The Nikon Z7 for a first effort, is pretty good, IMHO. Sure it may not have Sony like eye detection focus and it has the cardinal sin of just a single memory card. Not having these 2 features has not impacted on my photographic adventures over the last 12 months and some 12,000 images. The camera is robust and performed in the varying conditions of shooting in sub zero temperatures in the Dolomites and the Paris winter weather as well as summer in Marseilles.
About a month after purchase I completed an opinion piece #809. GAS Strikes Again – Z7 Vs D850 where I said that the D850 would spend the majority of its time in my bag.
This has been the case with one exception where I used it in conjunction with the Z at an historic motor racing meet. The D850 autofocus is slightly quicker IMHO with native F mount lens the Z with the FTZ and it allowed Anne and I to share cameras.
I still stand by my original statement that I will never buy another DSLR. The main reason as those that have read my previous posts know I shoot with manual focus glass and the EVF of the Z is invaluable for this. The slightly smaller body and less weight is also appreciated. You may ask would I have missed shots if I was only using the D850? Possibly a few given it’s not as user friendly for Manual focus.
Is the EVF perfect? No. It does have slight shutter lag when shooting in burst mode, but again this has not effected me getting the shot I wanted.
Is the Z perfect, well no. Then is any camera currently on the market perfect? Maybe the Hassleblad X1D; Pascal is a great fan.
I’m sure Philippe has gripes with his Sony.
Back to the EVF: when Monitor Mode is set to Auto Display Switch it can play up and not switch on the monitor when the light is a little dull. It can be frustrating but is easily fixed by switching to Monitor Only. I’m told this is a common issue with ML camera’s.
Something I was told before buying a ML camera is watch out the sensor gets dirty very quickly and you will always be cleaning it. I often change lens during a shoot. Well, touch wood, to date I’ve yet to have the sensor cleaned professionally. The rocket blower has been used a few times.
For me for landscape use an L Bracket is essential. Finding an L Bracket that still allowed me to plug in a trigger when using it in portrait mode took some time. Kirk Photo had what I wanted. A bracket that mounts onto the FTZ adaptor. As I only use mainly Zeiss ZF2 Milvus glass and a couple of F mount Nikon glass this fitted the bill to a tee.
IBIS where do I start? I found with the D850 I was needing to shoot with a shutter speed of about 1.5 times focal length to obtain super sharp images. Previously with the D810 smaller 36mp vs 47mp I could get away with about .8 times.
IBIS has allowed me to now shoot hand held at much lower shutter speeds than ever before.
The Z system is something that’s evolving, to-date I haven’t purchased any native glass for it and have no plans to do so. ML for me is now firmly part of my photographic regime. I’m in 2 minds whether or not to sell the D850…………. but a second body is always handy.
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