1 NIKKOR 18.5mm f/1.8
Recently bought this lens along with the 6.7-13mm....to round out my Nikon 1 system (also have 10-30 and 30-110). This is a very good, sharp lens. Nice fast focus and quite sharp wide open. This lens is very handy, especially in situations like shooting video indoors where you want to keep you ISO down to avoid noise. Used this at a local home show today....light was 'ok' but not great in the exhibit hall. This little lens performed wonderfully and I was able to shoot at ISO400 or under all day long. If you own a Nikon 1 this is a must have lens.
October 4, 2013
Best Lens currently for Nikon 1 Cameras
I have tried all but the super zooms on my Nikon 1 camera. This lens is by far the best lens made for this system for my use. I take portraits and not being able to isolate the subject has been the biggest downer for Nikon 1. I only got the Nikon 1 V1 and later J1 because of this lens. With this lens you are able to get decent bokeh in your portraits. Nothing crazy. You will get a subtle bokeh which I personally prefer over the very blurry bokeh with indistinguishable background. Also on top of getting a decent bokeh, this lens is sharp and produces good contrast and color. Much sharper and crisp than the 10-30mm kit lens which I almost stopped using. (I only use it when I may need the wide angle.) Also, 18.5mm length is perfect. (50mm equivalent on full frame) It's good for portraits and general walk around. This length has diverse use! I even used it to shoot indoor basketball shots around the hoop with great results. Fast focus and fast aperture make it possible to shoot even indoor sports. Indoor shots in natural light is very possible. I even like the noise produced in the picture... I like the vintage look it produces in the pictures... I carry my Nikon 1 and this lens everywhere. My only complaint is that although the size is ok, I do wish it was 10mm f/2.8 size... Don't get me wrong. This lens is tiny! I just wish that it was tinier... It's just an awesome lens and a must for Nikon 1 cameras. For $186, you must try this lens. Don't miss out on what your Nikon 1 camera can do when paired with a quality lens like this.
April 9, 2013
Just received this lens today. I really wanted to give it a quick try out, so I did a little wandering in my back yard.
Both shots were at f2 and the results are more than I hoped for. Extremely Sharp and the color is great. Not quite as much "Out of Focus" Bokah as I had hoped for, but I figured that going in.
This little baby is a Keeper.
December 4, 2012
If you are using the Nikon 1 system, this is the one lens you must have! Sharp, light, cheap, fun. If you have been wandering around with the kit lens, this will be just the ticket to start taking some real photographs. Highly recommended!
March 26, 2014
Best lens without debate!
I bought the white 18.5mm lens around 5-6 months ago, and I haven't taken it off my camera since. I hardly used the 10-30mm or the 30-110mm. The lens is small, making the J1 a very portable camera overall. The pictures taken with this lens is noticeably sharper than the 10-30 and 30-110 lens. If you like pictures with shallow DOF, this lens does deliver. If you are like me and you want a lens that works well under low-light conditions, this lens definitely fits the bill. I found the focal length of this lens to work for everyday photography 90% of the time. It is capable of creating some very flattering photos that make you look like you know what you are doing, even if you are just an amatuer like me.
I really like this lens for both portability and performance. I would definitely recommend this to anyone who owns a Nikon 1 system!
August 3, 2013