Hot Nikon 1 gear on the horizont

Discussion in 'Nikon 1 Forum' started by IVN, Nov 22, 2013.

  1. IVN

    IVN SC Veteran

    Aug 27, 2013
    It's time we got a gear and rumors thread in the N1 section. :)

    The hottest news at the moment is about a patent for a 70-300mm f/4-5.6 native N1 super-telephoto lens. It has a radically different (more advanced) design than the 70-300mm full frame Nikkor: 20 vs. 17 elements, 13 vs. 12 groups, 6 ED and 3 fluorite elements vs. "only" 2 ED elements.

    Poto of a mock-up at N1 announcement in September 2011.

    The native N1 70-300mm, should it ever come to market, will have an equivalent focal length of 189-810mm and an equiv. aperture range of f/10.8-15.12. Sure, it's nothing to write home about in terms of DOF, but this kind of reach doesn't come cheap for any format. Judging by the 6 ED and 3 fluorite elements this one won't be cheap either, but it should have excellent image quality straight from max. aperture, especially at the long end, where other 70-300mm telephotos struggle. And it must, since stopping down to f/8 would result in diffraction taking its toll.

    Advantages of such a native lens compared to the already available 70-300mm FF Nikkor would be the smaller size and reduced weight because of no need for the FT-1 adapter and smaller rear elements needed for the smaller 1" image circle, and full AF support (area AF with AF-C and target tracking instead of just center point AF).

    This lens would open entirely new possibilities for N1 users. That's why I hope it didn't fall prey to Nikon's "rethinking" of the N1 system. I also hope that those ED and fluorite elements don't make it insanely expensive (>1000 bucks).

    What's your take on this?
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  2. Yeats

    Yeats SC All-Pro

    Jul 31, 2012
    New Jersey, USA
    This is the lens the Nikon 1 system has been begging for, especially since the V2 came out with that meaty grip.

    Considering how expensive the V2 is, though, I'd expect this lens to come in at $1299 or so.
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  3. john m flores

    john m flores SC All-Pro

    Aug 13, 2012
    My wife's gotten into birding and is using the V1 exclusively. She loves the combination of size and reach. This would be awesome...
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  4. Armanius

    Armanius Bring Jack back!

    Jan 11, 2011
    Houston, Texas
    810mm? Nice!!! Perfect for peep ... I mean, birding!!
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  5. Yeats

    Yeats SC All-Pro

    Jul 31, 2012
    New Jersey, USA
    So, when is she going to post pics here?
  6. One word. "Sold!"
  7. Biro

    Biro SC Hall of Famer

    Aug 7, 2011
    Jersey Shore
    I'm sorry I never picked up a Nikon V1 kit when they were on closeout in the $300 range. :doh: