Z5 with M-mount lenses

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Z5 with M-mount lenses

Hello Folks,

I recently bought a Nikon Z5 + 40mm f/2 after almost a decade away from photography (in the form of a D90). I'm loving the camera, especially the ergonomics, and I imagine the 40mm will eventually be complemented by a few other primes (24mm, 28mm, 85mm).

A few days ago, I entered the rabbithole that is M-mount lenses and walked away convinced that I needed a Zeiss Planar 50mm f/2 ZM lens adapted to my new Z5. The lens and an Urth adapter are arriving on Monday.

Yesterday, I learned about the larger sensor stack heights of mirrorless cameras resulting in significant color shift or smearing in the corners, especially for wider angle lenses [1][2][3][4][5][6].

Then, I read about the separate issue of the Z5 using a standard CMOS sensor rather than a BSI CMOs sensor, the latter better accommodating M-mount lenses [7][8].

I also found a specific comment [9] on Zeiss ZM lenses not being ideal on Nikon Z cameras.

On the flip side, there are many other people who seem to be yielding great results with Z cameras and M-mount lenses [10][11][12].

Given these references, does anybody have any idea (or experience) on what I should expect with the Z5 + Zeiss Planar 50mm f/2 ZM combo?

I had also been looking to get either a Zeiss C Biogon 35mm f/2.8 ZM or a Voigtlander Color-Skopar 35mm f/2.5 P II based on [13] and [14] and opinions on those lenses in combination with a Z5 would also be appreciated.

And for anybody wondering why I want to specifically use M lenses on a Z5 - I grew up in Germany and distinctly remember people walking around with Leicas taking pictures in town squares and there seemed to be something magical about it. I can't be bothered to acquire and use older Leica film cameras and I can't justify spending the money for a more recent digital Leica, so here we are.

Looking forward to y'all's thoughts.

[1] https://www.fredmiranda.com/forum/topic/1563186/0

[2] https://www.fredmiranda.com/forum/topic/1636680/0

[3] https://www.dpreview.com/forums/thread/4335590

[4] https://www.dpreview.com/forums/thread/4328062

[5] https://phillipreeve.net/blog/rangefinder-wide-angle-lenses-on-a7-cameras-problems-and-solutions/

[6] https://www.dpreview.com/forums/thread/4467299

[7] https://cameraderie.org/threads/nikon-introduces-the-z5-lower-cost-entry-into-full-frame-mirrorless.50970/

[8] https://www.dpreview.com/forums/thread/4530210#forum-post-64522459

[9] https://www.dpreview.com/forums/post/63643095

[10] https://www.dpreview.com/forums/thread/4336014

[11] https://diglloyd.com/blog/2018/20181207_2055-NikonZ7-ZeissZM35f1_4-arrived.html

[12] https://www.stevehuffphoto.com/2019/06/24/leica-m-lenses-on-a-nikon-z7-by-juraj-vohnout/

[13] https://www.dpreview.com/forums/post/62035140

[14] https://www.dpreview.com/forums/post/61877322

 green_pastels's gear list:green_pastels's gear list
Nikon D90 Nikon Z5 Nikon AF-S DX Nikkor 35mm F1.8G Carl Zeiss Planar T* 2/50 ZM Nikon Z 40mm F2
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