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    • Nikon for me is like that super-so-incredibly hot girlfriend that you cannot believe you are hooked up and then she marries your best friend. The pain is felt deep. After Nikon completely delivered probably the WORST DSLR EVER - the D2H which resulted in my selling all my Nikon gear and going to Canon mostly because of the beloved Chuck Westfahl (RIP). But, seeing the trendline that Sony was making the chipsets for all these manufacturers I decided to align myself to the single component that really is the most critical for digital photography (and, videography).

      I love how Nikon's feel.....they just feel well-engineered but they are so thick-brained at the Corporate Boardroom I will never buy a Nikon product ever again. I don't get in flame wars about cameras because some people would back in the day would have sworn by their Jaguar XKE's but the rest of the world knew it was all lust .....and, a day to the mechanic. lol

    • Hahahaha! I remember the D2H and how bad it was and I completely agree about the Jaguars back then. But things seem to have changed with both Nikons and Jaguars. I'm pretty sure I need a Jaguar I-PACE and my lust for it is not material to my assessment.

    • In today's video post Jared reviews images he took using the Z7 and he found some situational image banding, but that could just be a pre-production issue that gets cleared up for the production models.

      He also complains about the Z-mount lens build quality, so I start the video at that point:

      Nikon Z7 BANDING? (I SHOT JPEG!)

    • Great find. Nice to have an actual engineer give specifics instead of super glossy spinning elements set to fireworks and music.

      I have a vague hope of better autofocus with a bigger lens mount and I could see from his presentation how I might not be dreaming.

    • Speaking as an engineer, it is nice to listen to an engineer instead of a marketing rep. He dumbed it down just enough for the audience, I think.

    • I'm following all of this vicariously. I'm still shooting a D700 + manual lenses and I'm hoping that some newer DSLRs will show up on the used market when these cameras become available.

      The most interesting thing to me is to see how Nikon (mis)handles the marketing and PR. Plenty of people have remarked on it. The single card slot needed to have a clear message - "XQD is so much more reliable, you don't need 2 slots" or "2 slots just slow down the transfer speed which is needed for video". Nikon seems to be proud of the video features but they're also not cutting edge.


      Mostly I'm happy I will be able to buy a mirrorless full frame camera with Nikon's ergonomics, menus, *metering* and image processing.

    • Fascinating, gerikson and welcome to Cake! πŸŽ‰

      You emphasized metering and image processing. I'd be interested in knowing more about why. I shoot with a D850 and I'm pretty surprised at how often I'm comfortable leaving it on auto exposure and even shooting in JPEG when there's action. Does Nikon have a competitive advantage in those areas?

    • That was an AWESOME review. Too me awhile to read it all, but so informative.

      Unfortunately, it talked me out of buying a Z. I'll rent one to try it but two things he said disturbed me. One is how small the buffer is, so you can't continually shoot for long. The next is it sounded like it will focus more slowly than the D850, not sure about that. πŸ™