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    Z6/7 firmware AF update coming soon

    According to Nikon rumors. SO will we get AF on par with Sony after this update? I for one believe so -- Nikon is not one to let moss grow on their newer systems -- but we shall see: https://nikonrumors.com/2020/02/15/n...ced-soon.aspx/
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    Re: Z6/7 firmware AF update coming soon

    Quote Originally Posted by Jack View Post
    According to Nikon rumors. SO will we get AF on par with Sony after this update? I for one believe so -- Nikon is not one to let moss grow on their newer systems -- but we shall see: https://nikonrumors.com/2020/02/15/n...ced-soon.aspx/
    Crossing fingers.

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    Re: Z6/7 firmware AF update coming soon

    From DPReview's CES 2020 interview with Keiji Oishi, Department Manager for Nikon UX Planning, Imaging Business Unit:
    We want to do regular scheduled firmware updates to keep the products up to date for a long time.
    I am really looking forward to that!

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    Re: Z6/7 firmware AF update coming soon

    Always looking forward to improvements but so far, not found anything lacking current AF Z7, both in low light/low contrast and fast action shots. For me not concerned about Face ID.

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    Re: Z6/7 firmware AF update coming soon

    Paul,

    They're apparently enhancing the eye and face lock performance. Agree it's pretty good now, and frankly excellent for the kind of photography you and I do, but Sony kicked their butt in a head-to-head comp of moving people, so I think Nikon took it sort of personally

    More though I think, will be the CF-Express compatibility in that same update. The CF-e cards are here now, and performing faster at lower cost than XQD. Also, I believe they're putting the raw video FW in as well -- I don't shoot video, but that's apparently a big deal for the serious video folks.
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    Re: Z6/7 firmware AF update coming soon

    Crossing fingers!

    IMHO and for my uses, the Z would be just about perfect with some improvements to face AF and tracking.

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    Re: Z6/7 firmware AF update coming soon

    It’s on the Nikon download page now. I’m going to wait a few days myself.

    Z6: https://downloadcenter.nikonimglib.c...s/493/Z_6.html

    Z7: https://downloadcenter.nikonimglib.c...s/492/Z_7.html
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    Re: Z6/7 firmware AF update coming soon

    It did not brick mine

    I like the new AF tracking operation when in AF Field mode. Assign tracking to one of the FN buttons, hit the very button and the tracking field appears. Initiate AF and it keeps sticking where you placed (as expected). Hit the same FN button again and it is gone. No idea however why this cannot be done when in other AF modes.

    Did not check potentially improved face/eye detection and - due to the absence of cats in this household - could not test out the animal face detection ....

    Overall I really like they put out functionally enhancements. Hope that does not stop.
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    Re: Z6/7 firmware AF update coming soon

    I went ahead and did it too, didn't brick my cam either I immediately noticed faster boot and improved low-light AF with my slow telezoom -- sweet!

    Need a subject to try the new focus tracking, but agree with Photon, the new assign tracking capability is awesome. Only nit is you do lose whatever functionality you had assigned to that button before, but in my case no biggie as I can get to it quickly in my "i" menu.

    Way to go Nikon!!!
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    Re: Z6/7 firmware AF update coming soon

    Don't forget to download the updated manuals for the Z6 and the Z7 from the same site.

    Since the Z50 firmware update is minor, there is no updated manual for it.

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    Re: Z6/7 firmware AF update coming soon

    Discovered one more nit, and a somewhat irritating one: You cannot set the face/animal AF tracking selection to a Fn button NOR can you put it in the quick *i* menu, so you have to dig through the menu to get to it... You can set it as the default in one of your User sets, but mine are already used up for other purposes. I think was an unfortunate oversight.
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    Re: Z6/7 firmware AF update coming soon

    Quote Originally Posted by Jack View Post
    Discovered one more nit, and a somewhat irritating one: You cannot set the face/animal AF tracking selection to a Fn button NOR can you put it in the quick *i* menu, so you have to dig through the menu to get to it... You can set it as the default in one of your User sets, but mine are already used up for other purposes. I think was an unfortunate oversight.
    Can you access it via 'my menu'?

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    Re: Z6/7 firmware AF update coming soon

    Quote Originally Posted by KeithL View Post
    Can you access it via 'my menu'?
    Hmmm, IDK -- I don't use that. let me check...

    Yes you can, so that is a decent workaround! Thanks Keith! It's now set as my top item there.
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    Re: Z6/7 firmware AF update coming soon

    Updated smoothly,

    Curious, I noticed the LF (Lens firmware is 1.0) for the 24-70 F 2.8S, went back to the main downloads site for Nikon but did not see any firmware updates for the S lenses.

    Has anyone seen any notice from Nikon for updates to the lens firmware past 1.0?

    Thanks
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    Re: Z6/7 firmware AF update coming soon

    Quote Originally Posted by Paul2660 View Post
    Updated smoothly,
    Has anyone seen any notice from Nikon for updates to the lens firmware past 1.0?
    Only the 50mm f/1.8 S has a firmware update to 1.01, posted a while ago.
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    Re: Z6/7 firmware AF update coming soon

    Quote Originally Posted by Jack View Post
    Hmmm, IDK -- I don't use that. let me check...

    Yes you can, so that is a decent workaround! Thanks Keith! It's now set as my top item there.
    Tada! You can also assign a custom button to the "first item in 'My Menu'" -- so there is a workaround should it become an issue for me
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    Re: Z6/7 firmware AF update coming soon

    I installed 3.0.0 and I think it wakes up from sleep much faster now!

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    Re: Z6/7 firmware AF update coming soon

    Can't wait to give it a try this weekend

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    Re: Z6/7 firmware AF update coming soon

    Quote Originally Posted by Jack View Post
    According to Nikon rumors. SO will we get AF on par with Sony after this update? I for one believe so -- Nikon is not one to let moss grow on their newer systems -- but we shall see: https://nikonrumors.com/2020/02/15/n...ced-soon.aspx/

    Hi,*
    This is a good review. I ask him about the pictures on the computer. We know that the box being in the subject eyes does not mean focus on the eyes (it could be the eyelashes). Even so a magnificent update.*Usability seems to be better. I am still debating if I am going to stay with Nikon once I move to mirrorless, but I will love to do so.*
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SxXvNBZLLYU&t=621s

    Best regards, *

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    Re: Z6/7 firmware AF update coming soon

    I can't say AF is better than Sony now, but only because I don't own a Sony to compare it to. But I can say that with this update, my Z7 AF's better than anything else I've ever owned -- it's flat out spectacular.
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    Re: Z6/7 firmware AF update coming soon

    Quote Originally Posted by Jack View Post
    I can't say AF is better than Sony now, but only because I don't own a Sony to compare it to. But I can say that with this update, my Z7 AF's better than anything else I've ever owned -- it's flat out spectacular.

    Hi,

    Thanks for sharing its great news. I believe that it's not as great as the new Sony. (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4-irBr9kTzo ) but it's closing in, and it's no longer an issue.
    Have you used the Canon mirrorless?

    Best regards,

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    Re: Z6/7 firmware AF update coming soon

    https://www.getdpi.com/forum/nikon/6...tml#post812199
    It looks like the AF is enormously improved...also in shadows, looking forward to test it in twilight

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    Re: Z6/7 firmware AF update coming soon

    Definitely improved -- my lowly 70-300 will AF at 300mm (f5.6) on a black object in the cabinet in the corner of my room at night.
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