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Andre Labonte wrote:
That's interesting input. I've been thinking it would be nice to have a smaller camera for those times I just want to be a dad and not a photographer. The V2 with a few small lenses would fit the bill but the price has kept me away.
You are the first person I've ever heard say the Nikon 500 VR is not sharp enough! I imagine my 50 f/1.8 and my 300 VR will do fine ... not so sure about my 70-200 VR-I ...
Well personally I would never recommend the Nikon 1 as a system -- it's way to overpriced for what you get. But the FT1 option of being able to use standard lenses made it more interesting to me and I bought the V1 when it came out. Unfortunately I quickly became frustrated with the ergonomics of the V1 and as a result have rarely used it. I considered the V2 for a while, but never pulled the trigger and decided to wait to see what the V3 looks like, figuring that Nikon would be forced to launch quick updates since the Nikon 1 system hasn't been a commercial success I wouldn't have to wait long. Looks like my guess was correct.
As for my 500VR comments, OK, I'm exaggerating a little about the 20m limit, but the fact remains Nikon's 500VR (and likely 600VR, definitely the 200-400VR) suffer from CA at distance. You can really see the sharpness drop off when adding a TC -- any TC. Canon's supertele's and TC's, both previous and current versions are far superior in this regard.
Nikon's 400VR is the best on the Nikon side being sharp at all distances, which is why it's relied heavily upon by the likes of pros such as Thom Hogan and Brad Hill etc.
Thom Hogan's latest "pixel madness" blog underscores my experience --as you move to increasingly dense sensors, you are forced to use better glass -- and many of Nikon's "pro" offerings no longer measure up, especially at the telephoto end.
As for your three lenses, I don't think you'll have any problem -- the 50/1.8 is a very good lens. The 300/4 is also very good, but forget about putting a TC on it with a Nikon 1 system -- not even the TC14EII. As for the 70-200VR I, some folks (thinking Trenchmonkey) think the V1 version is actually sharper on axis than the VII, so the V1 should work very well with the small Nikon 1 sensor. But again, keep the TC in the bag.