An opinion piece grounded in whining......
I will be the first to rip into Nikon if and when I feel they have shot themselves in the foot but this article is off the mark.
1) Nikon laid out their future road map with Z. The financial future of the company is riding on its success.
- this is like the migration from Film to digital DSLR to Mirrorless....
- Milestone moment
2) the technology behind this move is not like the Nikon 1 line. That was flawed from the get go. This technology is extremely well thought out.
3) The 2 Z cameras are top notch, maybe not the best on the market, but for the Nikon base, they are pretty bang on. Not what I like, but I fully expect there will be more to come and they will be even better. This was a solid start.
4) The lens offering could have been better, but SO WHAT? Really, who cares, buy the adapter and use what you have. Like, we DON'T HAVE ENOUGH LENSES in our kits? This is a moot point because there is really NO IMPACT. There is glass-a-plenty to be used just by buying an adapter. So, who cares, this isn't even a consideration for me. I have all the glass I need at the moment.
Why .... would Nikon design a NEW 500mm Z lens when they just recently introduced a brilliant fresnel lens that is perfectly functional ACROSS THE LINE, including Z?
A Z only 500mm lens would sell ZILCH. There is no saturation of cameras with a Z mount yet, give it some time.
The article is just whining to me.
I think Nikon has done the launch properly. The .95 is most likely a marketing piece... the stuff legends are made of and to talk about ... MIND SHARE.... We can do it, so we did! I would never buy one at that price, but I don't care, it is all about what the Line can do... and it looks like it can do an awful lot. When the time comes, I will very likely own one...not now. My D850 is a ton of camera still and I have a long way to go with it around my neck.
Just me 2 cents.