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Nikon 1 10-100mm f/4-5.6 VR Lens  Review
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Nikon 1 10-100mm f/4-5.6 VR Lens Review

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The 1 Nikkor VR 10-100mm f/4-5.6 represents both wide and telephoto in one small zoom package,  Since this lens is a 2.7 crop factor the bottom end will look like a 27mm field of view, plenty wide for most of us and the long end of 100mm will have a field of view (FOV) of around 270mm.

First question most people want to know is:  Nikon offers two versions of this lens What is the Difference?  If you been looking around you would have found the 1 Nikkor VR 10-100 f/4.5-5.6 PD-Zoom version.  While the focal range of the two lens are exactly the same, the design of the lens is very different, both in lens elements and the way you actuate the zoom. 

The PD version is geared for the videographers, using an electronic rocker switch to actuate special noiseless motors to electronically control zoom of the lens in and out. This ensures zooms in your video filming will be "smooth" without the need for a human to turn a zoom ring, which may create a jerky motion.

Secondly the PD version lens design is different, and uses 3 ED elements, and what most people mention is the "weight" of the PD lens is quite a bit, coming in at 18.2 oz (515g) vs 10.5 oz (298g).

From other reports and users experience, the PD version has a slight edge in overall sharpness, but not by any real big factor.  Finally the cost between the two can be a couple hundred dollars.

Funny Squirrel Eating a nut

Funny Squirrel Eating a nut


How does the 1 Nikkor VR 10-100mm f/4-5.6 perform: I find it very good with enough resolution to make your images pop and look pleasing. Photos taken under good lighting conditions, and a pair of steady hands will not disappoint.  For me, I am fine with any lens that give enough details that your not disappointed, and this lens does indeed give enough details. However, is not the sharpest Nikkor 1 in the drawer, but gets the job done with very pleasing results.  With Vibration Reduction enabled you can expect to get good hand held photos in lower light as well.


Build Quality: Feels very solid, and well built.  Everything seems tight and absolutely no wobbles anywhere.  The Lens will extend when zoomed and the lens barrel is in two pieces both made of poly carbonate plastic.  

Best Uses:  I think it will be well suited for travel, and general carry around lens due to its focal lenght and 10x zoom factor.  If I were buying 3 lens to cover my needs this would be one of the three, the other two would be the 6.7-13mm and 70-300mm (both of which I own).

I plan on using mine both for travel and doing indoor product shoots, such as some of the photos on this site. 

Bottom Line: If you are looking for a good quality lens that covers from wide to telephoto, less than 3 inches, weighs less than a pound you can count on the Nikkor 1 VR 10-100mm f/4-5.6 to help fill in that gap.

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Photographer's Notes

Nikon has a nice lens for Nikon 1 travelers and hikers, people on the go who need a bit of wide to telephoto.  With reasonable sharpness and a good zoom factor it makes sense to give this lens a look.

Nikkor 1
  • 1 NIKKOR VR 6.7-13mm f/3.5-5.6
  • 1 NIKKOR VR 10-30mm f/3.5-5.6 PD-ZOOM
  • 1 NIKKOR 32mm f/1.2
  • 1 NIKKOR VR 10-100mm f/4-5.6
  • 1 NIKKOR VR 70-300 f/4.5-5.6
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  • Nikon 1 V3

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