Excerpt: This is one of the sharpest ultra wide angles I've used. I'm not a pixel peeper but from a practical photography perspective this lens is right up there with the 16-35 f4 on my D800. Build quality is excellent. The VR allows ridiculous hand held shots (1/4 second is easy). This lens plus the 18.5, 32, and 30-110 are really all you need for a complete Nikon 1 package. Of course an FT1 is also very useful sometimes to get those crazy long shots.
Excellent lens and great performance in such a small package
30 April 2014
Summary: It's pretty amazing how small this thing is as it covers the equivalent focal range of 18-35mm plus has VR. Usually VR seems a bit pointless in ultra wide angle lenses, but I've found it to be really convenient and allows me to use this lens in very low light, despite the aperture being pretty small. At 6.7mm with VR on I can handhold consistently 1/3s. If you do video then I'm sure you'll appreciate the VR even more than me.
Summary: The lens worked fine, in fact if you want a wide angle lens for a Nikon 1 system its a good choice. My issue with it was that it was obviously used; the front lens cap was caked in the dust and the lens itself had very light usage marks. It worked fine but if your going to spend $500 on a "new" lens you would expect something that looks clean out of the box. Ended up returning it and ordering from another vendor.
Summary: I adore this lens. I wasn't sure about it and I considered the purchase for months, but I knew in my first image that it was going to be amazing. I use the Nikon 1 instead of a DSLR because it is so light and easy to take everywhere, but the image quality is much higher than my iPhone. This lens gives you exceptionally wide angles and is perfect for landscape photography. It comes with the lens hood and I have had beautiful IQ come SOOC. Totally worth the price.
Nikon 1 6.7-13mm f/3.5-5.6 Nikkor VR review by cvizler
26 March 2014
Summary: Before, I used my Nikon 1 V1 with the 10-30mm kit lens. It felt like a decently built camera with an image quality slightly superior to a good compact (in my case, a Canon G9). Then I bought this lens. Now my camera feels like a solid block of metal, like a Fujifilm X100, and the picture quality feels like DX or APS-C, like my Nikon D5000 or Samsung NX100. Before, I was not sure that my Nikon 1 was worth its price. Now it is is a bargain.
Pros: Buy it, and you will know what your camera is capable of. Sharp and solid.
Cons: None (I bought it used, but it is worth its new price too)
Summary: This lens is by far my favorite for the Nikon1 camera system. Not only do I personally like wide angle lenses, but the picture quality of this thing is just awesome. Just about a PERFECT compromise for a small system, it punches well above its weight. Grab the 18.5mm for low light situations (or the 32mm f1.2). But if you are anything like me, you will want his thing for just about everything else.