No "Z" Yet - What's Your Reason?

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Franglais91 Contributing Member • Posts: 861
Need more lenses + lots of other reasons

JMD-70 wrote:

I'm looking to return to Nikon FF,....and I'm itching for a D810,...D850,...(can get right away),...or even a Z series body. However, I feel that I would have a more 'complete' camera system if I were to go with a D810 or D850, the appropriate accessories already exist in full un-crippled form for those bodies. If I were to jump to the Z system, I'd have a body that 1) has a smaller Top Display, One Card Slot,...and a proposed Non-Functional battery "Holder".

That said, I personally think Nikon should have not tried to "Be So Much Like Sony!",...and designed the new Z bodies along the size similar to what Panasonic did with their S1 and S1R. Those bodies,...IMHO, are "Homerun" bodies when it comes to their form factor! And those that yearn for a more complete "DSLR" feel would have a more satisfying experience with the new Z Series bodies. And! If Nikon had incorporated Dual XQD card slots,...or a XQD / SD card slots setup,...with a proper Top Display size,...a la D850!,....and with a proper battery grip,...perhaps the new Z bodies would be a Grand-Slam-Homerun hits as well!

Also, I can only imagine a Z Series body of larger dimensions,...where the smaller EN-EL15b battery could be used with a 'butt' adapter,....and Nikon released a larger (longer) higher capacity EN-EL15b-E (extended version) battery designed along the same with/height of the current EN-EL15b. This battery's capacity and Voltage would be on par with the EN-EL18 battery. So, the end result would be a body smaller than the DX series,...and larger than the DXXX series. This would yield a body more suited for balance when larger glass is mounted. Basically, MILC D850! It best have a "O" viewfinder too!!!!

That said,...this is the primary reason I have not jumped to the Z system, I couldn't buy-in on a half baked system! in point for 'half-baked',....I've yet to see the Z system's battery holder for sale,..and ask, does any Z owners have this item yet?

So, I ask,...what are you waiting for in a MILC system from Nikon?

I have two FF Nikon DSLR bodies and all the F lenses that I need. I Don't like electronic viewfinders. I find that the Z bodies are too small. That's a lot of reasons not to pick up the Z system. Things that would get me to change (progressively) to the Z system:

1. Z lenses in focal lengths that I actually find useful that are optically better than the F lenses that I have. This means being able to use the lenses wide open and get results that are "sharp enough" center and corner. With my F lenses I have to close down 1-2 stops. My current most useful F lenses aren't even on the Z roadmap yet (24-120 f4, 70-200 f4, 28-300, 50mm f1.4)

2. Smartphone image processing straight out of the camera Embedded in the RAW file. My Smartphone often does a really good job in processing images to look good. I have to put a lot of work into post-processing my RAW files to get a better effect. If I could have a FF camera that could do the same thing it would save me a lot of time in the lab

3. Camera performance that is almost as good as my D850 i.e. autofocus, exposure, low light performance. I Don't think the Z series is there yet

4. Bigger body to be able to hold onto big lenses or else a battery grip.

5. Better battery life. The D850 is amazing. The only time I've had to change batteries is when using Liveview

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