @ 8mm, efov 21mm, f/8, 1/4, ISO-160
Kaka Point, Nikon 1 J5 + 1 Nikon 10-100mm f/4-5.6 @ 10mm, efov 27mm, f/8, 1/1000, ISO-800

South Carolina…

NIKON 1 V2 + 1 NIKON 6.7-13mm f/3.5-5.6 @ 13mm, ISO 400, 1/125, f/6.3
NIKON 1 V2 + 1 NIKON 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6 @ 300mm, ISO 400, 1/320, f/5.6

Ireland…

Nikon 1 J5 + 1 Nikkor 10-100 mm f/4-5.6 @ 10 mm, efov 27 mm, f/8, 1/800, ISO-400
Ring of Beara Ireland, Nikon 1 J5 + 1 Nikkor 10-100 mm f/4-5.6 @ 50 mm, efov 135 mm, f/8, 1/640, ISO-400
Deirbhile’s Twist, Ireland, Nikon 1 J5 + 1 Nikkor 6.7-13 mm f/3.5-5.6 @ 6.7 mm, efov 18 mm, f/8, 1/320, ISO-160

Or Italy…

Nikon 1 J5 + 1 Nikkor 10-100 mm f/4-5.6 @ 50 mm, efov 135 mm, f/8, 1/50, ISO-400
Nikon 1 J5 + 1 Nikkor 10-100 mm f/4-5.6 @ 10 mm, efov 27 mm, f/8, 1/250, ISO-160
Nikon 1 J5 + 1 Nikkor 6.7-13 mm f/3.5-5.6 @ 6.7 mm, efov 18.1 mm, f/5.6, 1/200, ISO-400

Our Nikon 1 gear never let us down. It is simply a wonderfully small, capable and fun-to-use travel photography system.

Nikon 1 V3 + 1 Nikkor CX 70-300 mm f/4.5-5.6 @ 300 mm, efov 810 mm, f/5.6, 1/1600, ISO-250

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.

Nikon 1 J5 + 1 Nikkor 10-100 mm f/4-5.6 @ 60 mm, efov 162 mm, f/8, 1/80, ISO-1600

For as much as I love the Nikon 1 system… and would welcome its reintroduction… that ship is long gone.

Nikon 1 V2 + 1 Nikkor CX 70-300 mm f/4.5-5.6 @ 300 mm, efov 810 mm, f/5.6, 1/3200, ISO-1000

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.

Nikon 1 V3 + 1 Nikkor 10-100 mm f/4-5.6 @ 20.3 mm, efov 54.8 mm, f/8, 1/10, ISO-160

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!

Nikon 1 V2 + 1 Nikon CX 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6 @ 300mm, efov 810mm, f/5.6, 1/320, ISO-800

As I was going through my image archives to select the photographs for this article I paused numerous times as fond memories flooded back.

Nikon 1 V3 + 1 Nikon CX 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6 @ 234mm, efov 632mm, f/5.6, 1/1600, ISO-400

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.

Nikon 1 J5 + 1 Nikon 30-110mm f/3.8-5.6 @ 53mm, efov 143mm, f/8, 1/25, ISO-3200, Vello Deluxe Extension Tubes

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.

Nikon 1 V2 + 1 Nikon 30-110mm f/3.8-5.6 @ 77mm, efov 208mm, f/5.6, 1/125, ISO-1600, extension tubes

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.

Nikon 1 V2 + 1 Nikon 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6 @ 300mm efov 810mm, F/5.6, 1/1600, ISO-1250

Nikon 1 j5 + 1 Nikon 10-100 mm f/4-5.6 @ 72mm, efov 194 mm,, f/8, 1/400, ISO-160
Nikon 1 J5 + 1 Nikon 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6 @ 204mm, efov 552mm, f/5.6, 1/40, ISO-3200
Nikon 1 J5 + 1 Nikon 10-100mm f/4-5.6 @ 100mm, efov 270mm, f/8, 1/320, ISO-1600
Nikon 1 V2 + 1 Nikon 10-100mm f/4-5.6 @ 12mm, efov 32mm, f/6.3, 1.6 sec, ISO-160
NIKON 1 V2 + 1 NIKKOR VR 30-110mm f/3.8-5.6 @ 69mm, ISO 800, 1/60, f/7.1

Nikon 1 V2 + Nikon 1 CX 70-300 f/4.5-5.6 @ 157mm, efov 424mm, f/5.6, 1/50, ISO-2500

Technical Note

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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18 thoughts on “Nikon 1 Celebration”

    1. Hi Felix,

      I appreciate that many readers here own and use Nikon 1 gear. So far this year I have published over 25 articles that feature images captured with Nikon 1 gear. My plan is to have some ongoing articles that feature images captured with Nikon 1 cameras. As of today, this website has 421 articles that feature images captured with Nikon 1 equipment… far more than can be found anywhere else on the internet.

      Tom

  1. I have a Nikon 1 V2 and a Nikon 1 J5, and many lenses. I’m still looking for a 10 – 100 Zoom (non PD) at a good price. I like them both and still use them both on occasion. I enjoy using them very much. Your work with them was very helpful in showing me how to get the most out of them; thank you for that.

    I still have my D750, and a Z50, and a Z6. I enjoy those as well, but my D750 isn’t seeing as much use these days. When I started with the Z6, if felt familiar. I think it has a lot of J5 DNA in it.

    It was great to see all these photos again.

    1. Hi George,

      Thanks for sharing your experiences with Nikon 1, as well as other Nikon cameras! The 1 Nikkor 10-100 mm f/4-5.6 is our workhorse lens when we travel. Other than bird images, I’d estimate that over 75% of our travel images have been created with that lens. I love the focal length versatility that it provides, in a small and easy to handle package.

      Tom

  2. I love my Nikon J1 and use it almost exclusively. Takes lovely pictures. Have had it for about 7 years. Here’s the problem. I purchased a new computer and the transfer system is not compatible with Windows 10. I contacted Nikon, and they suggested another system to install. That didn’t work either. Any suggestions? I do seem to be able to install photos using Photoshop, but not Nikon’s transfer system. Thanks.

    1. Hi Rosie,

      Unfortunately computer software is not my area of expertise… plus I have never used the Nikon software program so I have no experience with it at all. Sorry I could not provide any assistance. I suppose if Photoshop works on your system, you may need to do all of your work in post with that program. Perhaps other readers can provide some insights.

      The other thing you could try is the Nikon 1 chat forum on DPReview: https://www.dpreview.com/forums/1058. Perhaps someone there may have have useful information.

      Tom

  3. Excellent article and showcase, Tom. I’m still enjoying my Nikon 1 experience, especially for hiking and travel.

  4. Thank You for this article on the NIkon 1 system. I always loved however Nikon stopped their support and the lenses were very difficult to come by in India. But I enjoyed using the V3 a lot.

  5. A great article with some wonderful images that really show the capabilities of the Nikon 1 system. I got into Nikon 1 when it had already been discontinued. I’ve used many cameras over the years and there’s nothing quite like Nikon 1. It’s my favourite travel system and there’s something about it that just feels right.

    1. Hi David,

      Thanks for adding to the discussion and sharing your experiences with the Nikon 1 system!

      When my wife and I travel, she uses a Nikon 1 V3 with a 1 Nikkor 10-100 mm f/4-5.6. I pack three Nikon 1 bodies in a mid-sized Tenba shoulder bag: J5/6.7-13 mm f/3.5-5.6, J5/10-100 mm f/4-5.6, and a V3/70-300 mm f/4.5-5.6. I’ll also pack a 30-110 mm f/3.8-110 with a set of extension tubes specifically for close-up photography. The overall size and weight of my kit versus its capability and flexibility is incredible for travel photography.

      Tom

  6. Tom,

    What a wonderful tribute and an excellent passel of Nikon 1 images! Just goes to show that it was a very capable system in very good hands. Had Nikon just continued to support it, the system held much promise. I guess Nikon is saddled with a bit too many lines then (even venturing into action cameras which was short-lived). I would’ve loved owning Nikon 1 gear had it been more readily available in our part of the world but it wasn’t meant to be as our market is too small and minor to carry the lenses that mattered to birders (the bodies are available, the lenses are rarely so, which is of course, strange).

    From still life to landscapes, perched birds to birds in flight (oh, plus jet planes a-smokin’, too!) you’ve made a strong case that contrary to what the naysayers were claiming, the Nikon 1 system is more than its sensor size. So much so that it’s hard to pick a favorite among the images you’ve posted (although I’m really biased and leaning towards the bird images).

    Oggie
    http://www.lagalog.com

    1. Thanks for the comment Oggie… much appreciated! It was an interesting experience putting this article together in terms of image selection. Going through the extensive image gallery on my website really drove home how capable and flexible the Nikon 1 system was, and still is.

      Tom

  7. Hello ! That’s a wonderful and very informative tribute. Thanks for that. I enjoyed the trip. I hope you did too !
    Best regards,
    Andy

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