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Testing Out My New Nikon Z 7 Mirrorless Camera

I am so happy that my new Nikon Z 7 mirrorless camera arrived just a week before I leave for a month in Italy and Sardinia! I have been waiting for this camera for a long time. While many of my photographer friends couldn’t wait and bought Sony and FujiFilm mirrorless cameras I held out for this day and I’m glad I did. The Nikon Z 7 has a 45.7MP image sensor which so far to me looks as if it has the same or even more dynamic range of my Nikon D850 or Nikon D5. The camera body is so light and has an exceptional grip. It just feels right in my hands. The FTZ mount adapter allows me to use my existing Nikkor lenses on the Nikon Z 7. I tested them all out and they work like a charm, even my NIkkor 600mm f/4. The menus on the Z 7 are similar to the D850 so I was able to set everything up very quickly. This is a well thought out camera and I think Nikon will be very successful with it.

To give the camera a good test before I head to Italy I went to Venice Beach to shoot the sunset and see how the Z 7 performed in low light. I was very pleased with the results. I see no evidence of the suggestion that there is “banding” with the Z 7. These two shots were taken at the Venice Fishing Pier in Venice, Florida.

This shot was taken with the Nikon Z 7 with the 24-70 S lens at 27mm, 1/160s, f/4, ISO 1250.


Launching lanterns after sunset at the Venice Fishing Pier, Venice, Florida

This sunset shot was taken with the Nikon Z 7 with the 24-70 S lens at 27mm, 1/30s, f/11, ISO 64.


Sunset over the Venice Fishing Pier, Venice, Florida

I’ll provide a full report on the Nikon Z 7 after my Italy trip where I plan to use it extensively.

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Some Bird Photos from my Pacific Northwest Trip


Bald eagle attacking three Great blue herons fishing in the oyster beds near Seabeck, Washington State


Great blue herons fishing in the oyster beds near Seabeck, Washington State


Bald eagle flying in to steal a fish from a great blue heron near Seabeck, Washington State


Spotted towhee along the Lowell Riverfront trail, Washington State


Male Red Winged Blackbird in tree at Lowell Riverfront Trail, Everett, Washington


Cedar Waxwing at Lowell Riverside Trail on the Lowell River, Everett, Washington State


Spotted sandpiper on Jetty Island, Washington State


Bald eagle in flight at Wylie Slough, Skagit Valley, Washington State


Bald eagle in flight at Wylie Slough, Skagit Valley, Washington State


Juvenile Stint at Ben Ure Spit near Deception Pass on Whidbey Isalnd, Washington State


Killdeer on log at Ben Ure Spit near Deception Pass on Whidbey Isalnd, Washington State


Bald eagle drying his wings after a rainstorm near Deception Pass, Whidbey Island, Washington State


Bald Eagle in tree at Wiley Slough, Washington


Crow trying to sneak up on Bald Eagle at Wiley Slough, Washington


Male Tree Swallow at at Wylie Slough near Milltown, Washington State


Belted Kingfisher near Deception Pass, Whidbey Island, Washington State


Female wood duck at at George C. Reifel Migratory Bird Sanctuary at Delta, British Columbia, Canada


Song sparrow singing at George C. Reifel Migratory Bird Sanctuary at Delta, British Columbia, Canada


Cedar waxwing eating berries at The Lowell Riverfront Trail in Everett, Washington State


Cedar waxwing at Lowell Riverfront Trail, Everett, Washington State


Cedar waxwing at Lowell Riverfront Trail, Everett, Washington State


Cedar waxwing at Lowell Riverfront Trail, Everett, Washington State


Cedar Waxwing along the Snohomish River near Lowell, Washington


Female Allen’s Hummingbird at Nisqually National Wildlife Refuge, Olympia, Washington State


Song Sparrow singing at Nisqually National Wildlife Refuge, Olympia, Washington State


Great horned owl in the Palouse, Eastern Washington State


Common Yellowthroat Immature male in tree in the Palouse, Eastern Washington


Common Yellowthroat Immature male in tree with insect in the Palouse, Eastern Washington


Female Red-winged blackbird on reed with insect near Wood River, Nebraska


Male Red-winged blackbird crying at sunset near Wood River, Nebraska


Female Red-winged blackbird on reed at sunset near Wood River, Nebraska


American yellow warbler in tree along the Platte River near Gibbon, Nebraska


Eastern kingbird gathering nesting materials at Fort Niobrara National Wildlife Refuge near Valentine, Nebraska

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Mount Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest, Washington State


The Milky Way, meteors and Northern Lights above Mount Shuksan reflected in Highwood Lake, Mount Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest, Washington State


The Nooksack River near Nooksack Falls, Mt. Baker Scenic Byway, Washington State


View of Mount Shuksan from Artist Point, Washington State


The Milky Way, meteors and Northern Lights above Mt. Baker, Mount Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest, Washington State


The Milky Way, meteors and Northern Lights above Mount Shuksan reflected in Highwood Lake, Mount Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest, Washington State

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