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Jul 10, 2019 07:54:26   #
scaudill
 
Hi, I am getting ready to retire and I plan on spending a lot of my time improving my serious hobby of taking pictures. I love landscape pictures but am not locked into that. I will be giving my wife my D750 and will be purchasing a new camera and lenses. I work for Kodak and have developed a critical eye when looking at my images. What would this knowledgeable group of photographers recommend a D850 or a Z7? Thank you

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Jul 10, 2019 07:58:30   #
rmalarz (a regular here)
 
My personal preference would be the D850 hands down.
--Bob
scaudill wrote:
Hi, I am getting ready to retire and I plan on spending a lot of my time improving my serious hobby of taking pictures. I love landscape pictures but am not locked into that. I will be giving my wife my D750 and will be purchasing a new camera and lenses. I work for Kodak and have developed a critical eye when looking at my images. What would this knowledgeable group of photographers recommend a D850 or a Z7? Thank you

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Jul 10, 2019 08:01:04   #
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Jul 10, 2019 08:07:22   #
cameraf4 (a regular here)
 
At this time, as good as the Z7 is, I would say that my D850 is the best camera that Nikon makes.

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Jul 10, 2019 08:33:31   #
camerapapi (a regular here)
 
You said you have "developed a critical eye" but my question to you is have you developed good photographic techniques? If you have ANY camera and lens will do the job.

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Jul 10, 2019 08:55:10   #
jackpinoh
 
If your plans included landscape, street, astro, and family photography, but not sports and wildlife in action, the Z7 is a better option than the D850. The D850 is much heavier and the mirror is a pain: it causes vibrations at some shutter speeds and causes occasional front or back focus problems that can be almost impossible to adequately resolve. The D850 is the better options for action photography because it is better at acquiring and maintaining focus on rapidly moving subjects, but you have to put up with the mirror issues.

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Jul 10, 2019 09:03:12   #
MT Shooter (a regular here)
 
scaudill wrote:
Hi, I am getting ready to retire and I plan on spending a lot of my time improving my serious hobby of taking pictures. I love landscape pictures but am not locked into that. I will be giving my wife my D750 and will be purchasing a new camera and lenses. I work for Kodak and have developed a critical eye when looking at my images. What would this knowledgeable group of photographers recommend a D850 or a Z7? Thank you


I own both and the D850 is STILL my go to camera for its greater versatility and faster AF. The Z7 is smaller and usually has my 500mm F5.6 PF lens attached for a quick, light wildlife combo though.

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Jul 10, 2019 11:14:35   #
Strodav (a regular here)
 
I am retired, bought a D850 to go with my D500 and have absolutely no regrets with either. It's probably the best dslr Nikon has ever made and gets rave reviews. The Z7 was supposed to be the mirrorless version of the D850, but there are two many reviews pointing out flaws with the technology. Maybe the next version will get there. I try to buy my glass used and there is a much wider selection of F mount lenses compared to Z mount, especially used lenses at usually a 20% to 40% discount compared to new. I think I will stay with the D850 and D500 for at least the next couple of years.

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Jul 10, 2019 12:27:31   #
scaudill
 
Thanks everyone

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Jul 10, 2019 13:59:06   #
Dr.Nikon
 
Hands down D850 ... Battery life *********

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Ultra quick auto focusing *******

Perfected from the D800 .. D810 .. the D850 ...has a great Blood Line ..

The Z7 .., almost a prototype ..a few more model years and R&D to replace the D850 .., that being said .. The Z7 is a delight to use with its built in Image stabilization and smaller lighter body .. and a kazillion focus points ..

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Jul 10, 2019 14:12:43   #
scaudill
 
Thanks Dr Nikon

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Jul 11, 2019 06:09:24   #
Jimmy T (a regular here)
 
Dr.Nikon wrote:
Hands down D850 ... Battery life *********

Card Slots *********

Lenses ********

View Finder ***

Screen res ***

Ultra quick auto focusing *******

Perfected from the D800 .. D810 .. the D850 ...has a great Blood Line ..

The Z7 .., almost a prototype ..a few more model years and R&D to replace the D850 .., that being said .. The Z7 is a delight to use with its built in Image stabilization and smaller lighter body .. and a kazillion focus points ..
Hands down D850 ... Battery life ********* br br ... (show quote)


Please quit confusing folks with the facts!
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Jul 11, 2019 06:18:09   #
billnikon (a regular here)
 
scaudill wrote:
Hi, I am getting ready to retire and I plan on spending a lot of my time improving my serious hobby of taking pictures. I love landscape pictures but am not locked into that. I will be giving my wife my D750 and will be purchasing a new camera and lenses. I work for Kodak and have developed a critical eye when looking at my images. What would this knowledgeable group of photographers recommend a D850 or a Z7? Thank you


Reports of focus and focus tracking problems have haunted the Z7 since it's introduction. Rumor has it that firmware is due to correct it.
That said I own and shoot the D850, I know it's focus system is outstanding. Nikon put a separate focus engine in it and the D500 and D5. I think the D850 is the best Nikon camera ever. Rumor has it that a firmware due later this summer will give the D850 eye focus priority.
If it were me, and it was, I choose the D850, and that has made all the difference.
That said, mirrorless camera's have advantages, the two biggest are, no lens calibration is ever needed AND, you see what you are going to get exposure wise before you shoot, two really big game changers in my opinion.
I would strongly suggest you call Nikon to see if they have fixed the Z7 with a firmware update. If they have, I would then go with the Z7.
However, the lens line for the Z7 is still very limited, you must use an adapter to get other Nikon lenses attached. Personally I do not like adding anything between the lens and the camera.
Good luck on your decision.

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Jul 11, 2019 06:20:30   #
SuperflyTNT (a regular here)
 
camerapapi wrote:
You said you have "developed a critical eye" but my question to you is have you developed good photographic techniques? If you have ANY camera and lens will do the job.


There is always at least one. Yes good technique is important, but even with great technical and artistic skills, some cameras give you capabilities that others don’t. ANY camera won’t always do.

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Jul 11, 2019 06:24:52   #
ELNikkor
 
D850

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