I got a Nikon 1 V1, the Nikon entry into the mirrorless camera arena,
yesterday and took the first pictures with it today. It takes RAW 10
megapixel images at 14 bit, I think, I'll have to check that.
I am happy with the image quality. I have a Nikon D200 and I think the
V1 matches or maybe even surpasses the images from the much bigger and
heavier D200. It doesn't have the good bracketing capabilities of the
D200, so if I am going to be photographing Sequoia groves or something I
will still need to lug the DSLR gear, but for most uses the N1 looks
like it is going to work.
The interpretive staff at Grand Canyon National Park commissioned me in
2011 to shoot a panoramic image from Plateau Point inside the Canyon
that is now an 18' x 6' mural that is the main attraction at one end of
the new main visitors center, right next to the entrance to the theater
where they screen the Ken Burns film on the Grand Canyon in continuous
loop. I shot that image with the ten megapixel D200. (many, like 175,
exposures stitched to the final image using an 85 mm (in 35 mm terms) lens.
The kit with the V1 and the 10-30 and the 30-110mm lenses is still
available at B&H and is priced at an $800 discount at $399. They won't
last long, so if you have been debating getting into the mirrorless
world, now is the time.
Sample pano at 1/4 resolution. Shot with raw with the 30-110mm in
program mode and iso 100 at 35.89 mm focal length. 8 images
That train is at the Eastern California Museum about 2 blocks from my
house. The Carson and Colorado was a steam powered narrow gauge railroad
that ran through the length of the Owens Valley up until 1960.
Unfortunately no one understood the tourism value of old steam trains
and the tracks were torn up and sold for scrap. We have a locomotive
here in Independence that we are restoring and will be laying a mile or
so of track so we can run the train at least a little bit.