Excerpt: The combination of this fast little devil, the FT1 adapter and the Nikon 70-300 f/4.5-5.6 VR, set me back around 1500 dollars and I think it's great to get this focal length (810 mm), autofocus, image stabilizer, speed (4.5 5.6), EVF (1440K pixels), weigth (aprox 1200 grams, all included) and these pictures, love it! I had to thank the speed here, landed for 2 second on 15 ft distance.
Excerpt: I am a D800 and D300 shooter, but found the V1 to be an interesting and capable camera. This purchase of the V2 was a move to gain better usability in the nikon 1 series. The V2 has proven to be more flexible in varied shooting situations and allows quicker changes to shot parameters and less chance of accidental changes. The camera is an excellent performer and I am happy with the purchase.
Pros: Easy to Use, Fast Shutter Speed, Good Battery Life, Small / Compact
Excerpt: This camera is a decent backup or second camera. I don't always want to carry a D800 with the 28-300mm lens. Heavy and bulky. I also have a S6500, but the S6500 can unexpectedly have a shutter delay or slow focus. I looked at the J3 and AW1, but I still prefer a camera with a viewfinder. I waited for the V3 to see what it offered. I was hoping for a tilting screen to be added.
Pros: Easy to Use, Fast Shutter Speed, Good in Low Light, Great Zoom, Large Clear LCD, Small / Compact
Cons: Grainy Viewfinder, No hot shoe, Spring Loaded Onoff
Summary: I have a Nikon D 3 which takes magnificent pictures with the right glass. But It is heavy and bulky and when traveling for pleasure, I tend to leave it behind. I have always been on the lookout for a small pocket camera that takes reasonably good pictures and has a viewfinder. I have tried two different Canon G series cameras which are certainly compact, but I found them to be very annoying to use. The viewfinder is way too small.
Excerpt: Handling the Nikon 1 v2 is a vast improvement from the Nikon 1 v1. World's apart for shooting. Having the Mode dial on top of the camera of the Nikon1 v2 is a significant time-saver. Having the F (Function) key under your right thumb gives a wealth of controls for changing aperture, ISO, metering, AF mode, AF-area mode, and Picture rendition all while looking through the viewfinder. Plus: Focus is very fast.
Pros: Easy to Use, Excellent Evf Viewfinder, Fast Shutter Speed, Good Battery Life, Great Resolution, Large Clear LCD, Small / Compact
Cons: Image Stabilization 2 Sec, Is 2 Sec Delay, No Af Spot In Video, No Control Over Video Af
Excerpt: Much smaller than I had expected. Smaller than my V1, takes the same lenses. The control layout is quite different, I am happy that they moved the PASM dial to the top as I used to constantly hit the control when it was on the back of the camera. Also nice that is is a more standard PASM control now. The high speed motor drive settings are not what I was expecting so this is taking some tinkering. Granted I have only owned the camera for a few hours.
Excerpt: I previously owned the Nikon1 V1 and it was very disappointing. It had poor focusing and resolution at low light, but the most annoying shortcoming was that the LCD stopped working a few months after purchase. It was repaired under warranty but recently failed again 8 months later. Nikon refused to cover it under warranty, quoting a nearly $300 estimate for another repair, so I replaced it with the V2.
Pros: Good video, Large Clear LCD, Small / Compact
Summary: My main intent with buying the Nikon 1 V2 is to use this camera to get an increased equivalent field of view and use it for nature and bird photography when my regular gear just doesnu2019t have the reach. My main set up is the Nikon 1 V2 with FT-1 adapter...70-200 f/4 VR and TC-17E II teleconverter.