Nikon 1 Lenses

The Nikon 1 cameras use CX mount lenses. CX mount lenses have a 2.7x angle of view crop compared to 35mm and FX lenses. CX mount lenses can only be used on Nikon 1 cameras--they do not work with Nikon's DSLR cameras (DX or FX). 

At the introduction of the cameras, four such lenses were announced.

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Nikkor 1 10-30mm f/3.5-5.6 VR

  • CX lens format (Nikon 1)
  • 12 elements in 9 groups, 3 aspherical
  • 29 to 77 degree angle of view
  • apertures from f/3.5 to f/16 at 10mm, 7-blade rounded diaphragm
  • VR image stabilization
  • 8" (0.2m) minimum focus, autofocus, internal focus
  • 40.5mm filter size, optional HB-N101 lens hood
  • 1.7" x 2.3" (42 x 58mm) long and diameter (retracted)
  • 4.1 ounces (115g)
  • available in black, white, silver, red, and pink
  • Model number 3300, comes as included kit lens with camera bodies

Thom's Mini Review: Quite a decent lens, overall. It's small when collapsed, has a decent zoom lens and a reasonably high build quality for a kit lens. Optically, it's up to what the Nikon 1 sensors can record, with very few visible issues. It has visible barrel distortion at 10mm, almost no visible distortion at 30mm. Sharpness is good, even across the field. The zoom ring is a nice soft texture, but has no raised ribs. You can find the ring quickly due to the texture change, but it can be slightly slipperly if wet (from mist, etc.). The lack of a lens hood is a curious ommission: it needs one. Curiously, the 10-30mm has more parts in it than the Nikon J1 camera. You get the lens with the camera in the color you selected for the camera. This is a bit misleading, as really only the inner barrel next to the camera and the lens cap are the camera color; there's still plenty of gray (zoom ring), silver (barrel around zoom ring), and black (button to expand lens and inner lens barrel). Silver and black variants look the most "traditional." Recommended 


Nikkor 1 30-110mm f/3.8-5.6 VR

Nikkor 1 10-100mm f/4.5-5.6 VR PD

Nikkor 1 10mm f/2.8

Nikon has patents on the following CX mount lenses, which may imply future lenses: 

* Primes: 14mm f/2.8, 18mm f/1.4, 32mm f/1.2 (35, 50, and 85mm equivalents)

* Zooms: 7-13mm f/3.5-5.6, 9-43mm f/2.8-5.6 (20-35mm and 24-120mm equivalents)

* Macro: 40mm f/2.8, 60mm f/3.5 (105mm and 162mm equivalents)


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