T O Shooter

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On article Nikon Z6 II and Z7 II: Should you buy one? (450 comments in total)
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entoman: If you're *not* a current Nikon owner, you're very unlikely to switch brands, especially if you have a few Canon or Sony-fit lenses.

If you're a current owner of a Z6 or Z7, it's probably not worth the expense of upgrading unless you desperately need the additional features, because the (very good) sensor is unchanged, and other gains are not exactly spectacular.

If you're a D750, D810 or D850 owner, or currently use a Nikon APS camera, *NOW* is the time to upgrade, or to add a Z6ii or Z7ii to your armoury.

I have a D850. Nikon does not sell a product that's an upgrade on it. Nikon does not sell anything ML that's an upgrade on my D4s. Neither do they sell anything in ML Dx that's an upgrade to my D500.

You are getting ahead of yourself. Build the product, then make the statement.

Link | Posted on Oct 20, 2020 at 19:54 UTC
On article Nikon Z6 II and Z7 II: Should you buy one? (450 comments in total)
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fPrime: Ken Rockwell has concluded that Nikon is now too far behind Canon and Sony in mirrorless to ever catch up again. “Yes, I'm suggesting no one buy any more Z full frame bodies or lenses. The prudent thing is to save that money and jump up to Canon when you can” he wrote.

Meanwhile the Northrup’s determined that the lackluster Z II’s mean that Nikon has ceded the technology race against Canon and Sony and that Z now serves as the low-end value brand for mirrorless. Basically they suspect Nikon is managing their decline on the way to exiting the imaging business.

So the answer to the question of “Should you buy one” might actually be better phrased as “Is it unwise to buy one?”

Tough crowd. Defensive crowd too. That suggest a lot.
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Maybe they have an answer why Nikon sold 200,000 ML bodies last year, Canon sold over a million and Sony was somewhere around 1.5 million.

Maybe they have an answer why Roger Cicala, practically a god here on DPR, is lying when he said no one rents the Zee, no one buys the Zee.

Maybe they have an answer why a .95 f stop lens was a priority and why in 2022 the two lenses on the roadmap is a mega bucks 400 and a mega bucks 600.

And maybe they have an answer why Sigma won't make a Zee mount lens.

Or maybe that's why they're so defensive.

Link | Posted on Oct 19, 2020 at 20:17 UTC
On article Nikon Z7 II review (1508 comments in total)
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fPrime: I just watched a hands-on AF test with the new Z II’s by Ricci.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=36GxxqRuLOU

Skip forward to 8:30 in the middle of the video where the AF testing begins. To me it looks like the AF is just as laggy as the original Z’s! And it certainly isn’t picking up eyes any further out.

Based on this I think the Z II’s will remain in third place as far as mirrorless AF performance is concerned.

The dark side can exploit anyone. That's why I have emails on my computer from Yahoo regarding a class action lawsuit regarding a breach they are at fault for, and another one from a large Canadian medical entity regarding another class action lawsuit as my info may have been compromised in that. And the Canadian government just had a large breech of information regarding claimants to some pandemic relief fund.
The little bit me updating Windows, or Chrome or IOS 14 version 700 means little to nothing, so I don't sweat it. Someone already accessed mine and your information through much more complicated security systems than we'll ever personally have.
And this relates in no way to the Zees. If you can build a D850 which requires little to no firmware update, the same should hold true for a Z6 or 7. Problem is, you can't fix with firmware what wasn't built right in the first
place.
Good try though from a boy who is a fan of Nikon.

Link | Posted on Oct 19, 2020 at 15:07 UTC
On article Nikon Z7 II review (1508 comments in total)
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fPrime: I just watched a hands-on AF test with the new Z II’s by Ricci.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=36GxxqRuLOU

Skip forward to 8:30 in the middle of the video where the AF testing begins. To me it looks like the AF is just as laggy as the original Z’s! And it certainly isn’t picking up eyes any further out.

Based on this I think the Z II’s will remain in third place as far as mirrorless AF performance is concerned.

Gotta tell ya Hasa, there's a difference in updates to improve the operating system than updates trying to build what wasn't built at the factory.

And FWIW I don't upgrade anything that isn't broken, including Iphone operating systems, Google, Windows, Chrome, FB or anything else unless I'm forced to. If it works for me it works for me.

I also don't update my DSLRs as there's no need, and again, I don't fix what isn't broken.

BUT........................... If I owned a Zee, I would be making frequent trips to Japan lobbying Nikon Corporate for another FW update. :) There's a need.

Link | Posted on Oct 18, 2020 at 23:41 UTC
On article Nikon Z7 II review (1508 comments in total)
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Austin7642: Meh. The R5 is still better and Nikon has had at least two years to make massive leaps with this camera. Yes, it's 900 cheaper than the R5, but they are in the same class and those looking at such want the best performing camera.

@MrBolton

"And I didn't misinterpret your wanting to use manual focus glass (but yes, tell me how that wasn't designed in the '70s before AF) with a teleconverter on a 2020 camera"

You did misinterpret. Re-read what I said. If you still don't get it re-read again.

And I'll explain again. My mention of teleconverters was only to point out that I would distain an FTZ as much as I distain using teleconverters, but I make an exception for teleconverters as I need them. I do not need an FTZ.

And I don't need Nikon to make the Zees to work with all pre AF lenses. If they could make it work with this CURRENT 50 1.2 available here at B and H, I'd be happy
https://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/36976-USA/Nikon_1435_NIKKOR_Normal_50mm_f_1_2.html

And to this referring to Ai and Ai-s "It's old. Shoot it manually, on a DSLR." well it's manual focus lenses. You'll shoot them manually on whatever you attach them to. Nikon is not in a position to do almost good enough. Z sales are poor.

Link | Posted on Oct 18, 2020 at 12:08 UTC
On article Nikon Z7 II review (1508 comments in total)
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Austin7642: Meh. The R5 is still better and Nikon has had at least two years to make massive leaps with this camera. Yes, it's 900 cheaper than the R5, but they are in the same class and those looking at such want the best performing camera.

@MrBolton I'm not sure that you are familiar with Nikon cameras. I did not mention 1980s teleconverters, as I own the four latest Nikon TCs. My point was the inability of the Zee bodies, using the FTZ to function properly with the backload of Nikon manual focus lenses that are available, some of which are still available new today.
Also, maybe through lack of knowledge, you're confusing me comparing the use of TCs and equating that to using an adapter (basically a glassless TC) to me somehow wanting to use an fmount lens with a TC on an FTZ.
Unfortunately, the Zees are not selling. They sold about 200000 last year, compared to a million or so Canons, and a million and a half Sonys. So nice try on the 99% part, but DSLRs still rule at Nikon.

EDIT: Never mind. Looked at your history, You spend all your time in the Fuji forum, yet now you're a Nikon expert. Wasting both our time.

Link | Posted on Oct 18, 2020 at 01:10 UTC
On article Nikon Z7 II review (1508 comments in total)
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fPrime: I just watched a hands-on AF test with the new Z II’s by Ricci.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=36GxxqRuLOU

Skip forward to 8:30 in the middle of the video where the AF testing begins. To me it looks like the AF is just as laggy as the original Z’s! And it certainly isn’t picking up eyes any further out.

Based on this I think the Z II’s will remain in third place as far as mirrorless AF performance is concerned.

My thought is that if it's a preproduction model with preproduction FW that's not up to what you expect the finished product to be, you'd have to be crazy as a manufacturer to put it into someone's hands for testing and review.
And if it's going to take 3 or 4 FW updates over 2 years to bring this one up to snuff, well thanks again for being the beta testers. If I ever want an ML, I'll buy only when it's a mature product.

Link | Posted on Oct 17, 2020 at 18:14 UTC
On article Nikon Z7 II review (1508 comments in total)
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Austin7642: Meh. The R5 is still better and Nikon has had at least two years to make massive leaps with this camera. Yes, it's 900 cheaper than the R5, but they are in the same class and those looking at such want the best performing camera.

@MrBolton cont'd

The original FTZ does not work with AF-D lenses (no issue for me as I don't own any) nor work anywhere properly with AI / AI-S lenses. I only have two but would consider a couple or so more, with a properly functioning adapter
Again, thank for beta testing the original Zees and I thank those who will continue to beta test the IIs.

Link | Posted on Oct 17, 2020 at 15:55 UTC
On article Nikon Z7 II review (1508 comments in total)
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Austin7642: Meh. The R5 is still better and Nikon has had at least two years to make massive leaps with this camera. Yes, it's 900 cheaper than the R5, but they are in the same class and those looking at such want the best performing camera.

@MrBolton
"Does T O Shooter have a Nikon with an FTZ adapter that let them down somehow? Please enlighten us.."

First, the original Zees are not something I would ever consider buying and it's taken 3 or 4 FW updates to get it NOT to the level of the Z6II / Z7II. So thanks for beta testing but no thanks.

On the FTZadapters, I have 4 TCs, TC1.4II and III, Tc1.7II, and TC2.0III. They are a nuisance to use. If you leave the TC on the body such as if you bought a number of FTZs, making the connection is not the same as connecting directly to a body lens mount. Not close. If you leave them on the lenses, it's still more cumbersome than just connecting a bare lens to a body lens mount. Again, no thanks. I live with it for TCs; I won't to use a Zee, particularly the Z6 / Z7. Build something like the mockup of the Z9 with features I can't live without, and I would be flexible on using an IMPROVED FTZ.

Link | Posted on Oct 17, 2020 at 15:55 UTC
On article Nikon Z7 II review (1508 comments in total)
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Austin7642: Meh. The R5 is still better and Nikon has had at least two years to make massive leaps with this camera. Yes, it's 900 cheaper than the R5, but they are in the same class and those looking at such want the best performing camera.

Dream on

Link | Posted on Oct 14, 2020 at 22:02 UTC
On article Nikon Z7 II review (1508 comments in total)
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Austin7642: Meh. The R5 is still better and Nikon has had at least two years to make massive leaps with this camera. Yes, it's 900 cheaper than the R5, but they are in the same class and those looking at such want the best performing camera.

@Idaho_X "In my opinion Nikon is targeting the existing Nikon DSLR owners and those won't switch to another brand when Nikon delivers a solid package."

I think you're wrong. There is no mount tying me to Nikon and an adapter is not going to cut it for my higher end glass.

This camera is not this "won't switch to another brand when Nikon delivers a solid package."

Two years is a lifetime in digital products and all Nikon could come up with was to put in a couple of things they left out first time around. No thanks Nikon.

Link | Posted on Oct 14, 2020 at 21:30 UTC
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madeinlisboa: May I remind you, the z6 and z7 were Nikon's first mirrorless, but comparatively, they are much better than the first generation of other brands. The Z Mount has everything to evolve and be a superior technology, whether fanboys of other brands like it or not.

@madeinlisboa
I don't think you can come in, in the middle of the game, and be given a pass for showing up late. Nikon needed to come in as good as, or better, than Canon or Sony and they did not.
I think the NikonRumors mockup of the Z9 would be along the lines of what I might buy, however, given that I'd have to buy all new lenses to end up with, in most cases, the equivalent of the f mount lens, that just isn't happening. Case in point is the 70-200e vs S.

Link | Posted on Oct 9, 2020 at 01:14 UTC
On article Nikon Z6 II and Z7 II coming October 14 (926 comments in total)
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Astro Landscapes: Here's the thing. Physically, and in many other ways, the 1st-gen Nikon Z was already amazing. All they actually need to do for the mk2 series now is, improve the AF as much as possible of course, and switch to either dual SD slots or SD+XQD.

Do this, and throw in 4K 60p for good measure, and they'll be on par with Sony's mk3/mk4 generation.

This means that in just two years and two generations, Nikon is accomplishing about the same as what Sony took six years and four generations to accomplish.

When you look at it that way, you realize just how good at what they do Nikon (and Canon) are. Sony bootstrapped their entire system by releasing 1st and 2nd-gen products that were pretty abysmal, essentially having early adopters pay to beta test their system. This was a smart move for them, because they had nothing to lose, but it was not a tactic Nikon or Canon could have used.

Thus, 2021 will likely be the year Sony's "huge lead" vanishes completely for most.

"When you look at it that way"

I don't look at it that way. That's an extremely optimistic way. Like calling a glass 1/2 full almost full.

Link | Posted on Sep 30, 2020 at 22:29 UTC
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mzx: Great camera overall, no shortcomings, Bravo, Nikon!

Aside from 1.7x crop in 4K which is shamefull part in this camera. Crippling it's own products so customers need to choose - pay more or get gnawed apple. Complete shame. I'd pefer to get no 4K at all that this crippled 4K mode. Just a shame. Whole internet shamed Canon for such way of marketing and now Nikon stepped this way. Shame. Think about your customers, Nikon, we ain't only pots of cash, but also humans who do have aesthetic feelings, which is complete broken by this shameful 1.7x crop.

@Baron_Karza I would expect two years in that the Z5 would have leapfrogged the Z6 in some respects, the same as the D200 leapfrogged the D2x, and the D800 leapfrogged the D3x, where both the D2x and D3x were thousands more. Two years in on the Zee platform and it seems all Nikon did was strip features to make a cheaper body. Where new tech?

Link | Posted on Sep 4, 2020 at 11:13 UTC
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Dutchoven: Just updated on my Z7 and the low light and eye-AF is even better. Eye-AF is now on par with A7R3 and low light is almost as good. Massive improvement from initial launch firmware

Half baked is being generous!

Link | Posted on Mar 3, 2020 at 19:36 UTC
On GalleryItem:2102968 (1 comment in total)

Not my photo - just cropped for demonstration.

Posted on Aug 2, 2012 at 02:06 UTC as 1st comment
On article Lightroom 4 Review (460 comments in total)
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marika: Considering I bought LR3 last week and still haven´t received the package yet
I´m very, very, VERY dissatisfied as I payed $70 more for an older version. And Adobe is not the the easiest company to send an e-mail to...Very bad Adobe, very bad.

Go online to Adobe chat. Tell them you want a free upgrade. They'll mail you Lightroom 4. Only took a few minutes All you need is your order number.

Link | Posted on Mar 6, 2012 at 19:23 UTC
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