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My Experience with the Nikon Z5 – Mpumelelo Macu

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The Nikon Z5 is a versatile camera for an entry-level full-frame mirrorless camera, a fantastic entry into the Z-series full-frame cameras. Coming from using the Nikon D750, I’m comfortable knowing that the image sensor matches up, and I get a lot more added functionality with the Z5. I can also use all my F-mount lenses with the FTZ adapter. The Z5 is the primary camera, and I’ve used it for various projects, from commercial work to smaller assignments… from shooting dancers around South Africa to shooting cars. The Nikon Z5 has never disappointed me. The AF is quick and snappy; easy to configure to your preference. When I’m shooting portraits, I use face/eye detection, and I can choose which eye should be in focus.

I travel a lot for projects. With the new Nikon EN-EL15c batteries, I can charge my Z5 with a power bank when I’m on the road. It’s a perfect hybrid camera; when I am shooting video, I can take Hi-Res stills photographs while recording video. The electronic viewfinder is a great assistant because you get what you see through the viewfinder. The two SD cards slots are essential when you are want to shoot and backup to a second card.

Participants poses for a portrait at Red Bull BC One Cypher in Johannesburg, South Africa on February 28, 2021.

The Z5 pairs with the Snapbridge app, and you can share your images on the go.

Overall, the Z5 camera is an excellent, well-rounded camera for all kinds of work.

Article & images by Mpumelelo Macu

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Courtnaé Paul poses for a portrait at Red Bull BC One Cypher in Johannesburg, South Africa on February 28, 2021.