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Date: 03/10/2016 | By: Heather

A visit to the CNE Air Show with the Nikon 1 – Guest post by Thomas Stirr

Caption: f/8, 1/2000, ISO-180, 300mm, efov 810mm. Copyright 2016 Thomas Stirr

A visit to the CNE Air Show with the Nikon 1 – Guest post by Thomas Stirr

One of the things that I’ve been doing each year for a while now is visiting the annual CNE Air Show in Toronto, Canada.

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Caption: f/8, 1/6400, ISO-400, 129mm, efov 349mm. Copyright 2016 Thomas Stirr.

This is the second time that I’ve used Nikon 1 mirror-less camera gear to capture images at the event.

Caption: f/8, 1/1000, ISO-400, 300mm, efov 810mm. Copyright 2016 Thomas Stirr
Caption: f/8, 1/1000, ISO-400, 300mm, efov 810mm. Copyright 2016 Thomas Stirr

I love the small size and responsiveness of the system, especially when shooting with the CX 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6 zoom lens.

Caption: f/8, 1/2500, ISO-400, 220mm, efov 592mm. Copyright 2016 Thomas Stirr
Caption: f/8, 1/2500, ISO-400, 220mm, efov 592mm. Copyright 2016 Thomas Stirr

The small 1” Aptina sensor in my Nikon 1 V2 is challenged when it comes to dynamic range and colour depth. This becomes more noticeable when photographing under very strong sunlight.

Caption: f/8, 1/4000, ISO-400, 300mm, efov 810mm. Copyright 2016 Thomas Stirr
Caption: f/8, 1/4000, ISO-400, 300mm, efov 810mm. Copyright 2016 Thomas Stirr

That is counterbalanced by the small size and easy handling of the V2. Shooting hand-held continuously for three hours can be a bit physically taxing when using larger, heavier gear.

Caption: f/8, 1/2500, ISO-400, 300mm, efov 810mm. Copyright 2016 Thomas Stirr
Caption: f/8, 1/2500, ISO-400, 300mm, efov 810mm. Copyright 2016 Thomas Stirr

With my Nikon 1 kit shooting hand-held for long periods of time is a non-issue.

Caption: f/8, 1/4000, ISO-400, 212mm, efov 571mm. Copyright 2016 Thomas Stirr
Caption: f/8, 1/4000, ISO-400, 212mm, efov 571mm. Copyright 2016 Thomas Stirr

I love shooting at 15 fps in full AF-C with my Nikon 1 V2. It allows me to get more precise captures when photographing smoke trails and formation fly-bys.

Caption: f/8, 1/2000, ISO-220, 278mm, efov 750mm. Copyright 2016 Thomas Stirr
Caption: f/8, 1/2000, ISO-220, 278mm, efov 750mm. Copyright 2016 Thomas Stirr

While the buffer is not as deep as is found in some other cameras I’ve found that the 45 image capacity of the V2 is sufficient for my needs.

Caption: f/8, 1/1000, ISO-160, 300mm, efov 810mm. Copyright 2016 Thomas Stirr
Caption: f/8, 1/1000, ISO-160, 300mm, efov 810mm. Copyright 2016 Thomas Stirr

The auto focus is quite reliable and locks on a subject quickly.

Caption: f/8, 1/1600, ISO-160, 246mm, efov 663mm. Copyright 2016 Thomas Stirr
Caption: f/8, 1/1600, ISO-160, 246mm, efov 663mm. Copyright 2016 Thomas Stirr

It has been over a year since I sold my full frame Nikon D800 DSLR and my arsenal of F-mount lenses and I haven’t regretted selling that gear at all.

Caption: f/8, 1/2000, ISO-180, 300mm, efov 810mm. Copyright 2016 Thomas Stirr
Caption: f/8, 1/2000, ISO-180, 300mm, efov 810mm. Copyright 2016 Thomas Stirr

I’m having a lot more fun photographing with a smaller, lighter system, and my on-site efficiency when shooting client video projects has also improved.

Caption: f/8, 1/1000, ISO-160, 267mm, efov 720mm. Copyright 2016 Thomas Stirr
Caption: f/8, 1/1000, ISO-160, 267mm, efov 720mm. Copyright 2016 Thomas Stirr

I know there’s a lot of concern in the market about the future of Nikon 1. Over the past year or so I’ve supplemented my kit with additional V2 bodies and a couple of J5s so I’ll have enough gear to keep shooting with it for quite a few years to come.

Article and images are Copyright 2016 Thomas Stirr. All rights reserved. No use, adaptation or reproduction of any kind is allowed without written consent. Mirrorlessons.com is the only approved user of this article. If you see it reproduced anywhere else it is an unauthorized and illegal use.


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About the author: Heather Broster

Heather Broster was born in Canada, has lived in Japan and Italy but currently calls Wales home. She is a full-time gear tester at MirrorLessons. You can follow her on Google+, Twitter or Facebook!

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