Nikon J1 two lens kit for $199 (refurb)

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Some people like the 10mm, but it doesn't seem like a substantial upgrade over the kit 10-30mm. If you know you are going to get the 18.5mm, then maybe you could go with a 10mm/18.5mm/30-110mm kit.

The 18.5mm is a very nice lens. I wish Nikon had gone with f/1.4 for both the 18.5mm and the 32mm. The 18.5mm would get a slight boost in subject isolation at f/1.4 (it would cost a little more but still reasonably priced.). The 32mm f/1.2 is too expensive for Nikon 1 IMO, a 32mm f/1.4 would be a little cheaper and still have good subject isolation with the longer focal length.

The J1 is a great little camera, it's much more appropriately sized for its sensor/features/physical controls than the Nikon V1. Nikon J1 plus the 18.5mm is a really small little camera.

Honestly I might have taken some profits and sold the kit off piece by piece (I like it, just don't love the small sensor), but the 30-110mm zoom worked great for video of my daughters' horse riding and they are now spoiled with the results.
 

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Honestly I might have taken some profits and sold the kit off piece by piece (I like it, just don't love the small sensor), but the 30-110mm zoom worked great for video of my daughters' horse riding and they are now spoiled with the results.
And that's just it, the one system is all about results. Quite a few tradeoffs to get there but the results are very good indeed. This is really the camera that your average consumer level DSLR buyer (who glues the dial to AUTO mode) needs.
 

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It looks like my choices right now are a new silver J1 with the 10mm pancake and the 10-30mm zoom for $249, or a new red J1 with the 10-30mm and 30-110mm zooms for $299 - both at B&H. There's also a refurbished black J1 with the 10-20mm and 30-110mm lenses on eBay for $284. Everything else is a lot more money. I can take black or silver... but I hate the idea of a red camera. :frown:
 

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It looks like my choices right now are a new silver J1 with the 10mm pancake and the 10-30mm zoom for $249, or a new red J1 with the 10-30mm and 30-110mm zooms for $299 - both at B&H. There's also a refurbished black J1 with the 10-20mm and 30-110mm lenses on eBay for $284. Everything else is a lot more money. I can take black or silver... but I hate the idea of a red camera. :frown:
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It looks like my choices right now are a new silver J1 with the 10mm pancake and the 10-30mm zoom for $249, or a new red J1 with the 10-30mm and 30-110mm zooms for $299 - both at B&H. There's also a refurbished black J1 with the 10-20mm and 30-110mm lenses on eBay for $284. Everything else is a lot more money. I can take black or silver... but I hate the idea of a red camera. :frown:
http://www.ebay.com/itm/Nikon-1-J1-DSLR-Mirrorless-Digital-Camera-10-30mm-VR-30-110mm-VR-Lenses-w-Case-/161226695824?pt=Digital_Cameras&hash=item2589dc2490
 

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I just came up with a solution. I went for the brand-new, left-over silver J1 with 10mm and 10-30mm at B&H. Then I added a refurbed 30-110mm from Beach Camera for $99. It's a black 30-110mm but even the silver 10-30mm has some black on it. Not a bad little kit and I know all the people I'm buying from. Plus the camera and primary lenses are new with full warranty. Thanks for the suggestions, everyone!
 

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Yes, AF-area mode is Subject Tracking and Focus mode is AF-C with Face-priority AF OFF
Okay, I played around with this setting and Nikon seems to have done a good job here! I find it's easiest to just put the subject in the center and hit the 'Okay' button twice to start tracking (rather than moving the focus point around with the arrow keys, which seems like a fiddly way to start tracking a moving subject.)

I need to do some live testing soon with real subjects.

Also, if you normally use center point it seems like there's no penalty to use Subject Tracking instead? If you don't hit the okay button to start tracking, the camera just seems to behave as in standard single point mode.
 

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Also, if you normally use center point it seems like there's no penalty to use Subject Tracking instead? If you don't hit the okay button to start tracking, the camera just seems to behave as in standard single point mode.
I think the only penalty is it is still in AF-C so it will focus on center and not hold focus.
 

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If anyone picked this up for $199 and is already looking to sell, please PM me... I'd like to buy one for my wife so she can hit the "easy" button and take some decent snaps of our toddler.
When I hand her my GX1 with the 25mm she misses focus 9 times out of 10 :)
 

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She is just not used to properly using the focus box (as she is really not into photography and just wants it to "work), and face recognition doesn't always work that well. Something like the J1 where she can just lock focus and let the camera do the rest would be ideal.
 
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