Some news and impressions from PHOTOPLUS today (10/24):Noct
- There are three Nocts set up on Z7s for people to handle and shoot a model with. They will even let you put your own XQD card in the camera and take home the photos. I'll try to post some samples later.
- As expected, it's a big heavy solid metal and glass beast of a lens. However, it has a very premium feel and the build quality is a level above pretty much all the other F and Z lenses.
- As expected, the DOF is incredibly tiny at f/0.95, especially with the model being only a few feet away from the camera. Even with the extra long throw of the focus ring the difference between an eye in focus and out of focus was the tiniest fraction of a twist.
- It's significantly lighter than the Z6/7, especially with the kit lens. I would even call it "light". The kit lens really is tiny. If you want a small and light walk around/travel camera I think it fits the bill nicely.
- Build quality of the body is not quite Z6/7 level, but still good. The EVF is also a bit of a step down but still decent. Image quality was hard to judge with only the rear screen to look at.
- With the large hand grip the smaller Z lenses like the 35, 50, 14-30, and 24-70/4 are totally usable and decently balanced on the camera. The 35 and 50 especially work well on it.
- The Nikon rep said that they're working on some kind of "bracket" that attaches to the bottom of the Z50 to allow you to mount it (on a tripod or whatever) and still use the flip down/selfie screen. Sounds like an odd (unique?) workaround to a self created problem, but we'll have to wait and see.
- A Nikon rep confirmed that the 'compact primes' are indeed pancakes and not just smaller primes. Unfortunately, he didn't know the f stops.
- Multiple Nikon reps seemed to believe that the CF Express update would indeed increase the buffer capacity of the Z cameras. We'll have to wait and see, but would be nice if true. The newly announced Canon 1D X Mark III will use dual CF Express as well.
- The new Canon RF 70-200 is on display and is indeed quite compact and balances well on the R. Very nice lens. Hopefully Nikon will take some notes from that.
- Overall, the Nikon booth seemed just as busy as the Canon booth (Sony is offsite), so there's still plenty of interest in Nikon gear.
D7100, 85 1.8G, 50 1.8G, 35 1.8G DX, Tokina 12-28 F4, 18-140, 55-200 VR DX