Thom Hogan’s view on the state of the Z system Locked

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Son Of Waldo Contributing Member • Posts: 800
no, I don't think so

BasilG wrote:

Son Of Waldo wrote:

BasilG wrote:

Son Of Waldo wrote:

Franz304 wrote:

His closing paragraph is fair. His criticisms of Nikon failing its legacy owners doesn't go far enough. Nothing less than crass stupidity to fail to sew up full backwards compatibility to the F mount AI and s'driver F-Nikkors.

But is it really when you are a company specialized in making lenses, even before cameras? You want people to buy new lenses, not to stick to decades old AI lenses. And even if that was not the case, I would rather Nikon invest time and money in striking a deal with Sigma, Tamron etc. to bring (more) third party AF lenses to Z mount than supporting outdated lenses.

"decades old AI lenses". I'm pretty sure Nikon is (NOT) investing much 'time and money' there.

I think many people are highly underestimating the (HUGE) quantity and usefulness of some of the "outdated lenses" out there. We must consider the sources - gear forums(?), obviously.

Have you used/owned any of these ?

Used any AI-S lenses lately? (28/2.8, 55/2.8 Micro, 105/2.5, 135/2.8 as examples?)

I could go on and on and ON about the MILLIONS of quality F-mount Nikkors out there, with MILLIONS of them having AF, which also include Sigma, Tamron and Tokina brands. I happen to own a few of these 'outdated lenses' and I can get great images out of them with a little experience and common sense.

Get great images out of them, sure. But should they be a priority for Nikon's future plans? Less sure.

And how about the 'big telephoto' lenses that people have spent a bundle on?

They've had internal motors for a while, haven't they?

Internal focus motors automatically mean they are as good with an adapter as they are on a high quality DSLR?

Sigma 120-300/2.8?

And having to haggle every time with a puny adapter for this , this and this ?

And that's without even mentioning the many 'budget' telephoto lenses out there from Nikon, Sigma and Tamron.

So you don't want adapters, and you moved the goal posts from super telephoto to "many budget telephotos". Glad this is settled. Always good when first impressions are confirmed.

I didn't move anything, but rather, widened those 'goal posts' to include more truckloads of lenses. Most of which will be not become immediate landfill because Nikon comes up with some $2500 superzoom 'for the ages'. A nice D7200 or D7500 + existing lens gets them in the telephoto game for FAR less $$ than any mirrorless combination.

Let's face it Basil, sales for the new $7-8K 'Holy Trinity' pales in comparison to what will be happening in the used DSLR lens market. Thousands of dollars actually matter to most people.

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