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

Last Updated (16 May’13):
– Review & Sample Photos @ SLRGear

The Nikon 1 10-100mm f/4.5-5.6 VR Nikkor PD-ZOOM Lens has 10-100mm (35 mm equivalent: 27-270 mm) at focal length and maximum aperture of f/4.5-5.6. The lens construction has 21 elements in 14 groups and has diagonal angle of view at 77 degrees including minimum focus distance at 1.0ft. (0.3m) (at 10mm focal length), 2.8 ft (0.85m) (at 100 mm focal length), and a filter size of 72mm. It also offers an HRI (High Refractive Index) lens element that consist of three aspherial lens and two ED glass elements, for high resolution and superior contrast. The lens measures Dia. x length Approx. 77 × 95mm(when lens is retracted)with weight Approx. 530g / 18.7oz.

Overall Rating: ★★★★☆ | Latest Price Info

Expert Reviews

Nikon 1 10-100mm f/4.5-5.6 VR Nikkor PD-ZOOM Lens Reviews

SLRGear reviews the Nikon 1 10-100mm f/4.5-5.6 VR Nikkor PD-ZOOM Lens and writes;
“The Nikon 10-100mm ƒ/4.5-5.6 produced some excellent results for sharpness, more at the wider end of its focal range than at telephoto. At 10mm and ƒ/4.5, images produced are very sharp indeed, and there’s only a marginal gain by stopping down to ƒ/5.6, where images produced are sharp from corner to corner.”
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Photographylife reviews the Nikon 1 10-100mm f/4.5-5.6 VR Nikkor PD-ZOOM Lens and writes;
“the Nikon 1 10-100mm f/4.5-5.6 VR has very impressive performance characteristics when compared to other Nikon 1 lenses. While it is rather slow with a maximum aperture of f/4.5 on the short end and lags behind the Nikon 10mm f/2.8 prime in the center frame, overall it is either on par or better than the Nikon 1 10-30mm VR and the Nikon 1 30-110mm VR lenses.”
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Photozone reviews the Nikon 1 10-100mm f/4.5-5.6 VR Nikkor PD-ZOOM Lens and writes;
“The 1 Nikkor VR 10-100mm f/4.5-5.6 PD delivers very solid performance for a super zoom lens. The center resolution is generally very good to (just) excellent, at least when used wide open. Stopped down, the diffraction limits caused by the small and high density CX sensor come into play. The borders and corners show very good resolution for the lower part of the focal range.”
Rating: ★★★☆☆

User Opinions

Nikon 1 10-100mm f/4.5-5.6 VR Nikkor PD-ZOOM Lens User Reviews

Zoom with a view
“The 10-100 mm zoom for the Nikon 1 makes the compact SLR into a real camcorder with smooth and silent focal length changes. Optical quality is typical Nikon — the best. No, it won’t fit in a pocket because the lens is as big and as and heavier than the camera body. Autofocus tracks a selected subject accurately.” – By Macbook toter
Rating: ★★★★★

Expensive but makes V1 Viable
“Really big, but is on the camera 95% of the time. Other lenses are ok, but this allows closeups, widish angle, good video control and versatility that the others don’t. My primary camera is a 7d so even with this brick on the front of the V1 it is still far easier to tote around than the 7d. Very expensive, but noticibly better glass than the factory standards that come with camera.” – By MacCam1
Rating: ★★★★☆

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Nikon 1 10-100mm f/4.5-5.6 VR Nikkor PD-ZOOM Lens Features

VR – Vibration Reduction

The lens offers an innovative VR system for minimizes image blur caused by camera shake make the images sharper and crisp. It allows you to shooting images at dusk, at night, and even in low-light indoor.

HRI – High Refractive Index lens

It is a HRI lens with a refractive index of more than 2.0 which offers effects equivalent to those obtained with several normal glass elements and can compensate for both field curvature and spherical aberrations. Therefore, HRI lenses achieve great optical performance in an even more compact body.

IF – Internal Focusing

Nikon 1 10-100mm f/4.5-5.6 VR Nikkor PD-ZOOM Lens has an Internal Focusing technology which offers all internal optical movement is limited to the interior of the nonextending lens barrel. so it allows this lens more compact with lightweight construction as well as a closer focusing distance.

AS – Aspherical lens element

The lens provides an Aspherical elements which virtually eliminate the problem of coma and other types of lens aberration—even when used at the widest aperture. They are particularly useful in correcting the distortion in wideangle lenses. Moreover, use of aspherical lenses contributes to a lighter and smaller lens design.

Lens Construction


ED – Extra-low Dispersion Glass

Nikon developed ED (Extra-low Dispersion) glass to enable the production of lenses that offer superior sharpness and color correction by minimizing chromatic aberration. ED glass offers all the benefits, yet none of the drawbacks of calcium fluorite-based glass. With this innovation, Nikon developed several types of ED glass suitable for various lenses.

SIC – Nikon Super Integrated Coating

The Nikon 1 10-100mm f/4.5-5.6 VR Nikkor PD-ZOOM Lens offers a SIC – Super Integrated Coating to enhance the performance of its optical lens elements that helps reduce ghost and flare to a negligible level. The SIC achieves a number of objectives, including minimized reflection in the wider wavelength range and superior color balance and reproduction.

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Lens name Nikon 1 NIKKOR VR 10-100m F/4.5-5.6 PD-ZOOM

Lens construction 14 groups and 21 elements

Angle of view 77° – 9° 10’

Number of diaphragm 7

Minimum f-stop 16

Minimum focus distance [m/ft.] 10mm focal length :0.3m (1ft.) / 100mm focal length: 0.85m (2.8ft.)

Maximum reproduction ratio 0.12x

Weight Approx. 530g /18.7oz.

Dimensions Dia. x length Approx. 77 × 95mm (when lens is retracted)

Filter-attachment size 72mm

Lens cap type Snap-on

Lens hood HB-N102 (provided)

Lens case CL-N102 (optional)

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