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Nikon Z6 and Z7
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Jul 30, 2020 05:54:54   #
RahulKhosla
 
I have a lot of Nikon gear, so am pretty deeply "invested" in that brand. None of the three bodies I have (D5/850/500) are mirrorless and I have been thinking about adding a mirrorless body to the arsenal to get faster shutter speed and AF esp for BIF and wildlife action as well as for better video capabilities. I have heard a lot about the wonders of Sony and other mirrorless bodies and lenses - however, going outside the Nikon range would mean interoperability problems. What would you wise people advise?
a) stick with Nikon?
b) if yes, which one?
c) if not, what would you recommend and how would compatibility / interoperability be solved?
d) should I just shut up and stick with DSLR's ?!!

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Jul 30, 2020 06:08:20   #
Wes Loc: Dallas
 
An option: I have a new Z6 with the 24-70 lens new in open box I would sell you for a good price. You could buy from a dealer as I did, pay a bit more; or buy on eBay where you would pay a tax of about $200.00. If you are interested I have numerous pictures of the new camera and lens.

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Jul 30, 2020 06:18:33   #
RahulKhosla
 
I live in India, so thats not going to work. Why are you selling it?

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Jul 30, 2020 06:46:18   #
ClarkJohnson Loc: Fort Myers, FL and Cohasset, MA
 
This is going to be an interesting discussion. I am like the OP, with tons of Nikon glass, and I suspect many others are in the same boat. I would lean towards staying with Nikon, but not decided yet on the body. Waiting is also an option.

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Jul 30, 2020 06:57:32   #
Bill_de Loc: US
 
For your intended use, the three bodies you have are still the best choice. I have the D850, D500, & Z6. The Z6 is a nice camera for a lot of things, but the D bodies still get the most use.

If you just want to give Mirrorless a try, the Z50 with kit lenses is a fun, inexpensive option. I use it when I just want to take a walk with a camera to see what I encounter.

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Jul 30, 2020 06:57:35   #
RahulKhosla
 
Yup, nothing wrong with waiting....may well be sensible to do that ......though I am not sure what options will actually come after that wait :)

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Jul 30, 2020 07:05:21   #
rehess Loc: not here
 
RahulKhosla wrote:
I have a lot of Nikon gear, so am pretty deeply "invested" in that brand. None of the three bodies I have (D5/850/500) are mirrorless and I have been thinking about adding a mirrorless body to the arsenal to get faster shutter speed and AF esp for BIF and wildlife action as well as for better video capabilities. I have heard a lot about the wonders of Sony and other mirrorless bodies and lenses - however, going outside the Nikon range would mean interoperability problems. What would you wise people advise?
a) stick with Nikon?
b) if yes, which one?
c) if not, what would you recommend and how would compatibility / interoperability be solved?
d) should I just shut up and stick with DSLR's ?!!
I have a lot of Nikon gear, so am pretty deeply &q... (show quote)

Which DSLR gets the most use, and why?

The Z7 is more like the D850 while the Z6 is more like the D500.

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Jul 30, 2020 07:37:17   #
ELNikkor
 
Patience! The DSLR's will hold you until the next, (new improved!) versions of the Z6 and Z7 come out. Look for faster, more accurate human and animal eye-focus, 2 card slots, better follow-focus, H.265 video...

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Jul 30, 2020 07:50:50   #
RahulKhosla
 
Will do 😊

ELNikkor wrote:
Patience! The DSLR's will hold you until the next, (new improved!) versions of the Z6 and Z7 come out. Look for faster, more accurate human and animal eye-focus, 2 card slots, better follow-focus, H.265 video...

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Jul 30, 2020 07:52:39   #
RahulKhosla
 
Mostly the D5 and 500 for action and 850 for stills. Seems the best policy is to wait for improvements in the Z’s to come.

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Jul 30, 2020 07:53:24   #
RahulKhosla
 
Mostly the D5 and 500 for action and 850 for stills. Seems the best policy is to wait for improvements in the Z’s to come.

rehess wrote:
Which DSLR gets the most use, and why?

The Z7 is more like the D850 while the Z6 is more like the D500.

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Jul 30, 2020 08:11:28   #
rehess Loc: not here
 
RahulKhosla wrote:
Mostly the D5 and 500 for action and 850 for stills. Seems the best policy is to wait for improvements in the Z’s to come.

The use is what you need to concentrate on. Some time may pass before Nikon gets MILC focusing where DSLR focusing already is. On the other hand, Z6 already seems to be where D750 / D500 high ISO performance is, and the Z7 where D850 ‘detail’ is.

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Jul 30, 2020 08:14:15   #
User ID
 
MrBumps2U wrote:
This is going to be an interesting discussion. I am like the OP, with tons of Nikon glass, and I suspect many others are in the same boat. I would lean towards staying with Nikon, but not decided yet on the body. Waiting is also an option.


“Hogster Wisdom” often revolves around the “new improved” lens lines for Canon and Nikon and how users of the new lens mounts will want to migrate to the new improved lenses.

That “wisdom” ignores an obvious group of buyers. Buying a Z6 can be no different than buying a D750 would be for a D700 owner. It’s a plain and simple upgrade of the camera body that supports your existing lenses.

I have already done that. My Sonys support my existing Canon EF and Nikon F-mount lenses. The Canon lenses remain fully operational but the Nikon lenses suffer some loss of conveniences. Buying a Z6 would restore most, sometimes all, of that lost convenience.

Restoring convenience to my numerous Nikon lenses is plenty of justification for an $1825 camera body ... perhaps a bit less justified if I had only one or two lenses to “restore”.

Why a Z6 rather than a Nikon SLR for convenient use of my F-mount flock ? I already own those SLRs with their feeble manual focus mode, inaccurate AF, and ridiculous attempt at live view.

So I plan to migrate my lenses from D750 and D610 to the Z6. Whatever the new Z-mount lenses offer is absolutely none of my business. I am simply upgrading the support for my existing Nikon lenses ... same as my Sonys already upgraded the support for my existing Canon lenses (vs use on Canon SLRs).

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Jul 30, 2020 08:41:53   #
JD750 Loc: SoCal
 
Interoperability? You can’t easily use gear from another company.

I can’t tell you what to do but I have a couple questions for you.

Have you identified a problem that changing gear will solve?

Can you borrow a Sony and try it?

Most of all have fun!

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Jul 30, 2020 09:08:20   #
CHG_CANON Loc: the Windy City
 
If you want to break your DSLR habit, you need the Z-mount lens(es) to go along with the mirrorless body. Consider the newest Z5 at 24MP and the Z 24-70mm f/4 for the lighter size and weight option of the mirrorless platform.

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