Nikon V1 Video – Masai Mara

After the first 2 blog entries (part 1 and part 2) with regards to the first experience with the new Nikon System 1, I’d like to share my very first video snippets from the Nikon V1. These are from my recent Masai Mara trip in Kenia. Please note that I am not an avid videographer, rather a beginner in this space – these are just snippets of the video material captured during the 4 days. Need to learn post processing. I used for now the freely available Windows Live Movie Maker and saved the final file in a 1080/30p .wmv format.

If interested in immediate viewing

If you are impatient and don’t mind a downsized version of the vieo, I created a smaller version in 1280×720 resolution (which is the max ) and uploaded it to Vimeo. Click here to get the video.

To get the full size version of the video

If you would like to go beyond the quality limitations of the video service, it is recommended to get the files for download. Due to the size restrictions on many websites and my intent to provide the full video quality of the little camera, I’d like to ask you to download the 4 files from my skydrive share. 

It is about 2 mins long and due to the 1080/30p data stream (24MBit/s) the total file is approx 300 MB. Please follow this link and download all 4 parts of the video and recombine them with WinRAR for local viewing. A smaller DVD version is there as well.


The story continues– A second look at the System 1

Here is the second part of the System 1 story.



First impressions with the Nikon J1 and V1– Masai Mara

Dear visitor,

more than 4 months passed by, since I updated my blog the last time. Thanks for your patience. Last week, I had the chance to use the new Nikon Series 1 cameras and lenses during a holiday trip in Kenya. If interested, please follow this link to get to the first impressions I collected during usage of this new system.

I will eventually update the report with more information in the next couple of days.

Enjoy and kind regards,



Dear visitors.
Thank you so much for all the attention and comments provided so far.

I will be on vacation until July 13th. Responses might be slow to nil. I don’t have an internet connection in the place I am staying – that’s why it is called vacation 🙂

CU soon,

The Nikon D Family 1999 – 2011

In case you are not aware, later this week, Nikon might/should/could/will celebrate the 12th anniversary of the announcement of the legendary Nikon D1. Exactly 12 years ago, on june 15th, 1999 after some other attempts and partnerships Nikon started its solid business journey into digital SLRs. The D1 was born.

Since then, Nikon introduced 28 digital SLRs and more than 50 Nikkor lenses.

Please click here to get to the lengthy article commemorating the first 12 years.

I’ve added some group images, which I assume are currently not available elsewhere on the web.



Nikon D5100 Review – Part 4

I just finished with the 4th part of the D5100 story.

Click here to get directly to page 4, or click here to get to the start of the D5100 review.

Covered topics:

  • Battery life
  • A quick rather technical approach to low light AF performance
  • A not so serious exercise to do continous shooting in low light to track cars


Nikon D5100 Review – Part 3

Here comes the next part of this review.

(Click here if you would like to start from the beginning of the Nikon D5100 review)

This time I’ll share some images and experiences with the 2 kit lenses – the AFS 18-55 and AFS 18-105mm VR. The bigger share of this third part is spend around night photography, how well the D5100 handles overall low ISO situations. But it is also a good opportunity to demonstrate the limitations entry level bodies have versus their more expensive companions in the pro camp.


44 years ago – Nikon Ai 20mm/3.5 Nikkor-UD Auto

I love old glass. Here is a special one for me. Introduced 1967 as the first ultra wideangle lens which could be normally operated on SLRs, the Ai 20mm/3.5 Nikkor-UD Auto. And now, 44 years later, it can be used on the latest generation of D-SLRs. That’s continuity.

Here is a short story.

Enjoy, Andy

Essay – Eiffeltower at Night

It is such an impressive monument. The Eiffel tower in Paris. Especially at night.
Earlier this year I had a chance to capture some night shots with the Nikon D700 and AFS 16-35mm/4G VR.

Here is the very short essay.


Nikon D5100 Review – Part 2

Hi out there,

I did add the next page to my Nikon D5100 review journey.

Covered topics today:

  1. Images of planes in flight with the AFS 55-300mm VR
  2. Some quick remarks about the performance of the AFS 18-200mm VR
  3. A night “shootout” between 7 different bodies. 52 high resolution ISO images to download for personal comparison. (D5100, D50, D90, D3100, D5000, D7000 and D3S)
    As allways, I welcome your remarks and comments.

enjoy, Andy