Shooting with Nikon Z6

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Shooting with Nikon Z6

Postby Stany Buyle » Tue 6 Nov 2018 00:19

I was shooting with a Nikon Z6 combined with the 50mm F1.8 Z and 24-70 F4 S today. As I was testing the Z7 before there were no things to learn about body and handling.

:!: I was shooting NEF + jpeg fine but I don't have the software yet to open my Z6 nef files ( I hope to get the new Capture NX-D version this week)... So underneath images are as they came from the XQD card + © in PS. NO POST PROCESSING.

I was taking about 700 pictures in Ghent (B), at home and ….

...No better opportunity to try Z6 at very high iso than my newborn grandson :D

( :!: All pictures were intentionally taken at high to very high iso to test this camera.)
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You can click on the image to open the original jpeg.

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Leo with aunt Cindy... :D

In really lowlight conditions I like the results from Z6 until iso 25600 TMHO, iso 12800 is outstanding :o ). From iso 51200 upwards noise reduction takes away too much detail. Of course this might change once the updated Nikon software is available.


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Re: my newborn grandson with Z6 at iso 25600

Postby Stany Buyle » Tue 6 Nov 2018 00:23

Iso 25600 straight out of the camera.

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And, for fun, one more at iso 204800

Postby Stany Buyle » Tue 6 Nov 2018 00:26

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Z6' AF in very low light

Postby Stany Buyle » Tue 6 Nov 2018 01:00

As I ordered the Z6 specially for wedding and event photography, testing the Z6' AF ability in extremely lowlight is what I was (very) curious about.

This is what I saw in reality:

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And this is what Z6 with 50mm F1.8 captures after locking AF very fast. (the green AF assist light helped of course, but anyhow...)
I included the exif in the picture.

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:o :o :o
The Z6 did not only nail focus, it also managed to deliver a correct WB and accurate colours.
Kudos to Nikon!

BTW and as I wrote already, even though I consider the FTZ adapter as an engineering masterpiece, the Z series cameras AF faster and lock faster AF with their native Z lenses, which seems logic to me...
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Z6 for indoor lowlight action (12fps @ iso 6400)

Postby Stany Buyle » Tue 6 Nov 2018 08:32

Z6 impresses me a lot, more than Z7 did, especially for action.
A sample picture of indoor (relative lowlight) action photography @ 12 fps:

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And a crop of the 3th frame of this session: :!: there is motion blur because of the speed of the action (1/200 sec) while I did not want to go into higher iso than 6400 for this session

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Z-series IBIS and Z6 high iso...

Postby Stany Buyle » Tue 6 Nov 2018 10:12

  • Whatever Z6 or Z7, as for myself, the top characteristic of this new Nikon generation is IBIS.

  • Related to Z6, the IQ in lowlight @ iso 12800 is simply amazing…
    I had D3s & D4 for a long time, D5 for a short time, D750 and a couple more as a reference and I've never seen iso 12800 pictures that good as what I got SOOC with Z6, up to that with an amazing colour accuracy while shooting AWB even when taken in extremely low light..

Underneath image, just like the one here above during the same session with my model :D , were taken handheld. Handheld in a near to complete dark situation as shown here below:

The scene how I saw it with my eyes:
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And the picture how Z6 handles this, with exif included. jpeg SOOC without any PP :
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at a shutter speed of 1/2.5 sec (!!!) and iso 12800...

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No sharpening or any kind of PP applied….

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Z6 (with the green assist light) locked focus nearly instatly (no hunting) and you get this kind of detail: (100% crop resized to 1000px longest side)

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:idea: Registered members of this forum can download the original NEF file for privat use or use on this forum through this link. (not for distribution on commercial websites.)

Last but not least, WB and colour accuracy in these circumstances and such high iso are near to perfect…

Z6' IQ in lowlight @ iso 12800 is simply amazing...

WOW !!!


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related topic :arrow: Nikon Z6 might be available earlier than scheduled...
related topic :arrow: There exist two versions of Z7 & Z6 cameras
related topic :arrow: Nikon Z7 hands on review and field test
related topic :arrow: Nikon Z tutorials by Nikon
related topic :arrow: The F mount adapter quality will be the key part…
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Ghent with Nikon Z6 (5.11.2018)

Postby Stany Buyle » Wed 7 Nov 2018 08:50

Here below some pictures taken in Ghent on 5/11/2018, late afternoon.
While Nikon did not release an raw update for Z6 in NX software I had to start from jpegs what doesn't give me always the result I would like to get...

About Gent ("Ghent" in English): Used to spend a lot of time there when I was young(4 centuries ago :lol: ) Lovely city, great food in old styled restaurants, great university, and an incredible yearly festival "De Gentse feesten".

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related topic :arrow: Nikon Z6 might be available earlier than scheduled...
related topic :arrow: There exist two versions of Z7 & Z6 cameras
related topic :arrow: Nikon Z7 hands on review and field test
related topic :arrow: Nikon Z tutorials by Nikon
related topic :arrow: The F mount adapter quality will be the key part…
related topic :arrow: Pre-order your Z6, Z7 with 24-70 F4 + FTZ adapter at A&C
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Interesting related topic by AA2...

Postby Stany Buyle » Fri 9 Nov 2018 19:19

AA2 is an "Authorised Anonymous" forum member who has some close contacts @ N.
That person had some info in the past at an earlier stage than professional Nikon users, reviewers or commercial websites: his announcement of the D500 when nobody on other fora knew about. He gave interesting insight in the D800 AF issue that was heavily blown out of proportion on different media and in April 2018 he announced the Z series... He also knew Z6 will come earlier than the initially release date by Nikon which was scheduled November 30...

Now he published a topic that I wasn't able to test yet because I don't have a Z7 anymore...
:arrow: Make Z7' AF faster while lowering fps.. Correct info or not, I don't know yet... Interesting? Definitely!

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About Z6' camera settings and originals of the posted pictur

Postby Stany Buyle » Sun 11 Nov 2018 11:13

Just a little word about settings, originals and sharpening of the pictures...

TMHO sharpening images in a camera review is cheating towards people who are interested.
The full size images look sharp even though they come SOOC with sharpening set to "0". As I mentioned before I cannot handle the NEFs yet.
Further more all images have been shot handheld and several @ very high iso.

The related picture here below for example has been shot handheld at 1/2.5 second (!!!) and iso 12800...

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Related to the pictures of Ghent, here the crop area of picture 17 and the 100% crop next to it:

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Very sharp images to my opinion...

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Will be continued...

Postby Stany Buyle » Sun 11 Nov 2018 11:34

This topic will be continued…

Upcoming: My AF settings with Z6

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you can support this website...

Postby ritaB » Sun 11 Nov 2018 12:53

If you appreciate all the time Stany puts into this non-commercial website, you can support this website:D

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