Nikon identifies potential fault with the lens release button on Z9 cameras

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Nikon has identified a problem with the Nikon Z9 (opens in new tab), specifically its lens release button and has issued a ‘Technical Service Advisory’ (opens in new tab) (recall) to identify and rectify any affected cameras.

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According to Nikon, the lens release button "does not function as it should and does not allow for rotation and removal of a lens or mount adapter from the camera", caused by "parts that do not meet our quality standards [being] used on some Z9 cameras".

It's important to note not all Z9s are affected by the issue. Nikon has identified a range of possible faulty cameras and has set up a dedicated support page (opens in new tab) where Z9 owners can enter their camera's serial number to find out if it requires servicing.

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If the serial checker reveals a potentially faulty camera, Nikon has pledged to replace the defective parts at no cost to the owner, even if the camera is out of warranty, and will cover the shipping cost to and from Nikon.

This is a surprising fault, given the lens release button seems like one of the more basic elements of an interchangeable lens camera, but kudos to Nikon for identifying the issue and tackling it head-on. If you are a Z9 user, you best choose which lens you use next with extra care, as you might be stuck with it for some time! A fairly safe bet could be (humor attempt alert) one of the best superzoom lenses (opens in new tab) - lenses for every eventuality.

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Ben is the Imaging Labs manager, responsible for all the testing on Digital Camera World and across the entire photography portfolio at Future. Whether he's in the lab testing the sharpness of new lenses, the resolution of the latest image sensors, the zoom range of monster bridge cameras or even the latest camera phones, Ben is our go-to guy for technical insight. He's also the team's man-at-arms when it comes to camera bags, filters, memory cards, and all manner of camera accessories – his lab is a bit like the Batcave of photography! With years of experience trialling and testing kit, he's a human encyclopedia of benchmarks when it comes to recommending the best buys.