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Nikon FT1 Lens adapter for J1/V1

Andy_Cundell 7 1.1k 5 England
3 Apr 2012 6:12PM
Hiya Everyone

Well, now the mirror-less race has slowed down a bit, has anyone who purchased a Nikon J1/V1 also bought the FT1 Lens Adapter to use a Nikon F mount lens?

I would be very interested to hear from any experiences, good points, bad points and in fact a review if anyone would be so kind!


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robs 14 681 2 United Kingdom
7 Apr 2012 12:42PM
Would be interested to hear myself - since I am making the jump to Nikon the mirrorless offerings from the company are even more attractive. I was tempted to buy one in Singapore last year when I first saw them, they look like a fantastic option for taking out on the motorbike, and if I can use the SLR lenses too that opens up some interesting possibilities (thinking if I get the 300mm f4, or even the Sigma 150 Macro, there could be some good possibilities for wildlife and nature shots).
RichardDay 11 3 United Kingdom
21 Apr 2012 10:19AM
There are many examples and comments from users on the Nikon 1 forum on DPReview. Users have found that Sigma OS HSM and Tamron VC lenses do not AF with the FT1, but manual focus does, it appears that only Nikon AF-S lenses will auto focus. Full details and limitations can be found on the Nikon website.

I've been using the FT1 and the AF-S 70-300 VR on my V1 and find that hand held shots are quite feasible up to around 200mm, once you go beyond that focal length some extra form of stability is pretty much essential as the focal length multiplier of x2.7 makes a 300mm lens have the same field of view as a 810mm lens and that takes some handling!
RRRoger 8 53 United States
23 May 2012 3:58PM
The adapter, although limited to the center focus point, works very well indeed!
AF-S and VR both work well but not as fast as the proprietary lens.

I would just start with the 10-30 and 30-110 lens.
More Nikon 1 lens including wider and longer are in the works.
The prototypes have been around since day one.
6 Jun 2012 1:25PM
Hi I purchased the FT1 adapter and use it with a 300 2.8 and a Mk111 2x converter. It must be tripod steady impossible to hand hold it, only drawback you have to buy the tripod adapter otherwise it can be difficult to mount .Images are really interesting.

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