Nikon Z7 - Best Camera I've Ever Owned!
I have been shooting with the Z7 and the 24-70/4 S Z-mount lens for some time now and I've come to the conclusion that this is the best camera I've ever owned! It is small, light, and highly customizable. The control interface is superb and works well for me. It has more that the features I need and above all, it delivers great image quality. The Z-mount lenses I have so far are all stellar and I'm able to easily adapt other lenses like the Contax Zeiss line with a relatively inexpensive adapter. And of course Nikon's F-mount lenses all work fine with the FTZ adapter.
I have only one small wish - I think the Z7 would be perfect if it produced color like the Leica M9 out of camera!! 🙂
PS: A non-Bayer version of the Z7, à la the Leica M246 Monochrom would also be very welcome! 🙂
I second the notion!
Having used both the Z7 and my D850 in the field side by side I prefer the Z7. Image quality is the same on both cameras. The Z7 allows a lot more programming on the buttons so you really can fine tune the operation. Using pin point autofocus zoomed all the way in and then out again is fast and accurate. The electronic viewfinder is wonderful meaning of course you have a high resolution live view whether looking at the back or through the viewfinder. For manual focus, the peaking (also available on the D850) makes focusing easy and again that zoom in zoom out with the programmed button makes it fast and convenient.
The lighter weight is nice to have and the FTZ adapter has a tripod mount on the bottom. With the camera mounted to the tripod via the FTZ adapter and small RRS plate, the camera has a better balance as it rotates rather than hinging at it would if mounted using an L-Plate. Since i am doing 1:1 aspect these days, I don't need to switch orientations from horizontal to vertical, so the FTZ mounting has no drawbacks in addition to its benefits. For landscape i am using F-Mount lenses only because (a) that's what my prime lens kit is, and (2) staying with the FTZ adapter keeps lens changes simple, especially in bad weather.
It's a nice walk around camera as well. I used a Zeiss M-Mount 50mm f/2 or touring Tokyo and it was perfect. Focus peaking in the viewfinder made manual focusing easy.
Can you elaborate what you mean by :
With the camera mounted to the tripod via the FTZ adapter and small RRS plate, the camera has a better balance as it rotates rather than hinging at it would if mounted using an L-Plate.
By using the FTZ to mount the camera on the tripod, you have the body behind the center-line of the tripod and the lens in front of the center-line of the tripod. For me this has a nicely balanced feel. When the camera is mounted via its base plate (as us usual with cameras), nearly all of the weight of the lens/body combo is in front of the tripod center-line, and it's natural tendency is to droop forward when the ball head is loosened. It's similar to the difference between holding a camera with hands on each side of the body vs cradling the lens with the left hand. btw - when used with a heavy lens and hand held by cradling the lens, the Z7 also has a wonderful feel because the body is so light.