Sad: Z7ii Didn't Workout For Wife

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alanmcdonley Regular Member • Posts: 254
Sad: Z7ii Didn't Workout For Wife

My wife has been wanting to add "Full Frame" to her bird and wildlife photography hobby addiction.

Most of the time she shoots the Nikon 300mm f/4 PF lens with a 1.4TC for 630mm 5.6 effective on her D7500 DX body.

Since it is a bit of a pain to remove and replace the TC all the time, often she finds herself either too close for large birds with the TC on, or wishing it was on for a surprise warbler.

Before the pandemic she rented the Nikon Z7 and felt the image quality was improved compared to her Nikon D7500, but she really didn't like an EVF.

Last week we rented a Nikon D850, and again she felt the image quality was improved, but the failure of the PhotoBanks to set all the shot parameters complicated switching from her warblers-among-trees  and wading birds with single-spot, focus-then-frame and exposure bracketing in Program mode, to surprise-birds-in-flight continuous area focus in shutter mode.

Additionally, the D850 seemed to require pressing the "i" button to wake up the back display before she could check or change things, and the camera was a bit large and heavy.

So ... with her birthday coming up and a discussion about the near total mirrorless future, she decided she could get used to the Z7ii EVF to gain all the other advantages:

- "Zoom Out" Without moving or removing the TC by switching to FX mode

- Same size view in FX or DX mode

- Better JPEG image quality than her D7500 from an updated engine

- Reported Faster Focusing, Better Tracking

- "Faster Frame Rate of 10fps"  (**surprise fine print lurking**)

- The additional U3 is convenient for a "low light BIF mode with higher max ISO and slower initial shutter speed" mode as the sun is setting.

Well, it turned out sad:

- The EVF has non-continuous frame display, really jerky, in continuous-H-extended (10fps) mode.  Already twitchy warblers become even harder to follow when even holding steady on a branch looks like there are gale force winds moving the tree.

- The frame rate is only 5 fps if you want the EVF to continuously show what you are shooting

- The focus with the FTZii adapter, TC1.4iii, and 300mmPF is **SLOOOOW**

- The focus with the FTZii adapter and only the 300mmPF is still **SLOW** and unreliable in low-light/shadows when the D7500 with the 300mmPF is quick and solid.

We tried with two different 300mmPF lenses, and two different D7500s for the comparisons.

BTW, I updated the Z7ii with the 1.3.1 firmware. The Z7ii just doesn't fit her use case as well as the D7500 that she has.

Sad to have to return her birthday gift...

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Birding with D7500/300PF. Wife shoots same w/TC-14e iii for 630mm EFL

 alanmcdonley's gear list:alanmcdonley's gear list
Nikon D7500 Nikkor AF-S 300mm f/4E PF ED VR
Nikon D7500 Nikon D850 Nikon Z7
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