A Taste of the Nikon Z7 with the Noct Nikkor 58 f/1.2
Further to my post about the Noct-Nikkor on the Canon EOS-R (see that post here) , I have now managed to get hold of the Nikon Z7 and made some test shots with the said Noct for you guys to check out.
I have run into a couple of minor annoyances right off the bat, partly due to not reading the manual and partly due to my ignorance. First one being, I was unaware that the new memory card type needed for the Z7 is not the same size and shape as a standard SD card, blindly assuming although the speed is faster, the slot would still be backward compatible and my standard cards would fit – Wrong! So I had to quickly rush and buy a memory card which cost £200 GBP for a 64Gb. OUCH! I think this is a totally unnecessary move by Nikon.
The camera feels solid in hand and feels a tad more like a Sony than the EOS-R. Buttons need getting used to a little and I feel the ISO button on top is too close to the Rec button, apart from that there is nothing that you cannot get used to.
So Battery charged and £200 correct memory card inserted, off the woods before the sun sets. Here is where some of the other minor issues materialised with regards to shooting manual lens…
I could not get rid of the annoying focus indicator which was presented as small red square at the centre of the frame. Had a brief look at the menus but found it not as straight forward as Sony or Canon, so used the trackpad to move it to the bottom corner!
When zooming in to get some exact focussing, there does not seem to be a way of jumping out of the zoom without taking a shot. Each time I pressed the magnifying glass button, the view would zoom in at higher increments until I could not zoom in any longer, but the continuous pressing did not zoom back out to normal size view. Also while EVF is magnified, I noticed slight jerkiness when moving frame.
I noticed while shooting that the monitor was very dark, yet the EVF (great resolution – equal to EOS-R) was at the “correct” brightness, but every so often the EVF seemed to adjust the lighting a little. I carried on shooting assuming the default monitor brightness is the issue here.
Few shots taken, images transferred into Lightroom via Nikon app – I have no reader. To my slight horror, most images where shot VERY dark! The images you see here were all almost totally dark and restored/recovered in Lightroom. It seems that the EVF is defaulted to a setup so you can see even in very dim conditions and will self adjust even if you want to take darker shots, and while I have been assuming I was getting a WYSIWYG in fact the dark images I was seeing on the Monitor were actually how the images WERE being shot.
Once images restored to my liking, I find the IQ great when paired with this lens and for my style of shooting, and to my eyes better than with the EOS-R. Maybe it’s due to the lens being native Nikon that it looks better than on the Canon. Also I prefer the colours a little more than that of the EOS-R. The ISO and shadow recovery also seemed to prove itself greatly – No banding etc.
Again, the things I have had issues with are all fixable within the menu system (I hope), I just did not like how the camera has been defaulted with some settings. If I can find solutions within the settings and if I do not come across any other niggles, I will keep this and send back the EOS-R, purely for image quality.
I will be posting more combos hopefully on my Flickr at: https://www.flickr.com/photos/124324786@N08/ as soon as adapters arrive.