The last couple of years has seen an expansion in the full-frame mirrorless sector. All the major camera manufacturers have added new cameras and lenses to their line-ups. Like many professionals, I have, over the last 25 years, invested a lot into the F mount system having owned many of the pro bodies at some point that Nikon has released over the years. Mirrorless was specifically not on my radar as I have been more than happy with the D850s and the results I have been getting from it since its release in 2017. The announcement and release of the Nikon Z 7II gave me an opportunity to test the system and see if it would be an advantage and improve some aspects of the range of work I do especially macro which is one of my specialties. It would also give me an insight into the mirrorless world and sample the future of photography which is undoubtedly headed in that direction.
I have been using the Z 7II for a while on a wide range of subjects and I'm extremely impressed with the performance and the quality of the images I have gotten from it. Make no mistake this is an impressive and extremely capable camera and exceptionally good value considering its price. While I have read and heard various comments about it; most of them being excellent, however, there will always be those that want to take issue with some aspect. As you will see in a short time I have had the use of the camera I have tested where possible on a wide range of subjects. I have to use GPS in all of my work and the D850 is ideal for that but for the majority of photographers, this would not be essential. You can, of course, use SnapBridge and transfer the data, but this is a bit more time-consuming and I prefer to have GPS in at source. The Z 7II is not a replacement for the D850 as many photographers think. Nikon has been careful to ensure that the D850 has its independence from the Z 7II. The forthcoming release of their flagship model, the Z 9 is likely to set the bar even higher. I look forward to testing this camera which I feel will be the turning point for many photographers still holding on to DSLR technology. The current release of the Nikon Teasers has shown what awaits those who want to dip their toe into the future of photography. The Z 9 looks to be another D 3 moment for Nikon and then some. I think this camera will set the bar at a level that others will have to reach.
Below is a sample of images taken with the Nikon Z 7II using a range of F mount lenses and some Z glass ranging from 14mm through to 500mm.
Thompson FRPS FIPF award winning natural history photographer, author, freelance writer, conservationist and entomologist. Specialising in macro, travel, aerial and conventional landscapes nature & wildlife photography. Frequent contributor to the photographic press and other natural history publications. Photography seminars, lectures workshops. Specialist interest in insects especially butterflies, moths, saturniidae, dragonflies, seashore, plants, orchids., fungi and lichens.