Butterflies with 1 Nikon 10-100 f/4-5.6

After spending a number of days shooting with the 1 Nikon 10-100 mm f/4-5.6 lens, I wrapped up by field testing today at the Niagara Butterfly Conservatory. What follows are some images of butterflies captured with the 1 Nikon 10-100 mm f/4-5.6 lens.

NOTE: Click on images to enlarge.

Nikon 1 V2 + 1 Nikon 10-100mm f/4-5.6, 100mm, f/8, 1/160, ISO-2000
Nikon 1 V2 + 1 Nikon 10-100mm f/4-5.6, 100mm, f/8, 1/160, ISO-2000

I used the Movo 21 mm extension tube for most of the images in this article. I also shot a few frames with a combination of the 21 mm and 10 mm Movo tubes.

Nikon 1 V2 + 1 Nikon 10-100mm f/4-5.6, 100mm, f/8, 1/160, ISO-6400
Nikon 1 V2 + 1 Nikon 10-100mm f/4-5.6, 100mm, f/8, 1/160, ISO-6400

I must confess that I didn’t really enjoy shooting the 1 Nikon 10-100 mm f/4-5.6 lens with extension tubes. I found that the tubes forced focus too close to the subjects. I missed quite a few shots as the butterflies flitted away when I had to move in close to them to acquire focus. Having to work in very close quarters was awkward. I didn’t even bother trying to stack all three Movo extension tubes as I would have likely not been able to focus at all.

Nikon 1 V2 + 1 Nikon 10-100mm f/4-5.6, 100mm, f/8, 1/160, ISO-2800
Nikon 1 V2 + 1 Nikon 10-100mm f/4-5.6, 100mm, f/8, 1/160, ISO-2800

Of all of the 1 Nikon lenses I have used with extension tubes my favourite by far is the 30-110 mm f/3.8-5.6.

While I quite enjoyed using the 1 Nikon 10-100 mm f/4-5.6 for a lot of other subject matter, macro-type images isn’t an area of strength for this particular lens.

Nikon 1 V2 + 1 Nikon 10-100mm f/4-5.6, 89mm, f/7.1, 1/200, ISO-1400
Nikon 1 V2 + 1 Nikon 10-100mm f/4-5.6, 89mm, f/7.1, 1/200, ISO-1400

Focusing was fast and accurate as would be expected.

Nikon 1 V2 + 1 Nikon 10-100mm f/4-5.6, 100mm, f/8, 1/50, ISO-900
Nikon 1 V2 + 1 Nikon 10-100mm f/4-5.6, 100mm, f/8, 1/50, ISO-900

Compared to the 1 Nikon 30-110 mm f/3.8-5.6 the 10-100 mm is a bit challenged in terms of overall image quality. At times I got a fair bit of fringing with my images.

Nikon 1 V2 + 1 Nikon 10-100mm f/4-5.6, 100mm, f/8, 1/50, ISO-1000
Nikon 1 V2 + 1 Nikon 10-100mm f/4-5.6, 100mm, f/8, 1/50, ISO-1000

This mainly occurred when trying to capture close-up images of single blossoms and flower buds.

Nikon 1 V2 + 1 Nikon 10-100mm f/4-5.6, 100mm, f/8, 1/50, ISO-500
Nikon 1 V2 + 1 Nikon 10-100mm f/4-5.6, 100mm, f/8, 1/50, ISO-500

I shot at a range of apertures from f/5.6 to f/8, experimenting with depth-of-field.

Nikon 1 V2 + 1 Nikon 10-100mm f/4-5.6, 100mm, f/5.6, 1/160, ISO-450
Nikon 1 V2 + 1 Nikon 10-100mm f/4-5.6, 100mm, f/5.6, 1/160, ISO-450

I did get some usable images with the 1 Nikon 10-100 mm f/4-5.6 and Movo extension tubes, just not as many as I would have liked.

Nikon 1 V2 + 1 Nikon 10-100mm f/4-5.6, 100mm, f/5.6, 1/100, ISO-2800
Nikon 1 V2 + 1 Nikon 10-100mm f/4-5.6, 100mm, f/5.6, 1/100, ISO-2800

Being forced to consistently focus at very short distances away from subject matter tended to produce very similar looking images. I found I had a lot more latitude when using the 1 Nikon 30-110 mm f/3.8-5.6 lens.

Nikon 1 V2 + 1 Nikon 10-100mm f/4-5.6, 100mm, f/8, 1/80, ISO-720
Nikon 1 V2 + 1 Nikon 10-100mm f/4-5.6, 100mm, f/8, 1/80, ISO-720

I did capture a few usable images of plants…

Nikon 1 V2 + 1 Nikon 10-100mm f/4-5.6, 100mm, f/8, 1/80, ISO-1100
Nikon 1 V2 + 1 Nikon 10-100mm f/4-5.6, 100mm, f/8, 1/80, ISO-1100

including a water droplet on a leaf.

Nikon 1 V2 + 1 Nikon 10-100mm f/4-5.6, 100mm, f/5.6, 1/80, ISO-1250
Nikon 1 V2 + 1 Nikon 10-100mm f/4-5.6, 100mm, f/5.6, 1/80, ISO-1250

Overall, I felt restricted, and most of the frames I was able to capture were of butterflies on flowers. I just couldn’t get the amount of extension tube magnification effect I wanted with the 10-100 mm f/4-5.6 lens. While the comparatively short minimum focusing distance of this lens was an advantage when I was shooting at Bird Kingdom, it ended up being a negative when using extension tubes.

Nikon 1 V2 + 1 Nikon 10-100mm f/4-5.6, 100mm, f/5.6 1/80, ISO-720
Nikon 1 V2 + 1 Nikon 10-100mm f/4-5.6, 100mm, f/5.6 1/80, ISO-720

The 1 Nikon 10-100 mm f/4-5.6 lens feels more at home outdoors…

Nikon 1 V2 + 1 Nikon 10-100mm f/4-5.6, 100mm, f/5.6, 1/160, ISO-220
Nikon 1 V2 + 1 Nikon 10-100mm f/4-5.6, 23mm, f/5.6, 1/160, ISO-220

where owners will readily appreciate its flexible focal length range.

Nikon 1 V2 + 1 Nikon 10-100mm f/4-5.6, 100mm, f/5.6, 1/500, ISO-360
Nikon 1 V2 + 1 Nikon 10-100mm f/4-5.6, 20mm, f/5.6, 1/500, ISO-360

This ended up being one of my shortest visits to the Niagara Butterfly Conservatory in recent memory.

Nikon 1 V2 + 1 Nikon 10-100mm f/4-5.6, 100mm, f/5.6, 1/500, ISO-1250
Nikon 1 V2 + 1 Nikon 10-100mm f/4-5.6, 46mm, f/5.6, 1/500, ISO-1250

I was in and out of the facility in about two hours. I captured what I could and got bored with the lack of variety in my images.

Nikon 1 V2 + 1 Nikon 10-100mm f/4-5.6, 54mm, f/5.6, 1/500, ISO-250
Nikon 1 V2 + 1 Nikon 10-100mm f/4-5.6, 54mm, f/5.6, 1/500, ISO-250

Over the next few days I’ll be working on my hands-on review of the 1 Nikon 10-100 mm f/4-5.6, and should have it published by early next week.

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5 thoughts on “Butterflies with 1 Nikon 10-100 f/4-5.6”

  1. Hi Thomas,

    I like your shots en pictures. I have a question.
    My D800 is lost in the sea. I have a good insurance, no problem but i think about to buy a Nikon 1 V3 en 70-300 etc. Should i buy also the D 800 or D810 . I reed that yours is sold . I do’nt now and some where i think to buy leather an other Nikon 1 V3 in stead of the D810. What would you to do.
    I hope i get an answer.
    Gerard Terpstra Netherlands.

    1. Hi Gerard,

      I can’t really advise you on whether to buy both some Nikon 1 gear as well as a D800 or D810. These are very different cameras with totally different strengths. For the shooting that I do personally and for the client video work I do I simply did not need the performance of a full frame camera like the D800 and as a result I sold my D800 along with all of my F-mount lenses as my business could put the dollars invested in that gear to other uses. Only you will be able to decide if you need the performance of a D800/D810.

      As far as buying a Nikon 1 V3 goes I would advise against buying that particular model. The V3 has and Aptina sensor in it and the new BSI sensor in the Nikon 1 J5 is far superior and will give you much better image quality. I suspect that this new sensor will be in the future Nikon 1 V4. If you want a Nikon 1 camera with a viewfinder I would strongly recommend that you wait for the V4 to be introduced. My best guess is that will happen within the next 3-6 months or so. I think you will be much happier with a Nikon 1 body with the new BSI sensor than you would be with a V3.

      Tom

  2. Very nice Thomas,
    That wide depth of field of the CX sensor sure works well for these close shots. I assume you are auto focusing these?

    Jay

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