New Toys & Happy Days

I’ve been toying with the idea of switching up my ‘landscape’ kit for a little while now.

Having been using the Fuji X-H1 almost exclusively with the 16-55mm f2.8 lens, I’ve always felt the RAW files I got from Fuji had something missing.

It’s been that way with all of the Fuji’s I’ve shot with over the years with the exception of the X-Pro1 for some random reason.

Nikon colours

Looking back through some files from a D750 I had a while back I got a bit of a yearning for those Nikon files once again.

I borrowed a mates D810 for a few days and it confirmed to me what Nikon offers is what I wanted.

I decided rather than going back to a DSLR I’d give the Z6 a try. First reviews when the Z6 was introduced were less than spectacular so to be honest I was a little nervous.

Lots of research with a varying degree of opinions left me knowing I wanted those Nikon files but didn’t expect much from the Z6 itself.

How wrong I feel I was on that score! Having used the Z quite a bit over the short time I’ve had it has left me nothing but impressed. It’s performance is excellent and the files from it are just what I want. Nikon files really are my jam!

There are a few simple bugbears where the operation of the X-H1 is more intuitive but there seems to be a workaround for most things that have cropped up where I’m thinking God this was much easier in the Fuji!

Overall it’s happy days. The 24-70 f4s kit lens really isn’t a kit lens, it’s a super sharp lens that really does deliver.

OK so it features a lot more plastic than the 16-55, but it’s performance appears to be better than the Fuji offering which has come as a pleasant surprise as I was/am a real champion of the XF16-55 f2.8.

It’s early days with the Nikon mirrorless Z6 but the impressions so far are very positive and I’m looking forward to spending more time with the Nikon Z.