Like most folks, from time to time I like to review my camera gear and its current utilization rate, as well as anticipate my future needs. I recently did such a review which resulted in some changes with my Nikon 1 kit.
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I ended up selling my Nikon 1 J4 with 10-30mm f/3.5-5.6 PD zoom and Nikon 1 WP-N3 waterproof housing. While this is a great set-up for underwater photography and video, I simply hadn’t used this gear nearly as much as I anticipated I would. It made sense to part company. So, I found it a good home with a friend who has a passion for snorkelling while on holidays and at a family cottage. That gave me some money to reinvest in my Nikon 1 kit.
While my wife and I were away in New Zealand the V2 that I took to shoot birds and wildlife with my CX 70-300mm had an issue with the rear screen dying. I ended up shooting with the V2 she normally uses, and she had a chance to use one of the J5s.
I’ve since had the V2 repaired by Nikon Canada and the camera is back up to snuff. Since my V2s are my ‘revenue’ cameras in terms of my client video business it caused me to think about adjusting my Nikon 1 kit slightly to further extend the life of my V2s by using something else with which to shoot birds and other wildlife.
So, while there are some things that I don’t particularly like about the Nikon 1 V3 (detachable EVF and grip), I decided to add one to my Nikon 1 kit. After a few missed attempts at some ‘deals’ I was able to secure a V3 at an attractive price.
I’m planning on doing more bird photography in 2017 with the ultimate goal of writing a bird photography e-book. The additional resolution from the V3’s 18.4MP sensor, lack of a low pass filter, and AF-C shooting rate of 20fps will all be beneficial for bird photography.
Whether Nikon will ultimately bring out a Nikon 1 V4 is still anyone’s guess. I decided to buy a V3 now while there are some deals to be found. A bird in the hand is worth two in the bush as the old saying goes. Being prudent, I picked up a couple of extra batteries and some faster writing micro-SD cards to use with the V3.
I also reconsidered some of the family oriented photography and other indoor work that I do from time to time and decided that I should add a flash to my Nikon 1 kit. I looked at both the SB-N5 and SB-N7 and eventually decided on the N5 as I wanted the dual swivel flash head.
There’s a trade-off of course, with the N7 being a more powerful flash that takes on-board batteries. The N5 uses power from a Nikon 1 camera which also makes it a smaller and lighter flash. For my limited flash needs the SB-N5 works nicely.
It can be difficult to keep our emotions out of the process when reviewing our camera gear. Sitting back and examining how often we actually use the gear that we have can be very instructive, as well as anticipating our future needs. There’s little point in holding onto camera gear that we seldom use. The money tied up in that camera equipment can often be better reinvested in other components.
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