Sample Gallery: Nikon 1 V3 and the Nikkor 32mm f/1.2

Nikon ups its mirrorless game with the new 32mm f/1.2 and Nikon 1 V3.

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Nikon has been steadily improving its mirrorless camera offerings over the past year, introducing a couple of fast, new lenses and its new flagship, the Nikon 1 V3. We had a chance this past weekend to take out the V3 along with Nikon's new 32mm f/1.2—easily the most exciting Nikkor 1-series lens yet. With a 35mm equivalent of 86.4mm and such a fast maximum aperture, this 32mm actually makes for an excellent portrait lens, giving you the ability to shoot with shallow depth of field in low light.

After taking some test shots with the new Nikon 1 V3 and giving them a little post-processing love, it's pretty clear: This is a top-end lens that enthusiasts can feel justified lusting after. Of course, lust ain't cheap, which is why the 32mm f/1.2 also rings the till at $899.95. But does it justify those costs? Is it worth shelling out nearly a grand for a Nikon 1 lens?

First Impressions

William Street
The flare is minimal due to the Nano Crystal Coat.
The Nano Crystal Coat cuts even direct flare rather effectively.

From a design perspective the 32mm f/1.2 is sturdy and compact while keeping the weight well-balanced, especially on the V3. It's the first 1-series lens to feature Nikon's Nano Crystal Coat, which greatly reduces flare while shooting without the need for a lens hood.

It sports an easy-to-use manual focus ring with a built-in manual/auto setting letting you focus automatically and make minor adjustments from there. While focusing, the V3 displays a helpful focus scale on the right side of the LCD. The lens can focus as close as 0.45 meters, which helps by providing depth of field closer to what you'd get with most 85mm lenses on full frame. The only real drawback to the lens is the focus ring lacks hard stops, though this is typical of most modern DSLR lenses.

Looking past the lens for a moment, the V3 has also impressed us so far. It's got a more streamlined design compared to the V2, with an improved (detachable) electronic viewfinder, new Expeed 4A processor, and an 18.4-megapixel CX format sensor. We'll have a full review as soon as the V3 can make its way through our labs, but so far it seems like the V3 is a marked improvement over its predecessor.


Samples

Below are the first few sample shots we've taken with the Nikkor 32mm f/1.2. They were taken on the Nikon 1 V3 and adjusted with the exact same sharpness settings in Photoshop CC. We encourage you to view the full resolution images that are linked to get the full view of what this lens is capable. In particular note the shots taken at f/1.2, which are sharp and provide superb bokeh on a 1-inch sensor.

Boston Terrier Smile
Great accuracy when focusing on moving subjects. View Larger

Aperture: f/2.5
Focal Length: 32mm (2.7x)
Shutter: 1/800
ISO: 160
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Belly Rub
Recommend full size here to see even the reflections in the eyes. View Larger

Aperture: f/2.8
Focal Length: 32mm (2.7x)
Shutter: 1/640
ISO: 160
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Winning Fetch
Great detail at 2.8 View Larger

Aperture: f/2.8
Focal Length: 32mm (2.7x)
Shutter: 1/500
ISO: 160
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William Street
The flare is minimal due to the Nano Crystal Coat. View Larger

Aperture: f/1.4
Focal Length: 32mm (2.7x)
Shutter: 1/1000
ISO: 160
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Boston
Downtown Boston shot at f/16. View Larger

Aperture: f/16
Focal Length: 32mm (2.7x)
Shutter: 1/50
ISO: 160
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Charles River Kayakers
Surrounding water is fairly sharp even at 2.8 from afar. View Larger

Aperture: f/2.8
Focal Length: 32mm (2.7x)
Shutter: 1/500
ISO: 160
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Beeing a Bee
Pleasing bokeh, especially from a 1-inch sensor. View Larger

Aperture: f/1.4
Focal Length: 32mm (2.7x)
Shutter: 1/1600
ISO: 160
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Bug Life
Although not a macro, you get the reach for similar shots. View Larger

Aperture: f/1.4
Focal Length: 32mm (2.7x)
Shutter: 1/1600
ISO: 160
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Alien Wall 1.2
Compare with shot below for wide open vs a deeper depth of field. View Larger

Aperture: f/1.2
Focal Length: 32mm (2.7x)
Shutter: 1/1600
ISO: 160
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Alien Wall 5.6
Same shot as above, at f/5.6. View Larger

Aperture: f/5.6
Focal Length: 32mm (2.7x)
Shutter: 1/50
ISO: 160
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Fire Call Box
The shallow dof gives good bokeh and a soft look. View Larger

Aperture: f/2.8
Focal Length: 32mm (2.7x)
Shutter: 1/320
ISO: 160
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