For Those Who Ask... Which "Z" Should I Get?

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OP Armando Bandero Junior Member • Posts: 47
Re: For Those Who Ask... Which "Z" Should I Get?

briantilley wrote:

BurnImage wrote:

briantilley wrote:

NickZ2016 wrote:

Armando Bandero wrote:

BurnImage wrote:

I kinda get where the OP is coming from with this thread and I’ll tell you why.

When I moved exclusively to the Z system just over a year ago I had a fixed budget to make the move. In my case that budget gave me 2 options:

1. Z6 with kit lens plus 50mm 1.8S plus 14-30mm f4

2. Z7 with kit lens plus 50mm 1.8S only.

I decided that option 1 was the better choice for me and the 14-30mm has proven to be the most used lens I’ve ever owned. It’s opened up new creative avenues for my urban and street photography, especially at 14mm!

Basically the range of glass at my disposal was the most important element of the equation for me, so I spent my budget on a system rather than a camera.

Thank you! At least someone gets it.

Except he didn't use the most expensive or "best" lenses.

Good point.

The Z 14-30mm is a good performer (I have one myself), but I wouldn't class it as "great". Edge and corner sharpness is noticeably behind the centre, distortion and CA are obvious in some situations, though both can be corrected easily enough, and bokeh is pretty nice but not the best.

Although I'm very happy with the lens - and like Nick, it gets me shots that I wouldn't otherwise be able to capture - I certainly wouldn't say that it meets Armando's stated criteria.

To be fair I never said I chose the best lenses. The point is I balanced my budget across both a body and a range of lenses. That’s always my approach when dealing with a fixed upper budget. It’s a balancing act where both the body and lenses are factored into the equation.

I agree - I have the same approach. But Armando seems to think the only thing that matters is the quality of the lenses.

“Most bang for the buck” so to speak.


The quality of the lens DOES matter. Question: If you were shooting a sporting event (baseball, football, basketball), and you need a focal length of between 150 -200mm, which of the following lenses would you use:

  • Tamron 18-200mm f/3.5-6.3
  • Nikon 70-200mm f/2.8

Which one do you think is going to give you better results?

If anyone chooses the Tamron, please share what you're smoking.  I'd like to get high too!

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