The Cost of a Nikon Z6 Camera Cinema or Video Kit

If you’re looking to kit up your Nikon Z6 Camera (AmazonB&H) for video work, then this article will give you an idea of the costs involved. Let’s get started!

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Base Kit

This is what you get with the camera (depending on your country or region*):

ItemsUnit Price**QtyPrice **(USD)
Nikon Z6 Camera (AmazonB&H)$ 1,996.951$ 1,996.95
EN-EL15b Battery$ 0.001$ 0.00
Body Cap$ 0.001$ 0.00
Neck Strap$ 0.001$ 0.00
HDMI Cable Clip$ 0.001$ 0.00
Battery Charger$ 0.001$ 0.00
USB Cable$ 0.001$ 0.00
Rubber Eye Cup$ 0.001$ 0.00
Hot Shoe Cover$ 0.001$ 0.00
  • *I got a 32GB XQD card and reader free with the camera as part of the India promotion. You might have different offers, or none! Nikon also sells the camera in a few basic kits. Buying a kit (if you need all of the items in it) might be cheaper.
  • **Important: The prices might be totally inaccurate or wrong. Please refer to manufacturer’s website for details. Also, the price might be different depending on which country or region you’re in.

Adding Lenses and adapter

I’ve written an entire article on the best lenses for the Nikon Z6 for video. Check it out.

For now I’m going with the FTZ adapter and these lenses that are excellent value for money:

ItemsUnit PriceQtyPrice (USD)
Sigma 24 f/1.4 Art (Amazon, B&H)$849*1$849
Sigma 35mm f/1.4 Art (Amazon, B&H)$774*1$774
Sigma 50mm f/1.4 Art (Amazon, B&H)$9491$949
Sigma 85mm f/1.4 Art (Amazon, B&H)$1,1991$1,199
FTZ Adapter (Amazon, B&H)^$246.951$246.95

Notes:

  • *You can choose between one of these primes instead of both.
  • ^The FTZ Adapter (Amazon, B&H) costs $246.95 even as part of the kit.

Necessary Accessories

The camera needs some basic accessories for serious filmmaking:

ItemsUnit PriceQtyPrice (USD)
EN-EL15b Batteries (Amazon, B&H)$59.952$119.90
64 GB XQD Card (Amazon, B&H)$129.952$259.90
XQD Card Reader (Amazon, B&H)$68.951$68.95
Arca Swiss-type Plate^$121$12

Notes:

  • ^This plate allows you to keep the camera level along with the FTZ adapter. I also use adhesive shims to make up a few millimeters if I have to.

Optional Accessories

Here are some important accessories* that you will eventually land up with to get the best out of the Nikon Z6 Camera (AmazonB&H):

ItemsUnit PriceQtyPrice (USD)
Atomos Ninja V (Amazon, B&H)$6951$695
Sandisk Extreme 2 240 GB 2.5″ SSD (Amazon, B&H)$882$176
SSD Reader (Amazon, B&H)$49.951$49.95
NP-F Battery, Generic (Amazon, B&H)$602$120
Battery Charger (Amazon, B&H)$79.951$79.95
HDMI cable (Amazon, B&H)$14.951$14.95
Cage with Top Handle (Amazon, B&H)$2991$299
Monitor mount (Amazon, B&H)$59.881$59.88

Notes:

  • *I like buying accessories that will survive more than one camera. E.g., better to get a universal cage that will last you many cameras.
  • What about audio? The audio recording on the Nikon Z6 Camera (AmazonB&H) is okay for vlogging or basic video, but definitely unusable for professional filmmaking. You will need a recorder, and of course, microphones, etc. I am not including that in this list but it’s something to seriously consider as well.

The Bottom Line

What’s the grand total?

  • It’s $7,970 with the optional accessories, or
  • $6,476 for just the basics w/lens.
  • $2,458 for just the basics without lenses and FTZ adapter

Obviously this is just an indicative list. Based on the lens choices the total will vary greatly. Also, with the newly announced Atomos Shogun 7 you be raising the bar even more. And let’s not forget simple accessories like lens cleaners, filters, bags, audio, etc.

I hope this article helps you understand the costs involved in setting up a Nikon Z6 (AmazonB&H) for cinematography and professional filmmaking.

What do you think? If you know of any cool accessories please let me know in the comments below.

Exclusive Bonus: Download my camera settings and 7 cinematic custom picture controls for the Nikon Z6. Setup your camera for cinematography, ready to shoot.

And, get bonus videos - How to expose and grade N-log, and How I have tweaked my favorite picture control for video - delivered to your inbox!

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