I am so happy that my new Nikon Z 7 mirrorless camera arrived just a week before I leave for a month in Italy and Sardinia! I have been waiting for this camera for a long time. While many of my photographer friends couldn’t wait and bought Sony and FujiFilm mirrorless cameras I held out for this day and I’m glad I did. The Nikon Z 7 has a 45.7MP image sensor which so far to me looks as if it has the same or even more dynamic range of my Nikon D850 or Nikon D5. The camera body is so light and has an exceptional grip. It just feels right in my hands. The FTZ mount adapter allows me to use my existing Nikkor lenses on the Nikon Z 7. I tested them all out and they work like a charm, even my NIkkor 600mm f/4. The menus on the Z 7 are similar to the D850 so I was able to set everything up very quickly. This is a well thought out camera and I think Nikon will be very successful with it.
To give the camera a good test before I head to Italy I went to Venice Beach to shoot the sunset and see how the Z 7 performed in low light. I was very pleased with the results. I see no evidence of the suggestion that there is “banding” with the Z 7. These two shots were taken at the Venice Fishing Pier in Venice, Florida.
This shot was taken with the Nikon Z 7 with the 24-70 S lens at 27mm, 1/160s, f/4, ISO 1250.
Launching lanterns after sunset at the Venice Fishing Pier, Venice, Florida
This sunset shot was taken with the Nikon Z 7 with the 24-70 S lens at 27mm, 1/30s, f/11, ISO 64.
Sunset over the Venice Fishing Pier, Venice, Florida
I’ll provide a full report on the Nikon Z 7 after my Italy trip where I plan to use it extensively.