Not a Mirrorless in sight….

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ericbowles
ericbowles Senior Member • Posts: 1,599
Re: Do you understand how the ambassador program works?

Bill Ferris wrote:

ericbowles wrote:

Nikon recruits ambassadors who use their latest offerings. Well, fancy that.

Look, the vast majority of photogs who shoot primarily with D4-D6 flagships and exotic F-mount glass haven't moved to the Z-series bodies and glass. In large part, it's because there is no Z-mount camera that qualifies as a flagship. That's why the visible Nikon presence in Tokyo is flagship F-mount bodies along with long, fast zooms and prime lenses by the dozens. It's what the vast majority of Nikon shooters working the games are using to cover the competition.

This is not exactly correct. There are certainly D5-D6 users still. But many of them are also using the Z7II and other Z cameras. The D850 is one of the most commonly used professional cameras. Many of the Nikon Ambassadors are still using the D5, D6 or D850 for a portion of their work. But most of them are also using Z cameras and moving in that direction. Some have dropped all their DSLR cameras - like Michelle Valberg. Others like Marsel van Oosten are splitting time between a D850 and Z7II.

Are there exceptions? Are there Nikon shooters who are using Z6 or Z7 cameras as their primary bodies? Maybe...but they're the exception that proves the rule. For every individual photographer you mention who shoots sports or wildlife with a Z body, there are several still shooting with an F-mount DSLR. For every sports or wildlife photographer who applauds the Z-series autofocus performance, there are several who've field-tested the Z bodies for that work and found it not quite ready for prime time.

I'd say that 70% of Nikon sports and wildlife shooters have not bought a mirrorless camera. Among the full time pros, I expect it's less than 20% as there is a lot of trial and mirrorless use for specific purposes. I've seen survey data that supports these numbers. You probably have 20-30% who are using Z cameras full time or nearly full time. Moving outside wildlife and sports to portrait, commercial, and wedding pros, the percentage embracing mirrorless is a lot higher.

The Z camera is a system. If you are not using it at all, you're missing out on the Z lenses which are superior to almost every F-mount counterpart and third party alternatives. That's part of what's driving the professionals to move faster.

If you look at other systems, you'll see that plenty of pros embraced the Sony A9/A7riii and Canon R5/R6 cameras which are not flagship action models. They are good cameras, but really more of a toe in the water compared to the A1 and R3. But all of these cameras are very good for other genres, and it lets you start learning a new system and building the kit of lenses.

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