I have been making some more test images with my Nikon 1 J5 camera and the CX 30 – 110 mm lens. Both of the above pictures were made at the 110 mm focal length. I liked them, but they didn’t tell me what I wanted to know. How does the Nikon 1 system compare to my Canon 70D with my longest lens for distant images?
To learn more about the differences I photographed a distant rock pile with the Nikon 1 J5 with the 30 – 110 mm lens at 110 mm focal length and with the Canon 70D with the 55 – 250 mm lens at the 250 mm focal length. It was raining lightly when I made these so I photographed from my porch with both cameras in the program mode. But note that they were made at different effective focal lengths.
Since I mostly photograph at the extremes of all lenses, I went ahead and made comparison images at the extremes, but this resulted in an effective focal length of 297 mm with the Nikon and an effective 400 mm with the Canon. I then cropped the images quite a bit to arrive at the following comparison images. The first is the Canon image and the second (on your right) is the Nikon image.
Both of the images are straight from Adobe LR6 with medium tone curves and lens corrections made by the software. They have no other adjustments. The Canon image was at ISO 160, f/5.6, and 1/160 sec. The Nikon image was at ISO 400, f/5.6, and 1/320 sec.
Guess which combination I’m using from now on for my outdoor, long focal length, walk-about photography. It will be the little Nikon 1 J5 which is a lot lighter and smaller and easier to carry; but harder to hold steady since it doesn’t have an EVF and I have to hold it out away from my body. I think that the Nikon 1 system has been way under-rated, at least with the latest one-inch sensor that is in the J5; and I really like the 30 – 110 mm CX lens.