Just look how much space it occupies on that 'compact' body. However the ZDX lenses perform, unless they are in the f0.75ish or faster and/or 16mm (24mm equiv) or shorter won't really benefit from the Z-mount's dimensions. Enter the Ulanzi ST-09, an adjustable mount that allows you to turn an Apple Watch into a live viewfinder on the rear of your iPhone. The Sigma 65mm F2 DG DN is for the photographer who wants a focal length that falls squarely between 50mm and 85mm. So much fail in your post. Technical Editor Richard Butler's pick was the unusual lens that gave him the opportunity to try something new. A proper aperture ring on an f3.5-6.3 aperture would be kind of a nightmare. Take a closer look. Unfortunate that all that Nikon pro lenses do not have lens-stabilization ;). A me piace. Obviously this is just the beginning for Nikon. The app includes automatic image transfer, gallery creation, editing tools and more. What can it do that I cannot do already? Gee people. Built in flash.Bad: Another battery type? Sample Images Introduction Format Lens Compatibility Specifications Accessories Unboxing Performance Compare User's Guide Recommendations More Information Nikon Z50 (15.7 oz./446g with battery and card, one SD card slot, $857) and superb Nikon Z 16-50mm DX VR. I fail to see what you gained. Senior Editor Barney Britton's Gear of the Year part two details how he ended up with a Reflex-Nikkor 1000mm F11, and despite its quirks, why it was ideal for a creative project in the COVID-era. View our sample gallery to see how a bit of shift can change a photo or introduce creative effects. Nikon should curtainly make a lens like the Fuji 18-55/2.8-4, but this has nothing to do with the cheap and tiny 16-50mm, which compairs with the Fuji 15-45mm. PL provides various digital photography news, reviews, articles, tips, tutorials and guides to photographers of all levels, By Nasim Mansurov 80 CommentsLast Updated On October 28, 2020. This is great, because it makes the camera much more functional in the field, especially when one needs to make quick exposure adjustments. But it's stupid not to allow Canon users to use the lenses they have. The Nikon Z50 is the first-generation Z-mount DX mirrorless camera with an APS-C sensor. As we continue to test Nikon's update of its multimedia full-framer, we've added more of our findings so far on image quality, dynamic range and video quality. Good point on the lack of a power zoom - Nikon did that with the 1 series V3 kit lens and nobody wanted that. i rather think this camera has seen too many Meetings™. By making this body just a couple millimeters larger to accommodate the "15" batteries, I think Nikon would've stumbled into a whole new target market they didn't anticipate: their existing customer base wanting a fun, inexpensive addition. 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Combining a 37MP full-frame sensor, minimalist controls and Lightroom Mobile built in, it's a refreshing – if a bit quirky – take on the smartphone-meets-camera concept. And despite the big size of the Z-mount, Nikon left plenty of room between the mount and the grip to make the camera comfortable even for those with larger hands. @T3I've spotted plenty of DX users out there and almost all of them used DX lenses. With a manual zoom, I can go straight to 35mm. Video. Yes, the mount seems to be a constraint, but the Z50 is also quite wide and very deep with it's grip. Natural History Museum's Wildlife Photographer of the Year has selected 25 photos for its People's Choice Award. The Laowa 15mm F4.5 Zero-D Shift lens lets you shift perspective without moving the camera, correct for converging lines and more. It's superlative in both sharpness and bokeh plus and purple/green fringing is absolutely at a minimum. For now, the app is in beta and limited to a handful of Samsung Galaxy smartphones, but as development continues, it's safe to assume support for other Android devices is on the way. Your observation of minimal fringing makes perfect sense, as aberration absence is part of the sharpness equation. Even at f1.8. For small lenses, you don't need a foot on the adapter. No matter how deep Canon's pockets are I just don't see them continuing to develop lenses for that many mounts. Take a look. But events and street, and my cats lol, are my thing. Good: Ergonomics, kit lens and bundle pricing. So these Nikons are not slow compared to the competition. and Enjoy your life. This is true. "Canon has always made their EF-s lenses incompatible with FF bodies and it has never gotten in the way of their market share.". Enlighten me.. you asked if they are plastic.. No one's stopping you from doing so.Though the 24 to 70 range on DX cameras makes little sense to me - neither wide enough for a standard zoom, neither long enough for a long zoom. Sony fans, ML fans in general, would lose their minds viewing at 100%! $1,149.00. The R, for me at least, just muddied the waters. The lenses will fit, but they won't illuminate the sensor past APS-C, so what did you gain. But at least all of Nikon's pro mirrorless lenses can be used on their DX mirrorless lenses because Nikon's entire mirrorless system uses a single lens mount: the Z mount. This one is bypassing movie theaters and going straight to the $5 DVD discount rack. Do the kit lenses have metal or plastic mount ring? Or is it a multi-function electronic control ring that either gets used for manual focus, or for changing some other function (i.e aperture)? SPONSORED. Aside from the dedicated ISO button, the Z50 also features a front-dial – something you never see on entry-level Nikon DSLRs. Unless you are somewhat OCD about your photography, I can understand no reason whatsoever that I would be concerned about having my lens at exactly 35mm instead of 33mm or 36mm, especially if those other focal lengths more accurately reflect the image I wanted to make. Now, three months later, the company has confirmed in a statement that the personal information of past and current employees was taken from its servers. I disagree with you on the multi-angle screens though, I much prefer the simple tilt ones. That said, the future 18-140mm really should be a 16-160mm, at least. YAHOO #2...... Also, , as compared to a Fuji, or the Canon M-EOS series, its going to be a better bet right out of the box, and its affordable. I think Nikon made a smart move with the Z50. People may not want PZ but that's because they don't know what they're doing. Having previously used the A6400, the differences in AF performance and accuracy are quite noticeable. I like the flexibility of both. Similarly, Sony has the E 16-50mm/3.5-5.6 and 55-210mm/4.5-6.3, Canon has the EF-M 15-45mm/3.5-6.3 and 55-200mm/4.5-6.3. https://www.canonnews.com/canons-eos-m-mount-is-the-best-designed-mount-according-to-fujifilm. Pair the Z 50 with the NIKKOR Z DX 16-50mm f/3.5-6.3 VR or NIKKOR Z DX 50-250mm f/4.5-6.3 VR to effectively reduce camera shake as both lenses come with dual detect optical vibration reduction which means every image will be sharper than ever. I really hope Nikon is not going to cripple its Z-mount DX system as it has done with its DX DSLR cameras…. Meanwhile they're hearing about the iffy AF on the Z bodies and concluding the Z world is irrelevant to them. Nikon has paired its Z 50 kit with a number of accessories to create an all-in-one set of gear to get up and shooting video and vlogs right out of the box. The most common assignment might be aperture for those who are used to shooting with an older AF-D lens with the aperture ring (or other brands that had them, like Fuji). Most of the known Z lenses won't have VR built in (the 70-200mm f/2.8 and the three known Z DX lenses are the exceptions). They could also do a variation of what I mentioned--maybe not a removable collar but one that rotates so you can rotate it up 180 degrees for hand held uses. And no battery grip option. @ Aegon Targaryen. @Beckler8: People may not want PZ but that's because they don't know what they're doing. It's a fantastic lens. Usually I go by what looks good composition-wise unless I'm demonstrating something and need to be at a specific FL. As I have previously pointed out, the Nikon Z50 is positioned above entry-level DSLRs like Nikon D3500 and D5600, putting it closer to what the Nikon D7500 has to offer. I think the design goal was to keep the price down, and so they went for cheaper light weight lenses initially. Sadly i knew the moment Nikon released photos of the Z that it wouldn't work for me. I'm actually thinking about dumping my Canon for the Nikon Z. Not the 85mm f/1.8 S. I have been using the 85mm f/1.8 S for a month now and used at equivalent aperture/subject-background distance scale, its bokeh is easily comparable to my Zeiss 135mm f2 and Nikon 105mm f/1.4 and 200mm f/2.0 that I use on my D850. I was on a shoot once (and it was the end of the day and I was tired) and I couldn't get the FTZ to lock. Nikon introduced two Z DX lenses with the Z50, the 16-50mm f/3.5-6.3 and 50-250mm f/4.5-6.3. It is very similar to the A7 III and significantly larger than the A6400/X-T30/M6II. On Nikon Fx DSLRs, the user can opt to shoot in Dx mode which will automatically crop in to the image to remove the vignette or they can opt to do the cropping themselves in PP. Best of all, you can get this lens now, as opposed to years down the line (who knows when?) Yes they are helpful but it can still be done with good results if you try and use good technique when possible (ie. I just checked and it's something like aperture, M/A focus or exposure compensation, all of which you can do without the ring anyway in the current configuration (and most people coming from an entry/mid-range DSLR will be more familiar with the dual dials versus a ring to adjust things other than maybe focus. That's not the case with Canon's mirrorless. That error (in my view) has a ripple effect that means a different set of backup batteries and yet another charger to make room for at home and on the road. Read our full review to find out how it performs. Someone's going to say you're not 'supposed' to zoom during a shot. It has two customizable buttons on the front that you can get to while holding the camera up to your eye, you can pretty much control all major aspects of exposure with the camera to your eye, in its current configuration. What will it do that I cannot do with my current cameras? That's not the case with Nikon's and Sony's mirrorless systems where there is total cross compatibility between APS-C and FF. 'What's the best mirrorless camera?' You can get into the system at a fairly low cost for $1400 with 2 lenses and easily upgrade to the Z6 or Z7 when it's time to go FF without having to rebuy lenses. use tripod when possible/feasible, or if you must, higher ISOs or bracing your arms for stability, etc). Having such a small aperture as f/6.3 at such a modest, standard focal length as 50mm is a setback to the sensor size itself. As I recall, Canon introduced 3 adaptors -- a basic one, a control ring one, and a drop-in filter one. Sadly, no such lenses are on the roadmap for the immediate future. No IBIS is a real bummer it is easier to make it for the smaller sensor... look what Panasonic offer for a lot less with the G80-85. I mean there is a trial-and-error method (or I suppose if you wanted to put dots on the lens barrel yourself so you know, then that would work too) but most on here have claimed (and I can attest to this) it's hard. Meaning that the bokeh is not creamy/dreamy, there's no "melt" and shapes remain discernible. So what is the purpose of the tilt-down screen? Rather than get a negative impression of the Z50, what all these have done instead is to create a negative impression on DPR. While testing out the camera, I purposefully limited myself to only the two DX kit zoom lenses the camera came with, so that I can demonstrate their capabilities and see if they are sufficient for most day-to-day needs of photographers. @ LGO. Nikon gave it a go with 1 series and didn't pull it off, possibly because a 1" sensor just doesn't quite cut it for an ILC, but that is all history. Near enough to identical in size to the Olympus E-M1 II flagship, interestingly enough. "I just wish Nikon would spend less attention on maximum sharpness, and instead put more effort into bokeh on the Z lenses...". Too expensive!! While it may have been challenging at times, I managed to do without OIS or VR and was able to walk away with sharp shots 95% of the time. All the DX kit lenses from Nikon I believe are plastic, so you are partially correct. Now that is something new and different. â¦ But whether it clicks or not is a matter of personal preference. Doesn't this screen flip? The flip-side is that, compared with weightier FX (full-frame format) Z-mount lenses, it feels a bit less solid and has a plastic rather than metal mounting plate. Nikon's latest Z-series camera, the third in the lineup, features an APS-C sensor and is being launched alongside two DX-format kit zooms. Portrait Lens For Nikon Z50. Do you need a substantial reason to purchase anything?Why not just buy something because its fun, and it enhances the experience called "Life".Also, the camera will take better JPGS then any OLY or Fuji , its a small camera, the kit lens supplied is excellent, and stabilized. ". Deal maker would also have been fine. With the new Pro Display XDR Calibrator and accompanying firmware update, users can now recalibrate their Pro Display XDR monitors. That certainly doesn't mean it can't make cream, but i haven't seen it. The Fuji XF lenses are indeed superior to the XC versions, not just in speed and build quality but in IQ, specifically in terms of the richness of the contrast. The Nikon Z50 is set to retail for $860 body only, $1,000 with a kit lens, or $1,350 for the two-lens kit. It was a good all round multipurpose lens. Questions of ease of use, pleasure of use, target use, and so on, are the issues. Let’s take a look at the key specifications of these four cameras and see how they differ: As you can see from the above table, the Nikon Z50 has a lot going for it when compared to its DSLR counterparts. When you mount an APS-C lens, the camera automatically crops down to APS-C. How does the Nikon Z50 compare to its competitors from Sony, Fuji and Canon? Nikon 50mm F1.8 The best portrait lens for Nikon Z50 is still Nikon â¦ And look at those dials and buttons. However, comparing the 85S to the 105mm f1.4G, hhhmmm... that is a mighty-tall claim. As to the FX lenses on DX bodies, it depends on the event or situation. In this buying guide we’ve rounded up all the current interchangeable lens cameras costing under $1000 and recommended the best. Today, Nikon Inc. announced the next Z series mirrorless camera, the DX-format Nikon Z 50, along with two new companion NIKKOR Z lenses, the NIKKOR Z DX 16-50mm f/3.5-6.3 VR and NIKKOR Z DX 50-250mm f/4.5-6.3 VR. In spite of DPR's conviction that there will be no M5 II, I think we will see one (or maybe and M3 or M1) and it will still be very portable (although possibly with a bigger battery). The new Laowa 15mm F4.5 Shift lens lets you go wide with perspective control. Not many people use 24-70 lenses on APS-C DSLRs either. While this might not be ideal for those who want to use gloves or have issues finding the area to touch when looking through the viewfinder, I personally did not find it to be much of a hassle in the field for a number of reasons. With its price point of $860 MSRP, it competes head-to-head with other mirrorless options on the market such as the Sony A6400, Fuji X-T30, and Canon EOS M6 Mark II. Not USB-C. Looking at the specs on Nikon's web site I think the one place Nikon dropped the ball on the Z50 is not including both an SD slot and a XQD slot. That might be useful if you are expecting an 8mm f/1 APS-C Z mount lens to emerge from Nikon, but I wouldn't hold my breath while waiting. You gain the ability to use lenses you currently own. Chris and Jordan take a look at the new Sigma 35mm F2 and 65mm F2. For example, my A6000 with Sony 50/1.8 OSS is more compact than your EF 50/1.4 with an EF adapter. But just, future wise. All Z lenses have programmable rings doofus. Yes just like every other kit lens produced. Considering how small the Z50 is, it would have been tough to fit an LCD screen on the top of the body without compromises, so I personally do not consider it to be a huge negative. Sigma's new primes promise very good performance and light weight, when paired with L-mount and Sony E-mount mirrorless interchangeable lens cameras. Canon mostly has slow zoom lenses in its EF-M lens line-up. $13.99. This thing can fit in my jacket pocket or my notebook bag. @ Dragonrider. I'm talking with guys every week on football sidelines who are waiting and wondering where the fast long lenses are. 50-70mm isn't a huge problem but 250-300mm difference can make difference. Similar to other Nikon cameras, the buttons and the dial are all plastic as well. Lacking the upper status screen included on the Z6 and Z7, the biggest control on the top of the Z50 is a large, non-locking exposure mode dial. I'm sure if it's a child's baseball game with parents, yeah they're probably using the DX kit lenses. As for picture quality it is comparable with D7500 that make me happy enough. Then you totally misread and missed the point of that article. After that, I switch to LCD. I think they tried to keep the same basic layout as the D5000/D3000 series so that those users would feel more comfortable with the layout if/when they move to the Z50. Cheers! In business, one never invests in new equipment unless it can do more, consume fewer resources, or do something better than one's current plant. The front Grip is Masterful and it does not have an annoyingly stupid "selfie Flip out" type of screen that makes the camera 23 inches wide when you flip it out. Canon's APS-C and FF mirrorless systems use two entire different, incompatible lens mounts: EF-M for APS-C and RF for full frame. @io_bg - People should be allowed to make whatever choices they want when it comes to lens and body combos. Of course, someone could make a focal expander (Most teleconverters will work if the lenses fit) so you could put an EF-S lens on a FF body and have a really slow tele lens for your FF. CIPA's latest report for global camera shipments shows the camera industry is gaining pace once again in a year marred by the COVID-19 pandemic atop a market already in decline. It's just easier to do with a manual zoom where you can very easily nudge it just a mm or two. But it will add 135 grams to the overall weight and about 80 mm to the length of the lens, which partly negates the advantages of the smaller, lighter camera body. Nikon isn't aiming this camera at people currently lumbered with 6D, 90D and M-1. Not all this weak sauce early adopter taxation, and planned-out incremental updates/upgrades. When it comes to ergonomics, Nikon shooters will feel right at home with the Z50. Read more about Nasim here. I said the same thing about the Z6/Z7 when they came out, which is maybe not a bad thing because many people liked the grips on Nikon DSLRs over what Sony and others were offering. Fourth, the D7500 is the only camera in the group that can command other flashes using Nikon’s Creative Lighting System (CLS). I purchased a Nikon Z50 for use in wildlife photography coupled with my F mount Nikkor 200-500mm lens using the Nikon FTZ adapter. It's obviously not sharp at all wide open and the fringing on the cat photos in the Sample Gallery is really obvious. Even for the wide 16mm (24mm equiv.) (including Canon 6D, 90D, Oly M-1). The whole front part of the camera, including the top and the grip, is basically single-piece magnesium alloy, which is finished nicely with black paint, some rubber and plastic. It just looks like they've learned some lessons from the mirrorless competition to me. There's no shame in that at all. I was being casual, but that wasn't appropriate for this specific discussion. Similar to other Nikon DSLRs, the grip is covered with textured rubber, providing great comfort when using the camera for extended periods of time. True, those cheapo ones are probably comparable. Both have VR built in. But like you mention, it's really a whole other system that ya gotta make room for. : Obviously not. It's not about the convenience in getting to an exact focal length in terms of mm, it's about getting to an exact focal length that suits the perspective and the framing that you want for your image. It is also unfortunate that the kit lens for the Z50, the 16-50mm DX, is an f/3.5-6.3 aperture lens. @io_bg - The 24-70 is obviously just one focal. Both are very compact for their focal range, particularly when in their unextended travel position. Sometimes I use FF, sometimes I use APS-C. Winning them (us) back has been a long hard battle, and I think Nikon is missing some good opportunities with the decisions they're making in the Z world. and the body looks ok. but the details tell a different story: trying to be OPC (overly politically correct) and not offending anyone but also not having an opinion. I'm betting you will see Canon release a crop factor R, similar to the Z50 and dump the entire M lineup leaving a ton of people high and dry. Then there's the R which muddies the waters even more for Canon. https://camerasize.com/compact/#796,693,834,689,692,wa,f. The MTF of the two ZDX lenses are quite impressive and far better than any kit lens available from Sony, Fuji and Canon. Ehh, maybe. Sony has a wider selection of lenses available, but that’s if you take into account its full-frame (FE) lenses. Agree about the no IBIS. Gorgeous bokeh! It has, in fact, the advantage of seeing the FL in the VF. Nikon will probably offer their 16-80mm within a few years. or "I'm sold on this kit because..." Then it's obvious to people that you like it. I shot a 24-70 non-stabilized lens (the older 24-70 ED lens) for 4 years. And as T3 said, the Z6/Z7 have DX crop mode. As you can see in this image, the Z50 is a small camera, with a relatively sparse top-plate, but generously-sized grip. The only way there is an upgrade path to FF with a crop body is if you start with FF lenses. That's because I use both. And i shouldn't have equated the 85's bokeh with the 50's. It's true, sometimes the 50 isn't just unappealing, it is in fact occasionally abrupt. The Canon RF 800mm F11's unique combination of telephoto reach, affordability and light weight will likely enable even more people to do the same. The 85mm f1.8S looks just like the 50mm f1.8S. The Dx lenses will vignette on a full frame body to some extent. In this buying guide we’ve rounded up all the current interchangeable lens cameras costing around $2000 and recommended the best. And the huge throat diameter is irrelevant for APS-C. He is recognized as one of the leading educators in the photography industry, conducting workshops, producing educational videos and frequently writing content for Photography Life. Third, the built-in flash on the Z50 is tiny when compared to the flash on the D7500, so if you need more fill-flash power, the D7500 is going to be a better choice. The Sony 16-50mm while 1/3 faster on the long end is particularly bad. The Z50 and Z6 can record 4K video up to 30fps using the entire width of the sensor. Expect the 85mm f1.2S to have completely different bokeh from the f1.8S. You are looking at this from an enthusiast perspective and ignoring the actual market for the M series which is all about portability. @Dragonrider - "I fail to see what you gained.". Sigma has introduced its new 'I series' of compact, premium full-frame lenses for E and L mounts. Now given the history with DX lens releases - there will probably be a fast lens available in about 10 years time (nothing fast and DX shown on the lens roadmap on Nikonrumors). The second lens is the Nikon NIKKOR Z DX 50-250mm F/4.5-6.3 VR zoom. Initial thoughts are that the lenses are too slow, the Fuji eqv's are all way faster. Its autofocus system has more AF points and coverage than any Nikon DSLR, and it has a wide AF detection range of -4 to +19 EV. No, this is a tilty screen, flippy is great for vlogging, It does flip down 180 degrees, so you can vlogg hand-held, @DRDL ----> Tripod mount can't use gorilla pid unless I create a contraption to attach it to the hot-shoe, then flip the camera upside down, Tilty screen is great for still shooters... ;-). All i need is a mirrorless D850 with a pop-up flash and I'm good. So you'll never be able to mount any RF lens on any EOS M body. Fuji’s AF system on the X-T30 is also quite fast, although I would rank Nikon’s AF system to be more accurate for still subjects (more on AF performance later in the review). ), but I'd rather have a 16-50mm f1.8-2.8 or even f2.8-4. Add the 85 1.8 Z at $800 and for the cost of the Z6 Kit with the 24-70 you have a nice foundation into the Z-series. As well as the new Nikon Z50, Nikon has officially announced the Noct 58mm f/0.95, two new DX lenses for the Z50, the DX 16-50mm VR, and DX 50-250mm VR. It's very hard for people who want to get a specific FL to do it with a PZ without a zoom scale to judge. Canon corrected this bad decision by allowing EF-S lenses to be used on their RF full frame bodies. It's a niche (and pricey) product to be sure, but so far we find it to be well-designed and capable of outstanding results. So pour a tall cold one and get ready to treat yourself, 2020 style. Why Fuji? Is it an aperture ring? Plus Nikon's like of dedicated Z series lenses is much bigger than Canon's. It is the lightest and smallest in Nikon’s enthusiast line. Owners of other DX Nikkor lenses can use them on the Z50 body with the Nikon FTZ lens mount adapter. BTW the portability market is bigger than the enthusiast market and that is the reason why the M series outsells even Sony in many geographical areas. What's a flippy screen? they aren't as good optically as the XF but are lighter and cheaper. It really seams to me that the body size and design is aimed at higher price point, more like a competitor to the Fuji X-T3. However, I would certainly agree that Nikon should not stop here, at the basement level, but also bring equivalents to say the Fuji XF18-55mm/2.8-4 or the Sony E 10-18mm/4. You skip the kit lens and just pickup the body for $860, pickup the 24-70 F4 for $1000 and for $60 more than the Z6 body you are into the new Z-series system. Nikon says that the body is somewhat weather-sealed, although not up to the standards of the full-frame Z6 and Z7 bodies. @Mcdane:Yep. Seems like a bit of an orphan. On the flip side, tiny little mirrorless bodies are a PITA when you are using a big lens, unless the lens is so big that it needs a tripod. I was considering a Z50 as a toy. Fascinating, and daring. But again, this was done for marketing reasons is my guess, and to perhaps entice people to upgrade if and when an IBIS-enabled APS-C body is released. Nikon recently launched its Yellow Program, a worry-free initiative that allows photographers to try out their Z50 camera for 30 days. And being a mirrorless camera, it has some features like Eye AF, Focus Peaking and other useful on-screen information overlays that are not found on any of the above DSLRs.