Nikon NIKKOR Z 24-70mm f/2.8 S lens hands-on video

Nikon Nikkor Z 24-70mm f/2.8 S lens
Ricci Talks has a new hands-on video about the upcoming Nikon NIKKOR Z 24-70mm f/2.8 S lens (expected to start shipping in April according to the product listings at Amazon and B&H):

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The Nikon FTZ mount adapter will be included for free with every Z6 and Z7 cameras in the US


This weekend the Nikon FTZ mount adapter will be included for free with every Z6 and Z7 camera purchase in the US. Stay tuned for the details. Currently, the FTZ adapter is $100 off when purchased in a kit at Adorama, B&H and Amazon.

Update: the new deal is now live in the US.

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Meike 50mm f/1.7 lens for Nikon Z-mount review


This Meike Z 50mm f/1.7 lens review is by Steve Gong (stevegongphoto.com, Facebook, Instagram). The lens can be purchased at B&H and Amazon.

Introduction

Although it’s been six months since the Nikon mirrorless Z system was announced, there’s still a dearth of native Z mount lenses, and the ones that are available are in my opinion somewhat overpriced (starting at $599 for the Nikon 50mm f/1.8 S) . While the FTZ adapter does work remarkably well, it adds quite a bit of bulk to even the smallest F mount lenses. This is where I believe the Meike 50mm f/1.7 finds its niche.

The Meike 50mm f/1.7 is not only tiny in size, but is also very affordable at just $139. The image quality too is surprisingly good at this price point. Perhaps the most glaring difference is the fact that this is a manual focus lens. With the advent of focus peaking in mirrorless systems, this may not be a big of a deal breaker as one might think. In my tests I’ve found this lens to be fun to use and a way to force myself to shoot differently, which by extension has me thinking about photography in a fresh way. In fact, it reminds me of shooting a manual focus rangefinder.

Key specifications:

  • Focal length: 50mm
  • Format: Full-frame
  • Aperture range: f1.7 - 22
  • Aperture: 12 blades (smooth, de-clicked)
  • Filter thread: 52mm
  • Product size: 61mm x 54.5mm
  • Product weight: 310g
  • Optical construction: 5 groups of 6 pieces

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Nikon Museum Special Collection exhibition


Some additional pictures of the upcoming Nikon Museum Special Collection I reported about two weeks ago:

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10% coupon code for used Nikon gear at KEH


For the next 4 days you can get 10% off on "notable" Nikon gear at KEH with coupon code NIK3A (this offer is valid from Thursday 3/14 - Sunday 3/17). This offer excludes ‘New’ and ‘Like New’ grade gear.

All used gear sold by KEH comes with a 180-day warranty.

KEH is an authorized Nikon dealer.

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DxOMark published Nikon Z7 sensor test results

DxOMark just published their Nikon Z7 sensor test results (see Z6 DxoMark score here):

"It’s interesting that the Nikon Z 7’s sensor produces results that are similar but not identical to the D850’s. It’s possible that some of the differences can be attributed to the presence of phase-detection autofocus pixels on the imaging sensor.

The Z 7 performs well across the board, and the combination of a high pixel count (which enables it to record a lot of detail) and the sensor’s excellent color depth means that it is capable of producing images that are very pleasing to the eye. Factor in the excellent dynamic range, and the Z 7 looks like a good choice of camera for landscape photographers, wedding photographers, and keen amateurs alike."

Here are the test results/comparisons (click for larger view):

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