1 Nikkor 18.5mm f/1.8 - 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 18.5mm
Aperture: f/2.0
Exposure 1/2000s
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Model NIKON 1 V1
ISO Speed 100
Focal Length 18.5mm
Aperture: f/5.6
Exposure 1/320s
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Model NIKON 1 V1
ISO Speed 100
Focal Length 18.5mm
Aperture: f/4.0
Exposure 1/640s
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Model NIKON 1 V1
ISO Speed 100
Focal Length 18.5mm
Aperture: f/1.8
Exposure 1/1000s
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Model NIKON 1 V1
ISO Speed 100
Focal Length 18.5mm
Aperture: f/2.2
Exposure 1/2000s
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Model NIKON 1 V1
ISO Speed 100
Focal Length 18.5mm
Aperture: f/4.0
Exposure 1/1000s
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Model NIKON 1 V1
ISO Speed 100
Focal Length 18.5mm
Aperture: f/3.5
Exposure 1/200s
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Model NIKON 1 V1
ISO Speed 100
Focal Length 18.5mm
Aperture: f/1.8
Exposure 1/2000s
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Model NIKON 1 V1
ISO Speed 100
Focal Length 18.5mm
Aperture: f/1.8
Exposure 1/4000s
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Model NIKON 1 V1
ISO Speed 100
Focal Length 18.5mm
Aperture: f/3.2
Exposure 1/640s
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Model NIKON 1 V1
ISO Speed 100
Focal Length 18.5mm
Aperture: f/4.0
Exposure 1/1000s
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Model NIKON 1 V1
ISO Speed 100
Focal Length 18.5mm
Aperture: f/4.0
Exposure 1/1250s
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Model NIKON 1 V1
ISO Speed 100
Focal Length 18.5mm
Aperture: f/5.6
Exposure 1/500s
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Model NIKON 1 V1
ISO Speed 100
Focal Length 18.5mm
Aperture: f/2.8
Exposure 1/1600s
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Model NIKON 1 V1
ISO Speed 100
Focal Length 18.5mm
Aperture: f/1.8
Exposure 1/2500s
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Model NIKON 1 V1
ISO Speed 100
Focal Length 18.5mm
Aperture: f/1.8
Exposure 1/2000s
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Model NIKON 1 V1
ISO Speed 100
Focal Length 18.5mm
Aperture: f/4.0
Exposure 1/1000s
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Model NIKON 1 V1
ISO Speed 100
Focal Length 18.5mm
Aperture: f/4.0
Exposure 1/2000s
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Model NIKON 1 V1
ISO Speed 100
Focal Length 18.5mm
Aperture: f/1.8
Exposure 1/4000s
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Model NIKON 1 V1
ISO Speed 100
Focal Length 18.5mm
Aperture: f/3.2
Exposure 1/250s

Verdict

The 1 Nikkor 18.5mm f/1.8 is a nice prime lens that delivers very high sharpness, at least in the aperture range that is not penalized by diffraction (f/1.8 to f/5.6). Optically, it is not without flaws, though. CAs and bokeh fringing are visible, but on a typical level for a fast lens. Vignetting at the largest aperture and distortion are a bit on the high side for a normal prime.

The build quality of the lens is very good and AF action is very fast. It's a little disappointing though that Nikon charges extra for the optional hood, which should be included.

In summary, the lens is a nice addition to the Nikon 1 system. For anyone who wants more speed than the kit zooms offer, the Nikkor is definitely worth a look. And so much more portable (and affordable) than adapted F-mount lenses.

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