DSLR Nikon F Lens to Z Mirrorless Lens

DSLR Nikon F Lens to Z Mirrorless Lens

DSLR Nikon F Lens to Z Mirrorless Lens

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I hate to say goodbye to my trusty and dependable Nikon DSLRs and F mount lenses - they have served me well over the years shooting 100s of thousands of images since 2005. What makes this so difficult is knowing just how great the last few years have been shooting with my D850 and D500 and various F mount lenses and achieving both personal satisfaction and professional performance.

What helps make this DSLR to Nikon Mirrorless transition is my belief that Nikon will deliver superior results by building new lenses and Mirrorless cameras based on the Z platform, as I see it things will only get better over time.  - Yes there will be road bumps, waiting and the known unknown.

Below is a breakdown of my transition, what I currently use, and what I have or will be transitioning to. The transition is really quite simple, sell my legacy f mount lens and DSLRs bodies and buy the replacements/equivalents. While all replacements are not currently available in the Z mount I will continue to depend on the FTZ adapter to hold me over until Nikon releases new S lenses.

As you can see from the breakdown I have a few lenses to migrate my biggest need is for the Super Telephotos (400mm, 500mm, 600mm)

 Current DSLR / F Mount Lens Projected Replacement Z Transition Status Sold 
 Nikon D850 Nikon Z7 II   Completed  D850
 Nikon D500 Nikon Z6 II   Completed  D500
 Nikkor 24-70mm f/2.8 Nikon 24-70mm f/2.8 S Yes Completed 24-70mm f/2.8 f mount
 Nikon 35mm f/1.8 Nikon 35mm f/1.8 S Yes Completed Nikon & Sigma Art 35mm
 Nikon 14-24mm f/2.8 Nikon 14-30mm f/2.8 S Yes Completed Nikon 14-24 f/2.8 f mount
 Nikon 16-35mm f/4 Nikon 14-30mm f/4 S Yes Completed Nikon 16-35mm f/4
 Nikon 50mm f/1.8 Nikon 50mm f/2.8 Macro Yes Completed Nikon 50mm f/1.8
 Nikon 85mm f/1.4 Nikon 85mm f/1.8 S Yes Completed Nikon 85mm f/1.4
 Nikon 70-200mm f/2.8 VR Nikon 70-200mm f/2.8 S Yes Completed 70-200 f/2.8 f mount
 Nikon 8-15mm f/3.5 Fisheye Unknown   Awaiting S Release  
 Nikon 24mm f/1.4  Nikon 24 f/1.8 S Yes Completed Nikon 28 f/1.4
 Nikon 19mm f/3.5 PCE Unknown No Awaiting S Release  
 Nikon 24mm f/3.5 PCE Unknown No Awaiting S Release  
 Nikon 45mm f/2.8 PCE Unknown No Awaiting S Release  
 Nikon 58mm f/1.4 Possible Nikon 58 Noct No Awaiting S Release  Not Sure about this lens
 Nikon 60mm f/2.8 Macro Nikon 50mm f/2.8 Macro Yes Completed S Release  Nikon 60mm f/2.8 Macro
 Nikon 105mm f/2.8 Macro Nikon 105MC Macro S Yes Completed S Release Nikon 105mm f/2.8 Macro
 Tamron 90mm f/2.8 Macro Not Compatible  -  - Sold
 Sigma 180mm f/2.8 Macro Not Compatible - - Sold
 Nikon 200mm f/4 Macro Unknown Yes Awaiting S Release Sold
Nikon 300mm f/4 PF Unknown Yes Awaiting S Release  
 Nikon 400mm f/2.8 Unknown Yes Awaiting S Release  
 Nikon 500mm f/5.6 PF Unknown Yes  Awaiting S Release  
 Nikon 600mm f/4 Unknown Yes Awaiting S Release  

Although I hate selling off my legacy f mount lenses I know in the long run the replacement gear is and will be superior, and that has already been the case for all my completed S lens trade-ups to the Z mount.  This also provides me an opportunity to consolidate my gear to lenses I actually use - over the course of years I learned that buying smart will pay dividends in the long run.  I had some lenses I never used, others that no longer work with the FTZ adapter so I will forgo replacements and they were sold to compensate for the transition. 

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