Nikon 1 11-27.5mm f/3.5-5.6 Nikkor

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(From Nikon lens literature) If you want an all-round, go-to lens for life's many unpredictable moments, look no further than the 1 NIKKOR 11-27.5mm f/3.5-5.6. Sleek and compact, it strikes an ideal balance with the Nikon 1 camera body while delivering a versatile 11-27.5mm (30-74mm equivalent on 35mm format) zoom range. Capture tack-sharp group shots, vibrant wide-angle landscapes, flattering portraits with softly blurred backgrounds and stunning HD videos from any vantage.

Key Features:

  • CX-format compatible, standard 2.7x zoom lens with a focal-length range of 11-27.5 mm (angle of view is equivalent to focal-length range of 30-74 mm lens in 35mm [135] format)
  • Optical design optimized for Nikon CX format employs one ED glass element and one aspherical lens element
  • Zoom ring operation turns the camera power on/off (power off: not available with J1/V1)
    • Rotating the zoom ring turns power on
    • Retracting the lens turns power off [NEW]
  • Compared to 1 NIKKOR VR 10-30mm f/3.5-5.6, it is lighter by approx. 32 g (approx. 28%) and shorter by approx. 11 mm (approx. 26%)
  • Retractable lens mechanism improves portability
  • Exterior styling designed to emphasize the compactness
  • High-texture external design emphasizes high performance and high quality
  • The lenses are available in 6 different colors. (Color availability may vary according to region. Some colors are available only for the kit lenses.)

Nikon 1 11-27.5mm f/3.5-5.6 Nikkor

Nikon 1 11-27.5mm f/3.5-5.6 Nikkor User Reviews

9.0/10 average of 1 review(s) Build Quality 7.0/10 Image Quality 9.0/10
  • 9 out of 10 points and recommended by Prime Minister (47 reviews)
    Very small and lightweight, sharp and contrasty
    Feels a bit cheap, some flare

    This Nikon 1 11-27.5mm lens performs better then I thought it would. I guess it's because of the new design with ED and aspherical glass elements.

    Zooming isn't very smooth but it isn't bad either. The lens feels a bit cheap. Maybe because it's so light and mostly made of plastic. It does have a metal mount though and it's not an expensive lens.

    It's very compact and about a centimeter shorter then the Nikon 1 VR 10-30mm lens. The rubber zoom ring provides an adequate grip. Obviously, this lens doesn't have VR. Autofocus is fast, silent and accurate.

    When this lens came out, I wondered how it would stack up to the 10-30mm (image quality wise). So, I tested it. I was surprised to find that the image quality of this 11-27.5mm was noticeably better then the 10-30mm.

    At all focal lengths with the largest possible aperture, the 11-27.5 delivers images with visibly higher sharpness and better contrast. It does suffer from flare when a bright light source is in or near the image. The 10-30mm less so. I think the 11-27.5mm delivers a lot of bang for the buck. I even wonder if you still need the 10mm f/2.8 pancake when you have this puppy.

    So, wich one to get then? Personally I would be willing to sacrifice the greater zoom range and VR of the 10-30mm for the higher image quality of the 11-27.5mm. As a bonus it's a more compact lens too. Of course your photographic needs might be different.

    reviewed March 29th, 2013