The second lens I got for my Nikon 1 V1 EVIL camera was the Nikkor VR 10-100mm f/4.5-5.6 PD-Zoom lens. As you can see, this is no longer a compact camera system now, but I tend to like the haptics of a small camera body attached to a large lens. It just feels right, after all, the lens makes the image, the body essentially provides a sensor in a light-tight box. Though the lens’ construction feels solid (metal barrel), the combo is in no way heavy or unbalanced. It feels good in hand. I had no trouble getting used to the power zoom, the slider switch that operates it is sensitive to different zoom rates and lies where your thumb falls when you hold it naturally from below. And that’s it for user interface on the lens (one more switch determines whether it retracts on switch-off or not), the rest is set in the camera’s menus. Yeah, that’s a quirk of the Nikon 1 system, you’re gonna spend a lot of quality time in the menu system if you want to influence basic parameters. BTW, Nikon, can we get the “F” button to be user-assignable? It’s default function is asinine, shutter mode, come on!
Back to the 10-100 lens. Apart from every optical trick known to man, it has VR. I found it works well and it reinstates the 1/focal length rule for handheld photos for this sensor dimension and it’s relevant focal lengths. So, you need at least 1/10 second for shots at the wide end and at least 1/100 second at the long end. Taking into consideration that you’d have to apply a factor of 2,7 to compare it to lenses for 135 film, the VR gives almost 3 stops worth of advantage. Have a look at the following slideshow, shooting data are included in the screenshots. The guitar was photographed at 10 mm, the computer screen at 100 mm.
Overall, this lens’ image quality was up to the (moderate) demands of the V1’s sensor in all images I’ve taken up to now, provided I stayed within the above mentioned shutter speed parameters and didn’t close the aperture too much. Optimal aperture seems to be f/5.6 at 10 mm and f/8.0 at 100 mm.