Nikon 1 eBook Announced on

Our friends at have announced my Nikon 1 eBook, The Little Camera That Could, by way of a short article that I wrote for the website.

Readers wishing to view this announcement article on can use the link provided.

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3 thoughts on “Nikon 1 eBook Announced on”

  1. Tom

    Thank you for you book and reflections on the Nikon 1 system. I have been struggling with what to take on our month long trip to Italy in March/April. Should I take everything or could I get away with just my Nikon 1 J5 with 10mm F2.8 & 10 – 100mm zoom?

    You have helped me decide on just the Nikon 1, although I am tempted to pack the FT1 adapter with my sigma 10-20mm lens -still undecided.

    I’m interested in getting a set of extension tubes – could you comment more on the brand of extension tubes you use and where they can be brought or shipped to Sydney Australia.

    Thanks for your eBook and the blog. I’ll be a regular visitor from now on.


    1. Hello Ian,

      I have two sets of extension tubes that I use; a 2 tube Vello Deluxe set and a 3 tube MOVO set. Both sets work well and I often mix and match tubes from the sets with each other. The Vello Deluxe set has metal mounts and as such may end up being a bit more durable in the long run than the MOVO tubes. It appears to me that the MOVO tubes have plastic mounts with a metal coating applied to them. This does increase durability compared to a plain plastic mount. I would not recommend buying the standard Vello tubes as the plastic mounts used on them are not durable and are prone to cracking.

      Using tubes with plastic mounts that have a metal coating should not be a big concern. Some 1 Nikon lenses use this same approach, others have metal mounts.

      I bought the MOVO tubes through Amazon. The Vello Deluxe tubes were purchased through B&H.

      In terms of which lenses to bring on your trip to Italy it will depend on size/weight considerations as well as subject matter and which 1 Nikon lenses you own. I assume that you will be visiting a lot of historic sites and something wider than 10mm may come in very handy. You may want to consider the 1 Nikon 6.7-13mm f/3.5-5.6 as this lens has an efov of 18-35mm, is very good optically (in my experience on par with the 10mm f/2.8 prime) and has quite effective VR.

      On rare occasions I do bring 1 Nikon prime lenses with me when I travel, but I never bring the 10mm f/2.8. Since this lens does not have VR to my mind it does not offer any real advantage over the 6.7-13mm. In my experience, the VR on the 6.7-13mm provides 3 to 3.5 stops of added functionality. I don’t hesitate to shoot the 6.7-13mm at shutter speeds of 1/10 with good results. This more than makes up for the slight f/2.8 advantage of the 10mm. You may want to do some slow shutter speed practice with your 1 Nikon zoom lenses compared to the 10mm to see which approach works best for you. If you were planning on bringing a 1 Nikon prime(s) more from a shallow depth-of-field perspective the 18.5mm f/1.8 and 32mm f/1.2 may be better choices.

      In terms of which lens to use with extension tubes, the 1 Nikon 10-100mm f/4.-5.6 will certainly work. Since this lens has a comparatively short minimum focusing distance it can cause the user to get in very tight to subjects in order to acquire focus. This can make lighting tricky at times and some subjects like flying insects may get skittish. I much prefer using the 1 Nikon 30-110mm zoom with extension tubes. It is better optically than the 10-100mm f/4-5.6 and provides more practical shooting distances when using extension tubes.

      My standard Nikon 1 travel kit consists of three bodies and four lenses. One J5 with the 6.7-13mm f/3.5-5.6, a second J5 with the 10-100mm f/4-5.6, and a V3 with the CX 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6. These three camera set ups give me an equivalent field-of-view of 18mm-810mm and eliminates the need to swap out lenses. I like to work very fast so this is important to me, but may not be any kind of a consideration for you. I bring the Vello Deluxe 10mm, 16mm tubes and the 21mm MOVO tube along with a 30-110mm f/3.8-5.6 (I like this lens so much that I have two copies of it).

      Since your Sigma 10-20 would have an efov of 27-54mm on your Nikon 1 camera which is a focal length range duplicated by the 1 Nikon 10-100mm I’m not sure of the rationale to bring that particular lens…but these are very personal decisions. For the size/weight of the FT-1 and the Sigma 10-20mm you could probably pack a 1 Nikon 18.5 f/1.8, and a 6.7-13mm f/3.5-5.6, ending up with more overall flexibility and capability in your bag.

      Hope this has helped.


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