photodivine's reviews

  • Nikon 1 10mm f/2.8 Nikkor

    8 out of 10 points and recommended
    small, light and cheap
    for normal use only

    I got a deal on a Nikon J1 used and was impressed by the quality and then bought a used 10mm lens and wow. A Thanksgiving day trip to Chicago and for grins I carried around the J1 with this pancake lens on it and now have 2 canvas prints on the wall and was amazed at the quality of the wide-angle 16 X 20 print of the river. I have trouble lugging my Canon DSLRs around but the J1 is a really great size and I couldn't believe the quality of the prints. I also have a Lumix GF3 micro 4/3's camera with a pancake and it does wonders also but the kicker with the J1 is they have a companion lens for close ups and Portraits -the 18.5 1 lens. While this pancake is excellent for landscapes it struggles with macros and other close ups (Or at least, I struggle getting it right.). But if you want the perfect 2 lens to use for the majority of your shots, pair this 10mm with the 18.5mm and the J1 will replace most DSLRs for carrying around. As for the GF3, I am sure they have a 50mm equivalent like the 18.5, but all I've found are double the price.

    I'm very impressed by the J1 and from all accounts, it seems simpler and cleaner than the newer J3, but if you want a great starter introduction to landscape photography with excellent photos, find a deal on a J1 and pair it with this 10mm lens. Now that i also have the 18.5mm 1 lens, I'm happy. |

    reviewed January 11th, 2016 (purchased for $200)