YOUR FUTURE IN FILM
Nikon’s new filmmaker’s bundle delivers both creative freedom and commercial opportunity
The Z 6 Essential Movie Kit makes next-level filmmaking an instant out-of-the-box reality. It’s perfect for all your moving-image needs and opening up new horizons, from adding a short bio video to your LinkedIn, creating content for clients or making a move into narrative shorts and features.
The kit’s two stars are the Z 6 camera body and Atomos Ninja V 4K HDR external recording monitor. The Ninja V, about the size of a current-gen smartphone, raises the already remarkable video capabilities of the Z 6 to pro filmmaker level. With the two items in tandem, you can record at 10-bit depth with N-LOG and retrieve four times more information in your footage. The superior movie-quality image is captured in edit-ready ProRes and DNxHR formats.
The kit also includes a Nikon FTZ mount adapter, opening up the entire family of Nikon lens options. There’s a SmallRig quick-release camera cage with a Manfrotto-compatible quick-release mount for tripods or monopods, making it easy to switch between shooting styles. To attach the Ninja V to the Z 6 at any angle, there’s a SmallRig Magic Arm articulated clamp. Ensuring there’s plenty of juice for long shoots, two rechargeable Z 6 Li-ion batteries, plus two batteries and a fast charger for the Ninja V.
Altogether, the Z 6 Essential Movie Kit offers a total professional-level filmmaking solution that opens up new commercial and creative avenues for video experts and newbies alike.
My last column was titled ‘Building up’, referring to Nikon’s growing offer around the Z mount. Well, as you have likely become aware, we have been busy since then.
We have introduced several new solutions and products, such as the Z 50, our first mirrorless camera in the DX sensor format, supported by two lenses: an ultra-compact zoom and a compact telephoto. In addition, the long-awaited 58mm Noct has hit the market. Also, we’ve added the 24mm wide-angle prime to the S-line family and we’re proud to present the Nikon Z 6 Essential Movie kit.
Speaking of which, we’re offering RAW capability via HDMI free via firmware update to Z6 Essential Movie Kit users. More solutions and offers are around the corner, in response to your feedback. So let’s get rolling, the year is not over yet!
Nikkor Z 24mm f/1.8S
The NIKKOR Z 24mm f/1.8 S is exceptionally sharp and the perfect fast wide-angle prime lens for portraits and landscapes
The latest addition to the S-line mirrorless prime family is a versatile and fast-focusing wide-angle. The NIKKOR Z 24mm f/1.8s is a full-frame optic that delivers bright, edge-to-edge sharpness in all lighting conditions, from emotive low light scenes to beautiful back-lit captures. Bokeh is always smooth and beautifully natural. Two AF drives power a smooth and silent multi-focus system, enabling exceptional autofocus and accurate control from 25cm close-ups to infinity. The glass, of course, has Nikon’s anti-reflective Nano Crystal Coat, to counter ghosting and flare, while the barrel is fully sealed and dustproof, so you’ll never be let down in the field. A dual function control ring can be used for silent aperture control or exposure compensation, and also as a focus ring when manual focus is selected. The lens is also ideal for shooting video, offering shallow depth of field. Whether you’re shooting epic landscapes or intimate interiors, this lens will take your pictures to the next level.
Z SERIES FIRMWARE UPDATE
A new, optional firmware update for the Nikon Z 6 and Z 7 allows RAW video output via HDMI straight from the camera. Creating footage in ProRes RAW format and viewing it on an Atomos Ninja V monitor (see facing page) places the Z series firmly in pro cinema camera territory. For more info, contact your local Nikon service centre.
HIGH-END FOR low light
NIKKOR z 58mm f/0.95 S NOCT
The latest prime for the Nikon Z 6 and Z 7 is the NIKKOR Z 58mm f/0.95 S Noct. This lens has the fastest aperture in Nikon history. Astro and portrait photographers in particular will love the superior low-level light performance. Night skies are rendered in incredible, pin-sharp detail thanks to an unbeatable level of point-image reproduction and resolution. Even when shooting wide open, you’ll have total control, with breathtaking bokeh smoothly graded all the way to the edges. The glass, built from 17 elements in 10 groups, has Nikon’s Nano Crystal Coat and ARNEO Coat anti-reflection coatings, which banishes ghosting, flare and aberration. Video and stills shooters will appreciate the smooth and silent control ring, because it enables smooth and silent aperture choices whatever the assignment. The OLED lens information panel allows quick view of aperture, focus distance and depth of field. All told, this is truly great low-light prime lens.
NIKKOR Z 58mm f/0.95 S Noct: ultimate optical performance for both stills and video work
SMALL BUT MIGHTY
the Dx-FORMAT NIKON Z 50
Travel and adventure shooter Alex Stead put the Z 50 through its paces in Italy
Two become three as Nikon’s mirrorless Z Series is bolstered by a brilliant DX-format camera. The Z 50 has a large 20.9 MP DX-format sensor, 4K movie capability and the same ground-breaking Z mount system as the Z 6 and Z 7. With an FTZ Mount Adapter, all Nikon’s DSLR lenses can be used. Wi-Fi and Bluetooth connection and Nikon’s Snapbridge make sharing and storage options easy. Portrait photographers will love the Intelligent Eye-Detection AF, while 11 fps continuous shooting with AF/AE is dream functionality for action shooters. Regardless of what’s in the frame, the electronic viewfinder, tilting touchscreen and deep grip ensure comfortable handling. On debut, the Z 50 is accompanied by two lenses: the NIKKOR Z DX 16-50mm f/3.5-6.3 VR, an ultra-compact zoom and a compact telephoto, the NIKKOR Z DX 50-250mm f/4.5-6.3 VR. Both deliver superlative image quality in still and moving images, with seamlessly smooth performance. With the Z 50, Nikon’s mirrorless camera goes from strength to strength.
Double your output
Using an MB-N10 Battery Pack with a Z 6 or Z 7 means users can take 80 per cent more stills and video than without. Powered by up to two Nikon EN-EL15b rechargeable Li-ion batteries, which can be hot swapped. This dust-and-moisture protected battery grip has a tripod mount and is perfectly balances so that handheld use is perfectly balanced, even while using a long tele lens. For long days behind the camera, or trips into the back of beyond, this is absolutely essential.