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

Last Updated (07 December’12):
– Review & Sample Photos @ Photographylife

Nikon 1 10-30mm f/3.5-5.6 VR Nikkor Lens is a standard zoom lens with 10-30mm at focal length and maximum aperture of f/3.5-5.6. The lens construction has 12 elements in 9 groups and has diagonal angle of view at 77 degrees including minimum focus distance at 0.2m/0.7ft. from focal plane at all zoom positions including a filter size of 40.5mm. It also equipped with Vibration Reduction (VR) and a silent stepping AF motor (STM) which make it the ideal, versatile lens. The lens dimension is Approx. 2.3×1.7 in./57.5×42 mm (Diameter x Length).

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

Expert Reviews

Nikon 1 10-30mm f/3.5-5.6 VR Nikkor Lens Reviews

Photographylife reviews the Nikon 1 10-30mm f/3.5-5.6 VR Nikkor Lens/a> and writes;
“the Nikon 10-30mm f/3.5-5.6 VR is a great kit lens for the Nikon 1 mirrorless camera system. It has a very useful zoom range of 27-81mm (equivalent to 35mm), collapsible barrel design, vibration reduction, compact size, low weight and a great optical design, making it a lens of choice for everyday photography on Nikon 1 cameras. It is a sharp lens with good contrast and colors, and its performance is pretty good both in the center and in the corners.”
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Photoreview reviews the Nikon 1 10-30mm f/3.5-5.6 VR Nikkor Lens and writes;
“Barrel distortion was very obvious at the 10mm focal length, with slight pincushioning visible at 30mm. Vignetting (edge darkening) was negligible at all focal length settings.
Backlit subjects were generally handled well and the lens was relatively flare-free as long as the light source was outside the frame. Bokeh was smoother than you’d expect from a lens of this format.”

Rating: ★★★★☆

Photographyblog reviews the Nikon 1 10-30mm f/3.5-5.6 VR Nikkor Lens and writes;
“Chromatic aberrations are quite well controlled, and vignetting isn’t much of an issue, either. Close-up performance is absolutely stunning for a zoom lens, which is great news given that currently there are no dedicated macro lenses available for the Nikon 1 system. Bokeh is fine when you can throw the background sufficiently out of focus,”
Rating: ★★★★☆

User Opinions

Nikon 1 10-30mm f/3.5-5.6 VR Nikkor Lens User Reviews

1 Nikkors are great lenses
“I got this 10-30 lens together with the 10 in the zoom-wide-angle Nikon 1 V1 kit. Despite the fact that, in general, I prefer prime lenses, I have to say that I like to 10-30 very much. It is sharp, delivers nice contrast and colors, and it is super compact, well built, the AF is silent and fast. And, of course, the VR works perfectly (with the firmware upgrade). It is especially its compactness which makes it such a pleasure to use.” – By JR
Rating: ★★★★★

Quick and convenient
“The close focus spec is 200 mm, but spot focus will allow closer focusing, from 68 mm to 100 mm, increasing with the focal length, The lens works much better if you stay at least 200 mm away from your subject. (For true close focus work I use a 55mm Micro-NIKKOR with the lens adapter.)” – By Alyosha
Rating: ★★★★☆

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Nikon 1 10-30mm f/3.5-5.6 VR Nikkor Lens Features

VR – Vibration Reduction

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

AS – Aspherical lens element

It also 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.

SIC – Nikon Super Integrated Coating

The Nikon 1 10-30mm f/3.5-5.6 VR Nikkor Lens use 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.

IF – Internal Focusing

The lens also 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.


Lens name Nikon 1 10-30mm f/3.5-5.6 VR Nikkor Lens

Lens construction 12 Elements and 9 Groups

Angle of view 77°-29°40′

Number of diaphragm 7(rounded diaphragm opening)

Minimum f-stop 16

Minimum focus distance 0.2m/0.7ft. from focal plane at all zoom positions

Maximum reproduction ratio (35mm equivalent ratio) 0.21x (0.57x)

Weight Approx. 115 g/ 4.1oz

Dimension Dia. x length Approx. 57.5 x 42mm

Filter-attachment size 40.5mm

Lens cap type Snap-on

Lens hood HB-N101(optional)

Lens case CL-N101(optional)

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