Counting my blessings with the Z7II and the 24-200

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Dennis Forum Pro • Posts: 20,439
Re: Counting my blessings with the Z7II and the 24-200

Digital Shutterbug wrote:

What makes one buyer happy upsets another.

Yes! I think that's what 90% of the complaints are about. Not that the Canon/Nikon/Sony BR549 really "sucks", but that it isn't what I wanted them to make for *ME*

I love the Z7 II. Combined with the 24-200, it often works great. If I can sacrifice even more, and still get the quality images I want, I'll grab my Sony RX 10 IV. With just a 1 inch sensor, it's certainly not a replacement for the Z7 II, but it's an amazing camera and lens that will surprise many with its image quality within certain constraints. It continues to be about compromises and choices. It's unavoidable.

I have the III. Picked it up as an open box special at Best Buy a couple years ago for a song. (I also have an original RX100 model I so am familiar with the 1" sensor IQ). The biggest knock against the III is that the AF at the long end is really quirky. It's slow and hunts a lot. The IV I tried was one of the fastest focusing cameras I've ever used! I could be pretty happy with mostly ergonomic upgrades:

- bigger, higher res EVF
- easier to "grip" control dials - everything feels "slippery" on the camera to me - dials are too flush with the surface - I go to change a setting and have to hunt for the button/dial.

Basically, put it in a Nikon-designed body and it would be brilliant.

Anyway, short term, I figure I'll pick up something like a z50 (still considering dark horse candidates like X100V or even E-M5 III with 12-45/4) to just grab & go. Long term, I figure I'll probably upgrade my D7500 kit to a Z FF (I already have an 85/1.8, 70-200/2.8 VR II and Sigma 100-400 to get me started with an FTZ). I expect that the 24-200 and upcoming compact 40 would be my two workhorse lenses. But I'm not in a hurry to do anything on that front. Every time I take the D7500 out, I enjoy it; I just need something smaller for times I don't want to take the D7500 out.

- Dennis
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