Nikon 1 30-110mm f/3.8-5.6 VR Nikkor Lens

Last Updated (08 December’12):
– Review & Sample Photos @ Photoreview

The Nikon 1 30-110mm f/3.8-5.6 VR Nikkor is a telephoto zoom lens which has 30-110mm at focal length with maximum aperture of f/3.8-5.6. This lens has construction of 18 elements in 12 groups and a diagonal angle of view at 29°40′ to 8°20′. It also has closest focusing distance at 1.0m/3.3ft. including a filter size of 40.5mm. The lens features Vibration Reduction (VR) to capture sharper pictures when shooting telephoto subjects, two ED glass elements, ultra-fast and silent auto-focus operation. The Nikon 1 30-110mm f/3.8-5.6 VR Nikkor measures 60mm in diameter and 61mm in length with weight Approx. 180g/6.3oz.

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

Expert Reviews

Nikon 1 30-110mm f/3.8-5.6 VR Nikkor Lens Reviews

Photoreview reviews the Nikon 1 30-110mm f/3.8-5.6 VR Nikkor Lens and writes;
“Barrel distortion could be seen at the 30mm focal length but the lens was largely distortion-free at 110mm. Vignetting (edge darkening) was negligible at all focal length settings. Bokeh was much as you’d expect, given the size of the camera’s sensor. Out-of-focus highlights were slightly choppy at the widest lens aperture but areas without strong contrasts appeared quite smooth.”
Rating: ★★★★☆

SLRGear reviews the Nikon 1 30-110mm f/3.8-5.6 VR Nikkor Lens and writes;
“The Nikon 30-110mm ƒ/3.8-5.6 focuses very fast and near-silently, taking less than a second to focus from infinity to close-focus.. The Nikon 30-110mm ƒ/3.8-5.6 VR really surprised us – for its small size and weight, it produces excellent photographs. If you’re interested in buying a Nikon J1 or V1, this an excellent complement to the 10-30mm ƒ/3.5-5.6 VR kit lens.”
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Photographyblog reviews the Nikon 1 30-110mm f/3.8-5.6 VR Nikkor Lens) and writes;
“The Nikon 1 Nikkor VR 30-110mm f/3.8-5.6 is a surprisingly good telephoto lens for the Nikon 1 system. Sharpness is very good to excellent, with only the extreme borders being somewhat soft at the 30mm setting. Due to the size of the sensor the lens has been designed for, diffraction kicks in at around f/8, so the 1 Nikkor VR 30-110mm is typically at its best when used wide open – which isn’t a bad thing. Chromatic aberrations are kept to an absolute minimum, and vignetting isn’t much of an issue, either.”
Rating: ★★★★½

User Opinions

Nikon 1 30-110mm f/3.8-5.6 VR Nikkor Lens User Reviews

You’ll need this lens
“We have a J1 that was offered w/ a 10mm so knew we would need the 30-110mm. We are NOT pros but, use this lens most of the time out of doors. My wife, difficult to please and likes her old cameras, now loves the J1 with the 30-110mm zoom. She also takes videos as well. You need this zoom lens if you will be using the “Nikon 1″ series camera.” – By Ritt
Rating: ★★★★★

Clarity and jitter free. What could be better!
“What was so great about the lens was how clear the images were, even in low light, and the movement stabilizer was the best. Made even shots where birds were flying rapidly, photograph clear and still.” – By Thierry
Rating: ★★★★☆

Great lens
“Basically, due to the relatively small size and weight of the camera and lenses I was able to travel normally but take great photos. I love both lenses but the 30-110mm definitely has the highest IQ of the three lenses I own.. Anyone with a V1 or J1 should really try to add this lens to their bag since it gives you great reach and high IQ for such a low price.” – By oldyoung
Rating: ★★★★★

Natural Addition for V=1
“This lens is the natural addition to the standard 10 x 30 lens to provide a complete system for the portable and conveniently sized new Nikon 1. It provides all of the flexability to do what a larger and heavier SLR will do but much more practical for the traveler.” – By charlie badger
Rating: ★★★★★

Purchase this Lense
“If you buy (or own) the Nikon 1 V1 or J1 purchase this lense. The optics are very sharp, and its ability to pick up light in low light conditions is amazing and extremely helpful.” – By Sean W. Gilligan
Rating: ★★★★★

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Nikon 1 30-110mm f/3.8-5.6 VR Nikkor Lens Features

VR – Vibration Reduction

Nikon 1 30-110mm f/3.8-5.6 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.

Lens Construction


ED – Extra-low Dispersion Glass

The lens also use ED (Extra-low Dispersion) glass to enable the production of lenses that offer superior sharpness and color correction by minimizing chromatic aberration. The 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

With a SIC – Super Integrated Coating, the Nikon 1 30-110mm f/3.8-5.6 VR Nikkor Lens 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.

MTF Chart


IF – Internal Focusing

Equipped with an Internal Focusing technology, the Nikon 1 30-110mm f/3.8-5.6 VR Nikkor Lens 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 30-110mm f/3.8-5.6 VR Nikkor

Lens construction 12 groups and 18 elements

Angle of view 29°40′-8°20′

Number of diaphragm 7 (rounded diaphragm opening)

Minimum f-stop 16

Minimum focus distance 1.0m/3.3ft. from focal plane at all zoom positions

Maximum reproduction ratio (35mm equivalent ratio) 0.1x (0.28x)

Weight Approx. 180g/6.3oz

Dia. x length Approx. 60 x 61mm (distance from camera lens mount flange when lens is retracted)

Filter-attachment size 40.5mm

Lens cap type Snap-on

Lens hood HB-N103(supplied)

Lens case CL-N101(optional)

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