New Z6 and Z7 Nikon EVIL cameras

Nikon releases its new brand Z6 and Z7 EVIL Full Frame cameras. It is curious that one of the first accessories announced is the FTZ (F-mount To Z-mount) lens adapter providing compatibility with all its F mount existing high quality lenses. This adapter allows a flange focal distance of 46.5mm, used by Nikon for decades in their SLR camera bodies. Although a new dedicated lens series is also announced and beyond the compatibility with the existing Nikkor lenses, could the offer of the FTZ lens adapter be related with its longer Flange Focal Distance? The new camera bodies are provided with a bayonet mount with only 16mm of Flange Focal Distance. Naturally, Nikon’s explanation of this cannot be expected, because market rules prevail. May be some questions explained in the previous post would justify this FTZ lens adapter available from day one. True or not and beyond that, if the new cameras accomplish with the created expectancy, we are facing a new professional photography era.

3 Replies to “New Z6 and Z7 Nikon EVIL cameras”

    1. Many thanks for your comment Joan. Some aspects of your questions are partially answered in a second post on this matter ( ). In terms of production, “easy” not necessarily implies cheap, but attending to the complexity in the new optical designs with the need for telecentric properties, my opinion is that production costs and therefore prices, will be in the same order as nowadays. I think that the new approach will be consolidated in the mid term. The advantages are obvious for the majority of photographic applications. In fact, DSLR have been taking advantage of a consistent design achieved over more than fifty years of continuous developing. But having a sensor in a DSLR, there is no reason to maintain the reflex system other than some inherent constrains about the use of this sensor for viewing and focusing the image. Because some of those constrains are completely or partially solved today, it is then a logical step to eliminate the reflex concept. By now, it is true that AF capabilities are slightly better solved with DSLR design, but do not forget that DSLR AF systems usually cover only the APS area, while EVIL cameras allow to get AF all over the full frame area. If this is the only constrain for the new system, it is not risky to wonder about it could be solved in the near future as noise was in the past.

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