Tagged: Nikon CX 10-30 mm Lens

We Have Mink

While I was trying to photograph two turtles in the creek I saw a black blur out of the corner of my eye and turned and quickly fired off two pictures.  As you can see, the shutter speed was too slow to stop the motion blur, but the J5 camera sure focused and fired quickly.  I took a turtle picture; waited to get another, saw the flash of black out of the corner of my eye, turned, focused, and took the first mink image 34 sec. after my turtle picture.  I then took the second mink image in another sec.  I was photographing at 30 mm focal length in single shot mode using center point focusing with only a 1/125 sec. shutter speed.  While the images aren’t great, they are good enough to identify the mink.

Using the Nikon 1 camera has gotten me interested in actively photographing wildlife again.  I had pretty much given up on wildlife using the larger, much heavier, Canon camera and lenses.  Hmmm, I wonder what I could do if I had an even longer Nikon 1 lens.

Two Turtles

I was crossing over the bridge behind the apartments when I saw what I thought was a snapping turtle in the water.  I stopped and started taking a few pictures and then realized it was two turtles.  When I started taking the pictures the second turtle was underneath the one I saw in the first picture.  The last I saw of them, one chased the other under the bank.

Pennsylvania Capital

The Men’s Group at Homewood at Plum Creek toured the capital of our state so I went along and used it as an opportunity to see how a Nikon 1 J5 camera with the kit CX 10 – 30 mm lens performed as a small travel camera.  I thought it did OK.  My only problem was that I could have made good use of a faster, wider lens.

If you are interested in the history of the building along with other pictures, information, etc. I encourage you to go to this site.

Coming & Going with a Nikon J5

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I took these photographs yesterday while riding in a bus.  I took them while I was trying the Nikon 1 J5 camera with the CX 10 – 30 mm lens to see how well it performed as a travel camera.  For these images I photographed in shutter mode at a speed of 1/1000 sec. to minimize motion blur.  I also recorded raw files and then processed them in LR6.  I haven’t tried working with jpeg images yet.  Since these were taken through the bus window they have some of the typical reflections, effects of tinted slightly dirty windows, etc., but that is what you get when traveling on a tour bus.  I was extremely pleased with the rapid focusing and shooting of the Nikon 1 system and it passed this test with flying colors.

Morning After the Rain with a Nikon 1 J5

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I am still being amazed about the little Nikon 1 J5 which I used for these test images.  It is light-weight and small.  It has a great tilting LCD which I used when I sat the camera on the floor, and to keep from needing to bend so much for the leaf and flower pictures.  It focuses fast and has great resolution as you can see in the picture of the flying bird.  I made that image at a focal length of 30 mm which is the maximum zoom of the lens I have.  That picture is a crop that has been resized up for displaying here.  I am now really wondering what I could do with the CX 30 – 110 mm lens.  That would be a maximum of an effective 297 mm focal length.  I have never found such long lenses of much use on cameras without a view finder since it is too hard to hold the camera and lens still for focusing, etc.

After this morning’s test shots I’m now thinking about getting the CX 30 – 110 mm zoom lens and try it before I decide to try anymore cameras.  I would really like to try the Nikon 1 CX 70-300 lens on the Nikon 1 V3, but they are too expensive.  If you are curious about what can be done with the CX 70 – 300 mm lens take a look at the article comparing David and Goliath, and look at Tom Stirr’s web site.