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Comparing the Old vs New

by on May.06, 2019, under Life, Photography

Old vs New

Old vs New

NIKON D600 + 28.0-300.0 mm f/3.5-5.6 @ 85 mm, 1/100 sec at f/5.6, ISO 450

Note: These photographs (especially the wider shots) look much better when larger. To see larger versions in an inline overlay slideshow gallery viewer click any of the images.

This is my typical landscape shooting basic loadout. i.e. when going out on a typical landscape shooting session I almost always take the camera body and at least these two lenses. An ultrawide angle zoom – probably my most commonly used lens, and a midrange telephoto zoom

I’d already posted previously the difference in weight between my D-SLR based setup:

D750 (840g) + 16-35/4 (680g) + 24-70/2.8 (900g) = 2420g

and the new Mirrorless kit:

Z7 (675g) + Z 14-30/4 (485g) + Z 24-70/4 (500g) = 1660g

However in the image above you can see in real terms the physical size difference with the two kits sitting side by side

Note that the above isn’t all I take – I’m also carrying:

  • a camera bag
  • tripod + ball head
  • (lots of) filters (which actually takes up quite a bit of space)
  • intervalometer/remote(s)
  • headlamp/torch(es)
  • batteries
  • the arca L-brackets you see on the cameras
  • and sometimes other things like pano rails and additional lenses

But saving a kilo is saving a kilo, and saving a third of the space in my bag for the base camera kit is still valuable

Note also that the comparison above isn’t exactly apples for apples

The F mount 24-70 is a stop faster at f/2.8 so will be bigger and heavier (thats half the extra weight there). But for landscaping purposes it’s “equivalent) (since I’ll be shooting at f/5.6 or above anyway). Plus everything I’ve seen indicates the Z lens is superior in IQ in every other way to the older F mount lens (and even the newer VR version)

Conversely the Z 14-30 gives me more at the wide angle end. Two extra millimetres (14 vs 16) is incredibly valuable. Whilst a few mm difference at a tele end makes very little difference, a single mm at extreme wide end makes a huge difference. 16mm has a diagonal Field of View (FOV) of 107.1 degrees. 14mm has a diagonal FOV of 114.2 degrees


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