DP review site on the use of Nikon Z9 feelings interviewed sports photographer Mark Payne.
Check out Mark Payne’s feelings about using the Z9 in the Sports News Record. Q: DP Review Network reporter, A: Mark Payne.
Q: What are your expectations of the Z9?
A: I feel 99% satisfied with my use of the Z9 system. I don’t like sudden changes in my professional camera habits, so I’m not expecting anything in particular. However, I am excited about the new autofocus mode and want to see if it is as good as the Sony. I wanted to see if Nikon could be as “Nikon” as ever, but rather like the hard-to-use Sony cameras.
Q: How does the Z9 compare to DSLRs in terms of performance?
A: It’s revolutionary in terms of 3D tracking for face recognition, an amazing evolution from the D5 and D6. It is not suitable for shooting sports, when there are two or three people on the screen is okay. But it proved to be less reliable when shooting rugby or soccer. I don’t think I could get more accurate focus shots than with a DSLR. But it’s technically great and definitely helpful for the inexperienced.
Q: Is the Z9 full-screen AF convenient?
A: No. Because I try to focus on the subject as much as possible. Because I try to keep the subject in the center. In sports photography, it is very important to choose the right focal length and place the subject in the center 2/3 of the frame. In my case, the subject rarely appears in the corner of the screen.
Q: How easy was it to master the Z9? How familiar did it feel to you?
A: It was very quick to master, and much shorter than I expected. It was as simple as my transition from D5 to D6 and very easy to use. I got used to EVF immediately and had no problems. I don’t think the EVF is better than the OVF in my work, but the Z9’s EVF is arguably the best I’ve ever used and very easy to use in all situations. I was surprised that the EVF was so good and that it didn’t bother me. the Z9 is definitely a Nikon camera. The high sensitivity is at least as good as the D6.
Q: The Z9 uses an electronic shutter, but is there a strip problem? (Now most of the race course using LED advertising screen, advertising screen is scrolling refresh advertising content, so this part of the content will appear in the screen to a large extent, from the top to the bottom of a different shade of shadow)
A: I’ve shot on professional jobs about 10 times, but I’ve seen stripes on about half of the frames (not a big deal.) LED board stripes are a problem that doesn’t affect 99% of people, but if I knew I was going to use the LED boards for sponsored shoots, I’d bring my Z9 DSLR. I want the image to look perfect with the sponsor’s logo (on the LED board). I would like to make some modifications to the strip.
Q: What would you like to see improved in the Z9 other than the strip?
A: The Z9 is very good and easier to use than the competition I’ve used so far, but the file is too big from a professional standpoint. As a sports photographer, the pixel count is unnecessary. When I opened the RAW in Photoshop, it was 130MB, twice the size of the D6, regardless of compression mode, and was a pain to deal with. It’s otherwise very good and has almost no flaws. I bought a second Z9, and I’m sure I won’t need to buy another camera before they break.
I made a few mistakes with the Z9 during the interview, but in the end he said he would use up both Z9s, so Mark Payne seems to like the Z9.
So far, the Z9 doesn’t seem to surpass the D5 and D6 in every way, but since it’s a newly released camera, I hope it will evolve with firmware updates in the future.