I love my D850 - I couldn't have gotten this with my Z

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FuhTeng
FuhTeng Senior Member • Posts: 1,292
I love my D850 - I couldn't have gotten this with my Z
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I was trawling around a local wildlife refuge in search of short-eared owls and somehow this guy was hiding perfectly behind my car's A-pillar. I spotted him and had my D850 + 500 PF to my eye in less than a second. He looked at me and promptly took off.

Make no mistake, my next camera is a Z7 II and I've loved my Z6 since I bought it at release-date, but this type of shot is why I can't imagine ever getting rid of my D850. The responsiveness and rapid AF point movement just can't be beat, yet.

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dave gaines
dave gaines Veteran Member • Posts: 9,421
Re: I love my D850 - I couldn't have gotten this with my Z
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That's a fine image. Focus seems perfect too.

I have 13 FX lenses, A D800E and D850, and I don't see myself switching to mirrorless anytime soon.

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FuhTeng
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Re: I love my D850 - I couldn't have gotten this with my Z
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dave gaines wrote:

That's a fine image. Focus seems perfect too.

I have 13 FX lenses, A D800E and D850, and I don't see myself switching to mirrorless anytime soon.

Thank you. Yes, I used my tool of AF On + Group AF I have assigned to PV and just plastered it on the owl's face. Perfect! But why can't I do that on my Z6?

13 FX lenses? Are they all AF-S? If so the FTZ has been perfect for me even with Sigma and Tamron lenses. I've been pleased by my few Z-mount lenses and they're by all accounts better to way better than their F-mount ancestors. Is the difference significant? Depends on the lens and your tastes. I loved my 24-70 f/4, the wonderful kit lens, on my Z6 but I sold it for the vastly improved focal length flexibility of the 24-200 which apparently puts the 28-300 to shame.

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PHXAZCRAIG
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exact same thing for me
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I've had lots and lots of times when I needed to get a shot instantly but my camera was turned off.  With a DSLR, that doesn't really matter since it's ready to go between the time you grab it and get it to your eye.

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photonut2008
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Re: exact same thing for me
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PHXAZCRAIG wrote:

I've had lots and lots of times when I needed to get a shot instantly but my camera was turned off. With a DSLR, that doesn't really matter since it's ready to go between the time you grab it and get it to your eye.

Plus there's no significant penalty for simply leaving a DSLR on all the time if you set the meter to shut off after a short duration, don't turn on Live View, and don't fire up SnapBridge (Airplane mode and no WiFi).

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greenmanphoto Veteran Member • Posts: 3,063
Re: exact same thing for me
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PHXAZCRAIG wrote:

I've had lots and lots of times when I needed to get a shot instantly but my camera was turned off. With a DSLR, that doesn't really matter since it's ready to go between the time you grab it and get it to your eye.

Craig,

Indeed! I will often walk around with my camera on but in standby, and by the time it's at my eye, it's ready. Even when I DO turn it off as I think it will be a long time between uses, I can turn it on while raising it, and it's ready. Battery life and that zero lag factor are some of the reasons I don't foresee switching to mirrorless just yet. At some point, they'll solve some of these issues, and it'll make more sense for me to supplement and, eventually, switch. But with owning a D500 and D850--inarguably two of the best cameras made--I don't see ANY reason to switch totally for quite a while.

Sam

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Timotis77
Timotis77 Contributing Member • Posts: 578
Re: I love my D850 - I couldn't have gotten this with my Z

dave gaines wrote:

That's a fine image. Focus seems perfect too.

I have 13 FX lenses, A D800E and D850, and I don't see myself switching to mirrorless anytime soon.

ditto - 12 FX lenses and D500/D810/D850

I'm not switching to anything ML.....

Photon Embargo Junior Member • Posts: 31
Re: exact same thing for me
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I can't agree more. I shoot a wide cross-section of stuff, and the only component I can blame for missing a shot is me. My D850 has never held me back from getting a shot waiting for it to wake up.

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