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Depth of field preview tips for your Z camera

Darrell Young (DigitalDarrell)

Keywords: dof, nikon, z7, z6, digitaldarrell

Editor's note:

Darrell Young (DigitalDarrell) is busy writing Mastering the Nikon Z7 & Z6 books for the NikoniansPress/RockyNook series. Here he shares with us a good tip on how to use the depth of field (DOF) preview.

Mastering the Nikon Z7 by Darrell Young

The front cover of the upcoming book

Automatic image preview is one of the strong features of Nikon Z cameras. Being able to see the image exactly as it will appear in final form beforeyou take it is very powerful! However, there is one thing that many Z camera owners may not realize at first.

Depth of field (DOF) is automatically previewed in the EVF and on the Monitor of a Nikon Z camera—but down to the aperture setting of f/5.6 only! 

Limitations to the autofocus system prevents the camera from focusing well with apertures set to values below f/5.6 (too dark). Therefore, the camera limits depth of field in automatic image preview to f/5.6 and larger number apertures. Even if you are using f/16 or f/22, the depth of field seen on the EVF or Monitor is from an f/5.6 aperture setting.

If you need full depth of field preview, you will have to assign the Preview function to an assignable button, such as Fn1 or Fn2. Then you can press the assigned button to stop down the lens fully and see the actual depth of field, at whatever aperture.

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1 comment

Doug Twining (Docho) on July 28, 2019

Great tip!