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Old Tuesday 21st March 2017, 22:54   #76
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Gave it a try and must admit it worked well to say i only had a 110mm lens,i think i have learned a lot about using mirrorless since i last tried BIF with thre V2.

15 fps is not for me but 5 fps on it is very nice,the sensor shows its age though in high contrast situations.
Well done. Pigeons are fast. I often prefer 5fps, even for small bird-BIF - it is a more relaxed kind of shooting, when you rarely run into a full buffer. The high shutter speed usually required for BIF was a pain for me particularly during the winter - you are right, the "ancient sensor" too often means an ISO at high levels. That's why I tried some BIF at low shutter speeds, practicing "panning" in the winter. It was fun, maybe I'll post some of the results.

Shooting with the 30-110 mm at least you avoid "clipped wings" with ducks. Here are two consecutive shots from a series - it's often dangerously close to clipping a wing (or a head) with the CX 70-300.
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A CX 100-200 made the same way as the other lenses so it could be light and cheap would have been nice,its my feeling Nikon were frightened of where the 1 series could go.
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Old Wednesday 22nd March 2017, 09:56   #78
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Never owned nor used the Nikon 1 system but always felt that i should give it a try, it certainly looks o be a wonderful system for bird photography but am mightily put off by all the uncertainty that surrounds it's​continuing existence. Surely if the DL compact system is now dead Nikon can't allow the 1 system to die also. You would have to believe that a V4 has to be on the cards plus more lens options or does Nikon's losses of late stop that too?
I believe however that the j,5 has been a big money maker for them. Must say I am tempted to buy a S,/H j5 to try out and hopefully then be ready and prepared for when the ,V4 does come out. Would this be wise or a waste of money!
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wise or a waste of money!

Good question and i wish i could answer,the 1 series is very good on its CAF and i was tempted to go with it rather than m4/3,in the end though the lack of lenses and signs of future development stopped me.

I would say the CAF has the edge on m4/3 but there are more things to consider,i can crop far better with m4/3 so dont need to fill the frame and risk cutting the subject off.

The j5 is a very good camera but i couldnt work with a LCD rear screen i need a viewfinder,they did some restricting with it as far as the FT-1 adapter working goes so that could limit your lens choices and you lose CAF when a none CX lens is used.

The one thing that nearly swung it for me was with the V2 and FT-1 i could use my Sigma 150-600 C giving me a FOV= 405mm-1620mm with AF and OIS,i could for some reason hand hold it at full tele,no idea how.

A couple from the V2 and Sigma
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Outstanding shots! Thanks for the reply. Still the problem remains, to much uncertainty with the system but you do feel it has so much going for it and potential in the future. Would be a shame if Nikon blew it!
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Outstanding shots! Thanks for the reply. Still the problem remains, to much uncertainty with the system but you do feel it has so much going for it and potential in the future. Would be a shame if Nikon blew it!
I honestly believe if they scrap it its because they are scared of its potential as it stands.

Although the bodies where not cheap most of the lenses before the 70-300 where not a bad price at all.

I keep thinking about selling my V2 set up then changing my mind.

I still wonder if the scrapping of the DL range was because the focus ect was so good.
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Never owned nor used the Nikon 1 system but always felt that i should give it a try, it certainly looks o be a wonderful system for bird photography but am mightily put off by all the uncertainty that surrounds it's​continuing existence. Surely if the DL compact system is now dead Nikon can't allow the 1 system to die also. You would have to believe that a V4 has to be on the cards plus more lens options or does Nikon's losses of late stop that too?
I believe however that the j,5 has been a big money maker for them. Must say I am tempted to buy a S,/H j5 to try out and hopefully then be ready and prepared for when the ,V4 does come out. Would this be wise or a waste of money!
I am using my Nikon J5 mainly for landscapes, macro or longtime exposures. And (rarely) combined with a legacy lens via adapter and manual focusing. BIF with a loupe and the cx 70-300 doesn't work half as well as with the V2. So the J5 de facto remains my "second option". It is a great camera and when the weather is sunny, it is able to produce fine photos. However, the V2 gets the vast majority of practice on my daily walks.

The uncertainty regarding the N1 isn't entirely negative, as it leads to lower prices for used gear. Not long ago a V2 was sold for Euro 200 and a CX 70-300 for Euro 550. - I understand that the V2 is "dated" in many respects. For my needs it is more than sufficient, but then I come from a bridge camera (SX 50) and couldn't afford to pay 3k+ for the latest mirrorless cameras.

Edit: The Nikon J5 would be a much more regular companion for my birding walks, if it could shoot 5fps. Its buffer size is half the size of the V2's, it is cruel that we are forced to use 10fps, which fills the buffer too fast.

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