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Nikon Z7 Should Be a Solid Leica M and Zeiss ZM Lens Platform Without Modification—to Verify Soon

Get Zeiss ZM at B&H Photo and see my Nikon mirrorless wishlist and my Leica M mirrorless wishlist.

The best lens for Leica M?
Zeiss ZM 35mm f/1.4 Distagon, in black or silver finish

I have two different Leica M to Nikon Z7 lens adapters on hand, but I am now waiting for the Nikon Z7 to arrive—backordered. I’ll be investigating the performance of the Zeiss ZM 35mm f/1.4 Distagon and various Leica M lenses on the Nikon Z7 as soon as the Z7 arrives.

The Nikon Z7 has a total sensor cover glass thickness of 2.3mm (epoxied-on portion plus actual cover glass). This is substantially thinner than the 3+ mm of Sony mirrorless. Accordingly, there is a reasonable hope that performance may be quite good by f/2.8 or so. See MTF on Mirrorless Cameras in diglloyd Leica.

What’s the appeal? The Nikon Z7 has the best resolution, best EVF, best ergonomics/haptics, all without the performance-killing thick sensor cover glass of Sony mirrorless.

The Leica M lenses and Zeiss ZM lenses are exceptionally compact. My favorite M-mount lens is the Zeiss ZM 35mm f/1.4 Distagon which I judge to be superior to the Leica 35/1.4 Summilux-M ASPH. If the ZM 35/1.4 works on the Nikon Z7 with strong performance by f/2.8, then it will be a 'killer' lens to have.

Possibly the Nikon Z7 will become the preeminent high-resolution mirrorless platform for anyone looking to adapt lenses: Nikon F-mount with the superb Nikon FTZ lens adapter, Leica M and Zeiss ZM and Voigtlander lenses with an M-to-F-mount adapter, and just about everything else.

Coverage of Zeiss ZM and Leica M lenses or any lens always g into the native guide for the lens that is covered, e.g.,diglloyd Leica. Subscribers to the FULL ACCESS deal of course have full access to that and everything else.

See also:

Timely—check out the discounts as found on my Top Deals page for Zeiss:

The ZM lenses below are also discounted. My first pick would be the Zeiss ZM 25mm f/2.8 Distagon (after the 35/1.4), but I need to test and prove-out the performance of the 25/2.8.

Mt Conness Sub-Peak
f1.4 @ 1/2000 sec, ISO 200; 2014-09-19 14:04:06
LEICA M(Typ 240) + Zeiss ZM 35mm f/1.4 Distagon
Earth Shadow Rises as Black Horse Grazes, October 2014
Leica M Typ 240 + Zeiss ZM 35mm f/1.4 Distagon @ f/1.4

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