It was lack of IBIS that was the deal killer for I.
Way back in August — September 2018 I genuinely thought I was going to get the Canon EOS R. I initially did NOT believe that it was NOT going to have IBIS. Well, when that was confirmed, I totally lost interest. I like and rely upon IBIS. I tend to shoot at low shutter speeds and IBIS in my Sony A7 II indulges I.
I was then all set to get a Nikon Z6. But, I had said all along that I would not buy it ahead of the Holidays and wait until the new year. Recently, with winter upon us, I decided to push that back to at least March — possibly April. No point getting a fancy, brand new camera when the light isn’t great and it is freezing outside. I am just going to be dissapointed with picture quality.
So, if I am willing to wait until March — April …
If the announced a Canon EOS R with IBIS early in the year with April availability I will definitely wait to see what it is like. I like the Canon FF mirrorless lenses and their adapters. Kind of exciting. CHOICE. The only problem might be that Canon makes it a high resolution camera, i.e., more than 35 MP.
As I have maintained, from the start, I do NOT plan to get a Z6 in 2018. I don’t want one of the very first units. Just have a feeling that there might be some teething issues.
Going to wait for the holiday rush to be over … and then check the Forums and read the reviews.
If everything looks good come January 1, 2019, I will order one then. I am in no hurry. My Sony a7 II is still good … though I am RAPIDLY approaching 30,000 pictures with it. Yes, 30,000 pictures. That is a lot of pictures. Here is a way to visualize what 30,000 pictures mean. IF I took 10 pictures a day, it would take 8.2 YEARS to take 30,000 pictures.
Click to ENLARGE.
IF I didn’t have a real camera (or in my case two, i.e., Sony a7 II & Nikon P900) I would consider getting this ‘Pictar Pro‘ to use with my Google Pixel 2 phone. I miss having a GRIP and control wheels. But, I can’t justify it. If I want the feel of a real camera I can use one of my real cameras. Yes, I use the Google Pixel 2 phone in places, e.g., shows, where I cannot take a camera — BUT I can see that using this will lead to trouble. Does make your phone look like a camera.
Click to ENLARGE.
I am not happy BUT I think this is progress. There is one and only one Tamron lens that I am interested in. It addresses ALL my zoom needs. I really would like it to work flawlessly on a Nikon Z6. If it doesn’t I will have to get the Nikon version and that costs twice as much and is twice as heavy.
Luckily time is on my side. I don’t plan to get the Nikon Z6 till 2019. So, I have time … I think.
Some of the ‘Blind Test’ comparison pictures.
Click to ENLARGE.
Doesn’t matter which one is better. They are pretty close.
The DAMN Sony lens is 2.2 MORE EXPENSIVE.
I can pay 2.2 less and have the same image quality!
The test is in Japanese BUT, luckily, Google does an excellent job translating.
I did NOT have to do the whole test.
By the time I looked at 4 pictures I knew that my CONTENTION re. Sony was proved — BIG TIME.
My only gripe about Sony has been the prices of their lenses — especially full-frame, FE-mount lenses. They are ridiculously expensive. Yes, I could afford them BUT I would have a hard time justifying their prices. That is the reason I want to go with Nikon.
Until now, I couldn’t because Nikon didn’t make mirrorless, and I committed myself to mirrorless over 3-years ago.
The Nikon z6 is thus the ideal camera for I. Full-frame mirrorless, 5-axis In-Body Image Stabilization and affordable lenses (though I am not that convinced that the new lenses are superlative).
So, here is the CRUX of the Blind Test.
By definition, a Blind Test, compares similar offerings.
So, the image quality Nikon vs Sony was going to be CLOSE. And it is.
But, here is the kicker. The lens on the Sony is 2.2 MORE EXPENSIVE than that of the Nikon.
2.2 MORE Expensive and you can’t tell the DIFFERENCE.
Give me a break. I will have the CHEAP Nikon PLEASE.
I happened to see this review (on Google News) from “Digital Camera World”. The two pictures they included — both above — impressed me NONE. They are SOFT. Reminded me of that damning photo taken with the new Canon EOS R.
I think I know what is wrong with the top picture. Aperture TOO WIDE. I would NOT have shot that at under f/11. More likely f/22 and I would have cranked the ISO upto 800, if not 1000.
So, it isn’t as if I don’t take pictures each and every day … and, moreover, post at least 7 a day on this blog. So, you can check out my pictures — which are ALWAYS UNTOUCHED JPEGs, straight-out-of-the-camera.
Yes, in my hands this lens would have fared much better.
So, two of my pictures, with my Sony a7 II …
So, this morning I went looking for it. Got it from the Nikon Website. But, you can download a copy directly from here. That way you can buy yourself a few seconds and dive straight in.
I need to study it further — but I will have plenty of time. I do NOT plan to get my Nikon Z6 till after Christmas. I want all the holiday craziness to be over and for Nikon to have got rid of its first batch. I can wait. The Sony a7 II is still doing good.
I will keep you posted.