mini lens review: nikon 1 nikkor 18.5mm f1.8


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Nikon 1 NIKKOR 18.5mm f/1.8

Equiv. focal length                       18.5 mm  (50 mm full format equivalent)
Equiv. aperture                            f1.8    (f/4.9 full format equivalent, in terms of depth-of-field)
Optical construction                      8 elements in 6 groups incl. 1 aspherical element
Number of aperture blades            7 (rounded)
min. focus distance                      0.2 m (max. magnification ratio 1:8.3)
Filter size                                    40.5 mm (non-rotating)
Other features                             stepless aperture


after 2years of use…. i still one best lens i’ve ever had, only beaten by the nikkor 32mm f1.2

the lens is made of light materials and is therefore a light lens. The build quality of the lens is very good. The Nikon 1 system is known for it’s incredible fast and accurate focus, and the 18.5mm f/1.8 was no exception. I’m impressed with the output of this lens, wide open and stopped down. The 1.8 aperture lets you isolate the subject from the background better than the kit zoom. Set your aperture to f/1.8, then bring the flower petals into crystal-clear focus while the surroundings fade into a soft, beautifully blurred texture

This lens is a was not designed for macro work, just 0.12x magnification. at full aperture, this standard lens delivers high sharpness, even in comparison with standard lenses on SLR cameras. Almost all lenses show some form of color-fringing when shooting back-lit subjects, especially when used wide-open. The 18.5mm 1-Nikkor is no exception. Flare was generally well controlled and only noticeable when the sun was in the frame.

i would say with nikon1 and 18.5mm are able beat most old highend film cameras. the grain’y look of nikon 1 sensor makes best “digital film-look camera”


The 1 Nikkor 18.5mm f/1.8 is a nice prime lens that delivers very high sharpness. The 18.5mm f/1.8 1-Nikkor lens is a welcome addition to my Nikon 1 kit. It’s small, light, and very sharp. Nikon has done a great job delivering a lens that can be used in low-light conditions with the 1-series cameras.for this price point –> unbeatable!

mini lens review: CANON EF-S 18-200MM F/3.5-5.6 IS


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Canon EF-S 18-200mm f/3.5-5.6 IS Standard Zoom Lens for Canonfeatures an awesome focal length range and an excellently-performing IS system in a nicely-sized body. A compact one-lens-does-it-all solution is ideal for many travel needs. The Canon 18-200mm IS is a sharp lens with a huge zoom range, super-fast AF and very close macro focusing It has a healthy dose of distortion at some settings as expected, but its only real downfall are the primitive AF mechanics. the new lens incorporates Canon’s latest compact image stabilization unit, which make it is easy with slower shutter speed. Auto focus is quiet and accurate.Very versatile, great quality for the price, feels very robust.


The focusing ring, which is located near the front of the lens is significantly narrower than the zoom ring. It rotates when the camera is in AF mode and manual focusing is only possible when the switch is set to the MF position.


Sharpness was good-to-excellent at short and medium focal-lengths but declined noticeably at the 200mm setting.

You could be shooting an landscape or large group shot of people at one moment, then spot a photo opportunity in the distance. In a natural landscape, this could be a bird perched on a branch, or in a gathering of people, it could be a close-up of someone



Wideangle performance is distinctly mediocre due to a combination of barrel distortion, chromatic aberration, and softness at wide apertures. The primary advantage of the superzoom is simply that it eliminates the need to change lenses. its a general purpose solution which allows the photographer not to worry about changing lenses when out traveling, but which makes inevitable optical compromises to achieve this goal. For APS-C only, it’s tough to beat this lens.

tele lens shootout


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a quick compersion of my tele-lenses, which i have at home.

Canon PowerShot G1X Mark II vs  Canon EF-S 18-200mmvs Minolta 135mm F2.8 on canon 500D (Canon EOS Rebel T1i)


G1X Mark2: 62mm @ f3.9

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canon 18-200mm: 200mm @ f5.6

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Minolta 135mm @ f2.8

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the 135mm with adapter appears longer then canon zoom lens at 200mm.

G1X Mark2: 62mm @ f3.9
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canon 18-300mm: 200mm @ f5.6
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Minolta 135mm @ f2.8
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sigma 17-70mm: night shot


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quick test at foggy night:
Canon EOS Rebel T1i and Sigma 884101 F2.8 DC Macro OS HSM 17-70mm

17mm @ f2.8
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mini review: sony nex 16mm f.2.8



Non-rotating Focusing Ring : No rotation
Mount Material : Metal
Focus Ring in AF Mode : No rotation
Direct Manual Focus : Yes
Lens Mount Type : Sony E-mount
Low Noise During Movie Capture : Excellent
Minimum Focus Distance : 9.6″ 0.24m
Filter Diameter : 49mm
Lens Weight : 2.5 oz (70g)
Internal Motor : Yes (Stepping motor)
Aperture (Max.) : f/2.8
Aperture (Min.) : f/22
Aperture : Circular
Maximum Magnification : 0.078x
Focal Length (35mm equivalent) : 16mm (35mm) 24mm (APS-C)
Aspheric Elements : 1 aspheric surface
Aperture Blade : 7 blades (Circular aperture)
Angle of View : 83°


Fit and finish are very good. The lens appears to be clad in metal, and has a metal mount, but is extremely light-weight and almost seems like it could be a mock-up, with no glass or internals. At first I was hesitant because of some reviews that i had read online about its poor IQ overall. Well, after using it and pixel peeping with the RAW image files i can say that this lens produced outstanding result. Some people complain about this lens because it is not a pro lens. It does a good job for the price, just don’t expect it to be the same as a $1,000 lens.




Light falloff is a factor, but not a huge one, with this lens. When used wide open at ƒ/2.8. Distortion is usually a factor for wide-angle lenses, and so it’s not surprise to find distortion in images shot with the 16mm ƒ/2.8 E


that a wideangle prime like the 16mm isn’t really a general purpose lens, but instead better suited to specific subjects – typically landscapes, architecture, interiors and the like.


High ISO performance, both in JPEG and raw is impressive, with noise, kept well controlled up to ISO 3200, and giving very usable results even at 6400. It’s a good lens for what it is, a small pancake to make the NEX camera body portable. specially for panorama option on NEX systems. A nice looking, very compact, pancake style lens that looks great on either the NEX3 or NEX5 bodies.

mini lens Review : minolta 135mm f2.8 on Sony NEX part 1



i got another lens from ebay, the minolta 135mm F2.8 (around 100$) with
Fotasy ANAF Sony Minolta MA AF Lens to Sony NEX E-Mount
on a full frame it would be a nice portrait lens and the 135mm becomes a decent telephoto on APS-C sensor. Quick to focus. a flexible lens hood is build in !

Sharp from corner to corner. The contrast on this lens is excellent. Sharp wide open. Slight purple fringing if high contrast backgrounds are being shot but it is very minor.

Accurate focusing is crucial for telephoto lenses at wide apertures, such as the 135mm F/2.8 here. it produced wide open a sharp image, but axial color fringing and veiling haze were present.


The relatively small and light-weight Minolta AF 135mm F/2.8 turned in a very good performance for a twenty-plus year old lens. It has its flaws but it’s a great value lens that can do the work of much more expensive lenses. Plus it’s adorable even on the tiny NEX bodies!


i will do a mini review about this lens on canon DSLR. hang on !

Lens mini Review: olympus Zukio 50mm f1.4 On NEX5


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i got a lens in good Condition on amazon, the Olympus 50mm f1.4 OM-System G.Zuiko Auto-S. the original ZUIKO lens was introduced along with the OM system and easily one of the best selling ZUIKO around all these years. It a old school manuell Focus lens from the 80’s the build is very good with metal case and a really good grip. autofocusing perform really very smoothly. the lens consists of 7 elements in 6 groups.

i used it on my Sony NEX with a Fotodiox Lens Mount Adapter, Olympus OM Zuiko Lens to Sony Alpha NEX E-mount. the lens performed very good. wide open at F1.4, its little glow’y but thats typical at this low Apertures and price level.

the lens acts on the  Sony NEX APS-C Sensor  as 85mm ( or 50mm on Sony a7 Full-Frame), which make it a perfect Portrait Lens. its was a little difficult at the beginning to nail the focus at f1.4, but thats a natural Challenge with any lens below F2. even with Focus peaking. i found out focus peaking does not work good with shallow depth of field, zoom/magnifier works much better in this case. the Zuiko is already pretty sharp at F2 and sharpen up even more up to F5.6



I am quite happy with this Lens. its sharp and it have a nice color and it works perfect on the NEX system. the performance at f/1.4 is not necessarily the most impressive, but overall image quality, build quality is. i consider it as one best F1.4 lenses for the money. if you want a even better quality,  you have ito nvest a lot more money.

sony NEX5T: iso 200, @f1.4, olympus Zukio 50mm,f1.4, vintage fullframe lens:

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all images shoot wide open @f1.4







lens reversed


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i did a little experiment i took off the Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 II Camera Lens
, turn it around and hold in front of the camera. this way you ultra macro magnification. almost micro optics. you hold it by hand in front of canon500D sensor, but you can buy 9$ adapter to get more serious about this.

this is the result i got:


Nikkor 32mm on the streets of vancouver


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today i went out and snap some pictures with my Nikon 1 V1
and Nikon 1 NIKKOR 32mm f/1.2. this time i had Black and white and only jpeg turn on.

the pictures are straight from the camera (just size it down a bit):

Nikon V1 and Nikkor 32mm F1.2 fieldtest


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first real test of my new Nikon 1 NIKKOR 32mm f/1.2 lens. a children birthday party. the 32mm (85mm in filmframe) was a little to long inside a small house but it did a great job. i was surprised, how well it performed, considering how dark the rooms was and lots backlight from outside. the small 1inch sensor of V1 perform well and autofocus was most of the time on spot. it was actually much darker then is appears on the photos.
sure, a nikon B810 with sigma art lens give me better sharper images and more resolution, but this camera setup is 7times heavier and the autofocus would be slower. also the kids would distracted my the huge camera/lens setup.

nikon V1 Motion Snapshot feature


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the Nikon 1 V1motion snapshot is actually a neat feature. Then the camera stretches the movie vignette to create a 2.5-second slow motion movie and combines it with the still image and one of the 4 tunes available. it capture the pictures before you press fully the release botton, during and after the release. the way you never miss the perfect moment. typically, you press release botton too late you miss beginning of the moment. but this feature works great. it just come handy on a kids birthday.

the Nikon 1 NIKKOR 32mm f/1.2lens did a good job as well. the scene was darker then it appears in the Photos. it nailed the focus correct and i get series of nice images.

some examples of the picture sequence:

filmcamera: Nikon EM vs Nikon V1


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i bought old Nikon EM camera on eBay for 45$. this camera is considered as nikon’s “camera for woman” back 1979. its light, small and easy to use. sounds familiar to me. it sounds like Nikon V1 system. it seems like nikon V1 is pardon to old nikon EM film camera. one reason more to try it out. i will get me film, batteries and try it out the old school way.


the camera next to my nikon V1:


compared to my canon 500D:


lens shootout : Nikkor 32mm vs sigma 17-70mm part 1


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its actually a really unfair comparison, because the sigma is macro lens and nikon a portrait lens. the Sigma 884101 F2.8-4 Contemporary DC Macro OS HSM 17-70mm Zoom Lens is considered as all around lens and the nikon could considered it was well. the Nikon 1 NIKKOR 32mm f/1.2 have really close focus distance for this kind of lens (which good for macro) and also smaller sensor of the nikon1 system make much less intense out of focus blurs, compared to a fullframe or APS-C sensor (which is good for landscape).
also a comparsion between DSLR Canon 500D with APS-C sensor and mirrorless Camera Nikon V1 with much smaller 1’inch Sensor is not really fair. but i will do it anyway. also need need some pictures for my upcoming sigma17-70mm F2.8 and nikkor 1 32mm F1.2 lens review.

ok lets start with marco shoots:
sigma 17-70mm –> @70mm @F4.5 iso320 1/80 –> canon 500D
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sigma 17-70mm –> @17mm @F4.5 iso100 1/25 –> canon 500D
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nikkor 1 32mm –> @F2.0 iso220 1/350 –> nikon V1
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nikkor 1 32mm –> @F1.2 iso100 1/250 –> nikon V1

scene 2:
nikkor 1 32mm –> @F1.2 iso100 1/640 –> nikon V1
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nikkor 1 32mm –> @F2.8 iso160 1/250 –> nikon V1
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sigma 17-70mm –> @17mm @F2.8 iso100 1/80 –> canon 500D
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sigma 17-70mm –> @70mm @F4.5 iso160 1/150 –> canon 500D
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sigma 17-70mm –> @70mm @F4.5 iso100 1/125 –> canon 500D
this one is on manuell focus (the lens or camera couldn’t any focuspoints)
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