Upgrading to Nikon Z9: Letting Go of Beloved Lenses

Transitioning to a new camera system often means bidding farewell to trusted gear. As I delve deeper into the world of Nikon’s Z9 system and its accompanying Z lenses, I’ve come to realize the remarkable evolution that has taken place in lens technology. This shift has led me to part ways with some cherished DSLR lenses that have faithfully served me through countless photographic journeys.

The decision to sell my beloved lenses was a challenging one. Each of them holds a special place in my collection, embodying the craftsmanship and quality I’ve come to expect from reliable tools of the trade. Yet, the advancements in Nikon’s mirrorless offerings have been revolutionary.

Sigma EX DG APO OS HSM 70-200mm F/2.8

The recent lineup of lenses designed explicitly for the Nikon Z series has left me in awe. The leap in quality, focusing speed, and reduced weight is unparalleled compared to the stalwart DSLR lenses that accompanied me on numerous shoots. The convenience and superior performance of the Z lenses have proven to be a game-changer, encouraging me to streamline my gear for enhanced efficiency and uncompromised excellence.

Sigma 120-300mm f/2.8 DG OS HSM Sport

Among the lenses bidding farewell, the Sigma 120-300mm f/2.8 DG OS HSM with the TC-1401 & TC-2001 attachments stands tall as a pinnacle of excellence. Its exceptional performance and versatility have captured moments that would have been otherwise impossible. The Sigma EX DG APO OS HSM 70-200mm F/2.8, a paragon of precision and reliability, has been a steadfast companion, delivering impeccable results repeatedly. Even the Samyang 14mm F2.8 Wide Angle Lens with an AE Chip for Nikon, in its mint condition, has been an indispensable tool for capturing expansive landscapes.

Samyang 14mm F2.8 Wide Angle Lens with an AE Chip for Nikon

While parting with these lenses feels bittersweet, it’s an acknowledgment of the exciting advancements that Nikon has made in the realm of mirrorless photography. However, I find myself reminiscing about the days when visiting the local camera store meant engaging in the ritual of trading old gear for the latest upgrades. There’s a charm in that tactile exchange that’s worth cherishing.

For those interested, these lenses, meticulously maintained and in excellent or mint condition, now seek new homes on eBay. They’ve been cherished and respected and contributed immensely to my photographic journey. As I turn the page to embrace the cutting-edge capabilities of the Nikon Z9 system, I do so with gratitude for the moments these lenses helped me immortalize.

The evolution of technology often demands letting go of the old to embrace the new. In this transitional phase, I bid a fond farewell to these exceptional lenses, confident they’ll continue to inspire and empower others in their photographic endeavors, just as they did for me.