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Reader Comment: Nikon Mirrorless or Canon Mirrorless

See my Canon mirrorless wishlist and Nikon mirrorless wishlist and Sony mirrorless wishlist and Panasonic L-mount mirrorless wishlist.

Miguel B writes:

How are you? I am a subscriber to both Mirrorless and Making Sharp Images.

When the Nikon Z7 came out, I was super excited, and bought one right away. I used to have a D810, and have a fair amount of very nice F Nikkor glass, all of which I can use with the Z7+FTZ. Looked veryu promising.

he Canon response with the EOS R looked (and probably was) rushed. The camera itself is uninteresting. However, the quality and innovation in the Canon RF glass is blowing my mind. I have no doubt a better R body will come about at some point. So then here’s my question to you: Is it time to get rid of my Nikon gear, including the Z7?

DIGLLOYD: I am better every day, and averaging 50 miles a day on my bike and dropping 2+pounds of fat a week (lesss than planned, too many cold rainstorms) to get in shape for my double century season. Feeling great. My face has healed well after the trauma, if a little asymetrically, and there is some hope that I will lose only 0 or 1 nerves in my teeth, thus minimizing or avoiding a root canal. Medical expenses—not so good, and I can’t invest in new cameras or computer gear until I pay off those—a crappy situation but better than a broken neck.

Canon RF glass is the best in the mirrorless market so far (but the Canon RF 50mm f/1.2L and Canon RF 28-70mm f/2 only at this point, I have am no fan of the mediocre Canon RF 24-105mm f/4L IS USM.

The Nikon Z7 is the best designed, best ergonomics, best shooting camera among mirrorless, but Nikon glass has so far disappointed (it’s very good, and that’s the problem—I’m not 'into' “very good”). I see nothing on the horizon to fix that, unless it be the Nikon NIKKOR Z 24-70mm f/2.8 S—TBD. But while it goes to 24mm, it is f/2.8 and I’ll take the Canon f/2 offering any day, since I’d add a ~14-24mm anyway. I love the Canon 28-70mm f/2. I'd buy it outright and the 50/1.2L too with the Canon EOS R if I could—but medical bills come first.

I’d say study the Nikon lens lineup and see if it satisfies—so far I’m not a fan. What the hell am I going to do with a manual focus 58/0.95 Noctilux? I have all the Zeiss Otus lenses, and they’re great, but I’d rather the superb autofocus Canon RF 50/1.2L any day—so easy and fast to shoot, so superbly corrected—perfect combination of traits. But can Canon deliver a high-quality ~50 megapixel sensor and can Canon provide Eye AF?

Then there is Sony mirrorless, currently the 500 pound gorilla. My bet is that 2019 brings something very cool to the high-end.

Don’t rule out the Panasonic SR1 and the L-mount consortium. The Panasonic SR1 is already intriguing, and it might well be that the announced full-frame Sigma L-mount camera with Quattro sensor (I presume) will blow away all other entrants for detail, albeit with other shortcomings—see what that sensor can do in APS-C.

In short, now is the time to stay in cash, so to speak.

It’s an exciting time! The golden age of lenses is upon us as well as the best cameras ever produced.

John M writes:

Totally agree with your assessment of staying on the sidelines while these mirrorless wars play out. I have been dying to find a great zoom lens and your Canon review had me salivating (although would really prefer 24-70mm – just saying). I have an extensive collection of Fujifilm X and an even greater collection of Sony E-mount (Sony A7R II) including Zeiss Batis and Zeiss Loxia. For me this is a very big investment. I am hoping that I do not have to make a switch and that Sony will continue to up the ante especially since it seems to be really making advances in Eye AF, etc. It does really beg a question though.

I think you have had a lot of insight into Zeiss and I wonder, if Canon can make such a great zoom lens, why doesn’t Zeiss make one? I just love the quality and rendering of their lenses and would gladly pay a premium for a superb (Zeiss Otus quality? 😊 ) 24-70. Oh the joy of only carrying one lens!

As an aside, I am really getting hooked on the Sony RX100 VI. It would not pass the Diglloyd smell test but for such a small format what a wonderful camera! Sure beats a phone (and I’ve pretty well tried them all.) Very small extra inconvenience to carry a separate camera.

DIGLLOYD: last there and first: I like the Sony RX100; I still have mine—great camera—see all the shots taken nearly six years ago—still looking good. I’d like the fast 24-70mm (equiv) f/1.8 lens of the Sony RX100 VA however. I tried the Sony RX100 VI, and IMO the lens is just too slow too often (f/2.8 to f/4.5). But if you want the range, it rocks.

I”m not sure about the zoom thing with Zeiss; I never heard it mentioned. The larger question is whether Zeiss will produce any lenses at all for Nikon mirrorless or Canon mirrorless or L-mount mirrorless. The main issue as I understand it is market potential—R&D and production costs vs sales volume.


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