My Z9 is setup and ready to go :)

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Lance B

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I reset the camera to the original settings, from the menu Setting again in my way all the Af modes/buttons
Went out to a place where are lot of seagals and wattlebirds flying around.
Night at the dog beach. and...And I'm still in shock how insane is this camera AF.
I made shot like this with the dslr, obviously, but not with this hit rate. I have full series of 40 shots (lossless, my Prograde CF express unfortunately isn't that good , look like) all in focus. And these dogs are light speed.
Just crazy
File out of camera raw, no editing
1/4000 4500 auto Iso 500mm 5.6 pf
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Fantastic captures, Simone. My daughter has a rescue Greyhound and until you see one running in real life upclose, you just don't get how bloody fast they are. The speed is just nuts. I am looking forward to trying to get some action shots using the Z9 with her Greyhound one day also. I did manage to get some decent shots with the D500, but like you, there were quite a few misses.
 

simo

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Fantastic captures, Simone. My daughter has a rescue Greyhound and until you see one running in real life upclose, you just don't get how bloody fast they are. The speed is just nuts. I am looking forward to trying to get some action shots using the Z9 with her Greyhound one day also. I did manage to get some decent shots with the D500, but like you, there were quite a few misses.
Thanks
I couldn't belive how good was the dog eye detection. So you will be so happy, because a greyhound running not in straight line is quite of a mission.
As I was amazed that day with dogs, I was a bit speechless today at the zoo.
Black Cockatoo , pratically frozen, in low Iso good light. filling the frame and the camera not even once got the eye.
I moved the camera a couple of meters on a Rainbow Lorikeet, and the eye detection was perfect. I go back to the Cockatoo...nothing.
I know that since yesterday we were shooting without eye detection, so I know how to switch to single point, but on black birds, having the z9, can't see any help.
 

Hut2

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Not holding a candle to it is extreme. I'm more aware that I'm looking through an EVF with the Z9 than I am with the a1 and when moving the camera left to right rapidly the a1 is smoother. Still, the EVF on the Z9 is decent and I don't think I'd consider it a deal-breaker by any means. When I start getting into more action, maybe I'll change my mind, but right now I don't think the Z9's EVF should play a huge part in any a1 vs Z9 discussion. I'll eventually do a pros and cons video covering the a1 vs Z9 - there are a lot of differences and I personally still lean towards the a1 just because of all the customization options (they really make a difference in the field) but the truth is both cameras are really close and if you're already shooting Nikon I'd be VERY hesitant to drop that system to buy a Sony setup - and vice versa.
Thanks, for an honest opinion. I am extremely happy with the A1 EVF but honestly the Z9 EVF videos I have seen looks pretty good also.
 
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