EyeSpyEagle wrote in post #19070551
Excellent comparison, Chris. Thanks for sharing.
I can do that with the Z6, but it's not nearly as effective with a max res of 24mp. The Z7 has a clear advantage when shooting in DX mode.
I am giving the Z7+500PF a serious try Philip, really want to get comfortable with the Z7 and find out if it has major drawbacks for me in practical shooting.
I bought the Meike MK-Z7G grip extension, and that is working out great, the body itself offers no rest or support for your little finger, but with the grip, it is just perfect.
Weakest point as of yet I find the subject acquisition against cluttered or busy backgrounds when doing BIF.
Against an even sky it works amazingly well, but against busy backgrounds it is not close to dslr level subject acquisition. None of the various AF modes really solves this weakness. I am not a hardcore BIF shooter, otherwise I would dismiss the Z7 for this alone, but apart from this weakness, AF does amazingly well, somewhat slower but more consistent and more accurate, although you guys are producing some great and sharp images with the D500!
My intention now, is to move forward with the Z system, and upgrade when the Z8 or Z7mkII comes, hopefully with around 55mp sensor for perfect crop mode. Z7 crop mode is álmost perfect, very close.
Battery life does not permit a full day shooting on one battery if you leave the camera awake constantly (to avoid missing shots), so I will be getting a spare.
Lastly, I am aiming to complete my wildlife set-up with the 500mm f4E. I am confident that it will have proper handling and balance with the Z7+Meike grip, and AF is reported to suffer very little speed-wise on the Z7 compared to the D850. My guess is that the Z7 on-sensor AF needs quite a bit of light to do its best.
Also, as much as I like handling the feather weight 500PF, I would not mind at all to have a bit more weight to handle, opposed to what I hear many say. The 3,09 kg of the 500mmf4E will still be very comfortable for me, even when adding the 1.4TC. 500PF and 500E+1.4TC should be perfect for me.