I thought it might be fun to try photographing bees with the new Nikon 1 J5 so I went out in the backyard for about 40 minutes or so to see what kind of images I could capture.
NOTE: Click on images to enlarge.
I attached my Nikon 1 30-110mm f/3.8-5.6 VR lens to the J5, along with the 10mm and 16mm Vello extension tubes.
I shot hand-held using manual settings and auto-ISO. I tried both matrix and centre weighted metering. Most of the time I used AF-S with single point AF.
Since it was quite windy I had to use a faster shutter speed. I also had to try to time some of my shots as the flowers were bobbing around with the bees clutching onto them. The auto-focus on the J5 was very quick and I was able to grab a number of usable images.
Most of the images were shot in bright, direct sunlight as I wanted to test the dynamic range of the new 20MP BSI sensor in the J5. I was quite pleased with how well it was able to hold onto the highlights in the images. I was very pleased with the results after processing the RAW files using my standard process. The dynamic range is much improved from those produced by my Nikon 1 V2’s.
This article was originally published using out-of-camera jpegs as the Nikon1 J5 module was not available at the time of writing the original post.
While I personally would not buy a camera that did not have a viewfinder I think the Nikon 1 J5 is a really great little camera. It is very well suited for use with the Nikon 1 30-110mm f/3.8-5.6 VR lens when used with extension tubes to take macro-type images of flowers and insects.
All of the images in this article are full frame captures with absolutely no cropping done to them. I thought it was important that readers could see how close one can get with the J5 when using the Nikon 1 30-110mm f/3.8-5.6 VR lens and the 10mm and 16mm Vello extension tubes stacked together. Personally, I think this is the best Nikon 1 lens to use with extension tubes as it is so light and easy to handle.
To view more images of bees captured with the Nikon 1 J5 click on the following YouTube video (please note that the video uses out-of-camera jpegs as per the original article):
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