D800->Z7 or wait for next generation?

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OP Spare-time photog Junior Member • Posts: 39
Re: D800->Z7 or wait for next generation?

olyflyer wrote:

Charly Diaz Azcue wrote:

Alex Permit wrote:

Some quick thoughts:

I used to AF tune my lenses on my DSLR's. It was a frustrating experience. The optimal value would fluctuate with Focal length (on zoom lenses), with distance, it seemed to even fluctuate with temperature. I have found this is not the case with my Z7. Any fluctuation in tested "optimal" values seems to fluctuate around zero, and is just noise. If not having to deal with tuning lenses is important to you, I would say switch now.

On my D500 and D5 cameras, I used AF-C as my default focus mode. It just worked. On my Z7 I use AF-S as my default and use AF-C on a situtational basis. AF-S is rock solid and if your subjects are mostly static, I'd say go for it. If solid AF-C performance is really important to you, I would say wait for the next generation.

I have the same experience as Alex, using the D800 with the Nikon 35mm f/1.4 at 1.4 was a nightmare about AF calibration, since I got the Z6 I have tack sharp photos at f/1.4 without calibration.

Calibration only works for one distance, at least the type we users can do.

And to make things worse, for zoom lenses there is only one AFMA value. So I had troubles to tune my 24-70/2.8 which has more problems wide open in the 24-30mm range.

I agree that the Z is better wide open, also with the Z7 and the 50/1.4. A huge difference between the D800 and the Z7 in this regard.

Same thing about AF-S / AF-C, I use a D5 for work and bought the Z6 for personal proyects (street, portraits, etc) and I´m very pleased on how AF-S works.

Best Regards

 Spare-time photog's gear list:Spare-time photog's gear list
Nikon D800 Nikon Z7 Nikon AF-S Nikkor 24-70mm f/2.8G ED Nikon AF-S Nikkor 70-200mm f/2.8G ED VR II Nikon 85mm F1.8G
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