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Nikon Z7 with 500mm f/5.6E PF Autofocus example

Took the new “tiny” Nikkor 500mm f/5.6 PF lens with the Nikon Mirrorless Z 7 out for a run last night at the A-League opening match for the season. Lots of mixed autofocus posts and youtube reviews by bloggers so I wanted to see how it went in an event. The round 1 derby at Marvel Stadium is under artificial lights. Fairly even lighting but by no means bright. Normally a fast f/2.8 lens is the standard. More recently the zoom lenses like the 200-400mm and the 180-400mm are f/4, but a super-tele at f/5.6 is pushing it. But the lightweight and small 500mm is a game changer in bright conditions. And so too the equally small and light Z7. The combination would allow handholding and breakthrough portability. The challenge was to see how it would go in an indoor stadium.
The good news is that the AF worked fine. No difference to the D850, and the viewfinder brightness is so much better than the D850. Switching between the two, the clarity in the Z7’s viewfinder was in a different league.
Here’s an example sequence of 8 continuous images of @keisukehonda fighting with Kearyn Baccus shot at 1/800th @ f/5.6, ISO5000 – Autofocus setting Wide Small, Continuous, AF Lock On = 1, VR Off, High ISO NR High, Continuous High Extended, JPEG Fine*, JPEG Size Large.

1/800th @ ISO5000 f5.6 – Autofocus setting was Wide Small, Continuous, AF Lock On = 1, VR Off, High ISO NR High, Continuous High Extended, JPEG Fine*, JPEG Size Large

Nikon Z7 and Shuttersnitch – live backup full jpegs and NEF/Raw – beyond Snapbridge

The Nikon Z7 can send photos to an iPhone or iPad using the Nikon Snapbridge app. It can do this via Bluetooth as photos are taken, but only a low-resolution version. The app can also connect to the Z7 via Wifi and download full size jpeg images but this needs to be initiated from the smartphone, and you have to manually select the images to download. This isn’t suitable if you want to send full-size jpeg or Raw/NEF images to a smartphone for backup or for sharing as you shoot without having to select images manually from the smartphone.

However, the Shuttersnitch application allows you to send jpegs and Raw images to an iOS device automatically in real time. Here’s a step by step guide:

First, start a Wifi connection for connecting to smart device on the Z7. This sets up a wifi network in what Nikon calls Direct Mode.

Then on your iOS device choose the Z7 Wifi network and connect to it.

Start Shuttersnitch on your iOS device and in the Settings menu enable PTP/IP setting and set the host to 192.168.1.1. You can optionally enable Accept JPEGs only if you don’t want to RAW/NEF files sent to the iOS device.

Then select Import images from the Toolbar in Shutternsnitch

Then select “Z 7”

This will open a panel with thumbnails of photos on the Z 7. This will only happen the first time you set this up. After it’s set up all photos will be sent to Shutternsnitch automatically without having to select them.

This is the screen that shows after connecting the device after the setup. See the “Connected to Z 7” heading.

Ensuring a reliable and stable wifi connection usually requires you to change the power off delay timers from the default setting. Set the power timers so that the Z7 does not power down the wifi due to one of the timers expiring. Setting each timer to 5 minutes will ensure that the wifi connection is maintained while the camera is idle and you don’t need to keep tapping the shutter, menu or image review buttons.

Melbourne Fashion Week 2018 Highlights

A selection of images from the various runways at Melbourne Fashion Week 2018. Full gallery is here.

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