Dil Roberts Photography

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10/04/13
Nikon V1 - 1 Nikkor 18.5 f1.8

Nikon V1 - 1 Nikkor 18.5 f1.8

Some time ago I mentioned that I like framing within a frame. This image above illustrates what I mean. I do this very often and I actually look for it in an image if it's possible. The branches and leaves frames the cafe on the left with the tables and chairs outside. It takes the eye into the frame which is what I look for. Direct the eye to what you want the audience to see. I think this is the difference between taking a photograph and making a photograph. You are in charge, so try to steer the audience to what you want him/her to see. I don't always manage to do this but I do try and I keep working on it all the time. Someday I might even manage to become a passable photographer.
1135
NIKON 1 V1
Focal Length: 18.5 mm
Aperture: f/8.0
Exposure Time: 1/100 sec
ISO: 100
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• Nikon • V1 • 18.5 f1.8 

10/03/13
Nikon V1 - 1 Nikkor 18.5 f1.8

Nikon V1 - 1 Nikkor 18.5 f1.8

When I looked at this image for the first time, I was really surprised at the metering of this Nikon 1 camera, namely the V1. No highlights are blown and there are details still visible in the shadows. I'm really pleased that I purchased this camera. So I got to thinking why, so below are the reasons I decided to try it out. At the time I purchased it I wasn't very hopeful about it being a camera I could connect with. How wrong can one be and it actually brought back to me that saying about not judging something before you try it.

Why I bought it:
1. Small size.
2. Has an EVF, a must for me.
3. Price: At introduction it was overpriced in my opinion. I bought it when it was heavily discounted but I still wouldn't have bought it for the initial price even after using it for a while.
4. The small SB-N5 flash. It runs off the camera battery. Yes it is slightly underpowered but for that little bit of fill flash it works.
5. Remote: The V1 has a sensor at the front and rear of the camera. Not many have that.
6. Lenses: I'd heard some great things about the lenses and being small and light what more could I want.

Let's look at the V2 for a minute. I prefer the looks of the V1 (especially with the grip on it); you can only use the remote from the front. The SB-N7 flash has it's own battery, although it is more powerful which is why it's got it's own power source. They've increased the pixel count to 14MP, slightly overkill for such a small sensor. The 10MP of the V1 seems about right for this sensor.

All in all, I won't be purchasing the V2 now or in the future. I think Nikon got it right with the V1.

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NIKON 1 V1
Focal Length: 18.5 mm
Aperture: f/8.0
Exposure Time: 1/125 sec
ISO: 100
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10/02/13
Nikon V1 - 1 Nikkor 18.5 f1.8

Nikon V1 - 1 Nikkor 18.5 f1.8

This shows what's possible at f1.8. You must remember that this is a CX 1" sensor so the DOF is not going to be like a full frame sensor. DOF will be greater than you think. Take the image above, that tree in the background was quite far away and still it's not wholy blurred out. On a bigger sensor the tree would not be recognisable at all.

I must also mention that focusing on the Nikon V1 was fast and accurate as was metering. There was very little PP done to this image. It was taken just to test these points I've mentioned above as I'm still getting to grips with the camera and lenses.

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NIKON 1 V1
Focal Length: 18.5 mm
Aperture: f/1.8
Exposure Time: 1/320 sec
ISO: 100
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10/01/13
Nikon V1 - 1 Nikkor 18.5 f1.8

Nikon V1 - 1 Nikkor 18.5 f1.8

Just to show what's possible at f5.6. Everything from near to infinity is sharp sharp sharp.
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NIKON 1 V1
Focal Length: 18.5 mm
Aperture: f/5.6
Exposure Time: 1/100 sec
ISO: 100
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09/30/13
Nikon V1 - 1 Nikkor 18.5 f1.8

Nikon V1 - 1 Nikkor 18.5 f1.8

The only reason I'm posting this image is because of the detail in the leaves in the foreground. This image was shot at f5.6 because I wanted as much DOF as possible and at f5.6 you are really at the limit of the CX format sensor. It doesn't really matter at what aperture you set on the 18.5 f1.8 because it's sharp throughout the range. The only difference is the DOF.

If you're looking for a system that has small sharp lenses at all apertures, and most importantly, wide open, look no further than the Nikon 1 system.

1033
NIKON 1 V1
Focal Length: 18.5 mm
Aperture: f/5.6
Exposure Time: 1/60 sec
ISO: 100
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09/29/13
Nikon V1 - 1 Nikkor 18.5 f1.8

Nikon V1 - 1 Nikkor 18.5 f1.8

I took this image because I liked the way the light was falling on the wall and the the way the ivy was creeping slowly across the wall. When this is viewed at 100% the stone blocks contains a lot of detail and the texture is great. I didn't think this system was capable of this sort images until I saw it for myself. I wish I knew how Nikon was able to do this, because a couple of other manufacturers could use a couple of tips I believe.
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NIKON 1 V1
Focal Length: 18.5 mm
Aperture: f/5.6
Exposure Time: 1/30 sec
ISO: 100
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09/28/13
Nikon V1 - 1 Nikkor 18.5 f1.8

Nikon V1 - 1 Nikkor 18.5 f1.8

If you would have seen the above image without any exif data, could you really tell from which camera it came from? I have to admit I couldn't. Everything surrounding the cameras used today seem to have been optimized for extremely good images. Even with these smaller sensors (in this case the CX format 1" sensor) here from the 1 Nikon V1 you are hard pressed to distinguish it from other larger formats.

Maybe when printed you caould tell the difference but the print would have to be large. The lenses have also improved enormously, aided by computer design and advances in glass manufacturing. I used the 1 Nikkor 18.5 f1.8 prime lens on the V1 and image quality is very good indeed. The next few posts I will show the image quality you can expect from this lens. Maybe the images aren't masterpieces but that's because I'm not a master photographer and has nothing to do with the equipment used.

Couple this lens with the 10 f2.8 and the 32 f1.2, you have some very good prime lenses ranging from 27mm to 85mm. A very nice spread. I will be travelling to Spain in the a couple of weeks and I will only be taking the Nikon 1 system with me and the three primes mentioned above. I will also be taking the 6.7-13 f3.5-5.6 zoom because I require something a little wider than 10mm. The 6.7-13 is very sharp at all focal lengths and and apertures. if you haven't purchased a wide angled lens for the Nikon 1 system then I can recommend this lens to all.

1090
NIKON 1 V1
Focal Length: 18.5 mm
Aperture: f/5.6
Exposure Time: 1/200 sec
ISO: 100
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09/27/13
Olympus OM-D - 12-50 f3.5-5.6

Olympus OM-D - 12-50 f3.5-5.6

I seem to be doing this quite often nowadays. I photograph a corner of a building, the more detail it has the better, process the image in my normal workflow and see how much detail it delivers. As you can see the 12-50 does sharpen up very well and the brick building has plenty of detail in it. Personally, I don't really care what these images are like straight out of the camery because all my images are processed in some way. For me, the final image is important and how I get there doesn't really matter. Since most of my images are for web use all modern cameras today are overkill, but the point is, you don't know when you will want a print of a certain image. So if using an older camera with a low megapixel count then you're in trouble. Saying that, I've actually printed an image from a 6MP camera at 120cms x 80cms. Even if I do say so myself, it looked pretty good at normal viewing distance.

Another problem today is trying to get hold of a camera with lower resolution. Most start today at 16MP which should really be enough for 90% of users. The 36MP Nikon D800 would kill my PC and overload my HD. That for me would be pure overkill and I have no intentions of purchasing anything of the sort.

1156
E-M5
Focal Length: 34 mm
Aperture: f/5.6
Exposure Time: 1/640 sec
ISO: 200
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• Olympus • OM-D • 12-50 f3.5-6.3 

09/26/13
Yin-Yang

Yin-Yang

I just called this simply Yin-Yang because the ivy branches complement each other which is the original meaning of Yin-Yang. I think the 12-50 did quite well with this.
1221
E-M5
Focal Length: 42 mm
Aperture: f/8.0
Exposure Time: 1/125 sec
ISO: 200
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09/25/13
Olympus OM-D - Olympus 12-50 f3.5-6.3

Olympus OM-D - Olympus 12-50 f3.5-6.3

This is the rose garden within the grounds. The vines here are just starting to grow again anew.
977
E-M5
Focal Length: 43 mm
Aperture: f/22.0
Exposure Time: 1/125 sec
ISO: 200
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