By now, you've read hundreds of preview articles and watched hundreds of preview videos about the new Nikon Z7 and Z6 cameras. If fact, some of you are probably sick of hearing about them. Yesterday I watched Matt Granger's (@_MattGranger) video and he had a great take on the whole past few days and I totally agree with him. Even Tony and Chelsea Northrup (@tonynorthup, @ChelseaNorthru) were nervous in their video.
I think with all the hype and buildup to the release we all got caught up in it all and forgot one thing. It's a camera! Is it the best ever? Is it a killer of this or that camera? No! Look, at the end of the day we all have to look at it and decide if it meets our needs. I'm just as guilty as everyone out there that got caught up in it all. Does it have IBIS, does it have great follow focus and on and on.
The thing is we all have different expectations, requirements and what we must have to do our jobs, hobby and so on. To jump on this camera and tear it to shreds is just plain ludicrous. For some people you need two card slots, some need it to be great for video. I've heard it said "How can you even call this a pro camera with one card slot?". System memory has come a long way and has become more stable. Nikon, could be seeing this and that could be a reason they only put on card in there. The one thing that everyone somehow forgot is that these cameras are pre-production and running beta firmware! Let's give @NikonUSA a little room here, some of the features in my opinion are quite awesome. Some of this can be cleared up with the production firmware and later release of software.
I've been getting ready to upgrade my gear and researching like a mad man and was set on the D850 till the Z7 came out. There are tons of features on both cameras that I love and some that I don't. For me, I'm willing to jump on this new train and see where this journey goes. A whole new camera, a whole new line of lenses and a new way of shooting!
This camera will be just a camera, what really matters is how I use it, how I tell my story. Will it be the same of everyone, not at all. I give a lot of credit to people like Tony and Chelsea, Fro and Matt Granger. Their jobs are tough, they have to give their opinions on gear and hear a lot of crap from people along the way. They each do their best to keep users informed of new technology, the pros and cons, to help you decide what would be best for you.
We all shoot differently, see differently and our needs are sometimes not the same. But what is the same is that we are photographers and if its a DSLR or a mirrorless they still take pictures of the visions that we get to see out taking our images. Sometimes I think we forget, that we get to see things most people do not while telling our stories. We are the most important tool, the camera is just an extenision of our eye.