Nikon 1 Nikkor 10mm f/2.8 Review

November 17, 2011 | Mark Goldstein | Rating star Rating star Rating star Rating star Half rating star


The Nikon 1 Nikkor 10mm f/2.8 is a good wide-angle prime lens for the Nikon 1 system. Sharpness is very good, with only the extreme borders being somewhat soft, good news given that the 10-30mm is not very sharp at the 10mm wide-angle 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 10mm 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 too much of an issue, either. Close-up performance is also quite good for a non-macro lens. Bokeh is nice and creamy when you can throw the background sufficiently out of focus, but it's not always easy to do given the short focal length and the small sensor size.

In terms of mechanical quality and features, the tiny lens is surprisingly well built for the price. However, there's no focus mode switch or focus ring on the lens. The latter makes manual focusing an awkward exercise that you won't want to perform very often.

Auto-focus speed with the lens mounted to the Nikon 1 V1 is sensational in good light, allowing you to photograph fast-moving subjects with ease. Due to factors inherent in the 1 System cameras' design, low-light focusing is a lot less spectacular, though.

Available in various colours and kits and priced at just £229 / $249 on its own, the Nikon 1 Nikkor 10mm f/2.8 is great value and a must-buy if you are a Nikon 1 System camera user who needs a faster maximum aperture than the standard 10-30mm kit zoom is able to provide.

4.5 stars

Ratings (out of 5)
Design 4
Features 3
Ease-of-use 4
Image quality 4.5
Value for money 4.5