Daily Archives: August 27, 2018
Well, finally, Nikon got into the mirrorless game!!!! Before I start let me share that this is not review, the only cameras out there right now are Pre-Production with “not finished firmware” so until anyone gets a “real” camera it is going to be hard to get super specific, we can, however, talk about this development! First a hardy congratulations is in order! Ir certainly appears that Nikon got a lot of things right!
First, the new Z camera sports a new larger mount with a short flange distance, (like Fujifilm’s), that makes them able to use a ton of lenses that can be mated to the camera after mounts are made and lots of mounts will be made. For Nikon owner the great news is all their older Nikkor lenses, millions of them, will work with almost all the new features including 5 Axis image stabilization!!! This is a brilliant move as Nikon has a lot of great lenses and this leaves no one out in the cold even though the mount has been updated! Way to go Nikon!
While smaller, lighter and thinner than Nikon’s DSLR line, it is still has a grip and ergonomics that should fit great for Nikon shooters.
My First Impressions: It is long overdue for Nikon to enter the mirrorless race, but it looks like that they have a nice contender with the Z series. Two things stand out as a little odd, the one card slot taking only a QXD cards, and the limited number of shots per battery charge, around 350. The battery issue is already something Fujifilm owners have had to live with so that, for many, will not be so hard to deal with, after all, it is mirrorless and our cameras eat batteries like candy!!! Honestly it appears Nikon has checked almost all the boxes, now the real question is can it compete with the Sony A 7RIII. Canon still seems to rule the roost for Sports Shooters, but there are not enough of them to keep any camera company alive! Nikon has a good base of dedicated users and I think this camera will be just what they have been waiting for!
Will it lure away Canon or Sony, Fujifilm, Panasonic or Olympus shooters? Only time will tell. My guess, and it’s only a guess, is that it will do very well with already Nikon folks, and get a few converts, but Sony already has a 6 year head start and is producing some pretty remarkable products, that is tough mountain to climb for a brand new system. Making things even harder are rumors that Canon is hot on their heals with their own new pro grade mirrorless camera coming soon, should be fun to watch!!!
How does any of this affect me, in case you wondered? Not a bit, I love the Fujifilm system, their glass is stellar, their size and weight perfect for me, their not approached color and monochroime performance. I’m heavily invested with them, four bodies and lots and lots of lenses, I will be staying where I am, but hey, if you’re a Nikon shooter, this looks like the next great thing from them!!!! I truly wish them a lot of success! I have a lot of friends still there!!!