If you are going to be late to the party, you need to make an entrance, or some will not even notice you are there.

Today, one of the usual not so secret announcements, but one that for Nikon users is of historical importance.

The Z system of mirrorless cameras, new optics and lens mount and supporting system are detailed.

Many know that I have been immersed  in the Nikon system for decades. Working for the corporation on the technical side, shooting with it professionally since, and doing my bit as an Ambassador/Evangelist.

So I have lots of thoughts on this new direction.

And while I am not one to fall for the ‘Kings New Clothes’ analogy, this is an exciting concept, but fraught with pot holes for the company to navigate to get it established.

Personally I still, for all of the highlighted benefits of a mirrorless design, have preferred a good optical viewfinder.

And when you are getting what you need from an existing system, it will take something important to show you something you may be missing. That may be too make your task easier, or better if that is a requirement.

Thankfully Nikon users do have some compatibility also with an ‘F’ mount adapter to some existing lenses. But there is one of those pot holes. Like Canon and Minolta before for example, how do you get people to swap from old to new? Certainly the adapter is a fundamental and crucial bridge.

 

Sadly though as with so many new systems, this initial announcement is not a ‘system’ at all, but a small family of products.  That’s a disappointment as surely more could have been in place from the off?

We can though expect lots more to be added.

You will see it high profile in magazine reviews, with bloggers and vlogger’s, given to well known photographers, celebrities and many photographers male and female who have a big social media following.

This is not unusual for the big brands to get new products in peoples minds and established. Even more so with a new system.

So there will be lots of sources of information. I will get plenty of shots under the bonnet before I comment too much, although there may will be some follow up posts in the next few days.

I fully understand the optical benefits of the new mount and like what I have sen so far. But back to that crucial question certainly from a professional point of view. Once you get beyond the fan fair of any new product,

what exactly can it do that I can not do now and do I need it?

Highlighted so far from Nikon’s communications are the following. I will include official press releases in subsequent posts:

 Nikon introduces the new Z mount system, and releases two full-frame mirrorless cameras: the Z 7 and Z 6

 

Nikon has today made a number of exciting announcements including details of its entry into the full-frame mirrorless segment with the launch of its Z mount system.

The Z mount system comprises of two Nikon FX format mirrorless cameras, the Z 7 and Z 6, with a larger-diameter mount. You can read more about the system and bodies in the attached press release.

Nikon has also announced three new lenses compatible with its Z mount system’s full-frame (Nikon FX format) mirrorless cameras – 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 – as well as the new Mount Adapter FTZ, which enables approximately 360 existing F mount lenses to be used with the new system.

Furthermore, Nikon is developing the new NIKKOR Z 58mm f/0.95 S Noct lens. Details of the new lenses and upcoming roadmap can be found in the attached press release.

Finally, Nikon has released the AF-S NIKKOR 500mm f/5.6E PF ED VR – a super-telephoto lens compatible with Nikon FX-format digital SLR cameras.

End. (23/08/18).