Last month, I spent two weeks on the frozen sea ice along the coast of Baffin Island, Canada, searching for female polar bears who had just emerged from their dens with their newborn cubs. Knowing that encounters would likely not be closer than 100 meters, I decided the new Nikkor Z 600/4.0 TC VR S would be the perfect lens for this project. Luckily, Nikon was able to provide me with one, and they gave me the new Nikkor Z 400/4.5 VR S lens to try out — the smallest and lightest 400mm prime in its class.
When I arrived at Nikon HQ to collect the lenses, a surprise awaited: a prototype of the new Nikon Z8 to test in the high Arctic. Needless to say, I was excited to try it out. This has been an eagerly awaited addition to the Nikon mirrorless lineup, and all I knew were the many online rumors. None as outrageous as my April Fools Z9 Field Report spoof, but still just rumors.
This field report is about my initial impressions of the Z8 and my experiences in the field. I will also write about my experiences with the 600 and the 400, but I will do that in a separate article.
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