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Moving to mirrorless?


17 Mar 2023 10:37PM
Iím currently using Nikon d850 with Nikon 500mm f5.6 for shooting wildlife/birds, was thinking moving to mirrorless? Whatís your thoughts on the Nikon z9 and the Nikon z 600mm lens?
pablophotographer 11 2.1k 440
18 Mar 2023 12:13AM
I watched in youtube a comparison of z50 (cropped sensor) with x1.4 teleconverter and a 300mm lens that gives you a reach equivalent to 630mm
with a z6 or with a x2 telenconverter and the sane f/4 300 mm PFlens which gives a reach 600mm.

The results may surprise you. It is titled as follows:

Nikon Z50 & Z6 with 300mm f4 PF + Teleconverters - A compact setup for Birds in Flight

LenShepherd 15 4.6k United Kingdom
18 Mar 2023 1:07PM
Assuming you mean the 600mm Z mount lens (with its long waiting list) the price with a Z9 and new cards is over £21,000.

The Z9 which I own is an extremely competent camera.

I cannot afford the 600mm Z lens.
19 Mar 2023 7:27AM
Yes the z mount 600 lens, but wanted info on z9, how to you find it? Do you use it for birds? Any good for flight shots? Thanks
LenShepherd 15 4.6k United Kingdom
19 Mar 2023 7:56AM

Quote:Yes the z mount 600 lens, but wanted info on z9, how to you find it? Do you use it for birds? Any good for flight shots? Thanks

As yet I have not done extensive BIF work with the 800 PF - which is the limit of my budget.
Your combination is about an another £9,000.
There are plenty of images on specialist forums showing in the hands of experienced BIF photographer the Z9 and 600 S is a superb combination.
The ability of the camera AI to detect a bird, then the head, then the eye all in a fraction of a second and the cameras ability to track rapidly moving subjects seems to be excellent.
Success is influenced by a photographers ability to keep the subject centred in the selected AF zone - which as I expect you know in view of your budget is where a Gimbal for long lens work can make a difference

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