Hogan received a pre-production Z9 from Nikon USA and took it to Botswana earlier this month, from December 6 to 20. I guess it is barely pre-production since Nikon started shipping the production version around December 23 or so; perhaps the firmware was further refined. Hogan will give an on-line presentation sponsored by Paul's Photo in the Los Angeles area on Monday, December 27, 2021 from 5 to 7pm Pacific Standard Time, i.e. from 8pm US Eastern. If that time in inconvenient for you, most likely Paul's Photo will put it on YouTube afterwards. Thom's web site: The Z9 in Africa | Thom Hogan Event registration: Nikon Z9 in Africa This presentation is delayed by a week to still Monday, January 3, 2022, 8pm EST/5pm PST.