It funny how often you hear that statement in relation to many people's perceptions of what will enhance there life. Well today we’re going to be speaking of it in relation to cameras, and lens. I will amid, I love shooting with a Pro-model camera and lens for them. The weight of the outfits help's in relation to my hand holding technique, which with Wildlife photography, gives you the ability to get those quick action shots.
With that said, they are so many small mirror less cameras out there by the big camera makers like Nikon, Canon, Sony, Fuji, etc. That are awesome! Able to shoot with very high iso’s, in very low light and still get a great shot. After seeing my friend and great photographer Scott Engel shooting with some of these Cameras, I decided last Fall to give it a try. I picked up my outfit during the deals that were running during holiday, I picked up Nikon 1 J3.
This kit included the Camera, as well as two lens, A 10-30mm f/3.5-5.6, and a 30-110mm f/3.8-5.6. This is a great kit, setting you up for many options, for obtaining great photo's. All in a small light weight form factor. But there’s more!
Nikon makes a FT1 mount adapter. See http://imaging.nikon.com/lineup/acil/lenses/mount_adapter_ft1/ for info. This does allow for the use of Nikon f mount lens with Nikon 1 cameras, and it still supports many of the functions of the lens. The images you will find below were taken with this system, and a Nikon 70-300mm AF-S f/4.5-5.6 G IF-ED lens. With this system you get 2.7 x longer reach for your setup. This can give you allot of reach without the expense of a second mortgage to buy a 600mm or 800mm lens.
Whats the downside you ask, well if you go to the previous mentioned link to Nikon for the FT1 mount it spells it out. In using this setup, my observations thus far, its hard with the long lens to hand-hold for shots. The picture you see here, were taken mounted on a tripod system. I’m still going to look into solutions on hand holding, and will pass that along when I have an update. Of course, it is not in FX format for the image, but image quality has been excellent. So if you looking for a second setup to use with many of your current Nikon lens, or on a tight budget, or prefer a light weight setup, these options might be a great fit for you!