V1 closeups with the Leitz ELPRO achromat lenses

I’ve mentioned using the Leitz ELPRO achromats with the V1 for some of the closeups below. I generally just put one on the lens I had on and let the subject guide the image. I wasn’t really worried about absolute magnification, just get the picture.

I decided to use the lenses to see how close I could get with both of the kit zoom lenses the Nikkor 1 10-30mm and the 30-110mm zooms. The setup was simple. I just put the V1 on a tabletop tripod, a triangular architects ruler on top of a picture frame and started shooting. I didn’t use manual focus. I let the AF determine the focus and slid the tripod back and forth until I could get no closer. Then I took a picture of the ruler focussed on the word ARCHITECT. Here is a shot of my super optical bench. Actually, it’s a countertop DSC_2873cr107 DSC_7402cr107
As shown, the V1 is on a small tabletop tripod and is wearing the 30-110mm at 110mm with both the ELPRO VIa and VIb installed. The picture on the right shows the two ELPROs and the Tiffen 40.5mm to Series VI step up ring.

The first thing I was surprised to find that the 10-30mm set at 30mm was able to get much closer than the 30-110mm set at 30mm. I don’t know why I was surprised. Using the lenses, I guess I tend to the Wide Angle end of the 10-30 and the telephoto end of the 30-110mm as starting points. That means that there isn’t really a transition where I would change lenses to get 28mm from the 30-110mm or 35mm from the 10-30mm those are things where you can take a step forward or back instead of changing lenses.  So, here are the results of the experiment.

First, the Nikkor 1 10-30mm at 10mm.

10-30 at 10mm no ELPRO

10-30 at 10mm no ELPRO

10-30 at 10mm with ELPRO VIa

10-30 at 10mm with ELPRO VIa

10-30 at 10mm with ELPRO VIb

10-30 at 10mm with ELPRO VIb

10-30 at 10mm with both ELPRO VIa and VIb

10-30 at 10mm with both ELPRO VIa and VIb

Now, the Nikkor 1 10-30mm at 30mm

10-30 at 30mm with no ELPRO

10-30 at 30mm with no ELPRO

10-30 at 30mm with ELPRO VIa

10-30 at 30mm with ELPRO VIa

10-30 at 30mm with ELPRO VIb

10-30 at 30mm with ELPRO VIb

10-30 at 30mm with both ELPRO VIa and VIb

10-30 at 30mm with both ELPRO VIa and VIb

Now for the Nikkor 1 30-110mm at 30mm

30-110 at 110mm no ELPRO

30-110 at 110mm no ELPRO

30-110 at 30mm with ELPRO VIa

30-110 at 30mm with ELPRO VIa

30-110 at 30mm with ELPRO VIb

30-110 at 30mm with ELPRO VIb

30-110 at 110mm with ELPRO VIa and VIb

30-110 at 110mm with ELPRO VIa and VIb

and finally the 30-110mm at 110mm

30-110 at 110mm with ELPRO VIa

30-110 at 110mm with NO ELPRO

30-110 at 110mm with ELPRO VIa

30-110 at 110mm with ELPRO VIa

30-110 at 110mm with ELPRO VIb

30-110 at 110mm with ELPRO VIb

30-110 at 110mm with ELPRO VIa and VIb

30-110 at 110mm with ELPRO VIa and VIb

So, that’s it. The two kit lenses at extremes with a pair of high quality achromats to provide close focus capabilities.

You will definitely see shots from these combos as time goes on. Here is one to start with.
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Retired, living in SW Florida and spending my time at nature photography in my local area. I volunteer with a couple of local organizations to help my adopted home town. Travelling is now by airplane and car instead of a sailboat but happy anyway.
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