My camera of choice is the Nikon D750. Up to now I’ve had the Sony RX100 as my little walk around. I’ve thought for sometime that it would be cool to have a mirrorless Nikon so that I also can use my SLR lenses with it. This week I took the plunge and sold the Sony on eBay and bought the Nikon 1 J5. I toyed with the idea of getting the higher spec’ed Nikon V3 but based on how infrequently I used the Sony, I decided I couldn’t justify the extra expense. I ordered the J5 from Amazon Prime and like clockwork the deliveryman was at my door, camera in hand, the next day. I decided to get the body only, together with the SLR lens adapter, unimaginatively called the FT1. After unboxing, it took only two twist and a couple of clicks to get going. Here are some sample images taken with my Nikkor 28-300 lens. This is not a technical review because I’m not geek enough to do this. If that’s what you are looking for, the good news is that the internet is awash with such reviews. I know because I must have seen all of them them before deciding on the J5. My conclusion from reading these articles is that Nikon doesn’t lead the field in mirrorless cameras. However the J5 is the best they’ve produced so far and it performs as well as any of its competitors in this price range. Personally, I’m loving the fact I can use my FX lenses with it, and I’m pretty excited that it turns my 300mm into 800mm because of its crop factor. (It is also compatible with DX lenses.) On the downside, the micro SD card is a pain in the @@@@. Not only is it too fiddly, you’ll need to have the SD card adapter with you to transfer your photos to PC/Mac. If you are anything like me, this will go missing in no time. It is possible to connect the camera directly to your computer but you’ll need to have the USB cable handy. Either way, its one more accessory to carry and to lose! BTW at the time of writing (July 2015), Aperture does not support the J5 raw files yet. Given that Aperture is no longer supported by Apple, I don’t know if a compatibility update will come. Maybe its time I made the switch to Lightroom. The other bummer… there’s no view finder. For this you’ll have to go to the V series. If you are used to an SLR, shooting through the display panel takes some getting used to.
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I am a ‘People Practitioner’ who has, over the years, been swept up by the tidal wave of change that has seen my profession go from being called Manpower Management to Personnel Management to Human Resource Management, and now back, well sort of… to Systemic People Management. I came up with the last phrase because I find myself increasingly uncomfortable with working within the confines of the ubiquitous neo-liberal approach to categorising and organising people. I believe that people are people, not merely assets, human capital or resources. While we do find fulfilment from PRODUCTivity, we are ultimately human beings, not human doings. I would like to transcend who we have become and becoming in a marketized, monetarised world and leave the corporatist worldview that reminds me so much of the allegory of Plato’s Cave. I love God, my family, playing guitar, following Arsenal, travelling and taking and editing photos. This website is a celebration of all these things and more. View all posts by gohbyname