Z50 for wildlife?

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DiscoDale Junior Member • Posts: 32
Z50 for wildlife?

Thinking of acquiring Z50 for occasional wildlife/Birdlife shoots and also as second body for  casual use/travel/street.

Thoughts on suitability for birding?

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12HT75 Regular Member • Posts: 141
Re: Z50 for wildlife?

Have a look through here , in particular a user called 'arbitrage', some good results.

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BGD300V1
BGD300V1 Veteran Member • Posts: 3,192
Re: Z50 for wildlife?
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works for me. These are with the 50-250mm

Original

First crop of pair

Roseate Spoonbill cropped alond

Original Cormorant BIF

Cropped from above

It's the kit I keep in the car for opportunity shots.

BTW, I also have the Z6, Z7 and 200-500mm this kit isn't up to them but I find the results good and it's always ready to go.

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ANAYV Forum Pro • Posts: 21,924
Re: Z50 for wildlife?
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DiscoDale wrote:

Thinking of acquiring Z50 for occasional wildlife/Birdlife shoots and also as second body for casual use/travel/street.

Thoughts on suitability for birding?

Indeed it is good for wildlife. Not the best tool for the job...but its capable..even BIF

Dont be afraid of using higher ISO...which will be needed with slowish kit lens

Last two shots taken at ISO 16,000

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ANAYV

PerL Forum Pro • Posts: 14,458
Re: Z50 for wildlife?

DiscoDale wrote:

Thinking of acquiring Z50 for occasional wildlife/Birdlife shoots and also as second body for casual use/travel/street.

Thoughts on suitability for birding?

I haven't done much birding, but since it so light I usually carry it whith the 50-250 lens when doing walks at our country house, where you often see wildlife.

bluzman
bluzman Senior Member • Posts: 1,260
Re: Z50 for wildlife?

DiscoDale wrote:

Thinking of acquiring Z50 for occasional wildlife/Birdlife shoots and also as second body for casual use/travel/street.

Thoughts on suitability for birding?

The Z50 is a very capable and versatile camera.

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Brueghel
Brueghel Senior Member • Posts: 1,246
A large Yes and a small No
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DiscoDale wrote:

Thinking of acquiring Z50 for occasional wildlife/Birdlife shoots and also as second body for casual use/travel/street.

Thoughts on suitability for birding?

The examples on this thread are all excellent. ANAYV in particular has some spectacular results.

But you should also consider :

1- the lens they used (the ones I checked did not have this info). The lens chosen is extremely important (in my uneducated eyes I believe the lens contributes to 60 to 65% of the IQ)

2- the % of keepers (compared with mirror cameras)

I do not believe your overall results will be as good as the ones you would get with a D500 eg. Probably on par with a D7500

The AF does not perform very well in some circumstances (a busy forest in the background eg) but does a good job on a clear day with a nice blue sky behind.

Also: max shutter speed is 1/4000 not 1/8000. It will make a difference in some cases (some ducks fly in an extremely agitated fashion :-))))

More importantly: the Z50's initial reaction is much slower than the D7xx. There are tricks to keep it awake and kicking longer but the almost instantaneous response time of a mirror camera is gone. I have missed many opportunities because of that. You just cant keep half pressing the shutter button all the time...

So.......

My assessment is that it is anywhere from OK to good for birds. This has more to do with mirrorless than with the Z50 per se.

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This said: I love my Z50 and do not regret at all having bought it. I lost a bit of quality on the BIF side but for all the other use cases (including birds nice sitting somewhere), it is great.

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Aymeric b Junior Member • Posts: 33
Re: Z50 for wildlife?

I use mainly my z50 for bif and wildlife. It's a very good camera for its price. It's a very good combo for the the price with the 50-250mm. If you want more light, it works very well with the 70-200z + TC 1.4.

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Gianpaolo Forum Member • Posts: 69
Re: A large Yes and a small No

I agree with you. On august I used my D500 and Z50 for bird pictures including BIF, I used both with a Tamron 150-600 G2

With static subject there is no problem, Z50 works fine.

BIF, the D500 is lightning fast to lock the subject and keep it in focus, Z50 needs more time to lock and during a burst of 5 you may get only 1 or 2 pics with good focus. I also had the D7500 and I think it was was more reliable with BIF.

Maybe the problem is the Tamron, I noticed that when mounted on Z50 from about 300mm to 600 moves focus ring moves very slowly and takes some seconds to cover entire range.

Anyway I like the Z50 and some really good pictures.

Brueghel wrote:

But you should also consider :

1- the lens they used (the ones I checked did not have this info). The lens chosen is extremely important (in my uneducated eyes I believe the lens contributes to 60 to 65% of the IQ)

2- the % of keepers (compared with mirror cameras)

I do not believe your overall results will be as good as the ones you would get with a D500 eg. Probably on par with a D7500

The AF does not perform very well in some circumstances (a busy forest in the background eg) but does a good job on a clear day with a nice blue sky behind.

Also: max shutter speed is 1/4000 not 1/8000. It will make a difference in some cases (some ducks fly in an extremely agitated fashion :-))))

More importantly: the Z50's initial reaction is much slower than the D7xx. There are tricks to keep it awake and kicking longer but the almost instantaneous response time of a mirror camera is gone. I have missed many opportunities because of that. You just cant keep half pressing the shutter button all the time...

So.......

My assessment is that it is anywhere from OK to good for birds. This has more to do with mirrorless than with the Z50 per se.

==========

This said: I love my Z50 and do not regret at all having bought it. I lost a bit of quality on the BIF side but for all the other use cases (including birds nice sitting somewhere), it is great.

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Toxdox42 Regular Member • Posts: 497
Re: Z50 for wildlife?
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DiscoDale wrote:

Thinking of acquiring Z50 for occasional wildlife/Birdlife shoots and also as second body for casual use/travel/street.

Thoughts on suitability for birding?

I am no pro, have used Nikon film cameras and then ventured into digital with a D3400.  When I planned on an African Safari, and decided to bring 2 bodies, I made the plunge and bought the Z50 with the kit lenses.  I kept the 50-250 on the Z and the 18-55 on the D.  I was flabbergasted at how easy it was to use the Z50, even our guide, who carried a pro-Nikon DSLR was impressed with the results from the Z.  These are all from the safari, all shot with the 50-250 on the Z50

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TheWillRogers
TheWillRogers Regular Member • Posts: 271
Re: Z50 for wildlife?

ANAYV always provides great samples of the Z50 for wildlife. I'll throw some of mine in too I guess. I'm not super interested in birds in flight so I haven't been too bothered by the iffy AF on the 50-250mm kit lens for very distant subjects. Most of what I'm interested in is walking slowly or standing still so I've even been experimenting with older 300mm ED glass. At the moment my perfect Z dx camera is a Z5 with two processors and the Z50 sensor lol,

Most of the time the AF with the 50-250mm is good, but sometimes I've noticed it favoring grass, and the subject tracking tends to get confused and eventually walk off the subject needing me to reset it.

Tree Swallow

Coypu 12800 ISO!!!

Ground Squirrel of some kind, Nikon 300mm ED*IF, possibly with TC-14b, but I can't remember.

Coyote

Red Squirrel?

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