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  1. You can see the pricing here: https://www.lensrentals.com/rent/nikon-z6 It is a pretty expensive rental, but, that's because it is brand new. I usually don't splurge and rent the 'latest & greatest', and I always buy used or refurbished equipment, but, I was hoping that the Z6 might be the hybrid camera that does a great job at both stills and video, so, I was anxious to handle one. Reviews are useful, but, the best way to know if a camera will work for you is to have it in your hands. I have a D750 that I use for my daughter's swim meets. I need a FF sensor since some of the pools are not very well lit, and I need a minimum SS of 1/800 to freeze the swimmer's motion. Before I got the (used) D750, I tried using my u43 gear for swim meets, but, it was just too noisy. I could get some OK shots if I slowed the shutter speeds down to 1/200 - 1/320, but then the swimmer's arms and legs were always blurred (but sometimes the swim caps were sharp). A couple years ago I rented a d750 and 70-200/f4 for a league champs swim meet, and was amazed at how mu ch better the results were than with my GH3. Almost every shot was fine. BUT....it is impossible to take useful video with the D750. So, at the next championship meet, I rented a Sony a7r2 and Sony's 70-200/f4. It was nice to be able to take good video with the a7r2, but, what a let down as far as performance! It was SLOW AS MOLASSES! I missed way too many action shots because the camera was buffering and not ready to shoot. This especially happened if I took a video clip and then wanted to take some stills. So, after that experience renting the D750 and then the a7r2, I watched e-bay for months till I got a great deal on a D750. Since then, I have slowly acquired some nice (used) Nikkor glass. I now own the 70-200/2.8 G VR II, and the 300/f4 PF and they work really well for swim meets. I was hoping that the Z6 would be able to do as well as the D750 in stills, and also give me great video, in one camera. I've not done a lot of testing with it yet, just one day. The video looks quite good, BUT, the AF-C for stills is a huge letdown. In my opinion, based on some testing I did today, the Z6 will not satisfy my use case of action photography (swimming). The AF-C is just very poor. Hopefully, in a year or two Nikon will release a mirrorless camera with great AF-C, or at least one that is as good as the D750, but, right now... Sorry to ramble on, but, those are my first impressions. I'm quite disappointed by the continuous AF on the Z6. For a simple AF-C test using [dynamic area AF], I tried to take a sequence of shots of license plates on passing cars on a residential 25 mph road. I got very poor results from the Z6. With my D750, I get almost 100% in focus (except for when the cars are VERY close). With the Z6, the in focus rate was more like 15-25%. I tried different AF-C modes like [Wide Area S] and [Wide Area L] and got similar results as with [dynamic area AF]. Very poor rate of shots in focus. So, I don't think I would trust the Z6 for action photography? Apparently that is the same reaction from Gordon at Camerlabs (but his review was of the z7, I was hoping the z6 would have better AF-C) https://www.cameralabs.com/nikon-z7-review/ As an aside, for AF-S the Z6 did fine, but NOT AF-C.
  2. Yes, it is great that Tamron is being so responsive. Alas, my 35/1.8 G1 is not compatible with their "Tap In Console" that allows firmware updating, so, it will probably never AF with the Z6.
  3. Hi. I rented a Z6 for this weekend. It just arrived so I can't say much about it, but, I can speak to the performance of two Tamron lenses using the FTZ adapter. 1. Tamron 15-30/2.8 (version 1) works fine in both stills and video. AF works as expected. 2a. Tamron 35/1.8 (version 1). No AF in stills. MF works fine, and the Z6 has a nice zoom button and peaking to allow precise manual focusing. 2b. Tamron 35/1.8 (version 1). Does not work in Video Mode, neither MF or AF. The Z6 loses its mind in video mode. The aperture jumps around willy/nilly and sometimes error messages pop up. Pretty weird, since the 35/1.8 is fine using MF in stills.
  4. Thanks for the great review and test footage Andrew. I don't have a GH5 (yet), but, I did rent a G85 for a week long vacation last April. I found the IBIS to be fantastic. But, when I watched some of the test footage from the GH5 that you kindly made available, it seems like the IBIS in the GH5 does not perform as well as the G85? Could there be any truth to that? Specifically, when I watched the "British Raindrops" clip, the stabilization does not seem to be very good? I realize it is a very tight hand-held shot, but I would have expected some of the shakiness to have been removed by the GH5 IBIS? It *seemed* like the G85 did better than that back when I rented it in April, but...I really have no comparable clips, so can't say for sure. So, I guess I'm making this post just to ask if anyone has ever compared the IBIS in the G85 versus the GH5? Maybe I should start a separate thread topic: G85 IBIS compared to GH5 IBIS?
  5. Andrew said: "In my opinion, one issue with the NX system is the mount. APS-C has fallen out of fashion as the camera market has pushed further forward into enthusiast territory. Cameras like the Sony A7 series, Nikon D750 and Canon 5D Mark III have continued to sell as the lower-end APS-C and compact camera market took the brunt of the smartphone revolution." I too believe that the mount is the primary reasons for the lack of sales of the NX1. I can say this as someone who came very close to buying one about a year ago. I'm still back in the dark ages of 1080p with my long-in-the-tooth GH3. When I was considering the NX1 there were several things that held me back from buying. One were the initial issues with the AF that were discussed on the Samsung DPReview forum (later solved by the rapid fire firmware updates by Samsung). The other was that I kept looking at the SIZE of the 16-50 and 50-150 S Lenses. Compared to my GH3 and 12-35 and 35-100, those lenses are HUGE. I am mostly run and gun, (in fact I always carry my camera with me on my morning runs using a Black Rapid shoulder sling). But, as I was debating if I wanted to jump to the NX system, with its HUGE (to me) S lenses, Sony was newly on the scene with FULL FRAME mirrorless cameras. I could never pull the trigger on the NX1 because it just seemed like if I was going to abandon the u43 format, and wind up with HUGE heavy lenses, I might as well go FF. Now, those are just the ruminations that I went through in my personal case, but, when Andrew made the comment about the MOUNT being key, I had to affirm that this was key to my considerations. Other thoughts were that there are no Speedboosters for the NX mount and no 3rd party lenses etc, but, the overriding factor for never pulling the trigger on the NX1 was the timing of Sony creating a new class of FF mirrorless cameras. I often said to myself: "If I have to resort to lugging huge lenses, I may as well go FF". Of course, I'm still slogging along with my GH3, and hoping for 4k 60p in a GH5, so, I never acted on the FF impulse either! :-) But, my point of this post was to agree with Andrew's comment. It's the mount. Samsung released the best APS-C camera ever built, but released it right at the dawn of the FF Mirrorless age. Oops. I can't say how many other people may have had these thoughts when considering the NX1, but, "That's my story and I'm sticking to it."
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