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Z5? What’s the verdict.

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I am getting a Z5 tomorrow.


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Just picked up the Z5 with the 24-200 f4-6.3 lens and got it running without ever having to touch the manual! I just got out of a Sony A6400 with all its manic menu mania and this camera is a dream by comparison!  It has all the right buttons to immediately access settings without having to dive into menus so I can go back to shooting the old way! The image quality is really very good. No complaints there. I mostly do portraits, events, and travel type photography and this thing is ten times easier for me to live with than the Sony. Even with an f4 lens I can run it in low light and it works. I don't do video so no comments there, but if you are an old school photog that learned on a Pentax K1000 and TriX then this camera is for you!


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''IF'' I were to get a mirrorless camera, the Z5 would probably be my pick. 


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Z5 makes great start body. but if you shot a lot and have good amount of F mount glass a used gen 1 Z6 would been better route. do to low light sensor and great for video and sports and wildlife 


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Yes, I have one.  It has never seen a Z lens.

On bellows, excellent.

On Novoflex, follow focus, a drop of magic.

On FTZ, if you must.  My Voigtlanders sit on this.

On Fringer EF-NZ, a revelation.  Full Focus assist.

Choose your Canon fit lenses with care and geometrical anomalies will take scientific measurement to detect.

With my quiver of Canons I have a Tokina AT-X Pro Macro 100 F2.8 D.  My walk about lens.

Having used both the FTZ  and Fringer extensively, I picked the Canon fit, not the Nikon F.  Cheaper, a bonus.


If you even use the AF, I cannot relate.  If you need the shake control, I was brought up "Old School" with a Rollei TLR.  Dad, Fleet St. and a Royal photographer!  Frightening tales of Brooklands and Wartime Aerial reconnosance for SIS.

Movies, why?  I am not a Wedding snapper.

Photography in the dark.  Seldom.


Remote photography where clarity, image quality and a total absence of human contact or body induced vibration, a definite pass.

Nikon uses this sparse sensor exceptionall well.  Couple this with Nikon's digital imaging "sauce".

When using coupled lenses with a 35mm enlarger lens in front for Macro, the Zfc with more concentrated pixels would be the recommended choice.

Slide copying, exemplary.  Probably only a Z7ii would be better


Takes two big SD cards.  Yes.

Takes a Hoodman eyepiece.  Yes.

Professional image crop.  No

Filters may be fitted into the rear of both the FTZ and Fringer.  Yes, same fit filter.

Good to hold with a Spider strap, better than most Nikons.


With some filters (LPF), the image at post processing, on the rear screen (that I could do without) and the excellent viewfinder are all different.


NB.  Remote control subverts live view yet unfortunately is less comprehensive.


Next buy will be the Z7ii.

Does it work well though?  Better than I expected.






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I bought one last year, along with the 24-70 f4 S lens, then added the 14-30 f4 shortly after, it's a great camera, as I didn't need better video function and the top LCD screen, there was no need to consider the Z6,