Nikon Z fc Lens Selection

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RMillward
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Nikon Z fc Lens Selection

I have a Fujifilm X100T, which I like a great deal. I'd like to add a similar camera, but with an interchangeable lens this time.

I'm interested in the recently announced Nikon Z fc, because of the physical control dials on the top plate. I have been looking at Fujifilm models, for this same reason. Fuiji has a wide array of lenses available for their X-mount, and it seems they'd all fit on, say, a Fujifilm X-E4 (for comparison).

Which brings me to the Nikon. I see Nikon has a substantial number of Z-mount lenses. However, the Z fc is "DX" format; most of the lenses available are "FX" format. To what does this "format" refer? Will the Z fc only utilize the "DX" format lenses, or will it allow you to mount and use an "FX" lens, albeit with maybe a constricted area?

Thanks in advance for helping me understand what Nikon's "formats" mean.

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Bobthearch
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In Nikon-land DX is crop sensor, and FX is full sensor.

Many times you can interchange the lenses because the mounts are the same.  But they normally charge a lot more for FX lenses.

Z-mount DX is a brand new format, with only two recently-released cameras, so it's not surprising the lens selection is sparse at this time.

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BGD300V1
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Z fc will work with any Z mount lens.

The problems arise when you put a crop lens on a full frame body.  Nikon Z bodies presently change to crop mode when the lens is mounted on a FF body.  There is no way to change this.

The Z fc is a crop sensor body so all Z mount lenses will work with the camera.

The Z fc does not have IBIS.  The kit lenses have VR but many of the other Z lenses do not.

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lokatz
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Re: Nikon Z fc Lens Selection

To answer your questions more plainly: you can use ANY of Nikon's Z lenses, DX or FX, on a Zfc without any restrictions whatsoever.  The FX lenses will usually perform somewhat better but, as Bob already pointed out, they are also more expensive.

Putting DX lenses on FX cameras, like the Z5/6/7, is a different ballgame.  They'll usually give you strong vignetting unless you crop the image to the smaller DX image area.

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Marty4650
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There are only two Nikon Z lenses designed for the APS-C sensor, with a third one being planned. As others have pointed out, you can use ANY Nikon Z lens on the Zfc without needing an adapter because the lens mount itself is identical. They all will work.

However, if you want small and light, the lack of APS-C designed lenses could be a problem for you because you are essentially buying more lens than your camera needs. This means it will generally be larger, heavier and more expensive than similar lenses designed for APS-C.

Also, please remember there is a 1.5X crop factor involved when you use full frame lenses. So a wide angle lens becomes a normal lens, and a normal lens becomes a short telephoto lens.

For some applications, this could be a good thing when you want more reach, but it also means you might have to wait a while before you can have an moderately priced wide angle lens. You would need an 8mm full frame prime lens to get the same effect as a 12mm APS-C lens. The widest Z prime lens is 20mm ($1050 and 505 grams) which would act like a 30mm lens on a Zfc. Meanwhile, Fuji has an 18mm f/2.0 lens ($600 and 116grams) that would act like a 24mm lens on a Fuji X camera.

Having said that, I agree that the Zfc is a very competent and beautifully designed camera. And if you don't mind using full frame lenses it would be a good choice. I think the Zfc makes the most sense as a second camera paired with a Z5 or Z6. Then it becomes an ideal carry camera for travel and casual use, and can share the same lenses.

I really think Nikon will only have a handful of APS-C lenses for the Z50 and Zfc, because "you can always use full frame lenses." This is exactly what they did with their DSLRs (FX and DX) and what Canon did with their EF and EF-S DSLRs.

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RMillward
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Re: Nikon Z fc Lens Selection

Thanks to everyone who replied. I understand the Z-mount/DX format situation now, and will proceed accordingly.

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BGD300V1
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Marty4650 wrote:

I really think Nikon will only have a handful of APS-C lenses for the Z50 and Zfc, because "you can always use full frame lenses." This is exactly what they did with their DSLRs (FX and DX) and what Canon did with their EF and EF-S DSLRs.

And the M mount APS-C.

Everyone cites Fuji but Fuji has no need to produce ANY full frame lenses since they only produce MF and APS-C cameras.

I expect a WA zoom and the pancakes appear to be decently priiced and a nice size for an APS-C camera.

When the full Z line is covered then I would expect other DX specific lenses.

Like those of us looking for telephotos, there is the FTZ option.

Right now Nikon will concentrate on the 80% of FLs that cover most shooting situations.

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