1 Nikon 10-100mm f/4-5.6 at Bird Kingdom

As part of my field work for my upcoming hands-on review of the 1 Nikon 10-100 mm f/4-5.6 lens, I spent some time at Bird Kingdom today. What follows are some sample images taken hand-held at the facility with my Nikon 1 V2.

NOTE: Click on images to enlarge.

Nikon 1 V2 + 1 Nikon 10-100mm f/4-5.6, 100mm, f/5.6, 1/50, ISO-280
Nikon 1 V2 + 1 Nikon 10-100mm f/4-5.6, 100mm, f/5.6, 1/50, ISO-280

I started off in the Explorer’s Base Camp and took a few images such as the Burmese Python above, and a few of the perched birds which include macaws, cockatoos, and parrots.

Nikon 1 V2 + 1 Nikon 10-100mm f/4-5.6, 83mm, f/5.6, 1/125, ISO-1800
Nikon 1 V2 + 1 Nikon 10-100mm f/4-5.6, 83mm, f/5.6, 1/125, ISO-1800
Nikon 1 V2 + 1 Nikon 10-100mm f/4-5.6, 100mm, f/5.6, 1/125, ISO-1800
Nikon 1 V2 + 1 Nikon 10-100mm f/4-5.6, 100mm, f/5.6, 1/125, ISO-1800
Nikon 1 V2 + 1 Nikon 10-100mm f/4-5.6, 100mm, f/5.6, 1/125, ISO-1400
Nikon 1 V2 + 1 Nikon 10-100mm f/4-5.6, 100mm, f/5.6, 1/125, ISO-1400

Knowing that the 1 Nikon 10-100 mm f/4-5.6 has a fairly short minimum focusing distance I was intrigued to see how it would perform in the Small Bird Aviary.

Nikon 1 V2 + 1 Nikon 10-100mm f/4-5.6, 100mm, f/5.6, 1/250, ISO-1250
Nikon 1 V2 + 1 Nikon 10-100mm f/4-5.6, 100mm, f/5.6, 1/250, ISO-1250

I decided to change my shooting approach and ended up holding the camera with my arm fully extended and composing one-handed from the rear screen.

Nikon 1 V2 + 1 Nikon 10-100mm f/4-5.6, 100mm, f/5.6, 1/250, ISO-160
Nikon 1 V2 + 1 Nikon 10-100mm f/4-5.6, 100mm, f/5.6, 1/250, ISO-160

This necessitated using faster shutter speeds than I would typically use but the technique proved quite successful.

Nikon 1 V2 + 1 Nikon 10-100mm f/4-5.6, 100mm, f/5.6, 1/250, ISO-160
Nikon 1 V2 + 1 Nikon 10-100mm f/4-5.6, 100mm, f/5.6, 1/250, ISO-160

I remained as motionless as possible, positioned very close to some of the small trees and shrubs frequented by the small birds.

Nikon 1 V2 + 1 Nikon 10-100mm f/4-5.6, 100mm, f/5.6, 1/250, ISO-160
Nikon 1 V2 + 1 Nikon 10-100mm f/4-5.6, 100mm, f/5.6, 1/250, ISO-160

After the birds returned to the shrubs I would slowly raise my arm and extend it through the branches.

Nikon 1 V2 + 1 Nikon 10-100mm f/4-5.6, 100mm, f/5.6, 1/250, ISO-160
Nikon 1 V2 + 1 Nikon 10-100mm f/4-5.6, 100mm, f/5.6, 1/250, ISO-160

Since most of my body wasn’t moving the birds did not flit away quite as quickly as was the case in the past.

Nikon 1 V2 + 1 Nikon 10-100mm f/4-5.6, 100mm, f/5.6, 1/250, ISO-160
Nikon 1 V2 + 1 Nikon 10-100mm f/4-5.6, 100mm, f/5.6, 1/250, ISO-160

This allowed me to get some close-up framing without having to use extension tubes.

Nikon 1 V2 + 1 Nikon 10-100mm f/4-5.6, 100mm, f/5.6, 1/250, ISO-500
Nikon 1 V2 + 1 Nikon 10-100mm f/4-5.6, 100mm, f/5.6, 1/250, ISO-500

I had more success in the Small Bird Aviary today than with any other camera/lens combination that I have ever used in the past.

Nikon 1 V2 + 1 Nikon 10-100mm f/4-5.6, 100mm, f/5.6, 1/250, ISO-360
Nikon 1 V2 + 1 Nikon 10-100mm f/4-5.6, 100mm, f/5.6, 1/250, ISO-360

And that includes using both full frame and cropped sensor Nikon DSLRs.

Nikon 1 V2 + 1 Nikon 10-100mm f/4-5.6, 100mm, f/5.6, 1/250, ISO-160
Nikon 1 V2 + 1 Nikon 10-100mm f/4-5.6, 100mm, f/5.6, 1/250, ISO-160

Some of the birds were somewhat inquisitive when they noticed my white V2 slowly approaching them.

Nikon 1 V2 + 1 Nikon 10-100mm f/4-5.6, 100mm, f/5.6, 1/250, ISO-6400
Nikon 1 V2 + 1 Nikon 10-100mm f/4-5.6, 100mm, f/5.6, 1/250, ISO-6400

Like the Blue-Grey Tanager in the above image.

Nikon 1 V2 + 1 Nikon 10-100mm f/4-5.6, 100mm, f/5.6, 1/250, ISO-250
Nikon 1 V2 + 1 Nikon 10-100mm f/4-5.6, 100mm, f/5.6, 1/250, ISO-250

Before leaving the Small Bird Aviary I noticed some wonderful, high contrast lighting on the turtle in the small waterfall pond and captured the following image.

Nikon 1 V2 + 1 Nikon 10-100mm f/4-5.6, 100mm, f/5.6, 1/250, ISO-1250
Nikon 1 V2 + 1 Nikon 10-100mm f/4-5.6, 100mm, f/5.6, 1/250, ISO-1250

Next I visited the Night Jungle display area and tried to capture some images of the bats.

Nikon 1 V2 + 1 Nikon 10-100mm f/4-5.6, 100mm, f/5.6, 1/8, ISO-6400
Nikon 1 V2 + 1 Nikon 10-100mm f/4-5.6, 100mm, f/5.6, 1/8, ISO-6400

While these images are very marginal in terms of quality they were the best I’ve ever managed to capture. The one above was shot hand-held at 1/8 second, f/5.6 at ISO-6400.

Nikon 1 V2 + 1 Nikon 10-100mm f/4-5.6, 100mm, f/5.6, 1/25, ISO-4500
Nikon 1 V2 + 1 Nikon 10-100mm f/4-5.6, 100mm, f/5.6, 1/25, ISO-4500

I ended my visit in the main aviary, capturing a range of images.

Nikon 1 V2 + 1 Nikon 10-100mm f/4-5.6, 100mm, f/5.6, 1/200, ISO-4000
Nikon 1 V2 + 1 Nikon 10-100mm f/4-5.6, 100mm, f/5.6, 1/200, ISO-4000

For many of the images I continued using my ‘arm fully extended’ technique and found that I could get my V2 quite close to many of the larger birds.

Nikon 1 V2 + 1 Nikon 10-100mm f/4-5.6, 100mm, f/5.6, 1/200, ISO-900
Nikon 1 V2 + 1 Nikon 10-100mm f/4-5.6, 100mm, f/5.6, 1/200, ISO-900

At times I was likely getting close to ‘pecking distance’ which was a bit unnerving on occasion!

Nikon 1 V2 + 1 Nikon 10-100mm f/4-5.6, 54mm, f/5.6, 1/60, ISO-2500
Nikon 1 V2 + 1 Nikon 10-100mm f/4-5.6, 54mm, f/5.6, 1/60, ISO-2500

Being able to partially conceal myself behind plants and shoot with my arm outstretched helped capture some images of birds that tend to be quite skittish.

Nikon 1 V2 + 1 Nikon 10-100mm f/4-5.6, 100mm, f/6.3, 1/250, ISO-6400
Nikon 1 V2 + 1 Nikon 10-100mm f/4-5.6, 100mm, f/6.3, 1/250, ISO-6400
Nikon 1 V2 + 1 Nikon 10-100mm f/4-5.6, 100mm, f/5.6, 1/160, ISO-5000
Nikon 1 V2 + 1 Nikon 10-100mm f/4-5.6, 100mm, f/5.6, 1/160, ISO-5000
Nikon 1 V2 + 1 Nikon 10-100mm f/4-5.6, 100mm, f/5.6, 1/60, ISO-2200
Nikon 1 V2 + 1 Nikon 10-100mm f/4-5.6, 100mm, f/5.6, 1/60, ISO-2200

I have visited Bird Kingdom numerous times in the past and somehow never noticed a lizard that is on display in the main aviary. Perhaps it was recently moved to this location. Never-the-less I was able to get the image below, again using my ‘one arm extended’ technique.

Nikon 1 V2 + 1 Nikon 10-100mm f/4-5.6, 100mm, f/5.6, 1/250, ISO-1600
Nikon 1 V2 + 1 Nikon 10-100mm f/4-5.6, 100mm, f/5.6, 1/250, ISO-1600

Overall I was quite surprised with the performance of the 1 Nikon 10-100 mm f/4-5.6 lens. While it is not the sharpest 1 Nikon lens I’ve used, it more than makes up for that by providing users with a ton of flexibility. I really like the comparatively short minimum focusing distance of this lens.

I’ll be wrapping up my field work within the next couple of days and will post my hands-on review within the next week.

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6 thoughts on “1 Nikon 10-100mm f/4-5.6 at Bird Kingdom”

  1. Great photos as always Tom. Thankyou.

    I love this lens. It lives on my camera all of the time when I only wish to carry one lens and whilst, as you say, it is not perfect, it makes up with flexibility. It is rare to miss a shot with this lens.

    I would prefer a bit more aperture at the expense of range, say a 18-70 f/2.8 ideally …. but we have to learn to use the tools we have and your examples and technique hints go a long way to understanding them.

    I look forward to your in-depth review of this much ‘overlooked’ lens (by reviewers that is!) not by us N1 users.

    best wishes

    KSPGM

    1. Hi KSPGM,
      Thank you for your positive comment and sharing your experience with the 1 Nikon 10-100 f/4-5.6 lens! I really didn’t know what to expect with this lens and I must say that the more that I shot with it, the more it grew on me!
      Tom

      1. … I forgot to ask if you had tried your ‘tubes’ with 10-100? It is so easy to slip these into a spare pocket and extend the 10-100 into the macro range … I know that you like using these with the 30-110 and wondered how they compare with the 10-100?

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