The long-rumored Nikon mirrorless camera system appears to be getting an F-mount lens adapter that will communicate AF info to drive the built-in motors in Nikon AF-S and AF-I lenses.
That means your Nikon V1 or J1 will be able to autofocus with the Nikon AF-S 200-400mm VR II (with its equivalent 540-1080mm zoom range on the new CX-format 2.7x crop sensor).
Other word from Nikon Rumors tells of 1080p HD video at 30fps and 60fps for the upcoming Nikon mirrorless models.
I can’t say I am excited about the rumoured range of native lenses. Then this was always going to be a long game of catch-up for Nikon, to flesh out a complete new lens system.
The adapter allowing full functionality of F mount lenses though is interesting. Never mind the argument that says using FX & DX lenses defeats the object of a compact system. The 70-300VR will become a to 189 to 810mm in terms of FOV. Think about how big and heavy and prohibitively expensive that FOV range would be for a DX or FX camera sytem. Capturing that 810 FOV using the full (effective) size of the sensor is an attractive proposition (for sports and wildlife). Just how attractive depends on how good that 10MP sensor is. If its IQ is closer to that of contemporary APS-C sensors than those 1/1.7 sensors in current premium compacts it could be worth considering.
Sorry, but I completely don’t get it. Nobody’s going to buy FX or DX lenses in order to use them on this camera, so we’re probably talking about people who already own Nikon DSLRs.
If they already own a camera that’s designed to work with those lenses, they can more conveniently take the same photo at the same focal length and crop it.
Unless the new little sensor is orders of magnitude better than the DSLR sensors, there’s not really any point, and if it IS that much better, the technology will be in the next generation of DSLRs.