F to Z

In preparation for my transition from DSLR to Mirrorless I have got an FTZ II adapter. And according to the technical notes the following lenses in my collection should work with it:

  • 24mm f1.4 AF-S G
  • 28-70mm f2.8 AF-S D
  • 58mm f1.4 AF-S G
  • 70-200mm f2.8 AF-S VR G
  • 105mm f1.4 AF-S ED E

These autofocus lenses will not:

  • 14mm f2.8 AF D
  • 20-35mm f2.8 AF D
  • 85mm f1.4 AF D
  • 300mm f4 AF D

I also have a couple of manual lenses and they are the 85mm f/2.8D PC-E Micro and 500mm f4 P.

My main reason for getting the Nikon Z8 is for the improved autofocus and the in body stabilisation. So I’m not really planning to be using the camera much with manual focusing. So what are my options?

The first option is to replace all my F glass for Z glass like for like. Which wouldn’t be very sensible as it would be really expensive plus I have lenses that I very rarely use. There is no point in changing the 500mm f4 P which doesn’t often leave its case or the tilt shift speciality of the 85mm f/2.8D PC-E Micro.

In an ideal world the first Z lenses I would get is the 85mm f1.2 followed by the 35mm f1.2 which is still to be announced. I would also get the 14-24mm f2.8 to replace the 14mm f2.8 AF D and the 20-35mm f2.8 AF D which don’t have autofocus function with the FTZ II.

Right now there aren’t many Z lenses on the used market. I have seen the 50mm f1.2 for sale and a part of me is considering getting one of these so that I have a native lens to use on the Z8.

Another option is to upgrade my AF D type lenses to more modern AF-S type lenses which are coming down in price so will then work with the FTZ II. I’ve been looking at swapping the 300mm f4 AF D for the 300mm f4 AF-S E PF ED VR but I think the price still isn’t right for the move.

There is plenty to consider for my strategy as I move from one system to the other.

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