Report: The Nikon z7 Is Now an Awesome Camera I’d Consider Buying

Nikon has worked pretty hard to improve the Nikon z7, and it shows that they’re really trying now instead of sitting on their high horse.

I’ll be the first to admit that I’m very harsh on Nikon’s products. A company that went from a failed series of overhyped point and shoots, the KeyMission cameras, and creating a mirrorless system just to catch up and be overshadowed by its DSLRs while riding its high horse, in my opinion, deserves it. But what’s speaks louder is consumers with their wallets. And because of folks like you, the company has worked to really improve and fine-tune the Nikon z7 and the Nikon z6. Of the two, the Nikon z7 was always my favorite. I like resolution and color depth because I print a lot in my office. And with firmware updates, the Nikon z7 transformed from an expensive doorstop to an excellent camera. In fact, the Nikon z7 is so usable now that I’d recommend it for actual fieldwork. It’s a professional tool for sure. And while there are some hardware issues like the lack of dual card slots, I think that Nikon should be praised for the strides they’ve made to improve their products.

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3 Ways the Nikon z7 Improved After Its Updates (and What’s Still Wrong)

The Nikon z7 just wasn’t ready for the market at launch, but it’s been profoundly improved.

When the Nikon z7 was launched, it perplexed a lot of journalists. It didn’t feel like it was ready for the market. There are a lot of odd things about the Nikon z7 and the rest of the Z series, but the company has worked to make it more usable and better overall. These improvements mostly in the form of firmware updates. However, Nikon did it right by launching some of their best and most essential lenses first. Photographers who like the Nikon way of doing things will be attracted to the z7: they do a lot of little things differently than the entire rest of the industry. Further, their system is available at a very steep discount as of the publishing of this story.

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Cheap Photo: Save $600 on the Nikon Z7, Save on Lighting and More

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These trade-in camera deals from Nikon and Olympus won’t be around for long so make the most of them and save some mega money.

Nows the time to trade in that old camera of yours and can get something shiny and new. You can get a $600 instant rebate on the Nikon Z7 with a free FTZ adapter, which brings the price of it down to just $2,796.95, and you’ll get up to $200 extra in trade value. The Olympus OM-D E M1 MK II has come down in price to only $1,499, and you can also score an additional $300 in trade-in bonuses too! The Fujifilm X-H1 with grip is still just $999, and the Sony A7 II with kit lens and accessories is only $998. There are fantastic deals on lights like the Flashpoint eVOLV 200 with an accessory kit which you can nab for $329.95, and you can save $387 on a full Elinchrom to-go lighting kit too. Don’t miss out on 14,500 Photoshop actions for just $39 and over 2,500 overlays for only $29 either. Come on in to see all of the camera deals and a whole ton more. Continue reading…

Now That the Nikon Z7’s Autofocus Has Improved, You Can Get it Cheaper

The Nikon Z7 has improved with firmware updates and now it’s a pretty great camera that you can get at a discount. 

Since Nikon released the N7 they have been steadily working on improvements to the system. The autofocus has progressed well after some of the latest firmware updates. Currently, there is a Nikon Z7 trade-in event at Adorama that lets photographers save up to $600 on a purchase. And, if you decide to trade-in another product, you can get an additional $200 as a bonus too. Nikon users will appreciate the combination of small size, lightweight, solid build quality, and the autofocus abilities that the N7 offers. Couple this with an adapter for F mount glass, or use Nikon’s Z mount lenses, and you’ve got a winning system with a lot of potential. Be sure to check out our Nikon Z7 review.

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Cheap Photo: Fujifilm X-T20 $599, X-T2 $799, Nikon Z7 Save $400

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We have found some excellent camera deals and savings on photography guides and presets!

New cameras come out, and older cameras go on sale or see permanent price drops. Just because they have a lower price, it doesn’t mean they have turned into bad cameras overnight. In fact, you can get some absolute bargains! The Fujifilm X-T20 is down to just $599, the X-T2 is only $799, and you can save a whopping $682 on the X-T2 with a lens bundle! The Nikon Z7 has a $400 discount, and the incredible Sony a7r III has come down to just $2,498! For a limited time you can also get the complete guides to Lightroom and Photoshop for only $49 each, and the complete guide to Capture One Pro 12 for $59! You don’t want to miss out on these camera deals and deep discounts on accessories and more. Continue reading…

DXOMark: The Sony a7r III is Just a Hair Better Than the Nikon Z7

DxoMark says that the Nikon Z7 really falls behind the Sony a7r III in high ISO performance

Let’s be honest here: Nikon z7 sales haven’t been the best and if anything, DXOMark’s latest tests on the camera are just an ego boost to Sony users. Nikon’s current top end mirrorless camera scored an incredibly 99 points right under the Sony a7r III–which has 100 points. But fear not Nikonians–your beloved Nikon D850 is still king of the full frame charts.

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The Nikon z6 and Nikon z7 are Getting New Autofocus Updates, Eye Detection

The Nikon z6 and Nikon z7 have autofocus performance issues; and those are being addressed by Nikon.

Coming in May 2019, a firmware update will be of great use to those who didn’t return their Nikon z6 or Nikon z7 cameras out of frustration. Nikon announced today that this new firmware update will address and fix the issues that photographers have been having with the system. The XQD-Card-using-but-otherwise-not-bad camera system has been under scrutiny of many bloggers, reviewers, vloggers, etc. With competition from Sony and others seem to have better autofocus, there have been promotions to get units moving as much as possible.

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We’ve Updated Our Nikon z7 Review: RAW Edits in Capture One 12

Now that Capture One 12 is out, we’ve updated our Nikon z7 review.

The Nikon z7 finally has support from Capture One 12 after the recent update, and so we’ve added this to our Nikon z7 review along with a comparison to what we did when editing in Adobe Lightroom. Editing in both programs when it comes to the Nikon z7 is interestingly different. Both programs showcase the Nikon z7 as a very capable camera, but the way that the editing happens is much different. In addition to that, both programs are capable of delivering much different looking images.

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Review: Nikon z7 (A Most Frustrating Camera in the Most Subtle of Ways)

The Nikon z7 (oddly named the Nikon Z 7 by Nikon) isn’t a completely awful camera despite what online reviews have said.

When I first had the chance to play with the Nikon z7, I felt like Nikon had given us a with camera a whole lot of promise despite guaranteeing a groan out of a photographer every time that they try to bring their images onto their computer. But then we found issues with the autofocus, and quite frankly some of those autofocus issues were pretty awful. On paper, the Nikon z7 sounds like it would knock the ball out of the park. In real life practice though, it wasn’t up to par of so many other options out there. But with a BSI 45.7MP full frame sensor that has 493 focusing points, this seems like a camera that is a dream for so many shooters out there. Unfortunately, it’s not pulling me away from Sony any time soon.

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ISO 6400 Comparison: Canon EOS R vs Nikon z7 vs Sony a7r III High ISO Shootout

We decided that we’d take a look at how the Canon EOS R, Nikon z7, and Sony a7r III all perform at ISO 6400 just for fun. 

Since we’ve got all of them in right now, we wanted to know how the three current kings of full frame mirrorless perform when it comes to high ISO output. If you look around on the web, it generally seems like Sony is the best option all around for lenses, image quality, etc. Nikon arguably uses a Sony sensor but Canon is using their own sensor. For what it’s worth, Canon also has less megapixels and to that end doesn’t always render as much detail in the images. But in my testing, I’ve found it to be no real slouch at all. So one very cold night, I took the cameras out to the Williamsburg waterfront to see how they performed.

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The Results of Testing the Nikon Z7 vs the Fujifilm X-T2 for Concert Photography

We recently took the Nikon z7 and the Fujifilm X-T2 to an Ataris concert; the results really shocked us.

“Think they’ll mind if I bring a camera?” I said to Reviews Editor Paul Ip in a text message a few hours before we went to see the Ataris together. Ultimately, they didn’t mind at all; that’s the honest truth about how this post is coming together. This wasn’t planned, and it isn’t a formalized test because, well, it would be completely stupid and nonsensical to make this into a formalized test. When Reviews Editor Paul Ip and I decided to use the Nikon z7 and the Fujifilm XT2 to shoot the Ataris concert, we got to the front row of the very tightly packed Kingsland venue in Brooklyn, and we shot. We couldn’t get the center, we couldn’t even really move lest we surrendered our spot. But we made the most of it, and we learned a lot about the Nikon z7 and the Fujifilm X-T2.

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Extra Image Samples: Nikon z7 with 35mm f1.8

We’ve been actively testing the Nikon z7 for the past couple of weeks; and it’s really not as bad as the internet is making it out to be.

“I think I like this grip more than the Sony!” is what Reviews Editor Paul Ip said about the new Nikon z7 when he held it in his hands recent. Indeed, the internet sat there complaining about a million things in regards to the Nikon z7. But in my testing, I’ve honestly not found it to be too terrible of a camera. Is it behind in some ways? Yes; but so is Canon with their weird Face detection and Sony with their lack of an actually useful touchscreen. Not to mention Panasonic still hasn’t even brought their full frame camera to market yet. But in terms of actual, honest use, it’s not terrible–but there are surely things that are annoying.

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Video: What Makes the Nikon Z7 Viewfinder so Special?

One of the things Nikon is most proud of with the Nikon z7 is the viewfinder, and we found out why.

At Photo Plus Expo 2018, we got a chance to ask Nikon about the viewfinder in their new Nikon z7 camera. During their presentation to the press, what their engineers said they were most proud of is the viewfinder in the camera. Nikon’s Lindsay Silverman explained to us why. According to him, Nikon really did a lot here. In fact, there are Nikkor optics in the viewfinder and they have things like fluorine coatings. In fact, it’s designed pretty much like a Nikkor lens. You like Nikkor glass, right?

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The Best Small Nikon Prime Lenses to Adapt to the Nikon Z6 and Nikon Z7

The new Nikon Z6 and Z7 look great, and they sound like they will pack a punch, however native Z mount lens options for early adopters will be slim. Fortunately Nikon announced the F to Z mount adapter which will enable you to adapt their current prime lens collection.

Late last week Nikon announced their long awaited new mirrorless camera bodies, the Z6 and the Z7. The new Nikon Z6 and Z7 both look great, and they sound like they will pack a punch, however the native Z mount lens options for early adopters will be slim. Fortunately Nikon announced the F to Z mount adapter which will enable you to adapt their current lens collection. There is no doubt that Nikon currently has some great, small primes that will pair with the smaller footprints of the Z6 and the Z7 really well, so here is a look at the best small Nikon prime lenses to adapt for the Z6 and Z7.

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Did Nikon Drop the Ball By Giving the Nikon Z7 and Nikon Z6 a Single XQD Slot?

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The single XQD card slot on the Nikon Z6 and the Nikon Z7 have been a hotly contested point of conversation for days now.

Before anyone thinks all I’m trying to do is be a Sony Champion or just sling some mud, please hear me out and know that I don’t think that Nikon’s decision could be all that awful of an idea. “Really?” you say?! Yes, although Sony themselves eventually gave up on the Memory Stick Duo format that was pretty awful, the better part of me likes to think Nikon and consumers who actually purchase the cameras are going to approach this situation in a much different way.

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First Impressions: Nikon Z7 (With the Nikon 35mm f1.8)

The Nikon Z7 is the company’s attempt to outdo Sony in the mirrorless full frame space.

Upon initial thoughts, the Nikon Z7 has a whole lot going for it: except, you know, the single card slot and a card format that almost no photographer uses. But at the heart, there is a 45.7MP BSI full frame sensor capable of producing incredibly crisp images. On top of that, you can cram Nikon’s very simple DSLR style interface into the camera and their ISO range from 64-25,600; a win-win on many accounts when you consider it has weather sealing, the autofocus is actually very good (like Sony-level good), and there is built in image stabilization. Rightfully so, I can say with all certainty that the Nikon Z7 is going to be taking home a number of awards this year.

We got some hands on time with the new Nikon Z7 today and used it with the company’s 35mm f1.8 for the Z mount. Here’s what we think so far.

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(ALL YOU NEED TO KNOW) The Nikon Z7 and Nikon Z6 Were Designed Specifically for Higher Grade Lenses

The cat’s out of the bag with the new Nikon Z7 and Nikon Z6 to accommodate bigger lenses that have higher optical performance.

Yes, that first sentence and title may sound a tad crazy, but the way Nikon sees it, the Nikon Z 7 and Nikon Z 6 represent the philosophy that bigger is better. They’re not really alone either. Look at what Sigma has done with their 85mm f1.4 Art lens and the 135mm f1.8 Art lens. Plus, look at Nikon’s own 105mm f1.4 G lens. Indeed, when Nikon went about designing the Nikon Z7 and Nikon Z6, they had future lens design in place. One could argue that smaller is better when you look at some of the smaller Sony prime lenses and those from Zeiss out there. But instead, it looks like the mirrorless world may be getting big again if Nikon has their way.

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Firmware 2.0 Gives the Nikon Z6 and Z7 New Autofocus Revamps

The Nikon Z7 and the Nikon Z6 will today get improved autofocus performance according to the company.

When we went about testing the Nikon Z6 and the Nikon Z7, we found the autofocus performance of each of them to be behind that of pretty much every other manufacturer. And now, the long awaited autofocus improvement firmware is ready to launch. The company is today announcing that in addition to eye-detection autofocus for still-image shooting, the Nikon Z6 and the Nikon Z7 should be able to focus better in low light situations. All the details you need from the press release are after the jump.

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RNI All Films Gets Updated to Support Nikon Z6/Z7, Leica DLux 7, and More

 RNI has updated All Films Lightroom presets to v4.0.9 and includes native support for new RAW file formats.

While digital images are great, many photographers (myself included) are still in love with the unique look of film. Fortunately, there are things we can do in post to recreate the look of films we love. We can either spend hours trying to recreate the looks ourselves, or we can use Lightroom presets. RNI’s All Films has presets for negative, slide, instant, black and white, and vintage films, and now the preset pack has been updated to work with the new Nikon Z line, the Leica D-Lux 7, and many more new cameras. Join us after the break to find out more. Continue reading…

A New Adapter Lets You Use E Mount Lenses on Nikon’s Z6/Z7 – But Why?

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Lens adapters are great, but lets face it, they’re the weakest link in your setup.

We have some news to share with you that’s really quite exciting; or is it? A recent report has stated that a new lens mount adapter will allow Nikon Z6 and Z7 users to adapt Sony E mount lenses to their cameras. While this new mount is exciting from a technological standpoint, is it really exciting when you consider that lens adapters just make your camera bigger and less responsive? Do we really need so many adapters on the marketplace? Why do we continually want to add more heft to the cameras we carry around? Join us after the break to find out more. Continue reading…