I know you guys are avid readers of my blog, and love my sunset photos. I also know you’re wondering why I’m taking photos using my iPhone as opposed to one of your excellent cameras. A very good question, you guys do ask very good questions !
In a word – budget. Even stretching my budget I’ve been unable to track down a Nikon J4 or V3 locally to where I live here in Thailand.
So here’s an opportunity for you guys …
I’ll do an extensive review of either a J4 or a V3, whichever you think would be more suitable for me, over the course of a couple of weeks.
For me to do the review I need the following :
- Nikon 1 – J4 or V3 (V3 I think is better, J4 is lighter – either would work for me)
- Lens – 1 NIKKOR VR 6.7-13mm f/3.5-5.6 (wide angle for sunsets)
- Lens – 1 NIKKOR VR 10-30mm f/3.5-5.6 PD-ZOOM (for general shooting)
- Lens – 1 NIKKOR VR 30-110mm f/3.8-5.6 (for close ups)
- Lens – 1 NIKKOR VR 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6 (I always wanted to play with a paparazzi lens)
- WP-N3 Waterproof Case, SB-N10 Underwater Speedlight, SC-N10A Underwater Fibre-Optic Cable, SK-N10A Underwater Bracket (for diving photos)
- Spare batteries – very useful as I often take 600 shots or more in one shoot
- Bag I already have, but it says “Canon” on it, so some free advertising for you if you have a bag for me. I like to travel light and compact as possible.
- Lightweight monopod for shooting video, and steadying stills, especially close-ups.
- Anything else you may think would assist me
In return for your generosity in donating the above equipment to us, the DonCharisma.org blog – I will do a separate detailed blog post for each (including the best photos that I can get) :
- Review the camera for taking sunsets with wide angle lens
- Review the camera for panoramas, built in function and stitched using Photoshop CS6
- Review the camera for general shooting – I live in colourful area of Thailand, so plenty to shoot here.
- Review the camera for close-up and telephoto
- Review the camera for shooting diving on a shipwreck at approx 20-30M depth
- Review the camera for shooting diving on coral at approx 5-10M depth
- Review the camera for taking video of beach action, eg kite surfing or banana boat or jetski.
- A review the camera for any other purpose which you’d like to see reviewed.
- A badge – “Sponsored by Nikon” 256px x 256px for a period of 3 months on my sidebar, which gets shown on every page of my blog, with a link back to Nikon’s global website from the badge. I’m not allowed to do advertising on my blog, but I can give credit to sponsors.
Of our 28000+ followers we have a lot readers who are photographers, some have already expressed an interest in knowing more about compact DSLR-like cameras. Reason is that we like the idea of the quality obtained with mirrorless large sensor, but don’t want to cart masses of equipment around or have to “do photography”. Nikon 1 system seems to be a very good compromise, for enthusiasts and semi-professionals.
I’m a certified PADI diving instructor, so ability to use the Nikon 1 system for underwater stills and video is a huge bonus.
My offer is a massive promotional opportunity for Nikon to promote and spread awareness of the Nikon 1 system and what it’s fully capable of – at a very small cost for the time and skill I’m offering to invest. My readers will get the detail on the Nikon 1 system and what it can do, plus my results get highly ranked in Google. I get the photographic equipment I want, and a project to fully utilise it. So it’s a win all round.
It’s a serious offer – I really do want the camera, and I really would be very happy to give it a full tryout and document how it went, as promised above.
I’ve had a good look at the competition, Canon EOS-M and Sony’s similar offering – my conclusion is that Nikon offer the best and most complete system for what (and how) I want to photograph. Therefore in my opinion the Nikon 1 system seems to me to be best of breed for compact DSLR-like cameras.
Thank you Nikon, you guys rock 😀
PS Dear blog readers – please do share this, reblog etc hopefully it will reach the right people 😀
Mathew 7:7 – “Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you.”
Resources & Sources
J1 Camera – Nikon.com
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