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Z7 : Your opinion

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Wed 18-Nov-20 03:59 PM
What kind of wildlife are you photographing? Different types of wildlife require different techniques and different gear.

The D850 and Z7 will produce the cleanest backgrounds. For many images it makes sense to use a longer focal length, fill the frame, and have a nice background. There is no situation where the D500 will have more pixels on the subject than the D850 or Z7 - even cropped to DX proportions or beyond.

The D500 will have a more magnified viewfinder than the D850 if you are cropping, and that can be useful. But the Z7 can be used in DX crop mode, and the EVF will be about the same as the D500.

The D500 has an edge in frame rate. The Z6ii matches that frame rate but can't always be used in the fastest mode for action. The D850 has the slowest frame rate of the group - but only by a small amount. Frame rate is probably a minor issue outside of specific use cases.

The D500 and D850 have an optical viewfinder, so there is no limit on your view during a burst. The Z7 does have some hesitation and lag because it's an image you have taken or framed. This makes a difference with erratic movement, but is less of an issue with predictable movement.

The Z7 allows you to zoom through the EVF to 50%/100%/200%. This makes it much better for any kind of manual focus, manual adjustment of AF, or viewing closely for precise timing of head position or action.

Exposures tend to be easier in varied light with a Z camera. The EVF provides a view of the image as well as a histogram.

The Z7 or D850 will be better for architecture, landscapes, most portraits, etc.

Switching between systems can be a challenge. The AF systems are different, and your mode choices are different. Even getting exposures right can be challenging with two cameras. It takes more practice and concentration - not less - if you are mixing a DSLR and mirrorless. You'll do best with the camera you use the most.

Regardless of the technical reasons, you should pick the camera you want. If you have made up your mind, there is no need to debate the issue.

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