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Hooray! I just picked up my Z8's
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May 26, 2023 11:33:10   #
Gilkar
 
Talk about GAS!!!! I started drooling about a month ago when I first learned about the new Z8 from Nikon. Then came the big announcement and the initial presentations showing its capabilities. Finally, May 25 was announced as the "ship by" date and B&H started taking preorders. I researched a bit further making sure that my XQD cards and ENEL15c batteries were compatible. Then I called my local camera store, (World of Photography, Columbus, Ohio), to see if they were taking preorders, because I like to support my local stores when possible, and they said yes. I did not expect to hear from them on May 25th as they are a smaller store and do not have the same clout as B&H et. al.
However, at ten AM my phone rang and I was told my cameras arrived. I got together my trade ins ( two Z6's) and a buncha other equipment I wasn't using to make the hit on the bank account lighter and headed out. Fifteen minutes later I was talking with store owner, Gary, who asked me if I would mind if he unboxed one of the Z8's. All of the store employees gathered round and everyone gawked at the camera. It seems I bought one of the first Z8's sold by that store in Columbus. When I returned home, I unboxed and registered the cameras with Nikon. Nikon's included manual is sparse, only 60 pages covering the bare essentials to get up and running. A fully fleshed out "reference" manual is available online in PDF format. So, after two hours I headed out to cover a high school graduation armed with the "basics". The camera performed flawlessly. Today I am getting into the nitty gritty of what the camera can do. At present there is very little on You Tube on camera set up etc. so I am relying on the "reference" manual, (written in Nikonnese(?)), to fill in the gaps. Hopefully, David Busch is preparing yet another Nikon tome on the Z8.
Two more graduations to go, Wahoo and HUZZAH!!!
Gilkar

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May 26, 2023 11:40:33   #
chasgroh Loc: Buena Park, CA
 
Congrats! Look up Steve Perry on YouTube for a fresh Z8 take, also Hudson Henry.

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May 26, 2023 11:51:02   #
coolhanduke Loc: Redondo Beach, CA
 
Happy to hear you got your Z8. I was just as excited when I got my Z9.

I still also own a D850. The Z8 would be a good replacement/backup camera. I have always, as long as I could afford it, had 2 like bodies.

However, considering what my current photography consists of, can’t justify it at this time.

Keep us posted!

b.t.w., Nikon is selling refurbished Z9’s for $4,500.

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May 26, 2023 11:55:58   #
PHRubin Loc: Nashville TN USA
 
Enjoy!

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May 26, 2023 11:59:10   #
gwilliams6
 
Congrats.

Steve Perry:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3Wxo10LQZUc

Ricci Talks:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qXyvKGbax5A

Matt Granger:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2eoyXPaRZVs

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May 26, 2023 12:54:09   #
Gilkar
 
coolhanduke wrote:
Happy to hear you got your Z8. I was just as excited when I got my Z9.

I still also own a D850. The Z8 would be a good replacement/backup camera. I have always, as long as I could afford it, had 2 like bodies.

However, considering what my current photography consists of, can’t justify it at this time.

Keep us posted!

b.t.w., Nikon is selling refurbished Z9’s for $4,500.


Yes, I saw that today. I would have probably bought one Z8 and one refurbished Z9 if I had seen the advert sooner.

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May 26, 2023 12:57:03   #
Gilkar
 


Thanks to you and Chasgroh for the references

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May 26, 2023 17:00:59   #
gwilliams6
 
Gilkar wrote:
Thanks to you and Chasgroh for the references


You are welcome.

Cheers and enjoy your Z8.

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May 26, 2023 17:52:42   #
Grahame Loc: Fiji
 
Congratulations.

I'm eagerly awaiting mine.

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May 27, 2023 06:13:18   #
keywest305 Loc: Baltimore Md.
 
Gilkar wrote:
Yes, I saw that today. I would have probably bought one Z8 and one refurbished Z9 if I had seen the advert sooner.
.....great deal



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May 27, 2023 06:21:27   #
ELNikkor
 
Congratulations on your new Z8's, ought to last you awhile before they need replacing. Glad to see you put them right to work; should pay themselves off pretty quick at that rate...

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May 27, 2023 06:59:12   #
jerryc41 Loc: Catskill Mts of NY
 
Gilkar wrote:
Talk about GAS!!!! I started drooling about a month ago when I first learned about the new Z8 from Nikon. Then came the big announcement and the initial presentations showing its capabilities. Finally, May 25 was announced as the "ship by" date and B&H started taking preorders. I researched a bit further making sure that my XQD cards and ENEL15c batteries were compatible. Then I called my local camera store, (World of Photography, Columbus, Ohio), to see if they were taking preorders, because I like to support my local stores when possible, and they said yes. I did not expect to hear from them on May 25th as they are a smaller store and do not have the same clout as B&H et. al.
However, at ten AM my phone rang and I was told my cameras arrived. I got together my trade ins ( two Z6's) and a buncha other equipment I wasn't using to make the hit on the bank account lighter and headed out. Fifteen minutes later I was talking with store owner, Gary, who asked me if I would mind if he unboxed one of the Z8's. All of the store employees gathered round and everyone gawked at the camera. It seems I bought one of the first Z8's sold by that store in Columbus. When I returned home, I unboxed and registered the cameras with Nikon. Nikon's included manual is sparse, only 60 pages covering the bare essentials to get up and running. A fully fleshed out "reference" manual is available online in PDF format. So, after two hours I headed out to cover a high school graduation armed with the "basics". The camera performed flawlessly. Today I am getting into the nitty gritty of what the camera can do. At present there is very little on You Tube on camera set up etc. so I am relying on the "reference" manual, (written in Nikonnese(?)), to fill in the gaps. Hopefully, David Busch is preparing yet another Nikon tome on the Z8.
Two more graduations to go, Wahoo and HUZZAH!!!
Gilkar
Talk about GAS!!!! I started drooling about a mont... (show quote)


Memory cards have gotten confusing over the years. It seems that QXD are Sony products/inventions, and they are more expensive. CFexpress are cheaper and maybe faster. I bought QXD for my Z6II before I knew better. As I said, it's confusing.

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May 27, 2023 07:20:52   #
Tdearing Loc: Rockport, TX
 
Congratulations, have a ball with your new gear.

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May 27, 2023 10:03:53   #
cjc2 Loc: Hellertown PA
 
As an owner of a Z9, and now a Z8, I had little issue setting up my Z8 and will be "testing" it shortly at a baseball game. I'm not at 100%, but getting there. So far I like what I see! Best of luck.

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May 27, 2023 10:08:50   #
cjc2 Loc: Hellertown PA
 
jerryc41 wrote:
Memory cards have gotten confusing over the years. It seems that QXD are Sony products/inventions, and they are more expensive. CFexpress are cheaper and maybe faster. I bought QXD for my Z6II before I knew better. As I said, it's confusing.


Memory cards are not confusing at all, but you MUST pay closer attention. In general, CFE is MUCH faster than XQD. A camera like a Z9 needs all the speed a CFE can give, but the Z6II should be just fine with the XQD. When not shooting sports action, I occasionally use one of my older XQD cards in my Z9. I always use XQD cards in my Z6. Best of luck.

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