Just picked up the 6.7-13mm f/3.5-5.6 VR today.

Started Feb 23, 2013 | Discussions thread
Paul Pasco
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Re: Just picked up the 6.7-13mm f/3.5-5.6 VR today.
In reply to photoreddi, Feb 27, 2013

photoreddi wrote:

Richard Murdey wrote:

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It's really nothing more than a gut reaction; "!OMG! I can't believe you just paid 500 bucks for a lens for your Nikon 1 camera!"It's conditioning on my part, sub $300 gear all gets put in the "fun stuff" category, $500+ gear gets put in the "serious stuff" category...

It's pretty easy to go on a shopping spree for your V1/2, only to find out you've spent the equivalent of a 6D and 24-105L. Maybe a bit of an exaggeration, but not totally out there either! I'm still trying to wrap my noodle around that.

The 6.7-13mm lens is equivalent to an 18-35mm full frame lens. Nikon has two fine zoom lenses having similar focal lengths. The 16-35mm is $1,256 and the 17-35mm is $1,769. Serious cameras and serious lenses such as ultra-wides have seriously high prices. The full frame 24-85mm is a very good lens, worth using with the D600 and D800, but it's only $497. It works the same way for the 1 Series lenses. The ultra-wide 6.7-13mm sells for $497, but the normal zooms, comparable to the 24-85mm are the 10-30mm and 11-27.5mm lenses, and they sell for less than $200. So the moral of the story is that if you want an ultra-wide zoom, no matter the format, expect to pay from 2 to 3 times more than you'd pay for a normal zoom lens.

The 6.7-13mm is closer in concept to the Nikon 18-35D or the newer AF-S version, both of which usually sell for more than $500 and neither is VR, I believe. The 16-35 is a constant f4 and the 17-35 is f2.8, so both are a little higher up on the price scale. Regardless, the 6.7-13 seems to be worth the $500 price at introduction and will surely drop over time. A kit of the V2, 6.7-13, 18.5, and 10-110 would be my ideal if I didn't already have a whole V1 kit.

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