Just Ordered that 18.5mm

Discussion in 'Nikon' started by kyteflyer, Dec 27, 2013.

  1. And now I just can't wait for it to arrive. I want it NOW. Also saving for the 32mm.

    Also... what do people think of the 10-100 (not the video specific one, the other, regular version)?
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  2. IVN

    IVN Veteran

    Aug 27, 2013
    I don't have it, but many people on the forums seem to think that it is an above average super zoom, but still worse than a 10-30 + 30-110 combination. Mainly because 30-110 is very good for a telephoto kit zoom. The 10-100 is built much better, of course.
  3. Thanks, Ivan. Just curious. I've been contemplating the 6-13 as well. I think i need a decent super zoom camera. Once I have a camera with interchangeable lenses I just seem to get instant LBA.
  4. pictor

    pictor All-Pro

    Jul 14, 2010
    If I had Nikon 1, the 18.5mm would be one of my most favorite lenses, because I just love the normal lenses. The 10-100mm is said to be one of the best super zooms by some people and there is a member of the biggest German Nikon forum who collects Nikon gear and says that it's the best super zoom made by Nikon he has ever shot with. Since his opinions are usually well informed, I would not hesitate buying the lens, if I wanted to buy a super zoom.
  5. drd1135

    drd1135 Hall of Famer Subscribing Member

    Jul 13, 2011
    Lexington, Virginia
    Where else could you say this and get knowing approval? :smile:
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  6. john m flores

    john m flores All-Pro

    Aug 13, 2012
    Cool cool cool! Looking forward to pics! The 18.5 really makes the V1 sing.
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  7. He may be talking about the other superzoom which is also 10-100... its designed specifically for video use and is a lot more expensive.
  8. Trouble is, I may have to wait for weeks to get it. I made the order the other day simply because they had a "Boxing Day Special" which means I can get it to my door for $40 less than if I buy RRP locally. Its coming from Sydney, but they are still subject to the same issues my local store had, and that is lack of stock. Its a royal PITA.
  9. IVN

    IVN Veteran

    Aug 27, 2013
    No, I was referring to the non PD version. It is above average, what I mean by that, is that it is good for a super zoom. But IQ wise it still can't compete with two shorter zooms.

    In the German DSLR-Forum.de some users have tried both and think that the PD version (the one optimized for video) is much better optically.
  10. Lol thanks Ivan, but I was addressing my remarks at Pictor... IN any case, I wont be getting any of them until I have my 18.5 in hand, and then the 32. Unless, of course, I decide in the meantime to sell it all. I *may* sell the J1 kit, that means I'll have to rebuy the 10mm, because it came in the kit.
  11. yakky

    yakky Regular

    Nov 30, 2013
    Santa brought me the 18.5, love it. It seems amazingly crisp. Finally getting some shallow DOF.
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  12. Update: I had to cancel the order from the Sydney store, neither they nor their supplier could give any indication of when the lens might arrive. I decided to bite the bullet in spite of the exchange rate not favouring purchases from the USA, and the lens arrived this morning. I rang the local store just out of curiosity and they still have NO idea when it might be available out here. So, no regrets about the additional cost and fingers crossed nothing happens to it because sending it back would be a PITA. I also got some cheapo filters (UV, CPL and ND8, Vivitar brand) just to keep dust off the front element and also just in case I want to do anything fancy-schmantzy (like the impressions challenge).

    Anyway, without further ado, the first 18.5mm shot. Just the feel of the lens is enough for me to want to keep it on the camera. I think the zooms may have a longish rest.

    Of course, its ... Tom! He wasnt in the mood for posing so its just the ear.


    I have a very large grin plastered all over my face. What a pest I cannot get out much at the moment. Still... One never knows.
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  13. theoldsmithy

    theoldsmithy All-Pro Subscribing Member

    Jan 7, 2013
    Herefordshire, England
    Martin Connolly
    Well, I've finally succumbed and ordered a mint condition 18.5mm off eBay. Looking forward to using it next week!
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  14. Ripleysbaby

    Ripleysbaby supernatural anesthetist

    Sep 9, 2011
    Cumbria UK
    You wont be disappointed .
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  15. Indeed. There's something special about it.
  16. theoldsmithy

    theoldsmithy All-Pro Subscribing Member

    Jan 7, 2013
    Herefordshire, England
    Martin Connolly
    Well, I certainly am not disappointed. Great detail and lovely shallow DOF. And a really nice glow to the out of focus areas too. And these are all JPEGs - with the kit zoom I always felt the need to tweak the raw files, but these seem just fine with no alterations.




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  17. Nice work, Martin :) I think I've had the 18.5 off the V1 just once since I got mine. There are times when I think I should just box up the zooms :)
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