1 Nikkor VR 30-110mm f/3.8-5.6 - 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 47.5mm
Aperture: f/6.3
Exposure 1/100s
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Model NIKON 1 V1
ISO Speed 100
Focal Length 61.6mm
Aperture: f/5.6
Exposure 1/100s
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Model NIKON 1 V1
ISO Speed 100
Focal Length 35.0mm
Aperture: f/4.0
Exposure 1/640s
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Model NIKON 1 V1
ISO Speed 100
Focal Length 47.5mm
Aperture: f/5.6
Exposure 1/400s
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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 45.9mm
Aperture: f/5.6
Exposure 1/640s
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Model NIKON 1 V1
ISO Speed 100
Focal Length 47.5mm
Aperture: f/5.6
Exposure 1/250s
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Model NIKON 1 V1
ISO Speed 100
Focal Length 110.0mm
Aperture: f/5.6
Exposure 1/500s
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Model NIKON 1 V1
ISO Speed 100
Focal Length 110.0mm
Aperture: f/5.6
Exposure 1/320s
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Model NIKON 1 V1
ISO Speed 100
Focal Length 30.0mm
Aperture: f/5.0
Exposure 1/200s
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Model NIKON 1 V1
ISO Speed 100
Focal Length 110.0mm
Aperture: f/5.6
Exposure 1/250s
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Model NIKON 1 V1
ISO Speed 100
Focal Length 33.9mm
Aperture: f/3.8
Exposure 1/500s
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Model NIKON 1 V1
ISO Speed 200
Focal Length 83.2mm
Aperture: f/5.6
Exposure 1/200s
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Model NIKON 1 V1
ISO Speed 200
Focal Length 39.8mm
Aperture: f/5.0
Exposure 1/125s
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Model NIKON 1 V1
ISO Speed 200
Focal Length 110.0mm
Aperture: f/5.6
Exposure 1/50s
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Model NIKON 1 V1
ISO Speed 200
Focal Length 30.0mm
Aperture: f/5.6
Exposure 1/80s
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Model NIKON 1 V1
ISO Speed 100
Focal Length 55.1mm
Aperture: f/5.6
Exposure 1/60s
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Model NIKON 1 V1
ISO Speed 100
Focal Length 41.2mm
Aperture: f/4.0
Exposure 1/200s
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Model NIKON 1 V1
ISO Speed 100
Focal Length 61.6mm
Aperture: f/4.5
Exposure 1/500s
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Model NIKON 1 V1
ISO Speed 100
Focal Length 39.8mm
Aperture: f/5.0
Exposure 0.5s

Verdict

The 1 Nikkor VR 30-110mm is a nice compact tele zoom lens, that delivers very good to excellent sharpness throughout most of the zoom range. Only at the longest focal length it performs on a lower level.

Distortion is quite pronounced at the shortest setting, but moderate for the rest of the zoom range, which is typical behavior for this kind of tele zoom lens. Vignetting is generally well controlled, as are CAs, which by default are removed by the camera already when shooting JPGs.

Given its quite long (equivalent) focal length, the lens even offers some creative potential regarding depth of field, despite the small sensor size of the Nikon 1 cameras.

The build quality is on a high level for a lens in this price class. AF action is virtually silent and very fast. After some issues at system launch, the VR now works as promised when the latest lens firmware is applied.

So, in summary the lens delivers a lot of value for a very affordable price.

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