Our brand new Nikon Z7 full frame mirrorless camera arrived at the office this week, and we immediately got down to business. Four years ago, Sony fired the first shot of this battle with the A7 and continued to release one iteration after another, each improving on the last, and did so completely unanswered by the competition until August 23rd of this year when Nikon announced the Z7 and the Z6. Based on the popularity of our last teardown where we took the A7R III all the way down to its sensor, we’ve decided to provide model-by-model coverage of the full-frame mirrorless wars by showing you what’s under the hood.
August and September have been pretty exciting as far as gear announcements go. Nikon Z7 and Z6 are out, along with the lenses and adapter. Canon’s full-frame-mirrorless system has also been launched, and Fujifilm X-T3 is out, too. Many photographers are thinking whether to switch systems or gear brands, and it’s a kind of a big decision to make. In this video, Mark Denney discusses three very important things to consider before you make the final decision. Because, when you take everything into consideration – you may not need to buy the new gear after all.
When I was first introduced to the Olympus PEN E-P1 in May of 2009, I saw an opportunity to work with an interchangeable lens camera that was high quality, affordable, and nimble. In June of 2009, I introduced my podcast audience to the camera. I’ve been working with mirrorless bodies ever since.
You may love or hate the features of the new Nikon Z7, but it seems that many photographers want to get their hands on it as soon as possible. As a result, the company has received so many preorders, that it recently issued an apology to customers that the camera is selling so fast. Because of so many preorders, many photographers won’t be able to get their camera on 27 September, when it was supposed to start shipping.
With the release of Nikon’s new mirrorless camera and the impending release of Canon’s competitor, we are seeing the future of photography as we know it. However, in the response of some we are also seeing the demise of the community as a whole. Where passion and creativity once dominated the perceived agility of a camera, now spec sheets and internet comment sections threaten to destroy the art as we know it. People have started refusing the words of true artists and now mindlessly worship the words of talking heads that make edgy YouTube videos.
As a community and as a family, we can do better.
Last week, I went out on a limb and pre-ordered the 24 megapixel Nikon Z6, which should ship on November 30. It is a bit of a flyer, but assuming my instincts are correct, the camera will replace my second body, the Nikon D750.
Currently, I have two cameras, one a Nikon D810 and the other a D750. They are my first and second bodies respectively. I use the D810 almost exclusively for jobs, and the D750 serves as a second backup body in case of failure, and a personal project camera, too. I intend to upgrade both cameras over the next year and a half, and I definitely want to move towards mirrorless.
The entire day of 23 August has been marked by the Nikon’s new mirrorless cameras and lenses. My teammate John and I call it “Nikon Mirrorless Day” and I must admit I feel a little festive. As the Nikon mirrorless system has been announced, the hands-on videos have started to emerge as well. We bring you a round-up of hands-on videos that have been published so far, so you can get an impression of the new Nikon Z system.
It wasn’t much of a surprise that Nikon would announce new lenses to go along with the new Z6 & Z7 mirrorless cameras. Even if there hadn’t been plenty of rumours about new glass, it was pretty much a given. So, we have the new Nikkor Z 35mm f/1.8 S, Nikkor Z 50mm f/1.8 S and Nikkor Z 24-70mm f/4 S lenses. But we also have a new FTZ lens mount adapter that looks pretty interesting.
It’s felt like forever ago since we first heard word that Nikon was finally developing a full frame mirrorless camera. And after months of speculation, rumour and leaks, it’s finally official. Today, Nikon has released the new Z mirrorless series with two Z6 & Z7 cameras, three new 35mm f/1.8, 50mm f/1.8 & 24-70mm f/4 lenses, and an FTZ lens mount adapter.
It’s not much of a surprise, given that tomorrow’s supposed to be the official announcement, but now we’re seeing more Nikon Z6/7 leaks. This time it’s a photo of one in the real world, and something of a specs list, along with a price for the Z7 (no word on the Z6 yet).