Z50 low light focus question

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Joe Przybylski
Joe Przybylski Regular Member • Posts: 117
Z50 low light focus question

I just picked up a z50 and using it as I wait for the z6ii. Coming from a d500 and the Sony A7RIV.

The low light focus acquisition of the z50 is really pretty crappy. It just hunts. Is this typical behavior for the z series?

I’m only using the kit lenses at this point. Anyone have any experience using the z50 for lower light (say outdoor evening sporting events) focus?

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fz750
fz750 Regular Member • Posts: 310
Re: Z50 low light focus question

Funnily, there's another thread being doing the rounds in the last days saying how much better the Z50 is than the Z5

https://www.dpreview.com/forums/thread/4528656

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Brueghel
Brueghel Contributing Member • Posts: 984
Re: Z50 low light focus question
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Joe Przybylski wrote:

I just picked up a z50 and using it as I wait for the z6ii. Coming from a d500 and the Sony A7RIV.

The low light focus acquisition of the z50 is really pretty crappy. It just hunts. Is this typical behavior for the z series?

I’m only using the kit lenses at this point. Anyone have any experience using the z50 for lower light (say outdoor evening sporting events) focus?

Not sure that the 16-50 kit lens is a very good choice for evening sporting events....

Maybe you should get the FTZ adapter and try out the lenses you use on your D500.

I only have a Z50. Can't tell about the others but I would not generalize the behavior of the Z50 with the kit lens to the whole Z series (independently of the lens)....

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BurnImage
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Re: Z50 low light focus question

fz750 wrote:

Funnily, there's another thread being doing the rounds in the last days saying how much better the Z50 is than the Z5

https://www.dpreview.com/forums/thread/4528656

Yep the Z50 is great in low light, especially with a faster lens (or even the kit lens at f3.5 at the wide end).

According to Nikon the Z50 can focus down to -4EV, not too shabby at all ....

https://www.nikon.co.uk/en_GB/product/digital-cameras/mirrorless/enthusiast/z-50

In comparison both the Z5 and Z6 go to -3.5EV so in theory the Z50 is slightly ahead?

https://photographylife.com/nikon-z5-vs-z6

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fz750
fz750 Regular Member • Posts: 310
Re: Z50 low light focus question

BurnImage wrote:

fz750 wrote:

Funnily, there's another thread being doing the rounds in the last days saying how much better the Z50 is than the Z5

https://www.dpreview.com/forums/thread/4528656

Yep the Z50 is great in low light, especially with a faster lens (or even the kit lens at f3.5 at the wide end).

According to Nikon the Z50 can focus down to -4EV, not too shabby at all ....

https://www.nikon.co.uk/en_GB/product/digital-cameras/mirrorless/enthusiast/z-50

In comparison both the Z5 and Z6 go to -3.5EV so in theory the Z50 is slightly ahead?

https://photographylife.com/nikon-z5-vs-z6

strange that there are so many negative comparisons then between the Z5 & Z6..

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Franz304 Forum Member • Posts: 89
Re: Z50 low light focus question

I think the Z50 can focus pretty well in low light, however you need to pay attention to the aperture. The kit lens at 16 mm (f3.5) focuses well, but of course at the long end 50 mm (f6.3) the performance drops quite a bit.
I think that if you use a fast lens (either a Z or a F + FTZ) you will find that the perfomance of  the Z 50 in low light is excellent for an APSC camera. Or at least that's my experience with a FTZ + 35 mm DX f1.8

BurnImage
BurnImage Senior Member • Posts: 1,089
Re: Z50 low light focus question

fz750 wrote:

BurnImage wrote:

fz750 wrote:

Funnily, there's another thread being doing the rounds in the last days saying how much better the Z50 is than the Z5

https://www.dpreview.com/forums/thread/4528656

Yep the Z50 is great in low light, especially with a faster lens (or even the kit lens at f3.5 at the wide end).

According to Nikon the Z50 can focus down to -4EV, not too shabby at all ....

https://www.nikon.co.uk/en_GB/product/digital-cameras/mirrorless/enthusiast/z-50

In comparison both the Z5 and Z6 go to -3.5EV so in theory the Z50 is slightly ahead?

https://photographylife.com/nikon-z5-vs-z6

strange that there are so many negative comparisons then between the Z5 & Z6..

Yep, I’ve seen those threads. But I don’t have a Z5 so I don’t get involved. What I do know is that my Z50 and Z6 both do well in low light.

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BurnImage
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Re: Z50 low light focus question

Franz304 wrote:

I think the Z50 can focus pretty well in low light, however you need to pay attention to the aperture. The kit lens at 16 mm (f3.5) focuses well, but of course at the long end 50 mm (f6.3) the performance drops quite a bit.
I think that if you use a fast lens (either a Z or a F + FTZ) you will find that the perfomance of the Z 50 in low light is excellent for an APSC camera. Or at least that's my experience with a FTZ + 35 mm DX f1.8

I agree. In fact, based on the specs I posted earlier in the thread, the Z50 is in theory ahead of the Z6. Especially when at f3.5 with the kit lens at the wide end, as opposed to f4 with the Z6 kit lens.

My experience is they both do great in low light focusing. Of course, a faster lens will always help.... regardless.

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Joe Przybylski
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This is encouraging info. I have yet to get an FTZ adapter - i may have been too picky. After playing around with some settings I am able to get a bit better performance in lower light situations... thanks for your replies everyone.

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