The Nikon that doesn’t Ex­ist

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I’ve re­cently ac­quired a fan­tas­tic cam­era that suits all my re­quire­ments: a Nikon 1 V2. For some rea­son N-Photo does not even ac­knowl­edge its ex­is­tence.

When the Nikon 1 first came out I pur­chased a J1, which I found very good ex­cept that it had no viewfinder and no space for flash at­tach­ments. It also has a prob­lem with the way it fit­ted one’s hands, but it did pro­duce ex­cel­lent pho­to­graphic re­sults.

Nikon then ad­ver­tised the V2 in the UK and I or­dered one from my lo­cal dealer. The price quoted was high, body­only more than a D7100, but I wanted it. Af­ter a two-month wait it fi­nally ar­rived. I have since ac­quired additional lenses bought for me by a friend in New York, as these are not avail­able in South Africa. UK and Amer­i­can prices for Nikon One cam­eras and lenses are rea­son­able.

I can­not un­der­stand why Nikon is not pro­mot­ing the mir­ror­less cam­eras in South Africa in view of the fact that pho­to­graphic shops shelves are slowly fill­ing up with com­pet­i­tive mir­ror­less cam­eras com­plete with a good se­lec­tion of lenses!

I re­alise that the in­vest­ment in mir­ror cam­eras and big lenses is enor­mous, but things are chang­ing and I get the im­pres­sion that Nikon is shoot­ing it­self in the foot.

Niel Pas­set, Jo­han­nes­burg, South Africa

We re­viewed the V2 back in is­sue 19, Niel. The small size of the cam­eras in the Nikon 1 range ap­peals to many users, so it’s in­ter­est­ing to hear that you don’t feel Nikon is pro­mot­ing them in South Africa.

CSCs have lim­i­ta­tions: shal­low depth of field ef­fects are harder to achieve, and the choice of lenses is smaller, so we use the more pop­u­lar SLRs for our tu­to­ri­als.

We took a close look at the Nikon 1 V2, which is the most so­phis­ti­cated cam­era yet in Nikon’s CSC range

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