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  1. Jonathan F/2

    Nikon Legoland Staycation - Shot with the Nikon 1 V1 and J5!

    Took a two day trip to Legoland here in California during Easter weekend. It wasn't very busy so my kids were able to go on every ride! I took the opportunity to shoot some of the scenery. Shot everything with the V1 + 10-100mm non-PD VR and the J5 + 6.7-13mm VR + 10mm 2.8. Check it out! 1...
  2. Jonathan F/2

    Nikon Df Autofocus Question

    If paying less than $1000 USD used for a Nikon 70-200mm lens, I can't say enough good things about the 70-200mm f/4 VR. That lens is incredibly sharp, great colors/contrast, nano coated and very lightweight. The VR is also better than either the 70-200mm 2.8 VR-I or VR-II and I also think it's...
  3. Jonathan F/2

    Nikon Df Autofocus Question

    The AFS should focus fine and faster than the AFD which is screw drive. Just make note the 80-200mm AFS uses Nikon's 1st gen silent wave motors that were prone to squeak and eventually fail. They might or might not have parts to repair that lens if it does eventually break. Depends if you plan...
  4. Jonathan F/2

    Nikon Df Autofocus Question

    By no means is the AF bad, it's just that the 51 AF point module is so good. It was just weird to use an AF system originally meant for DX/APS-C on a premium Nikon body. The battery isn't bad by itself either since it's quite compact, the problem is when you have other Nikon DSLRs all running...
  5. Jonathan F/2

    Nikon Df Autofocus Question

    I've been tempted to get a Df. I like everything about it except for the choice AF module and battery. Had it come with at least the 51 point AF module and el-en15 battery, I'd own one in a heartbeat.
  6. Jonathan F/2

    Nikon Old Town Pasadena - The J5 + 6.7-13mm VR Shoots Suburbia!

    I had time to kill and went for a mild stroll after a doctor's checkup. The 6.7-13mm VR is a lot of fun to shoot with! Also this camera setup is so small and unobtrusive, people don't notice the camera or just brush it off as a tiny P&S! 😁 All shot with the J5 + 6.7-13mm VR: 1. Street...
  7. Jonathan F/2

    Nikon Downtown Los Angeles - Street Shooting with the Nikon 1 6.7-13mm VR!

    Thanks! I've passed on a few copies of the lens, either due to high price or wrong color! The 6.7-13mm VR is something special though and really starts to shine especially on the J5. It's a real shame Nikon killed the system before fully realizing it's potential. The closest lens to the 6.7-13mm...
  8. Jonathan F/2

    Nikon Downtown Los Angeles - Street Shooting with the Nikon 1 6.7-13mm VR!

    I recently picked up a used copy of the Nikon 1 6.7-13mm VR lens. I've been resisting buying this lens, but I finally caved in and found a copy of the lens in black (most used copies are silver). Anyways, I paired it with the J5 and found this combo to be pretty amazing. The VR works great, lens...
  9. Jonathan F/2

    Nikon Nikon 1 Samples

    I haven't been shooting much lately, but here are a couple snaps with the J5 and V1! Brought the kids horse carriage riding: 181201_HORSE_CARRIAGE_FRIOLO_002 by Jonathan Friolo, on Flickr 181201_HORSE_CARRIAGE_FRIOLO_001 by Jonathan Friolo, on Flickr 181201_HORSE_CARRIAGE_FRIOLO_003 by...
  10. Jonathan F/2

    Nikon Dead Cameras Walking - Shooting the Nikon V1 and J5!

    Nikon was able to get OSPDAF through Aptina who cross licensed the tech with Sony. Aptina was eventually acquired by another company, so who knows what the current licensing situation is with OSPDAF? Though it seems whenever Nikon does look elsewhere for sensors, Sony comes in and messes with...
  11. Jonathan F/2

    Nikon Nikon 1 Samples

    There's something immensely satisfying shooting with the V1 even though I also have the J5. Not sure what it is, but the raw files I actually find quite malleable. Also the 10-30mm PD VR is the sharpest power zoom I've tried compared to M43 and Sony power assisted kit zooms. Anyways, a couple...
  12. Jonathan F/2

    Nikon Dead Cameras Walking - Shooting the Nikon V1 and J5!

    Yeah, I think due to the "consumer" nature of the J5, they probably intended the user to use the pop-up flash in heavy artificial lighting conditions. I think had they released the V3 follow-up, it would of had all the features of the V3 with the J5 sensor.
  13. Jonathan F/2

    Nikon Dead Cameras Walking - Shooting the Nikon V1 and J5!

    Okay I just remembered why we need mechanical shutters! I just shot some photos with the J5 under artificial lighting and I was getting light flickering. o_O There's no auto light flicker option, just 50hz or 60hz and definitely no physical shutter with this camera!
  14. Jonathan F/2

    Nikon Dead Cameras Walking - Shooting the Nikon V1 and J5!

    To be honest I think the Nikon 1 was doomed for failure. Had they come out with the Sony 20mp BSI sensor first (though I personally like the Aptina sensor), kept prices reasonable and at least given it Nikon flash compatibility, I think it might of succeeded.The jpeg output of the camera isn't...
  15. Jonathan F/2

    Nikon Dead Cameras Walking - Shooting the Nikon V1 and J5!

    The Nikon J5 is really unique because I don't know of any other MILC without a mechanical shutter. It's quite instantaneous and dead quiet. In fact I had to activate the AF sound just so I know I'm about to take a photo! :D I think this camera should be highly considered for street oriented...
  16. Jonathan F/2

    Nikon Dead Cameras Walking - Shooting the Nikon V1 and J5!

    I have the 18.5mm, but I wanted to test the J5 in higher ISO conditions. I usually reserve the 18.5mm for taking snaps of my kid while at the park. :D
  17. Jonathan F/2

    Nikon Dead Cameras Walking - Shooting the Nikon V1 and J5!

    About a month ago I noticed Nikon 1 fire sales popping up and even though I had tried the V1 several years ago and initially disliked the system, I had the urge to give it another try. I've been messing with the Nikon 1 raw files and noticed they clean up nicely using presets I've crafted over...
  18. Jonathan F/2

    Nikon Nikon 1 Samples

    Hey John, didn't you sell that kit or you planning on coming back? To be honest, I'm applying all the editing tricks I learned shooting raw on M43 and applying them to Nikon 1. Seems to work just as well!
  19. Jonathan F/2

    Nikon Nikon 1 Samples

    Some of the newer lenses like the 10-30mm PD VR and 10-100mm non-PD VR are more in-line with what the Nikon 1 should have been about. Too bad Nikon mismanaged the system into the ground! On the bright side, at least with the FT-1 adapter, the cameras act as a cheap "teleconverter" as sorts. ;)
  20. Jonathan F/2

    Nikon Nikon 1 Samples

    Hey John! Yeah, I've reverted back to old school equipment. :D I like pushing 2011 tech!
  21. Jonathan F/2

    Nikon Nikon 1 Samples

    A little bit of football with the V1 and 10-100mm non-PD VR! 181111_RAMS_PHOTOS_FRIOLO_002 by Jonathan Friolo, on Flickr 181111_RAMS_PHOTOS_FRIOLO_009 by Jonathan Friolo, on Flickr 181111_RAMS_PHOTOS_FRIOLO_003 by Jonathan Friolo, on Flickr 181111_RAMS_PHOTOS_FRIOLO_004 by Jonathan...
  22. Jonathan F/2

    Nikon Nikon 1 Samples

    A couple more shots from Nikon V1 and 10-30mm PD VR from Granville Island in Vancouver, Canada! 181010_NIKON_V1_FRIOLO_031 by Jonathan Friolo, on Flickr 181010_NIKON_V1_FRIOLO_054 by Jonathan Friolo, on Flickr 181010_NIKON_V1_FRIOLO_029 by Jonathan Friolo, on Flickr...
  23. Jonathan F/2

    Nikon Nikon 1 Samples

    The more I work with the Nikon V1 files, the more I'm getting used to extracting the detail. Interestingly enough, I feel like I'm getting less blown highlights with V1 files than I did with my Pen-F 20mp M43 files!?! :eek: I'm now on the lookout for a Nikon 6.7-13mm VR in black if ones happens...
  24. Jonathan F/2

    Nikon Nikon 1 Samples

    I find the files really need to be massaged via raw to extract good image quality, but I find the underlying foundation of the system to be very good. To be honest I think Nikon is a bit lost regarding mirrorless. The Z cameras show promise, but at the same time they act like the competition...
  25. Jonathan F/2

    Nikon Nikon 1 Samples

    I recently picked up a pair of V1 cameras, a 10-30mm PD, 18.5mm 1.8 and an FT-1 adapter. I found shooting raw, applying the same presets as M43 (with slight adjustments) works very well with Nikon 1 files. Even thought the sensor sucks, the OSPDAF is still very advance it makes it a fun camera...
  26. Jonathan F/2

    Nikon Nikon 1 V3

    I'll reserve judgement until I see how the new sensor pans out. The V2 handles awesome and was one of my favorite mirrorless bodies, despite the somewhat ugly design. I don't know how Nikon is going to compete at this price point though especially with so many good mirrorless cameras and even...
  27. Jonathan F/2

    Nikon Nikkor 32 f1.2 or FT-1+Nikkor AF-S 50 1.4?

    I honestly don't find the performance of DSLR lenses shot wide open that good on the V1. I've shot the 32mm 1.2 wide open and that lens is tack sharp. My vote goes to the 32mm!
  28. Jonathan F/2

    Nikon opinions and/or samples for the Nikon 10-100mm

    The non-PD 10-100mm works just as well for video from what I saw. The VR between the two lenses work the same. I think the biggest difference is with the PD you can zoom/focus at the touch of the switch. If you do video with set focal length shots, then I think the non-PD would be better if you...
  29. Jonathan F/2

    Nikon Nikon 1 Samples

    A shoot of my Panasonic G3 & Oly 17mm 1.8 lens. Shot it with the V1 & FT-1/35mm 1.8:
  30. Jonathan F/2

    Nikon opinions and/or samples for the Nikon 10-100mm

    Are you referring to the 10-100mm PD lens or the non PD? I've tried both, the 10-100mm PD VR lens is a bit bulky, but the on-lens switch zooming feature works great for video and seems very quick to zoom. Image quality seemed very good. Though I tried the non PD 10-100mm and I think it makes a...
  31. Jonathan F/2

    Nikon Nikon 1 Samples

    Is the guy praying?
  32. Jonathan F/2

    Nikon Nikon 1 Samples

    I'm thinking of picking up a cheap M43 body. The Nikon 1 is great using AF lenses, but it's really miserable using it for adapted glass other than Nikon. I have a 25mm 1.4 CCTV lens I want to use, but using it on the Nikon 1 isn't very friendly.
  33. Jonathan F/2

    Nikon Nikon 1 Samples

    Love the shots you guys are getting with the 32mm 1.2! I wish I could justify buying it, but I just can't see myself spending $900 on my "cheap" system, when I can apply that cash to my Nikon FX DSLR work kit. Saying that, I've been making due with my adapted Nikon 35mm 1.8 DX! It's not so bad...
  34. Jonathan F/2

    Nikon Nikon 1 Samples

    I've been shooting with my dual V1 bodies like crazy. I have one V1 that I leave the FT-1 adapter on and the other shoots native glass. Here's a couple shots I've taken over the last couple of weeks: I've also been blogging about it on my website and the V1 has pretty much...
  35. Jonathan F/2

    Nikon The Nikon 1 gets continuous AF with FT-1 adapter!

    The 1" sensor is actually pretty darn good. The size-to-FOV performance is great if you shoot in the telephoto range. An 85mm 1.8 becomes a 230mm FOV lens with a 1.8 aperture and is a much more compact size than an SLR lens at the equivalent focal length. So you still retain the size advantage...
  36. Jonathan F/2

    Nikon The Nikon 1 gets continuous AF with FT-1 adapter!

    https://support.nikonusa.com/app/answers/detail/a_id/13783#Anchor-Nikon1 I'm kind of glad I switched to the V1 when I did, this is pretty big in my opinion. This would make the Nikon 1 the first mirrorless system to do proper continuous AF using adapted SLR lenses without the aid of any sort of...
  37. Jonathan F/2

    Nikon Nikon 1 Samples

    Just picked up the V1. I like it a lot, mainly because it integrates with my current Nikon DSLR kit. Here are a couple samples, all shot with the V1, FT-1 & Nikon 50mm 1.8 G Lens:
  38. Jonathan F/2

    Nikon wildlife with nikon 1

    Anybody try the new 80-400 VR II with the V1/V2? I'm thinking of picking the V1 specifically for this lens setup?
  39. Jonathan F/2

    Nikon Nikon V2 is here ... yikes!

    I've been contemplating switching from M43 to the Nikon 1, mainly because I have a full Nikon FX kit and Nikon glass. The only thing that bugs me is that they switched the V1 battery! The V2 would of been an awesome companion camera with full battery compatibility with my D800E. That would of...
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