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Nikon Z6 and Nikon Z7 Calibration Now Available

Nikon Z6/Z7 calibration

We are pleased to announce that we are now able to offer a full calibration service for Nikon's Z6 & Z7 mirrorless cameras.
For owners of these cameras you may or may not be aware of the need to calibrate your lenses to either of these bodies, WHY i hear you say, they are mirrorless and therefore do not suffer from the same problems of FRONT or BACK focus as the mirrored DSLR camera such as the D500 / D850.
NOT so, both models use the same focusing system as the D850 (to an extent) and thus have the ability / need to calibrate and so include in the SETUP menu the AF FINE TUNE facility.


Using Reikan's latest version of Focal we are now able to offer full tethered calibration as with their mirrored versions such as the D500 / D850.
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Nikon Z7 Calibration in Practise
Having completed our first Z7 calibration we were pleased to see consistency of results with both the dedicated lenses and when using the appropriate z adapter and a combination of Sigma Art series and Nikon lenses.
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In this case the Nikon 24-70mm required a correction of -1 for either end and even a Nikon 85mm F1.4 when used with the adapter only required a correction of -3, far more consistent than the result when used on the same customers D850....
We will wait and see if this heralds the start of greater consistency with Nikon...
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Comments on Battery!

From our observations, the battery died part way through calibrating 4 lenses !! Not great battery life at all.  We also found even taking extreme care when changing lenses that the sensor became contaminated by the end of the calibration process and thus needed cleaning. The lens mount cavity is large for a mirrorless body and without the shutter box any contaminants will go straight to the sensor.


Firmware Update

In addition, we are also able to update the firmware of both cameras (if required) to the latest version which brings substantial improvements to the AF system including EYE tracking.

In May Nikon released Firmware Update 2.0 for the Nikon Z6 and Nikon Z7 cameras. There is improved low light performance, a few minor tweaks and fixes but most importantly Eye-Detection Autofocus. Sony drove this successful feature so now other manufacturers including Nikon have had to follow suit.

Nikon claims the new Eye-Detection AF feature will detect then focus on the human eyes when using Auto-area AF in both AF-S and AF-C. If there are more than a single pair of eyes you can choose which eye should be focused on. Apparently this feature even works when the selected face to focus on is partially obscured.


Nikon Z7 Firmware Download

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Nikon Z6 and Z7 Recall

Early May 2019 Nikon posted a recall for Nikon Z6 and Z7 cameras within a specified serial number range.

While Nikon has taken great measures to assure the high quality expected of Nikon products, it has come to our attention that the vibration reduction (VR) feature in some Nikon Z 6 and Z 7 cameras may not function fully. We sincerely apologize for any inconvenience this may have caused.

Nikon has resolved this by making available corrective service for affected Z 6 and Z 7 cameras free of charge, including the cost of shipping an affected Z 6 and Z 7 camera to Nikon as well as its return, even if your Z 6 or Z 7 camera warranty has expired."

Read Full Advisory from Nikon

To check your serial number follow the links below:

Nikon Z6 recall

Nikon Z7 recall




Further Information

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