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Official Nikon Z 180-600mm f5.6-6.3 VR Image Thread

  
 
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George DeCamp wrote:
Some photos from this morning at the park!



Beautiful stuff George!
regards
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Dec 01, 2023 at 01:44 PM
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OwlsEyes wrote:
Beautiful stuff George!
regards
bruce


Thanks so much Bruce!!



Dec 01, 2023 at 05:55 PM
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Great pics everyone. This thread deserves a bump.

Photography Life's Z 180-600mm f/5.6-6.3 VR Review.

https://photographylife.com/reviews/nikon-z-180-600mm-f-5-6-6-3-vr




Dec 19, 2023 at 02:57 PM
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Murmuration... Red-winged blackbirds.






  NIKON Z 6_2    NIKKOR Z 180-600mm f/5.6-6.3 VR lens    600mm    f/6.3    1/2500s    2200 ISO    0.0 EV  




Dec 19, 2023 at 08:24 PM
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OwlsEyes wrote:
Murmuration... Red-winged blackbirds.



I'm not a big fan of lugging this thing around .. may have to trade it in for the 400 4.5 , the 600 PF would be nice but I can't justify it ... it's just a hobby.




  NIKON Z f    NIKKOR Z 180-600mm f/5.6-6.3 VR lens    600mm    f/8.0    1/2000s    6400 ISO    0.0 EV  




Dec 21, 2023 at 04:52 PM
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FYI the DXO lens profiles are out for the 180-600 in the latest update if anyone was waiting for those.


Dec 22, 2023 at 03:13 PM
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p.22 #7 · p.22 #7 · Official Nikon Z 180-600mm f5.6-6.3 VR Image Thread


I was trying to decide where to share this and some thoughts...
I went to Bosque del Apach last week with my Z9 mounted to my new 400 f2.8S. In order to buy the 400 f2.8 lens I had to sell a bunch of gear. Specifically, I sold a 400 f4.5, 800PF, and Z8. I decided to keep the 180-600 and the Z6II. I used those two as my "B" set up. Anyway, the AF on the Z6II seemed primitive compared to the Z9/Z8 bodies I had been using since summer. When I returned home, I decided to look for a way to match the 180-600 with the Z8 AF system. Unfortunately, the price of a Z8 was just beyond my reach. Between the purchase of the 400 f2.8, trip to Bosque, and a trip later next month, I only had $1100 to put towards a solution.
I sold the Z6II added in my cash and bought a Zf. I programmed the Zf to match my Z9 as best as I could. So rather than using the retro-dials, I activated the front and rear command dials, turned on back-button focus, assigned single spot AF to the custom funciton button (wish there were two!), and programmed the lens function button to wide-Af custom. My goal was to create a "cheaper" way to optimize the AF performance of the 180-600.

Today was a mix of mist, rain, and freezing rain... perfect conditions to test the gear. In the end, I think that the Zf is a better solution than the Z6II/Z7II. The AF was very sticky and eye AF did the job. While the focus was a bit slower than the Z8, it was definitely faster than the Z6II.
After shooting for several hours this morning I feel the Zf will work for me. With that said, I do wish that the front command dial was larger. I fear that it will be difficult to manipulate this in cold weather. Furthermore, I think Nikon should have added a back-button focus button or a second function button in the front. I know that all of these might detract from the FM-like styling they were seeking to emulate, but one more programable button would be super useful.
The following are a few pictures that convinced me that the body will do just fine.

cheers,
bruce





  NIKON Z f    NIKKOR Z 180-600mm f/5.6-6.3 VR lens    560mm    f/6.3    1/1250s    6400 ISO    +0.7 EV  






  NIKON Z f    NIKKOR Z 180-600mm f/5.6-6.3 VR lens    500mm    f/6.3    1/1000s    6400 ISO    0.0 EV  




Dec 22, 2023 at 09:26 PM
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  NIKON Z 9    NIKKOR Z 180-600mm f/5.6-6.3 VR Z TC-1.4x lens    840mm    f/9.0    1/1250s    1600 ISO    -2.3 EV  






  NIKON Z 9    NIKKOR Z 180-600mm f/5.6-6.3 VR lens    600mm    f/6.3    1/1250s    6400 ISO    -2.3 EV  






  NIKON Z 9    NIKKOR Z 180-600mm f/5.6-6.3 VR Z TC-1.4x lens    840mm    f/9.0    1/800s    5000 ISO    -2.3 EV  






  NIKON Z 9    NIKKOR Z 180-600mm f/5.6-6.3 VR Z TC-1.4x lens    840mm    f/9.0    1/2000s    4000 ISO    -2.3 EV  




Jan 10, 2024 at 07:53 PM
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  NIKON Z 9    NIKKOR Z 180-600mm f/5.6-6.3 VR lens    180mm    f/5.6    1/800s    1000 ISO    -2.3 EV  




Jan 12, 2024 at 12:48 PM
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Some more with the 180-600...






  NIKON Z 6_2    NIKKOR Z 180-600mm f/5.6-6.3 VR lens    600mm    f/6.3    1/2500s    5600 ISO    +1.0 EV  






  NIKON Z 6_2    NIKKOR Z 180-600mm f/5.6-6.3 VR lens    600mm    f/6.3    1/2500s    6400 ISO    0.0 EV  






  NIKON Z 6_2    NIKKOR Z 180-600mm f/5.6-6.3 VR lens    600mm    f/6.3    1/2000s    6400 ISO    +0.7 EV  






  NIKON Z 6_2    NIKKOR Z 180-600mm f/5.6-6.3 VR lens    470mm    f/6.0    1/2500s    6400 ISO    +0.7 EV  




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Jan 12, 2024 at 08:37 PM
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obnoxiously loud




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Jan 13, 2024 at 01:53 PM
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Green Heron on a drizzly, overcast morning. Pretty amazing tools we have at our disposal these days.




  NIKON Z 9    NIKKOR Z 180-600mm f/5.6-6.3 VR lens    550mm    f/6.3    1/2000s    8000 ISO    -2.3 EV  




Jan 13, 2024 at 03:47 PM
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Clark's Grebe
San Joaquin Marsh Irvine CA.




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Jan 14, 2024 at 02:58 PM
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Jan 15, 2024 at 03:08 PM
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Ok... mine is a reality check from @sum1sgrampa as many of us do not live where the weather is lovely year-round

I live in the world of the polar vortex and the sub-arctic air has settled on my home range. This morning it was -6 degF (-21C), and if you include the wind, it was a balmy -20 degF (-29 degC +/-). My wildlife subjects are cold just like their photographer. Finding wildlife is a challenge and sitting with them on an icy lake is equally difficult. In the end, I managed to make only two keepers (see below). The shots were taken with the Nikon Zf. In general, I plan to use the 180-600 with the Zf and my 400 f/2.8S with the Z9.

I've been adding my thoughts to the Zf discussion as well as one related to using a Zf w/ a 600PF. For those of you looking for a second body, I'd argue that this is your best option after the Z9/Z8. Please note, the Zf is not without its faults... in fact, I'd argue that ergonomically, it's not the better than the Z6/Z7 series, but the AF and viewfinder refresh rate is worth the ergonomic limitations. Of course, if you're a street photographer using manual focus lenses, the Zf is the right camera. For a nature shooter like me, I ignore the "old school" dials and programed the two comman dials to match my Z9. I've set the AEL button on the back to back-button focus, and programmed the one function button to change my AF patch to single point AF.

Finding the command dials with gloves is a little tricky, but this did not prevent me from controlling the camera as I intended. While I wish there was an additonal dedicated back-button focus button, I am making due. The real benefit of the Zf is the AF. The AF is responsive and behaves like my Z9. I shot for about an hour in the cold, and the battery held up just fine. I probably could get 4 hours out of a battery in that weather... I think that's better than what I could do with the Z6. Finally, in addition to the problems of shooting a white bird with a tiny black eye over water on a frigid morning, there was river mist. The AF behaved way better than expected...

cheers,
bruce




  NIKON Z f    NIKKOR Z 180-600mm f/5.6-6.3 VR lens    270mm    f/6.3    1/400s    6400 ISO    +1.3 EV  






  NIKON Z f    NIKKOR Z 180-600mm f/5.6-6.3 VR lens    600mm    f/6.3    1/1250s    6400 ISO    +2.0 EV  




Jan 15, 2024 at 04:05 PM
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I feel your pain Bruce. When I say I live "south of buffalo ny", I don't mean 1,000 miles south, I mean 20 miles south And I've been here my whole life.
I'm painfully familiar with cold conditions



Jan 15, 2024 at 04:21 PM
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sum1sgrampa wrote:
I feel your pain Bruce. When I say I live "south of buffalo ny", I don't mean 1,000 miles south, I mean 20 miles south And I've been here my whole life.
I'm painfully familiar with cold conditions


Oh... for some reason I thought you lived in the Carolinas. If you live near Buffalo NY, then you definitely understand the challenges of a real winter.

cheers,
bruce



Jan 15, 2024 at 06:06 PM
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p.22 #19 · p.22 #19 · Official Nikon Z 180-600mm f5.6-6.3 VR Image Thread


Just wanted to say the photos and discussions in here convinced me to pull the trigger on the 180-600. Found a store in California that had stock (1 lol) and would ship, excited for it to get here later this week. Should be a pretty big leap up from my F mount Sigma 150-500 I've been adapting to my ZFC and had used on my D60, D7000, and D600 over the last decade plus.

I went up and photographed Sandhill Cranes at a nearby wildlife reserve this last weekend, and found the Sigma really showing its age sadly which was also a contributing factor. Plus the extra 100mm and internal zoom will be quite nice.

Course, now Bruce is over here talking up the ZF but maybe a new body later this year or next haha.



Jan 15, 2024 at 06:14 PM
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Congrats on the new lens ! I'm guessing you'll be happy with the purchase. My Z 180-600 replaced my Sigma 150-600 S that I shot for seven years. You're right, the internal zoom is a huge upgrade. So much easier to handle and balance. Hope you share some results.
Gary



Jan 15, 2024 at 08:28 PM
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