Official Nikon Z9 Launch, Info, and Discussion Thread

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fcotterill

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Another overview of significance of the Z9 etc, @ 7:15 approx this chap emphasizes the industry future will be interesting to watch, considering this is the first ILC with no mechanical parts....

 
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Ken Miracle

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Just curious, to what extent? A day of shooting, or a few hours, or…?
Using the big batteries in D4s, gripped D500 and D850 I had never run out of battery in a day of shooting before. With the GPS on all the time in the D6 I had to change before the end of a days shooting for the first time with one of the EN EL 18 batteries. Much better battery life with the GPS off.
 

iustin

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Using the big batteries in D4s, gripped D500 and D850 I had never run out of battery in a day of shooting before. With the GPS on all the time in the D6 I had to change before the end of a days shooting for the first time with one of the EN EL 18 batteries. Much better battery life with the GPS off.
Wow, less than a day of shooting? That's very significant. And here I was hoping, the GPS will be close to null, or 10% at max. Well, one can't expect Garmin-level performance, but…

Thanks for the info.
 

FB101

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We all need to flood Nikon with e-mails stating how important it is that Steve gets his Z9 on the first day of release so that everyone can utilize his expertise and use tips to better their satisfaction with the camera. ;)
It worked with Sony and Mark Smith… he is now sponsored, maybe a step before being an ambassador.

The “problem” for Steve is that he plans to keep on shooting 3 brands so not sure Nikon will give him priority unless he becomes as annoying to them as Jared Polin and somehow I doubt that it is in Steve’s nature.
 

Ken Miracle

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Wow, less than a day of shooting? That's very significant. And here I was hoping, the GPS will be close to null, or 10% at max. Well, one can't expect Garmin-level performance, but…

Thanks for the info.
That was the D6 and I read that the Z9 has a new battery with more power available but I expect the Z9 to use more juice but will not know until that someday when it arrives :). I preordered an extra battery and have extra EN EL 18a and c batteries, albeit with less capacity, used for the D6, D500 with grip (the camera's I sold) and my D850 with grip.
 

abc123brian

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That was the D6 and I read that the Z9 has a new battery with more power available but I expect the Z9 to use more juice but will not know until that someday when it arrives :). I preordered an extra battery and have extra EN EL 18a and c batteries, albeit with less capacity, used for the D6, D500 with grip (the camera's I sold) and my D850 with grip.
hopefully you have a charger for the EN EL18A battery as it seems the one included with the Z9 won’t charge that one.
 

Ken Miracle

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hopefully you have a charger for the EN EL18A battery as it seems the one included with the Z9 won’t charge that one.
I have 2 that work with the a and C ... and I see that it says in the acessory area that the new MH-33 single chamber will not work with the a just the d,c &b yet the D will can only be charged in the MH-33 or in camera so one way or the other I will probably end up buying a second MH-33 somewhere down the line. I bailed out a friend on a trip to Africa when his HM-26a charger died ... luckily I had a spare with me and so he could use it in his room. If am away from home I try to have redundant stuff like that :)
 

fcotterill

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23 Nov '21: Nikon Z 9 & 100-400mm f4.5-5.6S Arriving This Week!
"I had it confirmed yesterday that Nikon Canada is sending me a shiny new Nikon Z 9 and a Nikkor 100-400mm f4.5-5.6S for testing purposes this week....."

 

Venkatesh VT

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23 Nov '21: Nikon Z 9 & 100-400mm f4.5-5.6S Arriving This Week!
"I had it confirmed yesterday that Nikon Canada is sending me a shiny new Nikon Z 9 and a Nikkor 100-400mm f4.5-5.6S for testing purposes this week....."

Congrats.Does this mean it is only for testing purposes or your order is being fulfilled too with a production model ( I am sure you have ordered it too )
 

fcotterill

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It is Brad Hill's post :LOL:
If you read on from he statement I quoted....see full quote - below"
Congrats.Does this mean it is only for testing purposes or your order is being fulfilled too with a production model ( I am sure you have ordered it too )
"I had it confirmed yesterday that Nikon Canada is sending me a shiny new Nikon Z 9 and a Nikkor 100-400mm f4.5-5.6S for testing purposes this week. To be clear - and to cut-off any rumours before they get started - this is NOT the Z 9 and 100-400mm lens that I have on order for myself (I actually have TWO Z 9's on order, but that's another story). The one arriving this week is a pre-production Z 9. Of course, given where we are in the product development cycle of the Z 9 it is likely that there will be few (if any) differences between the Z 9 I will be testing and a full production version. The Nikkor 100-400mm lens I will be receiving at the same time IS a full-production model.

I will be testing and shooting with the Z 9 and 100-400mm lens for a few weeks, so I should have ample time to really put it through its paces. As always when I'm testing gear, I will be concentrating on how the camera REALLY performs under tough and real-world field conditions. Nikon has given me carte blanche in what I do with the camera (I did promise them I wouldn't try it underwater without a housing!) and in what I say about it. And, though most reading this will already know this, I am NOT a Nikon ambassador and really have no official relationship with them (but I do communicate with representatives from Nikon on a fairly frequent basis and we have a good "unofficial" relationship). In my mind the fact that Nikon is willing to let me do this pre-shipping testing without constraints says a lot about how confident they are that the Z 9 is a very, very good product.

During the time I have the Z 9 I will be attempting to thoroughly test as many aspects of the camera (e.g., AF performance, ISO performance, real world buffer depths, image quality, etc.) as possible. I will be testing it (where appropriate) against cameras that are part of my field kit, including a D6, Z 7II, and Z 6II. Similarly, I will be testing and comparing the Nikkor 100-400mm against some pretty good glass, including the Nikkor 180-400mm f4E, the Nikkor 120-300mm f2.8E, and the Nikkor 70-200mm f2.8S.

Interim reports on the results of my testing and evaluation will appear here in my blog. Don't expect to see any reports until at least mid-way through next week, and some tests (notably image quality and ISO performance tests) won't be reported for quite some time. Perhaps I have some form of undiagnosed handicap but, unlike some others, I am unable to write thorough and truly meaningful reviews before I get the camera in my hands and/or before I actually look very carefully at the test results! Odd, eh? ;-)

Anyway...this should be very interesting and a whole lot of fun. Can't wait! Whee-hah!

Cheers...

Brad
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Hobbzz

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BH says shipping starts on December 15th. I think Adorama or Sammy's said November 30th. Amazon said December 31st! So it's a crap shoot. I think the official ship date is December 15th though since BH is usually on top of that. Hopefully it won't end up like the 500mm pf which some people waited over a year to get. I ordered mine the day you could officially order it and I got it 3 weeks later. A friend ordered his a month after me and it took a month. Another friend ordered his about 3 months after me and it took almost a year to get it!
I called B&H today twice to get my order changed from 12 month no interest to 24 months. Two different employees "confirmed" that the order they're receiving from Nikon on the 15th will fill all their backorders as of today.
 

RoyC

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I called B&H today twice to get my order changed from 12 month no interest to 24 months. Two different employees "confirmed" that the order they're receiving from Nikon on the 15th will fill all their backorders as of today.
When I ordered my Z9 I also ordered a FTZ 2 afterwards. This was on the morning of the 28th, there was 5 minutes between the time printed on my two email confirmations and the order numbers where 153 apart. I do not know what was ordered but there were a lot going in at that time.
Looking forward to everyone getting the Z9 but will be surprised to see dozens of post in mid December about FedEx tracking numbers on Z9s coming from B&H.
 

Hobbzz

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When I ordered my Z9 I also ordered a FTZ 2 afterwards. This was on the morning of the 28th, there was 5 minutes between the time printed on my two email confirmations and the order numbers where 153 apart. I do not know what was ordered but there were a lot going in at that time.
Looking forward to everyone getting the Z9 but will be surprised to see dozens of post in mid December about FedEx tracking numbers on Z9s coming from B&H.
I'm still skeptical, but not of B&H, as they don't have a habit of lying to customers. I'm more skeptical of Nikon being able to deliver, or of the cameras making it into the country on time to make it to retailers.
 

ssheipel

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When I ordered my Z9 I also ordered a FTZ 2 afterwards. This was on the morning of the 28th, there was 5 minutes between the time printed on my two email confirmations and the order numbers where 153 apart. I do not know what was ordered but there were a lot going in at that time.
Looking forward to everyone getting the Z9 but will be surprised to see dozens of post in mid December about FedEx tracking numbers on Z9s coming from B&H.
The Toronto location of my local camera store is having a meet the Z9 in person event this week, and I'm noticing lots of reviews (albeit using pre production cams) by non ambassadors showing up -- which I'm taking to mean shipping just might be on schedule :)
 

Whiskeyman

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When I ordered my Z9 I also ordered a FTZ 2 afterwards. This was on the morning of the 28th, there was 5 minutes between the time printed on my two email confirmations and the order numbers where 153 apart. I do not know what was ordered but there were a lot going in at that time.
Looking forward to everyone getting the Z9 but will be surprised to see dozens of post in mid December about FedEx tracking numbers on Z9s coming from B&H.
My store's representative asked if I also wanted the FTZ II when I ordered the Z9. I said yes, but also understand that there's no guarantee that they arrive at the same time. Because of that, I'm considering ordering a 50mm f1.4 S-Series lens while they're on sale.
 
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