G9 vs. Z6 @ 2.8 in low light

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Re: G9 vs. Z6 @ 2.8 in low light

Sundre wrote:

I spent some time googling this + reading forum threads. It all got a bit too technical for me. Would anyone be able to give a simple, non-technical answer to this question:

If I shoot the same low-light event (concert etc.) with these two combos, how many stops do I gain with the Z6? Image stabilisation does not matter much since the subjects are moving.

Combo #1: Panasonic G9 + PL 35-100/2.8

Combo #2: Nikon Z6 + Nikon 70-200/2.8

I would love a really simple answer, something like "1/50s with #1 will look more or less like 1/125s with #2". I don't need a technically perfect answer, just a rough ballpark figure.

Unless I have misunderstood something, the two components involved in making the Z6 the better combo for low light is the sensor and the lens. I don't really understand the technical aspects of that, and I would prefer not to have to understand them either.

The reason I'm asking is, I've been offered a used Z6 for 1,000 €, but I'm not sure I want to spend that much. I realise it's a good price for a Z6 mark I in good condition, but I'm not rich. Getting some decent glass for it would be so expensive...

If I can get "good enough" results with something like the PL 35-100/2.8 or the Olympus 75/1.8 with my G9, I'm not sure I want to spend that much at this time.

Thank you

You appear to own the 75 1.8... that's a great start for concerts... obviously a tele could be both a good and a bad thing depending on where you are shooting from and what composition you want.

F2.8 and concerts is pushing things with m43, but doable if you process RAW with DXO Photolab 4 Elite (Elite includes the Prime noise reduction). Shoot something indoors at home at night at 6400 and 12800 ISO and download a trial of DXO PL4 Elite and see for yourself what you think of what you will likely be getting from f2.8.

F1.4/ 8 will mean about ISO 1600 and 3200 exposures.

You could add a very affordable Panasonic 25mm f1.7 and an affordable Sigma 16mm f1.4 to your 75mm f1.8 and be pretty well set up... albeit by having to change primes.

A FF body might be attractively priced until you start to add f2.8 zooms.

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