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04/20/2019 10:25:05 PM · #1
Hey all, I am thinking of upgrading from my D7100 and curious about mirrorless...but mirrorless seems to be very limited esp in terms of glass. Seems that they're better for video which I rarely ever shoot.

Does anyone here shoot Nikon mirrorless and how many lenses have you had to replace in order to get the most from it?
04/20/2019 10:38:40 PM · #2
You should be able to buy an adaptor and use all your old Nikon glass, with the caveat that your camera is an APS-c sensor, not FF, and so only the lenses you own that cover FF sensors would be usable on the Nikon FF mirrorless. FWIW, you don't need to be restricted as you move into FF mirrorless by your Nikon investment: NONE of your lenses will work without an adaptor, and an adaptor would allow you to use all your FF Nikkor-mount lenses on whatever FF mirrorless you buy. In other words, Sony a7 stuff is a possibility :-)

ETA: your 35mm and your 18-200mm are crop sensor (DX) lenses and won't work on a FF mirrorless camera, or any other FF camera.

Message edited by author 2019-04-20 22:45:45.
04/21/2019 01:54:35 AM · #3
I moved from a Canon APS-C to a Micro 4/3 mirrorless and am very happy with it. I have a Tamron 14-150 that is suitable for everything except birds and airshows, and two wideangles: A rokinon 7.5mm fisheye (cheap from Craigslist ad) and a Loawa 7.5mm wideangle (non-fisheye, which I prefer but was more $$)

The smaller camera travels well and the image quality is as good or better than my 50D. A little noise grain if I pixel peep, but it cleans up easily in post.
04/21/2019 02:13:42 AM · #4
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04/21/2019 02:52:42 AM · #5
I am supporting Alex with Sony but they don't come cheap. I decided against keeping Canon lenses as I don't like messing around with adapters. I am about to sell my last Canon lens - 100mm f2.8 macro, I sold all other lenses, Canon 6D and 70D bodies, and got recently Sony 24-105 f4, very happy with it. Still have some money left from the sale of all Canon gear towards Sony A7R IV when it comes out and if it is worth the upgrade from A7R II (I am going to skip A7R III).
04/21/2019 09:01:08 AM · #6
Originally posted by Bear_Music:

You should be able to buy an adaptor and use all your old Nikon glass, with the caveat that your camera is an APS-c sensor, not FF, and so only the lenses you own that cover FF sensors would be usable on the Nikon FF mirrorless. FWIW, you don't need to be restricted as you move into FF mirrorless by your Nikon investment: NONE of your lenses will work without an adaptor, and an adaptor would allow you to use all your FF Nikkor-mount lenses on whatever FF mirrorless you buy. In other words, Sony a7 stuff is a possibility :-)

ETA: your 35mm and your 18-200mm are crop sensor (DX) lenses and won't work on a FF mirrorless camera, or any other FF camera.


Yes, I know that some of my glass would be obsolete with any ff camera. But taking into account all the feedback so far, I am not in any huge rush to move up from the D7100. Just looking at doing so in the future and I don't really feel the need to go ff. I thought mirrorless would be the most feasible option.
04/22/2019 03:36:42 PM · #7
Mirrorless is definitely the future. No doubt about that. Mirrorless from Nikon and Canon at this point is a little underdeveloped. My advice would be to:
- List the specific capabilities that make you want to upgrade
- Read the professional reviews of the available equipment with respect to those things
- Decide whether moving to FF is beneficial to you
- Only then decide when your target date should be to upgrade
I see great potential in both the Nikon Z system and the Canon R system. Nikon and Canon are taking very different approaches to development for their new systems, with Canon being the more aggressive in lens development. By contrast, Nikon has taken a more aggressive approach on the bodies, with their top body being more of a pro-level camera, while Canon has released a mid-level and an entry-level camera, with the pro-level body or bodies yet to come.
There's no doubt that the Sony bodies are class leaders at this time in many (not all) respects. There are some notable holes however, particularly in the lens ecosystem and the cost of lenses. Sony's sensors do excel at video. For stills they have moderate advantages in some areas, but honestly the differences are relatively small. Sony, Nikon, Canon all deliver first-class imaging for stills photographers, IMO.

Message edited by author 2019-04-22 15:40:28.
05/03/2019 07:53:55 PM · #8
Originally posted by snaffles:

Hey all, I am thinking of upgrading from my D7100 and curious about mirrorless...but mirrorless seems to be very limited esp in terms of glass. Seems that they're better for video which I rarely ever shoot.

Does anyone here shoot Nikon mirrorless and how many lenses have you had to replace in order to get the most from it?


The F2Z adapter lets you use any Nikon AF lenses with your Z body. And, in mid May, a firmware upgrade comes out for the Z's that allows use of CF Fast memory cards and Eye based focus tracking.
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