Why I chose the Z6 as my new camera system for the next 10 years

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Not using Z lenses sounds like people that buy a Jeep Wrangler only for pavement, never dirt. It's just not right. :(

I bought the Z6 for its features alone and not on the strength of its lenses. I have a nice collection of (all nikon) modern glass so i am holding on until the price of their equivalents is more realistic. I must admit though, that i am drawn to the 14-30 f4 as a replacement for my 16-35 which i have had since that model was first introduced.
 
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I bought the Z6 for its features alone and not on the strength of its lenses. I have a nice collection of (all nikon) modern glass so i am holding on until the price of their equivalents is more realistic. I must admit though, that i am drawn to the 14-30 f4 as a replacement for my 16-35 which i have had since that model was first introduced.
You should do yourself a favor and just try the 50 1.8S. :)
 
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If i were to list the FL that i use most often in order of priority, that would come pretty near the bottom. The first micro might be the one that i cannot resist.
Heh! Well it was worth a shot.

The release date of that first S micro is a bit of a mystery.

FWIW, with the FTZ, none of my G glass performs any worse on the Z6 and several of them seem to perform better. But what JeeperDon and I are saying is that not one of the new S line lenses is rated below their G equivalents and most perform well above.

But I get what you are trying to do and it really speaks volumes for the flexibility of the Z system.
 
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One of the Z features that i am exploring right now is the Diffraction Compensation and on both of the lenses on which i have tried it so far (at smallest aperture) i can see a small but definite improvement in A/B comparisons in software.
 
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Back in October, right after I'd bought my Z6, I accidentally shot a series of shots at f/29 with my 20-200 f/4 :eek: . Defraction comp. was off. I ought to "recreate" that accident and see if DC can help. The original shots were decent.
 
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Back in October, right after I'd bought my Z6, I accidentally shot a series of shots at f/29 with my 20-200 f/4 :eek: . Defraction comp. was off. I ought to "recreate" that accident and see if DC can help. The original shots were decent.

Why recreate them? If you still have the nefs take them into NX-D and switch Diffraction Comp on. Send both variants to Photoshop and load them into layers. By switching the "On" layer on and off you can do an A/B comparison.
 
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Not using Z lenses sounds like people that buy a Jeep Wrangler only for pavement, never dirt. It's just not right. :(

There's no lenses that interest me right now. Plus my Nikon F-mount lenses are suited for my event photography. I don't really need the Z mount equivalents. All I need is access to the more precise OSPDAF (little to no need for AF tuning) and a silent shutter when I want to go quiet. I'm still keeping a DSLR around because I prefer OVFs for various shooting scenarios.
 
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I just gave the Z6 a second try (first try was a year ago) and I think I'll be sticking with Nikon DSLRs (and Sony mirrorless) for now. I just prefer the direct controls of DSLRs and the OVF when it comes to Nikon. Nothing wrong with the Z, I think the Z6/7 are much more refined especially with firmware 3.0. AF is fairly snappy and many of the early firmware quirks have been ironed out. In fact I'd say it's close/equal to the A7/R III bodies with Nikon better in some areas and Sony in other areas.
 
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No. That's because I've never used an L bracket. For me, using a tripod is all about slowing down, so the increased speed that comes with using an L bracket is unimportant. None of my equipment that I typically use with a tripod is so heavy that I need the weight centered over the tripod, so that benefit of the bracket is also unimportant to me.

For me, the L-bracket is more about safety than speed. But speed of use is how it is safer.
I use the L-bracket (or AS plate), so that I do NOT drop the camera when trying to attach it to the tripod.
I HATE trying to screw in the tripod screw and holding a heavy/awkward camera+lens. I don't feel safe until the screw is in at least 3 turns of the thread for my light stuff, or all the way down for my heavy stuff.

If you want to try one, this is a fairly inexpensive clamp+plate to try out the idea.
https://www.amazon.com/UTEBIT-Unive...ss+quick+release+clamp&qid=1582244372&sr=8-16

Another benefit of some L-bracket is, you can attach the right strap to the L-bracket, and get the strap away from the top of the camera, and out of the way of your right hand. After I tried this, I now have most of my cameras configured this way, with the right strap on the L-bracket.
Note, not all L-brackets have a place to attach the strap. So if you want to do this, you have to get a L-bracket with a place for the strap, like this one.
https://www.amazon.com/Neewer-Verti...ywords=camera+l-bracket&qid=1582245215&sr=8-3

The alternative to an L-bracket is to use a QR plate like the Bogen/Manfrotto ones, if you have a matching head.
I have the Bogen hex plate on my 4x5 view camera.

The "problem" with the L-brackets, is with the cameras with swinging rear screens.
The vertical part of the L-brackets gets in the way, preventing the screen from swinging all the way open.
Some L-brackets are made in 2 parts, with the vertical part being able to unscrew from the bottom plate.
 

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