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BIF with Z6 & nikon 200-500

PostPosted: Wed 21 Nov 2018 20:05
by Stany Buyle
This afternoon I was doing some BIF photography with my Z6 and it's working extremely well. The high frame rate which enables more choice among keepers makes it in realtion to the fps aspect more attractive than my D850. While D850 has a clear advantage in resolution, Z6 does much better at high iso. D850 is also better for snapping focus on BIFs, but Z6' focus locking ànd tracking was significantly better(*) than I expected and , -TMHO- better than what I experienced with Z7.

:!: Underneath image is as it comes straight out of the camera. No additional post processing or sharpening.

The scene & full exif:

And a 100% crop resized to 1000 px longest side to fit on this forum...


related topic: :arrow: Shooting with Nikon Z6

Z6 subject tracking was significantly better than I expected

PostPosted: Wed 21 Nov 2018 20:57
by Stany Buyle
While locking to the subject is slower than D5, D850 or D500(but not at all bad), once Z6 has locked on the subject, it keeps up very well, even with disturbing and confusing backgrounds. I did the same testing with Z7, in even better light (August) but Z7 had a significantly lower keeper rate.

Thumbnails in ViewNX-i from a burst: (all frames were perfectly in focus)


One of the images during this burst:

And a 100% crop:

related topic: :arrow: Shooting with Nikon Z6
related topic: :arrow: Make Z7' AF faster while lowering fps..

Re: BIF with Z6 & nikon 200-500

PostPosted: Thu 22 Nov 2018 09:46
by Stany Buyle
On my questions about Z6'AF vs Z7'AF I got interesting answers from AA2...
AA2 wrote:"AA2: Make Z7' AF faster while lowering fps.."
Most reviewers and users report that Z7'AF is significantly slower than its DSLR counterpart D850 in continuous mode-H & and AF-C.
First of all, ML' AF and DSLR' AF is very different, with both systems having strengths and weaknesses.
Making Z7' AF in AF-C & CM faster can be achieved while lowering fps. There is a relation between Z7' AF speed in continuous mode and the buffer.
Also the difference in file size and related buffer might result in an advantage in AF speed in certain circumstances for Z6 vs Z7.
Next to a smaller buffer another reason for the difference between D850' and Z' AF is that D850 has 3 operating modules, while Zseries have one.

AA2 wrote:Z7 vs Z6 distinction in AF speed is identified with:
-buffer (CFExpress memory cards will enhance Z7)
-similar processing unit handling data from 493 vs 273 FP
-Z7 Detection range: -1 to +19 EV vs Z6 Detection range -2 to +19 EV


More pics from this session in relation to tracking

PostPosted: Fri 23 Nov 2018 09:39
by Stany Buyle
One more serie of pictures with a bird relative far away, lightning "contre-jour", with a disturbing background and…

:!: :!: :!: Some people in other fora and websites should stop bashing the Z series' AF capacities, because although not yet on D500, D850 and D5 level, it's working VERY well, IF the person behind the camera understands how it works...

related topic: :arrow: Shooting with Nikon Z6
related topic: :arrow: Make Z7' AF faster while lowering fps..


...after that heavily cropped:


:idea: Underneath are 100% crops as they came OOC with addition of ©

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