1 Nikkor VR 10-30mm f/3.5-5.6 - Review / Test Report - Sample Shots & Verdict
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Sample Shots

The following sample shots were taken with a Nikon V1 and converted from NEF to Jpeg via RAW Developer.

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Model NIKON 1 V1
ISO Speed 100
Focal Length 30.0mm
Aperture: f/5.6
Exposure 1/125s
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Model NIKON 1 V1
ISO Speed 100
Focal Length 30.0mm
Aperture: f/6.3
Exposure 1/125s
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Model NIKON 1 V1
ISO Speed 100
Focal Length 16.3mm
Aperture: f/5.6
Exposure 1/250s
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Model NIKON 1 V1
ISO Speed 100
Focal Length 24.4mm
Aperture: f/5.6
Exposure 1/320s
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Model NIKON 1 V1
ISO Speed 100
Focal Length 30.0mm
Aperture: f/5.6
Exposure 1/125s
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Model NIKON 1 V1
ISO Speed 100
Focal Length 21.9mm
Aperture: f/5.6
Exposure 1/640s
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Model NIKON 1 V1
ISO Speed 100
Focal Length 18.9mm
Aperture: f/4.8
Exposure 1/1000s
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Model NIKON 1 V1
ISO Speed 100
Focal Length 14.5mm
Aperture: f/4.0
Exposure 1/1000s
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Model NIKON 1 V1
ISO Speed 100
Focal Length 10.0mm
Aperture: f/5.6
Exposure 1/320s
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Model NIKON 1 V1
ISO Speed 100
Focal Length 23.6mm
Aperture: f/5.0
Exposure 1/500s
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Model NIKON 1 V1
ISO Speed 100
Focal Length 18.9mm
Aperture: f/4.8
Exposure 1/1250s
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Model NIKON 1 V1
ISO Speed 100
Focal Length 30.0mm
Aperture: f/5.6
Exposure 1/400s
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Model NIKON 1 V1
ISO Speed 100
Focal Length 19.6mm
Aperture: f/5.6
Exposure 1/640s
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Model NIKON 1 V1
ISO Speed 100
Focal Length 10.7mm
Aperture: f/5.0
Exposure 1/30s
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Model NIKON 1 V1
ISO Speed 100
Focal Length 19.6mm
Aperture: f/4.8
Exposure 1/60s
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Model NIKON 1 V1
ISO Speed 200
Focal Length 30.0mm
Aperture: f/5.6
Exposure 1/160s
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Model NIKON 1 V1
ISO Speed 200
Focal Length 12.7mm
Aperture: f/3.8
Exposure 1/200s
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Model NIKON 1 V1
ISO Speed 200
Focal Length 30.0mm
Aperture: f/5.6
Exposure 1/60s
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Model NIKON 1 V1
ISO Speed 200
Focal Length 10.0mm
Aperture: f/5.0
Exposure 1/80s
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ISO Speed 100
Focal Length 23.6mm
Aperture: f/5.0
Exposure 1/500s

Verdict

The 1 Nikkor VR 10-30mm delivers very good to excellent sharpness across most of the zoom range. Distortion is very visible at the wide end of the zoom range, but no issue at all for longer focal lengths. Vignetting is well controlled, except for the largest aperture setting at 10mm. However, the camera firmware already takes care of this issue when shooting JPGs.

CAs are a bit on the high side, but easy to remove in post processing (if not already removed by the camera's automatic correction). One property not formally tested but visible in some of the sample images is the bokeh quality, which isn't exactly smooth. However, that's typical for many standard zoom lenses and due to the small sensor size of the Nikon 1 system the depth of field potential is very limited anyway.

The build quality is on a high level for a consumer zoom lens. AF action is virtually silent and very fast. The only real issue we had with the lens was its sometimes disappointing VR behavior as it is mentioned on the first page of the review.

So, in summary, the lens shows no serious weaknesses and delivers solid performance at an affordable price.

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