D800->Z7 or wait for next generation?

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mgblack74 Contributing Member • Posts: 693
Re: D800->Z7 or wait for next generation?

Leonard Shepherd wrote:

Spare-time photog wrote:

So I send all my gear (the D800, 24-70/2.8, 70-200/2.8) to Nikon to check and adjust. The result is better, but sometimes the camera struggles to nail the focus. Then I bought a 85/1.8 lens and it missed the focus a lot. By the way a second lens was even worse in combination with my camera. So Nikon checked and adjusted the 85 lens, too. The results are better, but I am still not convinced, that the miss-focus plague is gone forever,

STOP!

Hire a Z 7 with FTZ and try it during a portrait session - ideal after the May update.

A possible reason for your current AF frustration is you have not realised D800 outer points do not detect detail parallel to the long dimension of the frame.

This is less than ideal for focussing on an eye with the camera in portrait position, especially if the sitter does not wear strong eye make up.

The Z's do not work well with detail parallel to the long dimension of the frame which is OK for some subjects but not for others.

You could end up jumping out of the frying pan into the fire with some AF subjects.

The Z's should be better for focussing on the eye in portraiture once the May update is released.

By hiring a Z you can quickly learn if you find it overall better or worse for the photography you do.

All true. But the D800 doesn’t have “Group AF” like the D4/D5, D750, D850. With the Z’s Dynamic AF it’s as close to Group AF as you can get with mirrorless. It’s excellent at tracking objects and people. It might kiss a few times but less so than on the D800.

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