I was a guest of Nikon in Tokio, Japan at the press conference where the company introduced the new NIKON Z7 on 23 August 2018. Although the company was in deep silence in advance, everybody knew that we meet the company’s first full-frame mirrorless camera. But we got more of that: not only a camera but a whole family. The Z mount system comprises mirrorless cameras featuring a new, larger-diameter mount, and compatible NIKKOR Z lenses and accessories.
We were lucky enough to get our hands on the new Nikon Z7 and I happily noticed that it was designed to offer an experience familiar to existing Nikon DSLR shooters in a smaller, lighter camera. The JPEG images show a pleasing colour and good detail, while the image quality also seems good.
The Z7 is based around the all-new Nikon Z-mount but an adapter is available for use with existing Nikkor F-mount lenses. The Mount Adapter FTZ has been designed to allow users of Nikon SLR cameras to utilize their existing NIKKOR F mount lenses with the Z mount system
Three ‘Z-mount’ lenses will be available initially: the standard zoom NIKKOR Z 24-70mm f/4 S, the wide-angle prime NIKKOR Z 35mm f/1.8 S, and the standard prime NIKKOR Z 50mm f/1.8 S. The S-Line is a newly designated grade of NIKKOR Z lenses that adhere to a new benchmark in optical performance, creating new definitions of design principles and quality control. Nikon has published a roadmap to show how it plans to expand the system.
For me, the biggest news is the lens mount. I have used Nikon cameras approx. 35 years and for me as for many other users with a significant number of F-mount lenses it would be very hard to change. This shows that the company respects its old customers and does not focus on only a new audience.
We had the opportunity to use the new Nikon Z7. We were in an amusement park where we found a lot of mirrors and water, that made the test funnier. We saw Japanese traditional fights and a wedding, too.