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Date: 02/01/2017 | By: Heather

Touring New Zealand with Nikon Mirrorless

Nikon 1 J5 + 1 Nikon 10-100mm f/4-5.6 @ 10mm, efov 27mm, f/8, 1/320, ISO-160

Touring New Zealand with Nikon Mirrorless

My wife and I recently spent almost a month touring New Zealand by automobile, enjoying the natural beauty and doing field work for a photography e-book we have planned for 2017.

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Nikon 1 J5 + 1 Nikon 10-100mm f/4-5.6 @ 18mm, efov 49mm, f/5.6, 1/1000, ISO-160

Throughout our travels we shot exclusively with Nikon 1 mirrorless gear. Our kit included a pair of Nikon 1 J5 bodies as well as two V2 bodies.

Nikon 1 J5 + 1 Nikon 6.7-13mm f/3.5-5.6 @ 13mm, efov 35mm, f/5.6, 1/640, ISO-160
Nikon 1 J5 + 1 Nikon 6.7-13mm f/3.5-5.6 @ 13mm, efov 35mm, f/5.6, 1/640, ISO-160

We also took a small assortment of five 1 Nikon zoom lenses which included 10-100mm f/4-5.6, 10-30mm f/3.5-5.6 PD, 30-110mm f/3.8-5.6, 6.7-13mm f/3.5-5.6, and CX 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6.

Nikon 1 J5 + 1 Nikon 10-100mm f/4-5.6 @ 87mm, efov 235mm, f/5.6, 1/125, ISO-400
Nikon 1 J5 + 1 Nikon 10-100mm f/4-5.6 @ 87mm, efov 235mm, f/5.6, 1/125, ISO-400

All of our Nikon 1 gear fit in a single Tenba Shoulder bag which was ideal for travel.

Nikon 1 J5 + 1 Nikon 6.7-13mm f/3.5-5.6 @ 6.7mm, efov 18mm, f/8, 1/500, ISO-160
Nikon 1 J5 + 1 Nikon 6.7-13mm f/3.5-5.6 @ 6.7mm, efov 18mm, f/8, 1/500, ISO-160

Our journey took us from Cape Reinga at the tip of the North Island all the way down to Slope Point, the most southern point of the South Island.

Nikon 1 J5 + 1 Nikon 6.7-13mm f/3.5-5.6 @ 8mm, efov 22mm, f/8, 1/400, ISO-160
Nikon 1 J5 + 1 Nikon 6.7-13mm f/3.5-5.6 @ 8mm, efov 22mm, f/8, 1/400, ISO-160

We avoided all of the major cities and concentrated on the more rural areas of New Zealand. In order to replicate the kind of photography that most travelers do we shot mainly between the hours of 9AM and 5PM on a ‘catch as catch can’ basis.

Nikon 1 J5 + 1 Nikon 10-100mm f/4-5.6 @ 10mm, efov 27mm, f/8, -1/3EV, 1/640, ISO-160
Nikon 1 J5 + 1 Nikon 10-100mm f/4-5.6 @ 10mm, efov 27mm, f/8, -1/3EV, 1/640, ISO-160

Most days we kept our planned driving to between 2 and 3 ½ hours so we would have a reasonable amount of flex time each day to capture images.

Nikon 1 J5 + 1 Nikon 10-100mm f/4-5.6 @ 10mm, efov 27mm, f/8, 1/320, ISO-800
Nikon 1 J5 + 1 Nikon 10-100mm f/4-5.6 @ 10mm, efov 27mm, f/8, 1/320, ISO-800

We booked all of our motels in advance over the internet and did not have any issues with our arrangements.

Nikon 1 J5 + 1 Nikon 10-100mm f/4-5.6 @ 10mm, efov 27mm, f/8, 1/60, ISO-160
Nikon 1 J5 + 1 Nikon 10-100mm f/4-5.6 @ 10mm, efov 27mm, f/8, 1/60, ISO-160

In many of the rural areas there simply was no place to purchase meals or groceries so we pre-made salad lunches most days and kept them in a cooler bag we brought with us from home.

Nikon 1 J5 + 1 Nikon 6.7-13mm f/3.5-5.6 @ 6.7mm, efov 18mm, f/8, 1/250, ISO-160
Nikon 1 J5 + 1 Nikon 6.7-13mm f/3.5-5.6 @ 6.7mm, efov 18mm, f/8, 1/250, ISO-160

More often than not at some point during the day we stopped for a hand-scooped ice cream cone at local dairy outlet or convenience store. The ice cream in New Zealand is excellent and it’s no wonder New Zealand ranks as one of the highest per capita ice cream consumption countries in the world.

Nikon 1 J5 + 1 Nikon 10-100mm f/4-5.6 @ 10mm, efov 27mm, f/8, 1/2, ISO-160
Nikon 1 J5 + 1 Nikon 10-100mm f/4-5.6 @ 10mm, efov 27mm, f/8, 1/2, ISO-160

We have visited New Zealand a couple of times in the past so we were familiar with driving conditions and it didn’t take long to become re-accustomed to driving on the left hand side of the road.

Nikon 1 J5 + 1 Nikon 6.7-13mm f/3.5-5.6 @ 6.7mm, efov 18mm, f/8, 1/50, ISO-800
Nikon 1 J5 + 1 Nikon 6.7-13mm f/3.5-5.6 @ 6.7mm, efov 18mm, f/8, 1/50, ISO-800

Keeping the turn signal and windshield wiper controls straight was another matter.  And, it was just as hard readjusting when returning home. We’ve been back for about a month and I still inadvertently use the wrong control at times.

Nikon 1 J5 + 1 Nikon 6.7-13mm f/3.5-5.6 @ 6.7mm, efov 18mm, f/8, 1/800, ISO-400
Nikon 1 J5 + 1 Nikon 6.7-13mm f/3.5-5.6 @ 6.7mm, efov 18mm, f/8, 1/800, ISO-400

Although we had some sunny breaks, inclement weather seemed to follow us around for much of the trip. We did the best we could shooting in overcast and rainy conditions.

Nikon 1 J5 + 1 Nikon 10-100mm f/4-5.6 @ 10mm, efov 27mm, f/8, 1/320, ISO-160
Nikon 1 J5 + 1 Nikon 10-100mm f/4-5.6 @ 10mm, efov 27mm, f/8, 1/320, ISO-160

We brought a small travel tripod with us, using it only for the occasional ‘smooth water’ waterfall photograph.

Nikon 1 V2 + CX 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6 @212mm, efov 572mm, f/5.6, 1/2000, ISO-360
Nikon 1 V2 + CX 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6 @212mm, efov 572mm, f/5.6, 1/2000, ISO-360

Overall our Nikon 1 mirrorless gear performed quite well , especially the J5s with their 20.8MP BSI 1” sensors.

Nikon 1 J5 + 1 Nikon 10-100mm f/4-5.6 @ 10mm, efov 27mm, f/8, 1/40, ISO-160
Nikon 1 J5 + 1 Nikon 10-100mm f/4-5.6 @ 10mm, efov 27mm, f/8, 1/40, ISO-160

For landscape images we shot in Aperture priority, using Matrix metering and single point auto focus.

Nikon 1 J5 + 1 Nikon 10-100mm f/4-5.6 @ 14mm, efov 38mm, f/8, 1/80, ISO-800
Nikon 1 J5 + 1 Nikon 10-100mm f/4-5.6 @ 14mm, efov 38mm, f/8, 1/80, ISO-800

Birds-in-flight were captured with one of our V2s using continuous auto-focus with subject tracking at 15fps.

Nikon 1 V2 + CX 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6 @300mm, efov 810mm, f/5.6, 1/2500, ISO-800
Nikon 1 V2 + CX 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6 @300mm, efov 810mm, f/5.6, 1/2500, ISO-800

I’ve been working on image selection and processing for the past few weeks and we hope to have our New Zealand photography e-book ready early in 2017.

Nikon 1 J5 + 1 Nikon 10-100mm f/4-5.6 @ 10mm, efov 27mm, f/5.6, 1/400, ISO-400
Nikon 1 J5 + 1 Nikon 10-100mm f/4-5.6 @ 10mm, efov 27mm, f/5.6, 1/400, ISO-400

To see more of Thomas’ beautiful images from New Zealand, be sure to visit his blog!


Article and all images are Copyright 2016 Thomas Stirr. All rights reserved. No use, adaptation or reproduction of any kind including electronic 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.

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!

  • Thomas Stirr

    Hi Joni,
    I appreciate your ongoing support!
    Tom

  • http://www.mirrorlessons.com/ Heather Broster

    Thomas will be glad to hear that! :)

  • Joni A Solis

    I always enjoy and learn something from Thomas Stirr’s posts. Thank you for displaying his work here!

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