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I recently got a Nikon 1 J1 camera and would like a bigger lens, I've been looking on the internet for answers but can't seem to find anything. I was looking for a 30-110mm size or larger at a reasonable price, i've tried the Nikon website but don't seem to be getting anywhere.

I mainly use it for wildlife photography so any suggestions that would be good for this type of photography would be great! Thanks!

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The Nikon 1 system uses a new lens mount, so there are few lenses. As of 2015, The 70-300 is the longest available. Of course, that's effectively about 189mm–810mm mm (in the 35 mm format), so that's a fairly long lens.

Another option is Nikon's FT1 which will let you mount any of Nikon's F-mount lenses (AF-S lenses will be able to autofocus, you will need to focus manually with others) to your J1. Combine that with the AF-S NIKKOR 800mm and you've got some reach -- up to the equivalent of 2160mm! (Multiply by 2.7X)

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Thanks so much! This has helped so much! (: –  Smeg18 Apr 17 '13 at 18:49

The Nikon 1 system uses its own, new lens mount. You can find a list at Nikon's site. Or, retailer B&H Photo has an easy search for lenses in this mount.

There is indeed a 30-110mm zoom lens, as well as a bigger, heavier, and more expensive 10-100mm. There aren't any other telephoto options for the system yet, so short of using an adapter those are basically your only options for wildlife.

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The 1 NIKKOR VR 30-110mm f/3.8-5.6 is shown on Nikon's USA website with a retail price of $249.95.

Several merchants sell it thorough amazon.com in white or black for $246.95.

While $250 is not exactly a trivial amount, it is on the lower end of the scale for detachable camera lenses.

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Since the posting of this question, Nikon has put out a new lens for the nikon 1 system: the 1 nikon 70-300 f/4.5-5.6. Due to the crop factor, this actually comes down to a massive 189-810mm focal distance. I don't have much experience with it, but from what little I used it, it is much lighter than most DSLR zoom lenses, but it suffers in low light conditions due to the camera itself and the wide minimal aperture.

I think that if you're accustomed to the 30-110mm in terms of light performance, you can expect the about the same with the 70-300. It will probably perform pretty well in good light conditions, but getting birds in flight might pose a problem.

Another concern might be the price point, currently, I'm looking at a €1000.- price tag which is over double the price I paid for a nikon 1 v1 with a 10-30mm kit lens. In the end it comes down to preference: if you have quite some nikon lenses laying around, the FT-1 adapter is a reasonable albeit pricey alternative. If you want to have a load of extra zoom, but still the same light performance and a pretty low weight for it's focal range, the 70-300mm is a reasonable choice

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