I took my new Nikon 1 V2 mirrorless camera out to Garden of the Gods park in Colorado Springs. I wanted to see how the camera performed in the field in good light and with the new 18.5mm f/1.8 1-Nikkor lens. This shot is of the famous “Kissing Camels” formation. I used the 18.5mm lens and had the camera on my Gitzo traveler tripod.
I really liked the ability to quickly adjust settings on the V2 camera in the field using the new options for the Feature (F) button. For example, if I wanted to lock focus (as you would for HDR images), it’s quite easy to put the camera into Manual Focus (MF) mode right from the main display.
I processed the NEF image in Lightroom 4.3, which was just updated to support the Nikon 1 V2 NEF files. However, lens correction support has not yet been added for the 18.5mm 1-Nikkor lens. That’s ok, because this lens doesn’t really have a lot of distortion. I then used Nik Software’s Color Efex Pro 4 for the final enhancements, including Pro Contrast and Detail Extractor.
- Nikon 1 V2 with 18.5mm f/1.8 1-Nikkor lens
- 1/500s @f/5.6; ISO 160 (base ISO)
Suggested Conversion Settings for ACR/Lightroom Users
I played around with the V2 NEF files and I find that these settings work well for low-ISO images with the Nikon 1 V2.
- Camera Standard
- Amount: 40
- Radius: 1.0
- Detail: 20
- Masking: 30
- Luminance: 15
- Detail: 75
- Contrast: 26
- Color: 25
- Detail: 50
All other settings can be set as required based on image content.