V1 vs. The Zoo
V1 vs. The Zoo
5 months ago
First real day out with the V1 (and Nikon 10-100 & Tamron 70-300). There's enough talk around here already, let's check out some photos. All NEFs processed with LR. If you still have some time, I left some thoughts and comments at the bottom after the images. Feel free to ask questions.
iso800 & SB-N5 flash
Yep iso1250, and boosted over 1 stop in PP too!
This was shot thru a double pane of dirty/scratched glass!
300mm (810mm effective) and cropped
Accidentally very under-exposed iso800, then boosted shadows and exp a bunch, still looks pretty good - great colors for all the abuse in PP
- Focus with the Nikon 10-100 is fast and accurate
- Metering is astoundingly accurate with all lenses
- Colors are fantastic
- ISO noise is present from base ISO (iso100), but never really gets in the way - I have a few shots at iso3200 that are completely usable - quite remarkable (probably as clean high-ISO as my former D300!)
- Images can really be pushed in processing - I was able to hyper-boost shadows without too much degrading of IQ
- Menu is very easy to navigate and quickly change settings - don't really miss all the external controls of my DSLRs
- The little SB-N5 flash works great for fill even in the sun - love that it shares battery with the camera, less to plan for and carry
- Same battery as D600, D800, D7000 - and it lasts a long time compared to other equally sized cameras - over 500 shots at the zoo with flash (some) on one battery
- EVF is crisp and responsive - I can see optical viewfinders slowly being replaced (yes, even on the big SLRs)
- The Tamron 70-300 acts like a 270-810, and is decently sharp (even wide-open) - this is just silly - more so because with rebate it cost just $349!
- Get great DOF even at smaller apertures with my Sigma 150 macro
- Electronic shutter is quiet and quick
- Never had a single buffer full, even with some 10fps goofing around
- My zoo/hiking/etc. kit has shrunk in size and weight by about half - H O O R A Y ! ! !
- Focus with the FT1 (adapter) and Tamron 70-300 is not nearly as good as a native lens, and no continuous focus or shooting. Have to take additional shots when using this setup to guarantee and nice sharp in focus shot
- Center single AF with FT1 adapter requires a lot of focus and recompose - like having a very old AF system that only has one center point
- Use of lenses with FT1 adapter gives very notable shutter delay - like that of a P&S
- It is very (VERY) easy to hit the wheel and change settings - did this a dozen times or more - requires careful handling, and continuous verification of settings
- IQ at base ISO is no better than most current P&S (or my previous LX3) - although DR is noticeably higher
- 10MP is a bit limiting for cropping, and limits fine detail a bit
- Wish Sigma would get off their butts and update the firmware for my 120-300 f/2.8 so I could have an effective 810mm f/2.8 (or 1620mm f/5.6 with my 2.0tc)
- The forced screen review is dumb - half-press the shutter clears it but still annoying
- Not being able to hit a button to snap image zoom back to fit to screen (zoom out full) - if you zoom in on an image, you have to manually zoom back out before you can switch images to review - this is ridiculous, you also cannot zoom in and then toggle between images for comparison because of this
- The shutter button is a bit too subtle, very flat with little movement to engage - minor issue
Cannot comment on video, did not take any. Not my thing. I'm sure I will remember some other things. But for now...
Edited 5 months ago by Photo Exporter