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  1. #1
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    Choices, choices

    I am about to come into enough money to buy myself a Nikon Z7.
    What do you guys think of it, and is it the best buy in today's mirrorless selection.
    Keep safe, keep well
    Jim Dickson

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    Re: Choices, choices

    Please provide more information so we can help you. Information like:

    What cameras to you use now?

    What kind of photography do you do? Landscape, Wildlife, Portraits, street photography, etc.

    What lenses do you currently own and do you want to continue using them? Or does you budget permit the purchase of all new lenses?
    Brent: Poway, CA
    D7200, D200, F100
    Tokina 12-24mm
    Nikon 18-200mm
    Tokina 28-70mm f2.6-2.8
    Nikon 80-200mm f2.8
    Sigma 150-600mm
    Nikon 50 AF f1.8
    Tokina 100mm f2.8 Macro
    Nikon SB800

  3. #3
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    Re: Choices, choices

    Hi Brent,
    I really don't see what i'm using now has any bearing on what I want to buy, but here goes:
    NIKON D7100
    Nikkor 18-105mm
    Nikon 50mm 1.8
    Sigma 70-300 zoom with macro
    Nikon SB900 Speedlight.
    I like to photograph landscapes, still life, weird abstract stuff through prisms &crystals, and lately I have taken a liking to taking candids of my grandchildren.
    Last edited by nikonjim; 05-22-2020 at 06:19 PM. Reason: Added a PS.

  4. #4
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    Re: Choices, choices

    i dont know much about the Z series but Z7 is full frame and to use non Z glass you need the FTZ adapter.

  5. #5
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    Re: Choices, choices

    I don't have any mirrorless bodies. Maybe @BackdoorArts can give you an idea of other non-Nikon bodies. Since the Z7 is full frame and you aren't shooting mainly wildlife or sports, the full-frame aspect should fit the bill nicely.
    Cindy - D750, D500, D7200
    and My 2020 Thread

    Where the Spirit does not work with the hand, there is no art
    -- Leonardo da Vinci

  6. #6
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    Re: Choices, choices

    I have nothing to add to the conversation. I've shot with Canon and Sony, but only extremely limitedly. I've never held a Nikon Z. I'm useless.
    (formerly backdoorhippie)

  7. #7
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    Re: Choices, choices

    Quote Originally Posted by nikonjim View Post
    I am about to come into enough money to buy myself a Nikon Z7.
    What do you guys think of it, and is it the best buy in today's mirrorless selection.
    Keep safe, keep well
    Jim Dickson
    I think you will find the Z7 an excellent choice. I have the Z6 and I will tell you that I love it. The View Finder is wonderful because it is a WYSIWYG image. The clarity is quite impressive. The IBS is also very helpful.

    I chose the Z6 over the Z7 because I was looking for the best possible low light performance because a lot of what I shoot is low light at my Church. The Z6 just gives you a bit more and I was comfortable with the 24.5 MP. A budy of mine has a Z7. In fact the Z7 that he has turned me from the 850 I was saving for. I could not be happier with my choice.

    One other point that has impressed me is the continuous improvement. Nikon has had several firmware updates to address issues that the users have had with the product. That included this last upgrade 3.0 that helped with Eye Focus and tracking.

    The other point I will want to mention is the glass. The primes are amazing. I have the 50, and 85 f1.8 and I also got the 24-70 f4. The clarity surprised me. I also use my 14-24 f2.8 F Mount and my Tamron 70-200 f2.8 G2, and I am very pleased with the focus speed and accuracy.

    If you are interested in more info on the Z bodies there are three guys that use them professionally that I watch on YouTube. A Quick Edit... You will probably like Hudson Henry. A lot of his focus is on your kind of photography.

    The Monochrome Memoir https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCjk...3QAE36ts4OMaqA
    Hudson Henry Photography https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCnY...aG9ItwHXm8PbCA
    Matt Irwin https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCjQ...l6FqOU7qt1iRew

    They shoot straight, and they actually invested the time in learning the camera because there are subtle differences in the focus system that a DSLR.

    Last point. You will need a card reader to update firmware. That is the only pain in my mind I would go with CFExpress cards and their reader now because they are faster than XQD cards.
    Last edited by Danno; 05-23-2020 at 12:50 PM.

    "The natural man must know in order to believe; The spiritual man must believe in order to know. " ~ Aiden Wilson Tozer ~ "The Dwelling Place of God"

    Nikon Z 6 Nikon, Nikkor Z 50 mm f/1.8S, Z 85 f/1.8S, Z24-70 f/4S, Z14--30 f/4S
    Nikon D700 w/Grip, AF-S Nikkor 200-500 mm f/5.6E ED VR, Tamron 28-75, Tamron 70-200 F/2.8


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