Wish list – December 2021

I haven’t done one of these in a long time. Looking back at the last one took me down the path of getting the Hasselblad film cameras. Will this wish list be just as ground breaking?

So what did I want Santa to have brought down the chimney? Honestly, I don’t think Santa could have worked his magic this year. The equipment I would love to have doesn’t yet exist. There might be secret prototypes of what is in my mind but there are no final production versions.

With the first orders shipping out of the Nikon Z9, I am wondering what the Nikon Z8 will look like. The Z9 is clearly a replacement for the Nikon D6. Looking back, online reviewers at the time were really hoping that the D6 would pack the technology inside the Z9 but it was not to be.

Knowing what we know now, I wonder if the only reason the D6 was launched in February 2020 was so that there would be a new high end camera for the Tokyo Olympics that had been scheduled for that year. In the end we got to see the first glimpse of the Z9 at the Tokyo Olympics that took place this year.

When I look at the Z9, I will very rarely be in a situation in which I will need that much fire power. Yes, I would love to be able to use the focusing technology of the Z9 but I don’t need to burn up memory cards in a few seconds flat. So I am hoping that the Nikon Z8 will be a camera for the slower, considered situations and retains the best things that make the Z9 such a great camera.

The Z9 has a UK price of £5299 and I am hoping there is a lower price point for the Z8 that is in the same region as the launch price of the D850 at £3499.99. I can not justify spending over five thousand pounds on a camera that is not my daily workhorse.

Realistically, if the Z8 is THE camera that meets my needs, I am not sure if I will have the spare cash for any native Z lenses. But high up on my Z lens list would be an 85mm f1.2 (which also isn’t out yet). And in the meantime I will have to get a FTZ adapter to use the lenses I already own.

There is no question that I will be going to the Nikon Z system. Be it the Nikon Z8 or a full frame Z fc but I’m waiting for a camera with a closer match to the features I’m personally looking for.

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