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Nikon adds Nikkor 1 11-27.5mm F3.5-5.6 lens and underwater housing to 1 System

By dpreview staff on Aug 9, 2012 at 04:01 GMT

Alongside the 1 J2, Nikon has announced a waterproof housing and a more compact retractable zoom lens - the 1 Nikkor 11-27.5mm F3.5-5.6. The lens is something of an enigma - it's smaller than the existing 10-30mm kit zoom but, in the US at least, isn't being offered as a kit option. As a result, if you want a less rangy lens, without image stabilization, it'll set you back $189. Nikon US suggests it might appeal to people who bought a kit with just the 10mm prime lens. The WP-N1 underwater housing offers full access to the 1 J1 or 1 J2's buttons and dials, while providing protection to depths of 40m/130ft. It will be available in early September for around $749.

Nikon Europe's approach to the 11-27.5mm lens appears to be slightly clearer, with its inclusion in a kit with the J2 costing €519, rather than the 10-30mm kit costing €539. Separately, it will cost €189.


Press Release:

Expanding the 1 NIKKOR Lens Lineup: The New 11-27.5mm f/3.5-5.6 Lens

Alongside the new Nikon 1 J2, the versatile 1 NIKKOR 11-27.5mm lens will inspire shooters to take their creative expression on-the-go with an extremely versatile yet compact and lightweight lens. With a 2.5x zoom (30-74mm equivalent), this is an ideal lens for general shooting including landscapes, portraiture or even as the go-to lens on the next family vacation. The 11-27.5mm lens will be offered in Black and White, and will be compatible with the Nikon J2 as well as the Nikon 1 V1 and Nikon 1 J1.

New Underwater Case for the Nikon 1 J2 and J1

Nikon has also announced the addition of a new accessory to the Nikon 1 System, one that will allow users to use their Nikon 1 cameras during water-based adventures and vacations for even more creative freedom and expression. The new WP-N1 is an underwater case that can house either the Nikon 1 J1 or new J2 in addition to the versatile 1 NIKKOR 10-30mm lens. The WP-N1 is ideal for users that enjoy the versatility of their Nikon 1 cameras but seek a way to protect their camera during their active lifestyle. The WP-N1 will allow users to bring their Nikon 1 camera on a beach vacation or water sport adventure like kayaking, jet skiing, snorkeling and surfing without having to worry about damage from the water. The case is waterproof up to 40 meters (approx. 131 feet), allowing consumers to enjoy the sun and surf while bringing back stunning photos and HD videos to share with their family and friends.

Price and Availability

The Nikon 1 J2 camera with the 10-30mm lens will be available in September 2012 for the suggested retail price (SRP) of $549.95*. The 1 NIKKOR 11-27.5mm f/3.5-5.6 lens will also be available in late September 2012 and will have a suggested retail price (SRP) of $189.95*. Additionally, the new WP-N1, the underwater case for either the Nikon 1 J1 or the Nikon 1 J2, will be available in September 2012 and will have a suggested retail price (SRP) of $749.95*. For more information on these new Nikon 1 series products and other Nikon products, please visit www.nikonusa.com.

*SRP (Suggested Retail Price) listed only as a suggestion. Actual prices are set by dealers and are subject to change at any time. Specifications, equipment and release dates are subject to change without any notice or obligation on the part of the manufacturer.

Comments

Total comments: 54
Aleo Veuliah
By Aleo Veuliah (Aug 21, 2012)

The underwater case is welcome but why not for the V1 ?

This is the new Nikon Nikonos system.

1 upvote
technofan
By technofan (Aug 11, 2012)

Nope... I just don't get this lens.... smaller, maybe, but it's not worth losing sleep over when compared to the 10-30mm lens. The camera will never be pocketable and the 10-30 is small enough.
I would like to see a couple of high quality fast lenses. Other than that the kit lenses cover a huge range and produce good quality images.
I would also like exposure bracketing on the V1...but hey, we can't have everything :-)

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0 upvotes
Renzokuken
By Renzokuken (Aug 11, 2012)

Much smaller sensor size yet similar form factor. Small camera that packs no punch. Period.

0 upvotes
SunnyFlorida
By SunnyFlorida (Aug 10, 2012)

And this is different from the 10-30mm F/5.6 how???

What'e their next "new" lens? a 12mm ~29.75mm F/5.6 in hot pink?

2 upvotes
inevitable crafts studio
By inevitable crafts studio (Aug 10, 2012)

nikon, whatabout a fast 20mm lens and an even faster 30mm lens?

1 upvote
paolopan83
By paolopan83 (Aug 10, 2012)

No wonder they are selling the cool lens not in a kit... Obviously mirrorless are the novelty and comanies are willing to extract as much value as they can from it.

0 upvotes
Kodachrome200
By Kodachrome200 (Aug 10, 2012)

i am losing it with these mirror less cameras. The way the camera companies are dealing with selling the kits is unforgivable. I mean they make a new standard zoom require everyone to buy the camera with old standard zoom (witch incidentally is to bulky to possible be desirable with a camera of this limited capability). Every single one of these camera was sold in a kit you are literally forced to buy the worse lens before you can buy the better lens. Also anyone upgrading from the old camera are forced to buy ANOTHER copy of the previous version of the standard zoom they already have

Why would anyone put up with this. with system cameras you should never be forced to buy a kit

2 upvotes
Goreyo
By Goreyo (Aug 12, 2012)

I just put the name of a number of mirrorless cameras plus 'body only' into google. You should try it.

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1 upvote
FTW
By FTW (Aug 13, 2012)

yes, you can buy bodies only, but, if you buy a body with a lens, the lens comes for almost nuts. A Sony Nex for example costs about 140$ cheaper if you buy it with the 16 mm lens as if you buy the body and lens separately.Also in kit with 2 lenses the 16mm costs just a 110$ while you have to pay some 195$ to buy the lens separately. Buy a body and a lens is ok, but expensive. And, nobody will ever buy a kit lens from you. Look on E-bay how many kit lenses you can buy for peanuts and nobody wants them. When Nikon launched the D70, the kit lens was a real deal. when the 18-55 came it became a real sh.. Sony's 18-55 on Nex systems is a real good lens, much better than some testers tell us that it is. The risk is always the one that next generation of cameras improve in camera features and the value of the kit lens decreases by the same amount. That's why, Companies should sell bodies with different choices in kit lenses and give xxx$ rebate on any lens when you buy it with a body

0 upvotes
aqasem
By aqasem (Aug 10, 2012)

for me I expected fast lenses zoom and primes.

2 upvotes
magneto shot
By magneto shot (Aug 9, 2012)

after all the wait...and all we get is another slow lens.
don't let anyone talk you into how great this system is.
I have the whole set. while i dont doubt the colors and general usage is pretty good......its basically a P&S and with no shallow DOF to show, i call it a glorified P&S.
I am thankful to Sony for releasing the RX100, without which, many still thinks that the slow lens released by Nikon is due to technical reasons. Its not. FYI, the fast AF turns into a real slow and dodgy AF when the light gets low, but the same light i could focus using my mobile phone.

1 upvote
57even
By 57even (Aug 10, 2012)

The Sony does low DOF with the same sensor size then? And can focus on moving subjects?

Mobile phones have almost infinite DOF so it aint that hard to focus. Its either "right in front of me" or "further away".

0 upvotes
nosnoop
By nosnoop (Aug 9, 2012)

Maybe only for people who never takes handheld video?

It's almost impossible for most people to take any useful handheld video without IS.

1 upvote
peevee1
By peevee1 (Aug 9, 2012)

Looks like the most useless zoom ever made.

2 upvotes
Martin Ocando
By Martin Ocando (Aug 9, 2012)

Makes me remember the 43-86mm. Pretty useless lens. Walk 5 steps, you are at 86, step back 5 steps, you are at 43.

1 upvote
slncezgsi
By slncezgsi (Aug 13, 2012)

Martin I agree that 43-86 zoom was not too useful, but for the sake of the optical designers - the design of zoom lenses had to start somewhere and there were no simple commuter aided ways to optimize complex large range zoom lenses. Look at todays lenses - while the primes have not much left to improve (well one cold make ALL lenses spherical, but the price would be stratospheric), but zooms keep getting better.

Concerning this new lens from Nikon - I guess that it was supposed to bring good (I hope) IQ with low price in a compact package - that dictates slow lens with limited zoom range. It was done before ;)

0 upvotes
FTW
By FTW (Aug 13, 2012)

this is true, but if the IQ is amazing it has a use. Such a zoom can do great thing in Makro. but as you said, it is then better to have a good prime and make the 5 steps back and forth. But on the end, if you look today's 18-55 standard, there is the same problem. a question of 5 steps only. Now, look how often you can not do that 5 steps..... And, what about 20-35, 17-35 and so on, is it useful, maybe, maybe not, but, it sells.

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Gianluca101
By Gianluca101 (Aug 9, 2012)

http://camerasize.com/compact/#124.358,124.41,332,ha,t

mmmmm... I dont' know if it's better to buy a very pocketable camera, with a 28-100 f1,8-4,9 with in lens active steady shot and a display viewable even in bright light or a camera non pocketable with a 30-74 f3,5-5,6 without vr.... mmmmm

5 upvotes
micahmedia
By micahmedia (Aug 9, 2012)

http://j.mp/PHmmxm

0 upvotes
ppastoris
By ppastoris (Aug 10, 2012)

more like 28-100 F4.9-13 vs 30-74 F9.5-15

0 upvotes
akjos
By akjos (Aug 9, 2012)

I just spat my drink all over my
Phone when i saw the price ... Wtf really?? This
Lens alone Costs more then whole d5100 and
D3200 ?!? Sorry but more i look around more nikon seems
To fall on my list of furure equipment. Lets jack up the
Price ... Suckers will buy it anyway... Other actually sane
Ppl would go with m4/3 ...

1 upvote
peevee1
By peevee1 (Aug 9, 2012)

$189 is not more than d5100 costs. Unless you wrecked it.

2 upvotes
bcalkins
By bcalkins (Aug 9, 2012)

I think you did the same thing I did - glossed over the top paragraph and misread the lens price as $749 :) That is the price for the housing. The lens is only $189...

0 upvotes
akjos
By akjos (Aug 9, 2012)

Ok my bad i hereby publicly apologize to nikon lol

0 upvotes
goshigoo
By goshigoo (Aug 9, 2012)

I wonder why people would buy Nikon 1 with such a small sensor

0 upvotes
Mathias Japri
By Mathias Japri (Aug 9, 2012)

good macro magnification.

3 upvotes
Documensony
By Documensony (Aug 9, 2012)

Nikon must have quite a pile of 10-30mm's left that they need to unload before they will launch a 11-27mm kit.

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roy5051
By roy5051 (Aug 9, 2012)

Really do not see the point in this lens - it is too close to the 10-30mm to be different. Why not introduce a 35mm prime (90mm equivalent) or a 50mm prime (135mm equivalent)? These cameras, like all other CSCs, are made to be used with prime lenses, not oversized zooms.

1 upvote
joejack951
By joejack951 (Aug 9, 2012)

It's 11mm (almost 0.5") shorter in length than the 10-30mm lens. According to Nikon at least that makes it more pocketable. People like pocketable cameras so there's your missing point.

1 upvote
silverprelude
By silverprelude (Aug 9, 2012)

none of these ILC is pocketable. if your pocket is large enough for this lens, then its large enough for the 10-30. how pointless is this lens.

2 upvotes
Esa Tuunanen
By Esa Tuunanen (Aug 12, 2012)

I agree fully with silverprelude.
No interchangeable lens system can offer true pocketability because of inability to make lens collapse into camera.
Sure there's place for pocketable body+lens combinations but this obsession to unergonomically small is at psychopathic level.

DSLR is still semi analog mechanical era system limited by mirror box&co. It's time to start offering alternative Digital Single Lens Mirrorless system with diverse product range. Meaning also bodies with real controls and ergonomics instead of pretending Canon IXUS becomes advanced camera by just slapping lens mount and bigger sensor into it.

Or are you all just old folks looking backwards into past instead of forward thinking enthusiasts?

0 upvotes
Greg Gebhardt
By Greg Gebhardt (Aug 9, 2012)

They must have had this in the works when the first introduced this camera as it can't be for demand.

1 upvote
Eleson
By Eleson (Aug 9, 2012)

Not only Nikon, but what is it with camera makers that releases multiple lenses in the same range while still having lots of gaps in other areas?
Is there no strategy or planning goin' on? ... enigma ...

2 upvotes
Esa Tuunanen
By Esa Tuunanen (Aug 12, 2012)

That's called consumerism.
You can always trust it to destroy product diversity and real innovation.

0 upvotes
fberns
By fberns (Aug 9, 2012)

The small 11-27mm lens is a good idea!
With the smaller sensor than other mirrorless systems, Nikon has to have the smallest package (in my opinion).
Otherwise I'd certaily prefer a camera with a bigger sensor

So now you get a small everyday carry around package.
But I want the lens available as a kit lens!

And then, add a few faster lenses for special moments. Because I don't see a point in having an interchangeable lens camera if the lenses are much slower than eg. that in a compact RX100.

1 upvote
Andy Crowe
By Andy Crowe (Aug 9, 2012)

Don't forget the Pentax Q, tho I it doesn't seem to have received any new lenses or bodies since its launch so may have already been depreciated by Pentax?

0 upvotes
JesperMP
By JesperMP (Aug 9, 2012)

A zoom lens with a not-so-impressive zoom range (2.5x), not so impressive aperture (F3.5-F5.6), not so small (just a little bit smaller than Panasonics pancake zoom), and no OIS, and basically there is already the same lens, only 11mm longer.

Yes, great "idea".

1 upvote
peevee1
By peevee1 (Aug 9, 2012)

Actually, Panasonic X 14-42 is even smaller.
http://camerasize.com/compact/#332,124.41,124.358,315.335,ha,t

But of course it does not matter in light of RX100.

2 upvotes
_sem_
By _sem_ (Aug 9, 2012)

How about that collapsible 10.4-37.1mm / F1.8 - F4.9 lens in the Sony RX100 with same-sized 1" sensor?

9 upvotes
goshigoo
By goshigoo (Aug 9, 2012)

NEX is just better

3 upvotes
57even
By 57even (Aug 10, 2012)

Not at 100mm, or when something is actually MOVING, God forbid! The Sony is very nice but not much use on sports day.

0 upvotes
h2k
By h2k (Aug 9, 2012)

I think i'll drop out of here.

I understand that all of you know instantly what 11 - 27 mm means in terms of full format viewing angle. Me, i don't.

Sometimes i even confuse DX and FX and NX and XL, when there's no further explanation offered, and often it isn't.

So i'lll leave to learn some N-speak and come back later.

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gsum
By gsum (Aug 9, 2012)

If you think DX etc. is confusing, you should try APS-c; at least DX is a single defined size. Why they can't quote the focal length as a viewing angle is beyond me.

2 upvotes
JEROME NOLAS
By JEROME NOLAS (Aug 9, 2012)

Too little, too late.

2 upvotes
qwertyasdf
By qwertyasdf (Aug 9, 2012)

I'm having too much of it.

0 upvotes
Slaven
By Slaven (Aug 9, 2012)

More pictures of lens, please!
Also, it's very interesting, how subj looks on the camera's body.

0 upvotes
fberns
By fberns (Aug 9, 2012)

take a look at camerasize.com. You can compare various cameras there

0 upvotes
tkbslc
By tkbslc (Aug 9, 2012)

Nikon is missing the boat, just like Sony, by not releasing a fast, slightly wide to normal prime. This would be a viable system with a 15mm f1.4 or something like that. But another variable, slow zoom? Yippee. Just get a RX100 at that point.

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dgreene196
By dgreene196 (Aug 9, 2012)

Reminds me of Samsung's 20-50 mm for their NX cameras. More compact, less range, no IS. If the lens performs pretty well, it might appeal to those who want the absolutely smallest possible kit.

0 upvotes
Mal_In_Oz
By Mal_In_Oz (Aug 9, 2012)

Nope. "absolutely smallest" would describe the RX100.

The problem with the 1 series is that it is not small enough. Now imagine something RX100 size with fully retracting lens, and can then swap out the retracting lens for another retracting lens. Now that would justify having a 1 series.

2 upvotes
Michael Barkowski
By Michael Barkowski (Aug 14, 2012)

I think that this lens has a place, and Nikon knows what they are doing. The point of these mirrorless systems, to me, is that they fill multiple uses. With one lens the camera is compact but limited in zoom range. With another lens it is not pocketable but has more range. As high ISO performance increases, the usefulness of IS in still photography decreases, especially if one is concerned with "good enough" image quality and not have the best possible image quality just for the sake of having the best. RX100 cannot match Nikon 1 system versatility, and DSLRs and larger sensor mirrorless systems cannot match Nikon 1's portability with a telephoto zoom attached. And this lens is cheaper than Panasonic's PZ 14-42mm. Zooming with your feet isn't always possible or quick, and can change perspective and point of view, and digital zoom or cropping isn't much of an option with 10 megapixels.

0 upvotes
IcyVeins
By IcyVeins (Aug 9, 2012)

" Nikon US suggests it might appeal to people who bought a kit with just the 10mm prime lens."

LOOLLLLL REALLY????

3 upvotes
Richard Butler
By Richard Butler (Aug 9, 2012)

Really.

1 upvote
LKJ
By LKJ (Aug 9, 2012)

I've always wanted a less rangy lens.

8 upvotes
Total comments: 54