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Thomas Stellwag

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Re: Nikon Z8 is here
« Reply #15 on: May 11, 2023, 11:49:53 »
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Re: Nikon Z8 is here
« Reply #16 on: May 11, 2023, 19:53:08 »
A Z8 kit is available (that is, pre-orderable) with Z8 + 24-120/4 Z-Nikkor S @ 5549€, that is you get the 24-120/4  for 950€ (RRP=1329€, not bad!)

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Re: Nikon Z8 is here
« Reply #17 on: May 11, 2023, 20:33:38 »
The Z8 seems to be an awesome can do everything camera.

Personally I prefer a compact body with a custom combined arca plate / grip extender over a big pro body so would prefer the Z8 over the Z9 knowing they share the majority of key features (don't care about gps myself).

With the USB-C port you can top off the battery almost anywhere during a break where there is a USB, 12v sigaret or wall socket so the smaller battery is a complete non issue for me.

For now I am completely settled with the A7IV, 35/1.4GM and 200-600G but it's good to see Nikon is slowly filling in the blanks for a possible return to Nikon in the future :)
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Re: Nikon Z8 is here
« Reply #18 on: May 12, 2023, 10:37:34 »
Looks really like a D800- D850 series sister camera - Very nicely done Nikon!
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Re: Nikon Z8 is here
« Reply #19 on: May 12, 2023, 12:03:21 »
Size wise the Z8 is also closer to the D850 than the Z7II.

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Re: Nikon Z8 is here
« Reply #20 on: May 12, 2023, 17:51:15 »
This camera ticks all the boxes for me. Perhaps a tiny bit heavy for my liking.
There’s only one small problem and there’re 4600 of them. :(
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Re: Nikon Z8 is here
« Reply #21 on: May 12, 2023, 19:45:10 »
RIP canon :o :o :o

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Re: Nikon Z8 is here
« Reply #22 on: May 12, 2023, 20:03:15 »
I suppose its too much to hope they'll do a DX stablemate?

There was much to be said for the days of the D3/D700/D300 trio...

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Re: Nikon Z8 is here
« Reply #23 on: May 12, 2023, 21:34:50 »
The omission of mechanical shutter units will be a major trend started by SIGMA.  :P
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Re: Nikon Z8 is here
« Reply #24 on: May 13, 2023, 06:03:55 »
Now the only moving part is the VR-enabled sensor, instead of having a shutter life spec (for pro D series: 400K shots, Z9: ∞ ), maybe they'll introduce a sensor life spec... ;)

I read that sensor goes into a safe, parked mode when you turn off the camera, one will have to remember to turn it off before caroming down a mountain ;D

As for the size comparison, looks like I could do without an extra grip with the Z8, I added an extra grip to D70, D100, D200, D300, D600, D500, D7000, D810, Z6, Z7: they fit my hands better. Z8 seems about right for my hands as is.

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Re: Nikon Z8 is here
« Reply #25 on: May 13, 2023, 08:17:19 »
Now the only moving part is the VR-enabled sensor, instead of having a shutter life spec (for pro D series: 400K shots, Z9: ∞ ), maybe they'll introduce a sensor life spec... ;)

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My wild guess is that an APS-C camera with a full frame sensor can even eliminate the IBIS mechanism.  The electric image stabilization itself has long been inplemented.
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Re: Nikon Z8 is here
« Reply #26 on: May 13, 2023, 20:17:54 »
I saw Thom Hogan do an on-line presentation on the Nikon Z8 that was sponsored by the Creative Photo Academy yesterday (Friday) afternoon (Alaska time).
What I perceive as the biggest game changer from this presentation is the use of 10-bit HEIF files instead of jpegs (which are 8-bit). He shot an example (live) of a small high contrast set-up. The camera was wired so that we could watch the VF images; most importantly the histograms. What had been blown (highlights) for the jpeg was not blown for the HEIF. Keep in mind that he was using a pre-production camera body. The implication is that in the future we may be able to chimp 10-bit images rather than 8-bit that has been the digital standard until now. This will make a chimped image much more realistic exposure-wise when shooting raw files.

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Re: Nikon Z8 is here
« Reply #27 on: May 16, 2023, 10:10:21 »
Now there's a Z8 entry in downloadcenter.nikonimglib.com, but there's only the 3D LUT manual, no reference manual yet.

Meanwhile, the FW update 1.40 for the Zfc has been published!

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Re: Nikon Z8 is here
« Reply #28 on: May 23, 2023, 11:15:03 »
I saw Thom Hogan do an on-line presentation on the Nikon Z8 that was sponsored by the Creative Photo Academy yesterday (Friday) afternoon (Alaska time).
What I perceive as the biggest game changer from this presentation is the use of 10-bit HEIF files instead of jpegs (which are 8-bit). He shot an example (live) of a small high contrast set-up. The camera was wired so that we could watch the VF images; most importantly the histograms. What had been blown (highlights) for the jpeg was not blown for the HEIF. Keep in mind that he was using a pre-production camera body. The implication is that in the future we may be able to chimp 10-bit images rather than 8-bit that has been the digital standard until now. This will make a chimped image much more realistic exposure-wise when shooting raw files.

Link to the recording here as long as it stays up (posted by someone at DPreview, which is still tagging along...) :
https://us02web.zoom.us/rec/share/j-zTdhJ-Y9CpzNPnQadko0IOYcM0fVUQZo1gu8-fNFaO500ufQuJSq0XL1so39EL.E68FW3HXAzM0G2Uz]

He also pointed out the similarity in size to the D500...
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Re: Nikon Z8 is here
« Reply #29 on: May 23, 2023, 18:16:10 »
I am really tempted, must sell a kidney or just most of the not very often used equipment ??? (D500, D800 some lenses and the Df  :-\ )
It should nice replace a D500, just put it in DX mode, and you have the "reach" of the D500 and nearly the same pixel dimensions. (as with D500 and D850).