Small-sensor + Long lens combo, is the Nikon 1 the best choice?

Started Jan 28, 2014 | Discussions thread
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mosswings Veteran Member • Posts: 7,843
Re: Small-sensor + Long lens combo, is the Nikon 1 the best choice?

f-mount lenses are designed for a large registration distance between the mount and the sensor. CX and other mirrorless lenses don't have to reserve space for the flipping mirror, so they have a rather short registration distance. Even if you created an f-mount CX camera body, it would still have to employ a 30mm or so adapter to alllow existing f-mount lenses to work - plus it would have to include an aperture stopdown solenoid.  And boom, you're right back to an FT-1.

Take a look at Thom Hogan's or Jason Odell's websites (, They have used the V2 with super long lenses for wildlife work and have some opinions based on extensive use. They actually like the arrangement and the excellent IQ in good light that this arrangement offers, but note the penalties you pay in AF flexibility.

Other than the Series 1 cameras, there are no superlong zoom possibilities in the u43 world to my knowledge - but you can get a 300mm lens that is a 600mm equivalent in FF.

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