Maybe Nikon's waiting for the Z9 hype to die down before sending DSLRs out with a bang

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T O Shooter wrote:

primeshooter wrote:

shuncheung wrote:

Bill Ferris wrote:

If the pre-order rumors are anything close to accurate, photographers are more excited about the Z9 than any Nikon body since the D850. If anything, Nikon will leverage that enthusiasm by making an announcement - perhaps by the end of this calendar year - that the Z8 is in development and coming in 2022. Reassuring photographers that Z9 capability will be designed into downmarket products is the #1 thing Nikon can do to leverage the Z9 hype.

There is only a month and half left in 2021, and Nikon won't start shipping the Z9 until at least mid December. There is no better way to stop their own Z9's momentum to announce some "Z8" is coming with most of Z9's features but less expensive. Or announce another DSLR money loser when the world has moved to mirrorless. Either move would be a major shot in their own foot.

The only new DSLR Nikon may announce in the future are those anniversary model, special edition type, ALA Leica. But even that is getting unlikely. Nikon already have the retro Zfc. Perhaps that will make an FX version.

The thing is hype like this has a way of dieing fast. Why? Well because most nikon users won't buy this because of its price size and weight. The bigger market will be in a Z8 or whatever nikon calls it, but essentially a z7ii style body but with pro controls - without the missing buttons like the focus mode button, the 10 pin remote terminal at the front so it doesn't interfere with l bracket use, better AF, less or no blackout, so on and so forth (that z9 horizontal and vertical tilting screen is a must!). I think it is unlikely that masses of people who want a Z9 will suddenly not wish that style of body just because a Z8 is on it's way. The Z9 body is massive and weighty, if you want that type of camera you already know and go for it.

I think there's going to be a rude surprise for a lot of fellows with a pent up want for a good Zee body, who have now pre-ordered a Z9. Many are the same fellows who rushed to the Z6/Z7 to get away from the DSLRs that they called "bricks", wanting the "smaller form factor" and lighter weight.

I suspect there will be a few Z9s for sale once they realize what they bought. I grip everything, so I'm not used to or require something small, but when you pick up my D850 gripped with big battery or the D4s or the D500 gripped with big battery, one certainly realize what I have in hand.

You might be right.  I grip half of my cameras.  I use a gripped D850 for larger lens and portrait shoots.  And non gripped one when I want to go lighter, lol.

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