D850 or Z7 II? Which to buy

zirano says:

Hi,

Sorry for youre loss, hope you are allright.
i have a D850 and a Z7 first version.
The D850 is certainly the better camera probably the best do-it-all DSLR.
The Z7 is lighter, its a usable camera but it is Nikons first Generation Mirrorless Camera,
the user interface on the Z’s is from the consumer line, battery door is not ideal camera has no backlight buttons, does not keep certain drive modes once shut of or sleep.
Z Lenses are really good but expensive with a limited lineup atm.
Personally I bought the Z7 because of the weight, I think both cameras will work for you. Maybe you can check them out in a store Z7II and D3 thats quite a difference.
17 hours ago (permalink)

dfrhling says:

Also sorry for your loss.

Had the advantage to have both a D850 (jack-of-all-trades) and a Z6. Mainly with a FTZ adaptor (have the 50 & 85 f1.8 S-Line lens) with F-Nikkors.
Nice is the VR in the camera. And also it worked (Novoflex adaptor) with native M-Lenses.
And manual focusing is very nice with the Z6.

Basically most Nikon-Things work with the Z Series. Flash too. Besides some quirks, good results.

Advantage of the “II” Series is a battery-grip like in the D3 (build-in) available.

Its a tough question to decide.
15 hours ago (permalink)

fd3rd says:

The decision is mirror vs. mirrorless. I tried mirrorless, albeit a Sony, and could not get comfortable with it. My understanding is that the Z series cameras are are more Nikon user friendly but I have not used one. I’m back to my Nikon mirror cameras, D 750 and D 850, and they feel like old friends. If 24 MP is acceptable to you, the D 750 is still a great camera and has a few features I wish were on the D 850. The D850 is a very good choice if you decide you prefer a mirror camera. Sorry about the D3s but glad you’re OK! And the survival of the 35 mm is the silver lining to the story!
11 hours ago (permalink)

look-book says:

I am an amateur and I liked to buy very good and also expensive cameras.
I had the D5 and was very happy with it – except for the weight.

So I bought a used z6 with adapter FTZ to try out the new system.
The FTZ adapter works great on the Z.

I sold my D5 after a year of using it together and so far have stayed with the Z6 and invested my money in the new lenses.

For me this was a very good decision. The new lens series is really outstanding.
Since 2 weeks I still have the 70-200z …
What can I say – I have never had a better zoom in this Liega!

My advice is …
Buy a gbrauchte Z of the older generation for smaller money.
Try for yourself and don’t lose too much money by being smart.

If you don’t need so many pixels, maybe the Z6 is enough for you – the older generation is available for small money and he loss on sale keeps within limits.

Best regards

Uwe
11 hours ago (permalink)

Frode Numan says:

I own a D500, Z6 and Z7-II. I prefer the Z7-II for portrait (eye-focus!) and macro work (resolution). For shooting birds I like the D500 very much combined with my 500mm PF. Just that more responsive.

The Z-line lenses are great and they are the future if you want more detail and lighter glass.
That is the reason I stepped into the Z-line. But I can’t part from my D500 yet.

If you don’t want – or are not shure yet – to invests in new Z-lenses, I would get a second hand D850.
11 hours ago (permalink)

L’Arsène says:

Sorry to hear that, I would hate to lose my D3s like that. I don’t use it much these days, but I still keep it (together with a D3) and shall never part with it, I think.

Anyway, the answer to your question is easy and twofold:

First, it depends on lenses. Z mount lenses are unequivocally better than F mount ones, often by a large margin. Whether you are willing to rebuild your collection of lenses or not, that’s the first question. Otherwise, it will mean using lenses not as good as those you could have, with the added downside of the FTZ adapter (one or several) that works perfectly but is bulky and adds weight.

Second, it depends on what you mostly shoot. If you do a lot of fast action photography, you’ll probably be better off with a D850 for tracking autofocus. The Z models are catching up fast, but aren’t there yet (and there is the issue of the viewfinder blackout, short but there). They soon will be, though. On the other hand, they are the future, and personally, I never regretted going mirrorless (although I also did keep my D850).

Finally, there are a couple of “secondary” issues, such as can you habituate yourself to an EVF? Are you seeking smaller and lighter form factors?

I shoot landscapes, old stones, studio photography, macro, architecture. The Z7 is perfect for me and I almost haven’t used my D850 for more than two years now. Haven’t seen the point in updating to the Z7 II model for my use cases, but certainly waiting for the high-end model that’s rumored to be announced later this year.
6 hours ago (permalink)