Q: What were your first impressions of the Nikon Z 7?
A: The image clarity from edge to edge is truly stunning and impressive. I’m also excited about being able to use either Z NIKKOR or F-mount NIKKOR lenses simply by using the FTZ adapter. As I opened the images on my computer monitor, what struck me the most about using the Z 7 with NIKKOR lenses was the image definition. I expected the files would be high quality, but the detail made me look twice. Right then I knew I was seeing something very special, something that will shift conventional thinking in how we approach photography with mirrorless cameras.
The Nikon Z 7 is also a camera I can carry with me everywhere. As I travel, I’ll take this camera because it is as powerful as my Nikon DSLRs, yet very light. The lighter weight, and no sacrifice in image quality, makes the Z 7 an ideal camera for me as a travel photographer. The Z 7 is also discreet, so it is stealthier and easier to pack for everyday use.
Q: What are some of your favorite features of the Z 7?
A: Image quality and the expanded lens options. I’m impressed with the in-camera vibration reduction; up to 5 stops are helpful. This means I have more flexibility in low-light situations and can hand-hold my camera where previously I might have needed a tripod. I also appreciate the ability to use Multiple Exposure mode in an entirely new way. Image Overlay and Multiple Exposure are features in my current cameras.
However, with the Nikon Z 7, there is the flexibility to choose your first image in Multiple Exposure and compose the second image to blend with the initial image. This is a feature I look forward to working with; fun and creative! Finally, the electronic viewfinder is impressive both for its functionality and superior clarity. All these things work in harmony, making for a better shooting experience.
Q: How will the Z 7 fit in with your other Nikon products?
A: I’ll travel with the Nikon Z 7 and my Nikon D850. My intention is to shoot primarily with the Z 7 and have the D850 as a second camera body and backup camera. With travel and flight restrictions, having a lighter kit will be amazing. I tend to walk miles each day when I travel, and combined with travel and flight restrictions, having so a lighter kit will make a big difference. With my experience using the Z 7, I don’t feel like I’m giving anything up. I can still get the challenging shots I want and have the fantastic image quality that I’m familiar with getting from Nikon cameras.
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