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Nikon creates Nikkor 1 AW 10mm f/2.8 and 11-27.5mm f/3.5-5.6 lenses

By dpreview staff on Sep 19, 2013 at 04:00 GMT

As part of its 'AW' launches, Nikon has announced the Nikkor 1 AW 10mm f/2.8 and 1 AW 11-27.5mm f/3.5-5.6 lenses. Both lenses are existing designs built into waterproof, shockproof housings and are only compatible with the Nikon 1 AW1 body. The 1 AW 10mm f/2.8 offers a 27mm equivalent field-of-view and will be sold separately for around $200/£300/€319. The Nikkor 1 AW 11-27.5mm zoom offers a rather limited 30-74mm equivalent range and will only be available as part of a kit with the camera - meaning there are no image-stabilized AW lenses yet.

Interestingly, Nikon says the AW 10mm is waterproof to a depth of 20m (65ft), which is deeper than the 1 AW1 body is rated to.

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Press Release:

Nikon launches the world’s first waterproof/shockproof interchangeable lenses


RRP and sales start dates:
1 NIKKOR AW 10mm f/2.8: £299.99 / €359
1 NIKKOR AW 11-27.5mm f/3.5–5.6 is part of a kit only, please see combinations below:
Nikon  1 AW1 + 11-27.5mm f/3.5–5.6: £749.99 / €899
Nikon  1 AW1 + 11-27.5mm f/3.5–5.6 + 10mm f/2.8: £949.99 / €1149
Sales Start Date: 10th October 2013

London, UK , 19th September 2013 Nikon today announces the world’s first water/shockproof interchangeable lenses1 for dedicated use with the brand new water/shock/freeze-proof Nikon 1 AW1 system camera.
The 1 NIKKOR AW 11–27.5mm f/3.5–5.6 lens is an action-loving 2.5x zoom lens, whilst the 1 NIKKOR AW 10mm f/2.8 lens is a ready-for-anywhere fast wide-angle lens. Both lenses are waterproof to 15 m and 20 m respectively2, shockproof from heights of up to 2 m3, and freeze-proof for temperatures down to -10°C.4

Perfect for shooting epic adventures or everyday action, these two lenses combine with the Nikon 1 AW1 camera to give active people stunning images. Whether shooting in the city, or on an adventure weekend away, users will stand out from the crowd and capture photos and movies that are sure to impress.

Thuan Bui, Product Manager for Nikon 1 products at Nikon UK says: “If you have a strong sense of style and a taste for adventure, the new Nikon 1 AW system is perfect for capturing your lifestyle. It’s fast, portable, and flexible, and the water/shock/freeze-proof build of both the camera and the lenses has been achieved at no cost to image quality, so you can enjoy superior results, even when you shoot underwater.”

He continues, “Whether you use the wide-angle or the zoom, you’ll enjoy the freedom that comes with shooting underwater without using waterproof housing, and when you’re capturing the action on land, there’s no need to worry about accidently dropping your gear, either.”

1 NIKKOR concept
1 NIKKOR lenses capture life with exceptional sharpness. Designed with active lifestyles in mind, the growing range covers a wide variety of scenes, and each lens is optimised for movie recording. Combined with the portability, power, and speed of Nikon 1 cameras, the small size of the 1 NIKKOR lenses truly sets the Nikon 1 system apart.

1 NIKKOR AW 11–27.5mm f/3.5–5.6: Ready for anywhere
Come rain, shine, or murky underwater environments, this strong and stylish 2.5x zoom lens is an ideal lens for capturing a range of different scenarios. From casual snapshots to portraits and distant subjects, the 11–27.5mm zoom range (35mm equivalent: 30–74mm) covers most commonly used focal lengths, enabling great photos and movies to be captured at any moment. A wide zoom ring with knurled anti-slip surface facilitates smooth zooming, even when the photographer is wearing gloves. The tough build and luxurious metallic exterior of this lens complements the pristine looks of the Nikon 1 AW camera perfectly. As the standard kit lens for the Nikon 1 AW1 system, it comes in white, black, and silver to match the camera.

1 NIKKOR AW 10mm f/2.8: Fast wide-angle action
On land or underwater, the robust, stylish, and fast 1 NIKKOR AW 10mm f/2.8 wide-angle lens captures stunning wide-angle shots in any environment. Thanks to its large maximum aperture of f/2.8, it’s a great way to bring low-light action to life and single out subjects by capturing images with beautiful bokeh. This lens does a great job of capturing sweeping vistas from the top of mist-covered mountains, and the close focusing distance of 0.2 m makes it ideal for shooting close-ups in murky underwater environments. Available in black, this lens has a tough build and a luxurious metallic exterior that complement the pristine looks of the Nikon 1 AW camera perfectly.

Superior image quality
Both the new 1 NIKKOR AW lenses feature Nikon 1 optics optimised for sharp images across the entire frame. In order to ensure superior resolution and contrast, the zoom lens boasts an aspherical lens element and an ED glass element; the wide-angle lens incorporates two aspherical lens elements. In keeping with the wider range of 1 NIKKOR lenses, both of the new 1 NIKKOR AW lenses maintain the convenient portability of the Nikon 1 system, without sacrificing image quality.

Fully protected
Both lenses have an extra layer of glass in front of the lens in order to protect against water and dust, and the zoom lens also boasts rubber sealing around the zoom ring. An O-ring around the camera’s lens mount protects the camera’s sensor from water and dust. When shooting with the Nikon 1 AW1 camera and a regular 1 NIKKOR lens, the O-ring protector (supplied in the camera’s body cap) can be used to protect the camera’s lens mount.

The 1 NIKKOR lineup
The new 1 NIKKOR AW lenses are for dedicated use with the Nikon 1 AW1. All regular 1 NIKKOR lenses are compatible with the Nikon 1 AW1 as well as every other Nikon 1 camera in the range. For even more possibilities, you can use a NIKKOR lens in combination with the FT1 mount adapter.5

The current 1 NIKKOR lineup consists of 11 different lenses. The ultra-fast 1 NIKKOR 32mm f/1.2 medium-telephoto lens is the current flagship and makes a stunning portrait lens. It sits alongside a bright 18.5 mm lens with fast f/1.8 maximum aperture, a 10–100mm PD-ZOOM lens that’s made to make movies, and an ultra-wide 6.7–13mm zoom lens. Compact kit lenses are available in the same colours as the Nikon 1 camera bodies and cover a wide range of scenes: Like all 1 NIKKOR lenses, they provide the perfect balance of portability, power, speed, and quality, and are optimised for movie recording.

Optional accessories for the 1 NIKKOR AW 10mm f/2.8 wide-angle lens include the HN-N103 screw-on Lens Hood (40.5 mm) and the CL-N101 Lens Soft Case.
Optional accessories for the 1 NIKKOR AW 11–27.5mm f/3.5–5.6 zoom lens include the HN-N103 screw-on Lens Hood (40.5 mm) and the CL-N101 Lens Soft Case.


1 The new 1 NIKKKOR AW lenses are the world's first water/shockproof lenses among lenses for digital cameras with interchangeable lenses available (as of 9th August 2013); based on Nikon research
2 In-house tests have demonstrated JIS/IEC Class 8 (IPX8) waterproof performance; when attached to a waterproof camera.
3 Shockproof to resist a drop from a height of 2 m/6.6 ft (Has passed in-house tests to MIL-STD-810F Method 516.5: Shock standard; when attached to a waterproof camera)
4 When the lens is attached to the camera, in-house tests have demonstrated JIS/IEC Protection Class 8 (IPX8) waterproof performance to 15m (1 NIKKOR AW 11–27.5mm f/3.5–5.6) or 20 m (1 NIKKOR AW 10mm f/2.8) and shock resistance to MIL-STD-810F Method 516.5: Shock standard.
5 NIKKOR lenses mounted on the FT1 mount adapter have a 2.7x focal length crop factor, so you get a resulting angle of view that's over twice as long. For accurate information about compatibility with F-mount NIKKOR lenses, please refer to the manual.

Nikkor 1 AW 10mm f/2.8 & Nikkor 1 AW 11-27.5mm f/3.5-5.6 specifications

 Nikon 1 Nikkor AW 10mm f/2.8Nikon 1 Nikkor AW 11-27.5mm f/3.5-5.6
Principal specifications
Lens typePrime lensZoom lens
Max Format size1″
Focal length10 mm11–28 mm
Image stabilisationNo
Lens mountNikon 1
Maximum apertureF2.8F3.5 - F5.6
Minimum apertureF11.0F16.0
Aperture ringNo
Number of diaphragm blades7
Aperture notesrounded blades
Special elements / coatings2 Aspherical elements1 aspherical element, 1 ED glass element
Minimum focus0.20 m (7.87)0.30 m (11.81)
Maximum magnification0.06×0.1×
Motor typeMicromotorStepper motor
Full time manualUnknown
Focus methodInternal
Distance scaleNo
DoF scaleNo
Weight118 g (0.26 lb)182 g (0.40 lb)
Diameter61 mm (2.4)63 mm (2.48)
Length30 mm (1.18)57 mm (2.22)
MaterialsMetal barrel, metal mount
ColourBlackBlack, silver, white
Zoom methodRotary (internal)
Power zoomNo
Zoom lockNo
Filter thread41 mm
Hood suppliedNo
Tripod collarNo
Optional accessoriesLens hood, screw-on NC filter, soft lens caseLens hood, screw-on NC filter, soft case
NotesWaterproof to 20m, shockproof from 2m, freezeproof to -10C/+14FWaterproof to 15m, shockproof from 2m, freezeproof to -10C/+14F

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Total comments: 25
By thegenie (5 months ago)

underwater? ok. this camera seems well suited for adventure shooting in adverse environments. why a second lens that is like one commentary "barely wider than the zoom", the second should have been a real tele (maybe the 6' drop would've been too much but the at least aw is possible) because it's rare outdoor action shots are of "nearby" things.

By Marvol (7 months ago)

I don't completely understand the prime, 27mm equivalent underwater is not *that* useful for sweeping underwater vistas. Similarly if you take the camera into whitewater. Also it's barely wider than the zoom anyway.

If you're aiming for ruggedness and underwater, surely a UWA (maximum 24 mm equivalent) pancake prime, even with somewhat less optical quality, would be a logical option?

It would be cheaper, easier to build, smaller, and lighter.

Comment edited 2 minutes after posting
By vadimraskin (7 months ago)

I would have been very interested in this camera because we do quite a bit of outdoor activities and snorkling BUT to have this lens, which seems pretty useful for the underwater activity, I have to spend $800 for the camera AND the slow zoom, which is NOT that useful? Sounds like a bad marketing move, Nikon. I would rather have a choice to buy a body only and chose the lens to go with.

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Francis Carver
By Francis Carver (7 months ago)

Nikon 1 System: it's bad, pretty bad all around.

By HowaboutRAW (7 months ago)


Name another waterproof camera+system that shoots raw?

The Nikon 1 system in general is plenty good, with a good selection of non-waterproof lenses. However it faces huge competition from: Samsung, Sony, Fuji, Panasonic, Olympus and even Leica. (No I didn't forget Canon.)

So now it has a variation which makes it standout from the competition.

Comment edited 27 seconds after posting
Blake Willis
By Blake Willis (7 months ago)

A less expensive body + 10mm kit option without the slow zoom would be very welcome. Given the lack of stabilization in the system right now the 27mm equiv. f/2.8 lens is really the best option for the available depth rating. F/5.6 at 90mm equiv. with no IS in 10m of sea will need a pretty hefty flash to be useful, even in clear water on a sunny day.

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By peevee1 (7 months ago)

No stabilization. Do they supply an underwater tripod?

And only can be used on 1 AW? So are not compatible with V2, you have to buy both 10/2.8 and 10/2.8 AW you you happen to own one of the previous Nikon 1 cameras?

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By AndreaV (7 months ago)

Maybe underwater you're forced to move slower and you shake less due to the higher density of the water compared to air?
Anyway you can always carry underwater your tripod with some stones attached to it... this should do the trick!

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By peevee1 (7 months ago)

Right, and how are you going to get it back? :)

Blake Willis
By Blake Willis (7 months ago)

Unhook the stones & fart into a balloon?


Andrew Butterfield
By Andrew Butterfield (7 months ago)

Very niche. Nothing wrong with that, unless you're trying to save a dying system. Doubt this is intended to do that though. Some people will like it, many will find it totally irrelevant. But it could be the best waterproof camera there is and that's not a bad thing.

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By Langusta (7 months ago)

Filter thread on this lens brings some potential for a beautiful disaster. Let’s see...someone dives to a specified 20m, with filter attached. Assuming it's tight and traps the air bubble against the front lens, for 40mm filter glass, effective force pushing the glass to the inside would be an equivalent of some 25kg static load...on a 1mm glass slice.

Comment edited 28 seconds after posting
Andy Westlake
By Andy Westlake (7 months ago)

Both lenses have a thick protective glass 'window' in front of the optical unit, and the filter goes on in front of that.

By yabokkie (7 months ago)

it depends on the gap between the filter and lens but there may be special filters with holes to let water in.

actually in the future we may have water in the lens and between the lens and the sensor (hardly interchangeable lens camera).

Comment edited 2 minutes after posting
By peevee1 (7 months ago)

Why would you bring a filter underwater? It is not like there is any UV, or glare/reflection, or too much light for ND...

By Otaraka (7 months ago)

Diopters get used all the time to reduce minimum focus distance, and coloured filters to correct white balance, though less so now you can correct in post so easily. Generally the easiest way to manage bubbles has been to put it on after you get in the water, and the ones for underwater use are generally pretty thick anyhow - you have to get rid of bubbles anyhow or they effect the image.

By Langusta (7 months ago)

@Andy Westlake
Protective glass may get damaged / scratched when a filter rapidly colapses in front of it. When two pieces of (mechanically) similar material crash there will be damage on both elements.
Well, I wouldn't... It's just a matter of time before someone does though :)

white shadow
By white shadow (7 months ago)

Very useful and interesting proposition.

This is what the Nikon 1 should have been when it was first launch, a camera for a special purpose.

This would be great news for the intrepid adventurer /photographer who would trek in dense humid jungle, cross rivers and climb equitorial mountains to take photos.

If the image quality is good, it should sell well.

Comment edited 52 seconds after posting
By b534202 (7 months ago)

What good is waterproofing to 20m when the AW1 can only go down to 15m?

David Strand
By David Strand (7 months ago)

A future house that can go down to 20m???

Andy Westlake
By Andy Westlake (7 months ago)

Maybe it can go on the end of a 5m-long extension tube, for extreme close-ups...?

Seriously, it's most likely that the 10mm 2.8 has a deeper rating simply because it has no external moving parts - fundamentally it's a sealed cylinder with a lens inside. It's not clearly different in design or build quality to the 11-27.5mm, but it doesn't have a zoom ring, which is the most obvious failure point.

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By Mouser (7 months ago)

Duh! Perhaps a future AW2 will be able to go down to 20m.

By beavertown (7 months ago)

So pricey, are you kidding?

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By AndreaV (7 months ago)

Well... the prime is 359euro... doesn't sounds that expensive to me, considering that is waterproof! The 10/2.8 non-waterproof is 209euro at Calumet...

By yabokkie (7 months ago)

this is not a conventional battlefield (not sure if chemical).

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