Definitely update the firmware on your V1

Started Jan 23, 2013 | Discussions thread
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Herts_JoaTMoN Contributing Member • Posts: 773
Definitely update the firmware on your V1

Having got my V1 last month, I finally got round to using it this weekend just gone. I found that use I got out of it was hampered by the shutter speeds it was selecting when taking pictures in aparture priority. I foolishly put off updating my camera as I hadn't thought it would make much of a difference. I'm regretting that now.

Other initial impressions.

Cant comment on the 10-30 lens as I never mounted it (used my NEX with the 19mm sigma most of the time and only got the 10-30 as a back up lens), but the 30-110 is great and the focus speed was fantastic. As I said at the start, the shutter speeds let me down though and I ended up with a few blury photos at full zoom. I only see my self shooting with this lens and always with it at its widest aparture.

I struggled to take and BIF shots, but that was due to a mix of lowish light and my lazyness to change the focus settings as I was just testing the focus. Think I got a couple of nice shots but havent loaded them on to my laptop yet for review.

Love the view finder and starting to enjoy the controls now that I'm getting used to them. I've bookmarked a few posts on this forum for helping me select settings that will help my performance in difference scenarios.

Dont like the ISO beyond 1600. I wish there was a A1600 setting in the menu. I leave it on A800 most of the time and will change it to higher only when needed. 3200 is too noisy for my taste and I have my NEX for low light work. I dont own the speedlight and dont see my self purchasing it.

The camera itself is heavier than I was expecting, but reasuringly so. I didnt like the feel of it in my hands until I purchased and mounted the Richard Franiec Grip. Now I'm happy with my travel telephoto camera.

Not much else to add yet as I didnt get to go out and take photos as much as I'd have liked. Hopefully Ill get to go out soon and put it through a thorough work out.

I dont think I'll be adding anything to my Nikon 1 set up in the future. In my opinion it specialises in telephoto photography and unless they release a native stabilised lens with further reach than 110mm then I'm pretty much set.

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Ben Williams - UK
NEX 5N / E 18-55. E 16. UWA. Fisheye. Sigma 19. / Minolta MC 50 1.4. Tamron 90 2.5 Macro. Vivitar 100 3.5 Macro. Soligor 135 2.8 / Raynox DCR-250.
Nikon V1 / N1 10-30. N1 30-110.
Sony TX10.
Selling: Tamron 18-200 NEX (£330)
Shopping list: NEX6 + 16-50 (replace 5N + 18-55) (if £650). SEL3518 (if £300).

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Sony Alpha NEX-6 Sony E 35mm F1.8 OSS Sony E 20mm F2.8 Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 4
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