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Keywords: Nikon Wide Mid Tele CX Nikon-1 PD-Zoom VR Stabilized

Unexplored Ruins

Registered: November 2015
Posts: 2
Nikon 1 10-30mm f/3.5-5.6 PD-Zoom Nikkor VR review by Unexplored Ruins
Review Date: 11/7/2015 Would you recommend the product? No | Total Spent: None indicated| Rating: 2 

Pros: Built-in cover
Cons: no filter thread, extremely noisy AF, high distortion

Only got to try someone else's.

This is the kit lens that ships with newer "1" models. The pin-cushion distortion is very pronounced on the long end compared to the original 10-30mm manual zoom. The image looks like I'm looking at a dog bone.

It's heavily dependent on in-camera distortion correction found only on later model bodies that ship with this lens.

The PD features motorized zoom hence "power drive". the barrel ring issues directions electronically to zoom. Auto-focus is very loud. Don't even think about using it for any serious videos. You will hear the motor click so loudly in audio that it sounds like you're running your finger nails over your keyboard.

It's not so bad that you couldn't use the bundled lens, but I definitely would not go buy one separately. If you have no plans on using other lenses, you might as well get a compact camera with a non removable lens.

Registered: June 2015
Posts: 6
Nikon 1 10-30mm f/3.5-5.6 PD-Zoom Nikkor VR review by jamesdike
Review Date: 6/10/2015 Would you recommend the product? No | Total Spent: $290.00| Rating: 5 

Pros: lightweight, compact
Cons: short range

The lens is very lightweight and so easy to carry around. But the focal range is really too short with a too large aperture variation. 30mm at 5.6 tend to make this lens useless for indoor photography. I returned it although when there's enough light, the sharpness is there and the image quality is stellar.

Registered: January 2015
Posts: 7
Nikon 1 10-30mm f/3.5-5.6 PD-Zoom Nikkor VR review by Jonas
Review Date: 2/5/2015 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Total Spent: $289.00| Rating: 8 

Pros: Clear and sharp and small

My copy of this lens is sharper (especially at the wide angle settings) than my example of the original standard zoom for the Nikon 1 cameras. Very portable but no lens wood here. Manufacturer gives great image samples here and here.


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