Video and stills friendly walk-around for future Z6 owner

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After months of deliberation, I have decided that I will switch from MFT to the Z mount. I shipped my GH5 and accessories to KEH, and will probably have the money to get a Z6 within the next two to four weeks.

I will be using the Z6 for both stills and video, but probably slightly more for video, and am looking for a walk-around with good manual focus.

I have narrowed my selection to three lenses:
1. Nikon S 24-70/4
2. Nikon AF-S 24-70/4
3. Nikon AF-S 24-120/4

I know the S is FBW, so its manual focus probably isn’t as good as the other two options, but it’s both native and weather-resistant, something the other two aren’t (or at least aren’t listed as such).

The two main questions I have are:
1. Is the S’s manual focus at least decent?
2. Are the AF-S options actually somewhat safe to use in less-than-ideal weather?
 
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I believe the offer of a free mount Adapter FTZ expires April 27.......
Price will be part of the decision, too. The S looks so appealing to me mainly due to the fact that it’s included in a sub $3000 kit. If I go adapted, even getting a used lens will likely put me over $3K. However, I’m wondering if the extra grand will be worth it if I love manual focus that much.
 
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You have to decide if the manual focus improvement is worth it over the smaller size, lighter weight, and better optics of the 24-70 f/4 S.

That purely a personal question that you need to answer for yourself.
 
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I'd start with at least one z-Mount lens. That give you 3 right now. 35/1.8, 50/1.8 or 24-70/4. I'd get the 24-70 for it's versatility and weather sealing.

If you want primes, then I'd go adapted for the price. You can go manual focus or AF-S. the focus peaking works well on the Z cameras.

Honestly, I'd this is going to be your main camera, here is what I would consider.

Z6 & 24-70/4 native Z. Then for the longer end look at getting the FTZ adapter and the newer 70-300/4.5-5.6 AF-P VR.

If you'd rather stay prime lens on the longer end, you have many AI/AIS lenses that are great like the 135/3.5, 200/4 or 180/2.8 ED.
 
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Thanks to all.

I’ve decided that I’ll start with the S 24-70/4. Even though I vastly prefer linear manual focus, I don’t mind nonlinear. I’ll probably get F mount primes after my money has replenished.

For the long end, I currently have the FD 300/2.8L and Sigma EOS 600/8 Reflex, so in the meantime I’ll just adapt those, though I might eventually replace the former with the AF-S 300/2.8 VR.
 

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