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Nikon Z fc: All Style and No Substance or Does it Live Up to the Hype?

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The Nikon Z fc is styled after one of the greatest 35mm cameras of all time, the Nikon FM2. And although the Z fc looks like an FM2, does it live up to the hype?

I had a chance to spend a week shooting with a Nikon Z fc recently, and as a Fujifilm user, I was interested to see if Nikon’s take on a retro mirrorless camera could compare with the form, function, and usability of an X-T4. I used the Z fc with both the 16-50mm kit lens as well as the Nikkor Z 28mm f/2.8 lens and found both positives and negatives about the camera and lenses. The biggest and most pleasant surprise was how well the autofocus system in the Z fc works as well as the menu system. As I have not shot with a Nikon in quite a few years, I found the layout and menus to be excellent and much more intuitive than I remember. I did have some issues, however, regarding the kit lens, build quality, and lack of an aperture ring on the lenses, which I felt detracted from the overall user experience. In the accompanying video, I give an overview of my impressions of the camera and discuss whether it is basically a gimmick for nostalgic shooters or a real attempt by Nikon to build a fanbase of users who love manual inspired cameras. Thank you to my photographer friend Alex Burns for loaning me his Z fc for this review.

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