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on Nov 24, 2020 in Moose's Camera Bag

The Nikon Z 6II – ZOW!

photo courtesy Nikon

I know, zow, but I’m of the old Batman series age and that’s what came to my mind the first time I hit the AF-ON button. The Z 6II has two Expeed6 processors with one dedicated to the AF system and man, does it sing. Zow (I couldn’t help myself)!

The speed, both in AF operation and in frames per second (14fps) is why I picked up the Z 6II (still keeping my Z 6). Yeah, it has dual card slots (the 2nd being SD and there are new settings for that) but that has never been important to me. Having the same sensor as the Z 6, I already had the image quality my clients require, I just wanted the new extra speed. Luckily, I had an instant subject to challenge the system.

Maggie captured by Z 6II / Z24-70f2.8 @2.8

The marvelous Ms Maggie has been a “test” subject for the Z 6II faster system. This includes the Pet Eye Detection which is part of Auto-Area AF and a setting in the Custom Settings. As a number of our friends will tell you, I’ve been photographing this little dynamo a lot with the Z 6II making it real simple to compare. My test was real simple. I got my energy up and chased Maggie around first with the Z 6 / Z24-70f2.8, caught my breath, and then I switch to the Z 6II / Z24-70f2.8. Man, did the keeper rate go shooting up with the Z 6II!

I have posted my Setting for the Z 6II. I believe this well be the same for the Z 7II but don’t know for a fact as I’ve not seen the Z 7II yet. I really love the Z 6II for still and video as it’s the perfect compliment to the D6. Matching FPS / AF performance of the D6 with only a slightly smaller buffer, the Z 6II will be a main stay of my photography. Zow! (had to get one more in :-)

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