Summer in August offers great cloud formations, and this is what I was hoping to capture. The tilting monitor comes in handy for those low to the ground shots. I wanted to include various textures in my image—the rugged coquina rocks, the gentle waves and the brushstrokes of color in the sky. Each sunrise is unique and changes in minutes. This is one of my favorite shots of the morning.                    © Deborah Sandidge; Image shot with a preproduction camera

Q: What were your first impressions of the Nikon Z 7?

A: The image clarity from edge to edge is truly stunning and impressive. I’m also excited about being able to use either Z NIKKOR or F-mount NIKKOR lenses simply by using the FTZ adapter. As I opened the images on my computer monitor, what struck me the most about using the Z 7 with NIKKOR lenses was the image definition. I expected the files would be high quality, but the detail made me look twice. Right then I knew I was seeing something very special, something that will shift conventional thinking in how we approach photography with mirrorless cameras.

The Nikon Z 7 is also a camera I can carry with me everywhere. As I travel, I’ll take this camera because it is as powerful as my Nikon DSLRs, yet very light. The lighter weight, and no sacrifice in image quality, makes the Z 7 an ideal camera for me as a travel photographer. The Z 7 is also discreet, so it is stealthier and easier to pack for everyday use.

Q: What are some of your favorite features of the Z 7?

A: Image quality and the expanded lens options. I’m impressed with the in-camera vibration reduction; up to 5 stops are helpful. This means I have more flexibility in low-light situations and can hand-hold my camera where previously I might have needed a tripod. I also appreciate the ability to use Multiple Exposure mode in an entirely new way. Image Overlay and Multiple Exposure are features in my current cameras.

One of my favorite times to shoot is during the blue hour. I was lucky to have amazing clouds roll across the cityscape, which can be dramatic for a cityscape shot. As city lights began to glow across Manhattan, and the sky deepened in color to a rich blue, I began to make my shots. It was not until I viewed the shots on my computer monitor that I could take in the full impact of how detailed and sharp the images are from the Nikon Z 7.
© Deborah Sandidge; Image shot with a preproduction camera

However, with the Nikon Z 7, there is the flexibility to choose your first image in Multiple Exposure and compose the second image to blend with the initial image. This is a feature I look forward to working with; fun and creative! Finally, the electronic viewfinder is impressive both for its functionality and superior clarity. All these things work in harmony, making for a better shooting experience.

Q: How will the Z 7 fit in with your other Nikon products?

A: I’ll travel with the Nikon Z 7 and my Nikon D850. My intention is to shoot primarily with the Z 7 and have the D850 as a second camera body and backup camera. With travel and flight restrictions, having a lighter kit will be amazing. I tend to walk miles each day when I travel, and combined with travel and flight restrictions, having so a lighter kit will make a big difference. With my experience using the Z 7, I don’t feel like I’m giving anything up. I can still get the challenging shots I want and have the fantastic image quality that I’m familiar with getting from Nikon cameras.




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